Information

Accommodation and Tickets

Accommodation and conference will be at the Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center. Your stay during the conference and your flights will be covered under the project budget if you cannot reimburse your expenses from your institution.  There will be a free shuttle service available from the airports to the hotel and from hotel to the airports depending on the travel information provided by the participants. The shuttle service will be free of charge.

Please fill in the registration form to book your room and tickets. For any matter about accommodation, tickets and transportation, you can contact Project Assistant, Murat Sevgi, murat.sevgi@wyg.com.tr.

Republic of Türkiye

Türkiye is located in South-eastern Europe and South-western Asia. European Türkiye is relatively small compared to the Asian part – the Anatolian Plateau, which is a large peninsula. Türkiye’s land area, including lakes and occupies is 783,562 sq. km. According to the Address-Based Population Recording System of Türkiye, the country’s population was 81,619,392 million people in 2014. Ankara (4.194 million inhabitants) is capital but Istanbul is the country’s largest city.

Landscape: The Asian part of the country – Anatolia is a high hilly plateau with narrow coastal plains. Its northern part is covered by the Pontic and Köroğlu mountain ranges, the southern by Taurus Mountains. Eastern Türkiye has a more mountainous landscape. The rivers Euphrates, Tigris and Aras spring there. Anatolia is surrounded by the Black Sea to the north, Aegean Sea to the West and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The European part is covered by parts of Eastern Thrace plane and Strandzha Mountain. It is separated by Anatolia (Asia Minor) by Black sea, Bosphorus, Marmara, Dardanelles and Aegean Sea. The biggest town in Türkiye is Istanbul, which steps on both continents.

State Government: Republican parliamentary democracy. Türkiye is the only country with a Muslim majority population (99.8%) that operates under a secular constitution and a democratic government.

Religions: Islam is the largest religion of Türkiye with 99.8 % of the population being registered as Muslim (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews).

Time Difference: Türkiye is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time(EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Ankara

Ankara, historically known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of Türkiye. Located in the central part of Anatolia, the city has a population of 5.1 million in its urban center and over 5.7 million in Ankara Province, making it Türkiye’s second-largest city after Istanbul.

The region’s history dates back to the Bronze Age; Hatti Civilization, which was succeeded in the 2nd millennium BC by the Hittites, then the Phrygians (10th century BC); Lydians and Persians followed. After these came the Galatians, a Celtic race who were the first to make Ankara their capital (3rd century BC). It was then known as Ancyra, meaning anchor. The town subsequently fell to the Romans, Byzantines, and Seljuks under ruler Malik-Shah in 1073, and finally to the Ottomans first in 1356 and then in 1403 since they lost it against Tamerlane in 1402. Ankara remained under the Ottoman control until the First World War.

The town, once an important trading center on the caravan route to the east, had declined in importance by the 19th century. It became an important center again when Kemal Atatürk chose it as the base from which to direct the War of Liberation. In consequence of its role in the war and its strategic position, it was declared as the capital of the new Turkish Republic on 13th of October, 1923.

Ankara has a distinct advantage for hosting national and international meetings as its location offers easy access for travelers, and it has a well-developed infrastructure and transportation system, coupled with a rich cultural heritage and natural resources that make the city an ideal spot for congresses and meetings. It also has a range of hotels, resorts, universities, and public buildings with well-established, state-of-the-art facilities, which make them ideal locations for successful events of every kind.

Practical Information

Ombudsman Institution is pleased to welcome you to the 3rd International Ombudsman Conference on The Future of Human Rights in the 21st Century. Please make sure to read all the practical information below. If you still have questions, kindly contact:  Murat Sevgi, Project Assistant, murat.sevgi@wyg.com.tr We hope that you will find the following practical information helpful for your visit.

Emergency Services in Ankara

  • Police emergency: 155
  • Medical emergency: 112
  • Police emergency: 115
  • Fire emergency: 110
  • Fire emergency: 177 (Woodland/Forest fire service)
  • Missing child/Women’s helpline: 183

Health

Participants must hold a valid travel insurance (including health) for Türkiye for the duration of their stay. First aid services will be available at the hotels. If necessary, patients will be referred to medical facilities.

Pharmacists will also be able to offer advice and prescribe basic medicine, which can prevent you having to pay excess medical fees. Most neighborhoods in the city will have a 24/7 pharmacy, with many pharmacists being able to communicate in English.

Climate

Ankara has cold and snowy winters and hot and dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during spring and autumn.  Monthly mean temperatures range from 0.9 °C (33.6 °F) in January to 24.3 °C (75.7 °F) in July, with an annual mean of 12.6 °C (54.7 °F).

Public Transportation

Public transportation in the city is cheap and plentiful, helping you to reach all your necessary destinations. Available methods include trams, metros and buses. Fares for all three can either be paid for by purchasing a token from a sales booth or vending machine, or through using an AnkaraKart, which gives you discounts on journeys. If you plan to use public transportation a lot during your stay, it is advised you invest in an AnkaraKart. If you are travelling with children younger than 6, they do not have to pay.

Taxis in Ankara begin with 06 T – anything other than this claiming to be a taxi is fake and you should avoid using.

Language

Turkish is the official language in the country. English is not commonly spoken among the local community however very frequently spoken at touristic locations and the hotels.

Currency

The Turkish Lira is the currency of Türkiye. The currency rankings show that the most popular Türkiye Lira exchange rate is the USD to TRY rate. The currency code for Lira is TRY, and the currency symbol is . Participants may exchange money at any licensed exchange office. There are exchange offices working around the clock in the city and at the Airport. The exchange rate depends on the currency market and may change daily.

Cash point machines (ATM) are available in most areas, which accept major credit and debit cards and give instructions in English. It may be a good idea to inform your bank in advance that you are travelling to Türkiye as some will automatically put a stop on cards after the first usage in an attempt to combat fraud.

Electricity

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

Security

Although Ankara is a safe city, there are precautions you should consider prior to your travel: watch for thieves in crowded places, don’t carry or show lots of money on the street and be careful when exchanging money. it is highly advised that you carry as few valuables as possible and keep them close to you at all times. You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in your country.

It is recommended not to take photographs near military or official installations. Please ask for permission before photographing people. Due to security procedures, the police may stop passers-by in Ankara and conducting ID checks. You should ensure that you carry some form of identification on you at all times, to prevent any trouble or issues arising. Make sure you carry your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa or your residence permit with you at all times. Never accept gifts from strangers. Find a registered yellow taxi and make a note of the registration number before getting in.