While most of the European countries, as well as some other countries of the world are preparing to set their clocks 1 hour back on Sunday, 29 October 2017, Turkey will remain in Summer time-DTS.
After a cabinet decree, dated 8 September 2016, summer time, which is also called DTS (Daylight Saving Time), became the country's non-changing standard time.
Turkey, who is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET) were normally synchronized with European countries as regard to DST change, however last year the government decided that the hours will be the same in winter and summer in order to make more use of daylight during the winters.
As a result of this decision, clocks in Turkey will not be set back one hour to pass into winter time this this year and Turkey will stay on GMT/UTC + 3 all-round the year while many of the countries in the World and Europe will set back their clocks one hour back in winter (i.e. 29 October, 2017).
TIME ZONE OF TURKEY
Turkey's time is Eastern European Time (EET).
Stable Time zone will be UTC/GMT +3 hours. In winter as well as summer. There will be no winter time adjustment.
Turkey will be remaining in the zone of UTC/GMT +3 hours during which period European Countries have already been switched back to standard time zone on October 29, 2017.
RESULT OF TIME DIFFERENCE
In European and other countries in which DST is ended on October 29, it is important for individuals and companies, who are in communication with Turkey, to take this extra an hour time-lag into consideration starting from 29 October. Such as;
- State offices will be remain open between 08:30-17:00, but/and an hour earlier than they would be in normal times in comparison with your country's time.
- Private sector offices you are in communication with will be open and closed an hour earlier than they would be in normal times in comparison with your country's time.
- For example, after 29 October 2017, if you are in Central Europe Time CET, such as in Spain and Germany, there will be 2 hours gap with Turkey (2 hours behind of Turkey) instead of 1 hour; or if you are in the same time zone (East European Time/EET), such as in Greece, Israel, there will be 1 hour gap (1 hour behind of Turkey) instead of being at the same time, and there will be 3 hours gap with England.