Medical travelers can access high-quality medical care with incredible savings in Turkey, avoid lengthy waiting times, and have leisure and peaceful recuperation in complete anonymity.

It is no secret that Turkey is one of the most sought-out medical travel destinations in the world. Over 850,000 traveling patients visited Turkey for treatment in 2018.

Turkey has attracted medical travelers from Europe and the Balkans, the United States, Eurasia, the Middle East, and many African countries for many years.

The Hospitals and Healthcare System in Turkey

The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health regulates all clinics and hospitals in Turkey, and each must meet the ministry’s standards and requirements. However, we verify each doctor and surgeon’s qualifications, training, and accreditation before suggesting them to our clients. The Turkish Medical Association is the national organization representing medical practitioners in the public and private sectors.

Many hospitals have local and international accreditation, including the JCI (Joint Commissions International), the JACHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), and affiliations with western medical groups and facilities.

Hospitals catering to medical tourists in Turkey are equipped with the latest medical technologies and have board-certified staff, with over 35% trained in the US and other Western countries.

The Turkish private healthcare system has become a global health service provider. Turkey has the highest number of JCI accredited healthcare institutions in the world outside of the US.

Highlights of Receiving Medical Treatment in Turkey:

  • More than 850,000 medical tourists chose Turkey in 2018
  • The cost of medical care is exceptionally affordable and high quality
  • Turkey follows the European Union’s health standards
  • The top hospitals use the latest equipment and technology available
  • The city of Istanbul has a relaxed environment with breathtaking beauty and offers hundreds of activities for medical travelers
  • Turkey is one of the rare countries gifted with natural hot springs and abundant thermal baths with rich minerals with healing effects
  • This nation is known for its beautiful, friendly, culturally rich atmosphere and traditional hospitality
  • The hospitals and healthcare facilities in Turkey offer a wide array of procedures and services for medical travelers.

The Country

Dynamic and young, with a promising future, Turkey is the natural bridge between East and West. Founded in 1923, the Turkish Republic is confidently progressing towards being the leader of emerging economies with its 75 million young and industrious brains, numerous universities, vast natural resources, mild and inviting climate, and geography for the fast-growing tourism industry.

Time Zones

Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.


 Turkish is the sole official language throughout Turkey. English and German are widely spoken.


Turkey is a secular country with no official state religion; the Turkish Constitution provides freedom of religion and conscience. About 99 percent of the population has chosen Islam as their religion by their own free will practicing it in their own way.


Turkish society is modern and predominantly secular, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you would to visit France, Germany, Italy or the UK.

Currency and Credit Cards

The Turkish currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Cash may be exchanged in banks and exchange offices during office hours. The official exchange rate is listed daily at the banks and exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Mobile Phones

Turkish and foreign visitors are entitled to bring one mobile phone into Turkey each calendar year for use during their stay. A personal mobile phone brought into Turkey in this manner is exempt from tax and duty.

It is necessary to register the mobile phone in order to use it with a SIM card bought from a Turkish network operator. Unregistered phones will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls. There is no charge levied for this registration, and no customs documents are required.

Turkish Cuisine

Turkish cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for visitors. Food in Turkey is a social event and is usually enjoyed with gusto.

“Come for the history, but stay for the food” is often said of Turkey.

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighboring cuisines, including that of western Europe.

The Black Sea region’s cuisine (northern Turkey) is based on corn and anchovies. The southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep, and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes, and dough-based desserts such as baklava, kadayif, and künefe. Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees are grown abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara, and Mediterranean regions display basic characteristics of Mediterranean cuisine as they are rich in vegetables, herbs, and fish. Central Anatolia is famous for its pasta specialties, such as keşkek, mantı, and gözleme.

The Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean, and southern Mediterranean provide Turkey with boundless fish and shellfish. Turkey is one of the few countries in the world that has been self-sustaining, producing all its own food.

Although the majority of Turks practice the Islamic religion, alcoholic beverages are as widely available as in Europe.

There is a variety of local wines produced by Turkish brands.

Rakı, a traditional alcoholic drink flavored with anise, is the usual drink with meze, fish, or kebabs.

The City of Istanbul

Perhaps more than any other city in the modern world, Istanbul embodies the ideal of unification. Somewhere beneath the magnificent waters of the Bosphorus, Europe, and Asia meet, making Istanbul the only major city in the world that links two continents and many cultures and religions.

There is, of course, far more than geography to the magical hold of Istanbul exerted over man’s imagination throughout its fabulous history. Three separate empires ruled the world from this powerful capital – the Roman, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans. Trace of their presence – in ancient walls, impressive hippodromes, royal basilicas, aqueducts, magnificent mosques, brilliant palaces – shape Istanbul’s alluring landscape and color its exotic texture. For more than 3000 years, this city has been at crossroads of cultures, a rendez-vous of the East and West, one of the reasons why it was chosen as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. The city’s identity reflects its experience accumulated in culture, arts, science, and technology as a center.

Today, Istanbul blends the ancient and the modern in a seamless tapestry of life. It stands, in a new world, as a model of free-market economies, enlightened social reforms, cultural and religious diversity. In many ways, Istanbul is the capital of the future – a marriage of East and West for the benefit of both.


Seated in the middle of the East and West, Istanbul is easily accessible from almost every corner of the world. Europe and the Middle East are only 3 hours away, while the Americas and the Far East are at a distance of less than 12 hours.

Airport and Visa

Istanbul is served by the state-of-the-art International Ataturk Airport, where more than 50 airlines operate direct flights. Another international airport of Istanbul is the Sabiha Gokcen Airport serving domestic and international flights on the Asian side of Istanbul. The airport is named after the first woman pilot of the Republic of Turkey.

For some nations, a visa application to Turkey may be required. For these individuals, it is advised to contact the nearest Turkish Embassy.


In the city of Istanbul, public bus transportation has a wide web of services. One has to pre-buy tickets to board a bus. The fare is the equivalent of $1.

Taxi’s in Instanbul

Taxis are available around the clock and operate by the meter.

Boat and Ferries

Ferry boats and fast catamarans operate between the two shores of Istanbul – between Europe and Asia. The boat landings are at Kabatas, Karakoy, and Eminonu on the European side and Uskudar, Kadikoy, and Bostanci on the Asiatic shores.


An underground metro system is available between Taksim Square and 4th Levent. A light metro operates between Aksaray and Istanbul airport.

Metro bus: Operates between Avcilar – Zincirlikuyu – Sogutlucesme


The coastal areas of Turkey are subject to mild winters and hot, humid summers, while the inland areas are subject to frigid winters and scorching summers. Unlike the eastern region, the coastal region (including Istanbul) is more pleasant with average high temperatures.