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Turkey will no longer change its clocks in winters, and summer time (DTS) will be the country’s non-changing standard time fixed on GMT +3.

When most of the European countries, as well as some other countries of the world set their clocks 1 hour back on Sunday, 28 October 2018, Turkey will remain in Summer time-DTS, and an extra 1 hour time difference will occur with these countries.

Summer time, which has been used during the last two year was a controversial issue, especially parents of students are not happy about their children going to school in complete darkness in the mornings.

Now the Presidential decree no. 193, issued in Official Gazette numbered 30553, dated 2nd October 2018 put an end to these arguments, and stipulated that summer time (day light saving time) will continue all through the oncoming years.

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 anymore and will stay on GMT/UTC + 3 all-round the years while many of the countries in the World and Europe will set back their clocks one hour back in winter (This year in 28 October, 2018).


Turkey's time is Eastern European Time (EET).

Standard (and stable) Time zone will be UTC/GMT +3 hours. There will be no winter time adjustment.


In European and other countries in which DST is ended on October 28, 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 28 October. Such as;

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.


The computers, cell phones and some other electronic devices and systems will be updated (be set back an hour) automatically on Sunday 28 Oct. 2018. Best way to tune with the unchanged Turkey’s time is to setting these devices at GMT +3 (one hour forward).


Departure and arrival times of foreign flights will also be affected. Passenger should check their flight times in websites of the related airlines long before they go to airport.

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