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Daylight Saving Time in Turkey - do not adjust your clocks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Daylight Saving Time - clocks go back
In 2016 the Turkish government announced that it was pulling out of the biannual Daylight Saving Time (DST) protocol whereby countries advance their clocks by an hour in spring and fall back by an hour at the end of summer.

So last year in October Turkey did not turn the clocks back by an hour.  It's the same again this year.  On Sunday 29th October 2017 when many countries, including the UK, will put their clocks back by an hour Turkey will not do so.

This means that from Sunday 29th October 2017 to Sunday 25th March 2018 Turkey will be 3 hours ahead of UK time.  Then from Sunday 25th March 2018 we will revert to the usual difference of just 2 hours until the end of summer.

Lighter evening - darker mornings
This variable time difference has been welcomed by some but not all.  It's nice to keep more daylight in the evenings over the winter months but it's darker in the mornings than it would otherwise be for those going to work or to school.

It impacts on some TV viewing habits for those people who watch UK programmes.  TV dramas can often start at 21.00 in the UK, which will mean a time of midnight in Turkey from October onwards.

It's also necessary to think carefully about flight times - especially on the DST change dates.  If you have put events such as flight times in your mobile device or online calendar you need to check how your computer/device has dealt with Turkey not adjusting the clocks. 

N.B. If you are taking a flight from a Turkish airport back to the UK on or shortly after Sunday 29th October you may wish to check your local departure time.

And if you are agreeing a time to Skype or FaceTime friends it will mean remembering whether you are 2 or 3 hours apart.

So remember when it's time for you to fall back in the UK, here in Turkey time will be standing still.

P.S.  There are over 190 countries in the world.  Only 76 use DST and change their clocks twice a year - of these 49 are in Europe.  Is it more of a hinderance than a help?


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 October 2017