Postal services in Turkey are provided by PTT. Its website has information on mailing letters and parcels and banking with PTT.
Turkish postcodes are made up of five-digits, with the first two digits corresponding to the province and the final three digits indicating the district within the province. The first two digits are the same as the vehicle licence plate codes of each province.
Addresses in Turkey are written in the bottom right hand corner of the envelope in the following format:
For an example of how to write an address on an envelope: Click here and select Doğru Adres Yazımı.
Post offices are generally open weekdays from 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30. As well as sending letters and parcels, providing stamps and banking services, it is also possible to exchange foreign currencies to Turkish Lira. A commission is charged.
There are three types of post boxes for sending mail:
PTT has an English language section on its website with information on sending standard letters, costs, and information on how to track a sent item.
A registered item with receipt of delivery can be sent for letters and small parcels. An additional charge to normal postal prices is paid for this service. A confirmation receipt will be received by the sender. Compensation is paid to the sender if the item is lost.
There are no mail forwarding services available from PTT when moving house in Turkey.
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