checks (cheques) are more
hassle and more expensive to use
when you travel to Turkey than
an ATM debit card or credit
card because the checks must be exchanged
in banks, not currency exchange offices.
Few banks welcome travelers
checks. They may require that you go to a particular
branch to cash them. Some banks charge
a fee of US$20 per check, or up to
20% of the amount of the check, to
Use your home bank debit card to get Turkish lira cash...
bürosu) may sometimes
but may also charge a service
fee. Also, currency exchange offices are
only found in the largest cities
near where foreign currency transactions
Some merchants may
take travelers checks, but would
prefer cash, and may discount their value.
All in all, I'd suggest that travelers
checks are not very useful in
Turkey, and that you should use them
only if you have some special circumstance
that requires them. Use your home bank ATM debit card or a credit
card or cash instead.