If your home country has a bilateral agreement for healthcare coverage in Turkey, you don't have to buy health insurance in Turkey. You just have to get a Medical Insurance Entitlement Certificate from your home country, take that to the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, or SGK) office, and get a letter from them to take to your residence permit application appointment. If you are extending a residence permit, you need to mail the SGK letter with your extension package. Here is what you need to do.
1. Get the Required Documents from Your Country
If your country is listed on the left side of the table below, you will need to get the documents listed on the right side.
|If You Are From One of These Countries||You Will Need To Get These Documents|
|Albania||AL/TR 4, TR/AL 5|
|Austria||A/TR 3, A/TR 4|
|Belgium||BT.8, BT 16|
|Bosnia-Herzegovina||BH/TR 4, BH/TR 6, BH/TR 7|
|Czech Republic||CZ/TR 111|
|France||SE 208-01 FT, SE 208-02 FT SE 208-30 FT, SE 208-06 A FT, SE 208-28 FT,SE 208-09 FT|
|Germany||T/A 11, T/A 9, T/A 20|
|Luxembourg||TR/L 3, TR/L 5|
|Macedonia||MC/TR 4, TR/MC 6|
|Romania||R/TR 3, R/TR5, R/TR 6|
|The Netherlands||N/TUR 106, N/TUR 111, N/TUR 121|
|Turkish Republic of North Cyprus||K.K.T.C/T.C. 3, K.K.T.C/T.C. 6|
2. Get a Healthcare Entitlement Letter from the SGK
Take the appropriate documents to an SGK office. They will give you a letter which verifies that you are covered in Turkey under a bilateral agreement.
3. Include the Letter with Your Residence Permit Application
Present the letter from the SGK as proof that you are covered for healthcare services in Turkey.
Foreigner Communications Center
The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply.
Expat Health Insurance Forum: If you have questions or comments about health insurance, you can post them here.
Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK): The official website for Turkey's social security Institution (with English, French, German and Arabic language options).
Social Security Agreements: The SGK page which explains how reciprocal social security and healthcare coverage works between Turkey and other countries which have a reciprocal agreement for health care coverage.
Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.