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Latest FCO Advice (June 2023)

"If you have a health condition, or you are pregnant, you may need specialist healthcare abroad. Check whether your destination country can provide the healthcare you may need and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for unexpected medical evacuation or local treatment."

"If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.


Doctor

New Doctor

Newly-opened in 2023, Turunç Sağlık Clinic offers private medical facilities to residents and visitors.

Dr. Berrin Balcı provides a year-round service, seven days a week, between 8 a.m. and midnight. She will even carry out 'home' visits if required.

The clinic is centrally-located opposite the well-known Village Bar.

Contact telephone number: +90 (0)537 484 0439

Village location

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Pharmacy

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Eczane Batu is on the main street, opposite the Tea Garden. The pharmacist (Oktay) speaks excellent English and is extremely helpful in the case of minor ailments.

The pharmacy is open year-round, every day between 08:30 and 22:30.

Contact telephone number: +90 (0)252 476 7678


Ambulance

Ambulance

Once again this summer (2024), an ambulance will be in Turunç 24 hours a day supported by two paramedics. This was made possible in 2022 by a voluntary effort to upgrade the paramedics' staff accommodation. A huge 'thank you' to everyone who donated, to Rebecca Can for organising the fundraising, and to Ali Gökçe who organised the work.

While we hope no-one ever needs to use this service, it is reassuring that emergency medical help is nearby without the lengthy delay of driving over the mountain from Marmaris.

Ambulance - 112


Banking

ATM

There is no bank in Turunç village; the nearest ones are in Marmaris. However, there are several cashpoint machines available near the mosque.

These accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards for cash withdrawals. Some machines offer sterling or euros in addition to lira.

Many local businesses offer currency exchange services - shop or ask around for the best rates,  The PTT also offers currency exchange and rates are generally good.


Keeping in touch

Most mobile phones will work in Turkey as the major UK mobile service providers have agreements with Turkish mobile companies. Remember that you will be charged a roaming fee (for using the Turkish service provider) as well as the charge of the call at UK rates. This also applies if someone calls your mobile from the UK.

eSIMs are becoming an increasingly popular choice for foreign visitors. In addition, Turkcell offers a Tourist Welcome Pack although you will need to visit one of their shops in Marmaris to purchase this.

Many bars and restaurants offer a free WiFi service for their customers.


Post Office

PTT

The village Post Office is easily recognised by the standard yellow and blue PTT sign.

The Post Office can be found in the small side street down the side of the Chef Supermarket, across the road from the Fidan Bar.

It offers all the usual postal services as well as excellent foreign exchange.


Emergency Services

Jandarma

The Jandarma is a branch of the Turkish Armed Forces and it is responsible for the maintenance of the public order in areas that fall outside the jurisdiction of police forces (generally in rural areas like Turunç).  The Jandarma headquarters in the village are at the harbour.

Useful emergency numbers:

  • Ambulance - 112

  • Jandarma - 156

  • Fire - 110

  • Forest Fire - 177

  • Coastguard - 158


Electricity

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets / points.

You should expect the occasional power cut on your visit to Turunç!  Usually they do not last more than a few hours.


Fuel

The village garage closed some years ago and there are no other fuel sources in the village itself.

There are two garages selling fuel in Içmeler - conveniently both on the road from Turunç to Marmaris - and several dotted about Marmaris itself. On the Bozburun peninsula, fuel stations are few and far between. There is one on the D400 Marmaris-Datça road in Değirmenyanı about 4km from the Hisarönu turn-off. There is also one at the end of the peninsula in Bozburun itself.  Anyone planning a day out by car should make sure they have sufficient fuel before setting off.


Drinking Water

Bottled Water

As with many foreign countries, whilst the local water is perfectly safe to drink, the high mineral content may well cause visitors some problems.

It is probably advisable to stick to bottled water which is readily available and inexpensive.

Various bottle sizes and brands are available from all supermarkets and shops. Larger bottles can be delivered by the "water man" who has a shop around the corner from the Palette Bar.


Dehydration

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High summer in Turunç can be hot and humid and, even though you may not have pools of sweat on your body, you will still be losing vital bodily fluids from sweating. Medical advice indicates that it's important to keep drinking to avoid de-hydration and you should be careful during the day as some common drinks (like coffee and beer!) are diuretics and make the situation worse. It is also not wise to just drink water. Sweat is not just water, it contains various salts that the body uses as electrolytes and for other functions. Simply drinking water does not replace these salts and can also make the situation worse by flushing out these necessary minerals leading to a washed-out, lethargic feeling.

One solution that appears to mitigate the risk of dehydration is to make up drinks with Ge-Oral, the Turkish equivalent of dioralyte. It contains Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Citrate, Potassium Chloride and Glucose. You can buy it in the pharmacy in the village; one box contains two sachets. Each sachet is good for one litre of water; it can taste a wee bit salty so some people use flavoured water to cover the taste. Other products are available and you should ask the pharmacist's advice for your personal circumstances. Some people find that Ayran - the traditional Turkish beverage made simply of plain yogurt, salt and water - has similar beneficial effects.

The above information should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional.


British Consulate

There is an Honorary British Consul in Marmaris.

Also, fuller information for British citizens in Turkey can be obtained from the British Embassy (Ankara) website