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Turkish Customs and Etiquette

When traveling to a new country, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the customs and etiquettes appropriate for the place you’ll be going to. Doing this could help to avoid any embarrassing situations during your trip.

Turkey comes with its own set of customs and etiquette. If you’re planning to sail Turkey, it’s a good idea to become familiar with them. This will help to make your sailing Turkey trip the best that it can be.

When meeting and greeting someone, a firm handshake is expected. If it’s a friend or family member that you’re greeting, it’s customary to greet with one or two kisses on the cheek. 

When dining in Turkey, there are several rules to be conscious of. The people of Turkey do not agree with splitting a bill. Whoever is the host should take care of the tab. Offering to pay is acceptable but it is not likely that your offer will be expected. Proper dining etiquette in Turkey dictates that you should invite the previous host to a dinner a few days later.

The meal itself will normally consist of several courses and may or may not include alcohol. The main course will always be fish or meat with bread and salad. Smoking at the table is acceptable. Many diners will take a break in between courses for a cigarette break and to have a few drinks.

Keep in mind that Turkish people do not require as much personal space as other cultures. They will stand very close to you when conversing. Be sure not to back away.