Turkey To Continue With Summer Time


Clocks in Turkey will not be set back one hour to pass into winter time this year throughout the entire country, and the currently implemented summer time, which is also called DTS (Daylight Saving Time), will be the country’s non-changing standard time from now on.

Turkey who is in the Eastern European Time zone (EET) were normally synchronized with European countries as regard to DST change, however the government, with a cabined decree, dated 8 September 2016, decided that in this and the upcoming years the summer time will stay stable in order to make more use of daylight during the winters.

As a result of this decision 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. 30 October, 2016)


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.)

Taking the above decision into consideration, 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 30, 2016.

In European and other countries in which DST is ended on October 30, 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 30 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, between 30 October 2016 and 25 March 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.


Another important point to consider is that; the computers, cell phones, androids, tablets and some other electronic devices and systems will be updated (be set back an hour) automatically at 02.00 a.m. on Sunday, 30th October, if you are residing in Turkey you should set yours device time at GMT +3 (one hour forward) manually so as to be in tune with the new unchanged local time.


Departure and arrival times of foreign flights will also be affected. Turkish Airlines announced that, with the arrangements on 8 – 9 October 2016, time of  domestic and foreign flights between 30 October 2016 and 25 March 2017 are set one hour forward. Passenger may get updated flight hours from the website www.turkishairlines.com or from the Call Center number 444 0 849.

Also, Directorate General of Civil Aviation proclaimed that all precautions have been taken to send informing messages to the passengers whose contact information is available in their booking records. But the passengers who get their tickets through travel agencies are advised to check their flight times in websites of the related airlines long before they go to airport.

Please bear in mind that, in case of midnight flights even the date of the flight may change.


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