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  1. 3 points
    The Daily Sabah featured one of our members in their "Legendary Expat Series." His name is Martin Redman. He goes by the name of "REDDERS" on Turkey Central, but he is more widely known as "Doc Martin" because of his Facebook group, "Doc Martin's Surgery for Expats." Martin is widely known for his work in sorting out those things expats need to know in Turkey, and his ability to explain complex issues in terms people can understand. I can personally attest to his painstaking attention to detail when it comes to providing correct information. And I am grateful to have Martin as a member of our community. You can read more about Martin in this Daily Sabah article: Legendary Expat Series: Meet Martin Redman Congratulations, Martin, for being recognized as a Legendary Expat. You truly deserve it!
  2. 2 points
    It appears that the Turkish Telecommunications Authority are having an update of all Internet & mobile phone details for all foreigners. ALL foreigners with a contract with these companies must re-register so the system can be updated. Other providers of home internet/phone & mobile phone will follow suit over the next few days, so keep an eye out for a text message from your Turkish home internet & mobile phone service providers. TURK TELECOM This morning i went to my area Turk Telecom office and re-registered my account for home internet & phone. The documents required are: Passport Residence Permit Customer (Abone) number I wrote my name & signed a new form of registration & that's it all done. Also regarding Turk Telecom & the text many subscribers received. The date of 2nd May to re-register by is just a ''hurry up'' date so you don't drag your heels. As with many Turkish Citizens, if they don't give a date & also threaten restrictions to their service, then many TC's would probably not bother or forget to do this. So as long as it's within May /early June there should be no problems. VODAFONE Just fill in the form from the link given in the mobile phone text message sent. TURKCELL Are the latest to send messages (my wife received hers this morning). Again stating that re registration is required. Passport & Residence Permit needing to be shown by 2nd May 2019. This can be done either by calling into a MAIN Turkcell phone shop or via the "Digital Operator" via the link shown in the text. Now Turkcell actually states in their text that if you do not have a Foreign National Identification Number (99****) your sim will effectively be closed, allowing for just emergency calls. Again, as with Turk Telecom giving this date may be for the same reason stated above, but you definitely have to have a Yabanci Kimlik Number to keep your sim open. It appears that anyone who originally bought a sim solely with their passport & no Residence Permit, may lose their sim & phone number, unless a Yabanci Kimlik Number (99****) can now be shown. The Digital Operator link given in the all texts seems to be causing problems for many folks ,so it's suggested that you simply go into your local service providers shop or office and complete the re registration there. I see by scrolling around some expat pages that some main service provider phone shops are trying to charge for this service. Please be aware THIS SERVICE IS OFFICIALLY FREE. Always use the service providers MAIN shop or area office.
  3. 2 points
    Alijane

    New Biometric Kimlik

    I’ve just come back from the Consulate in London. Easiest thing I’ve ever done there. All they needed was my old Kimlik card & a photo measuring 50 x 60mm. Took my finger prints. It’ll take about 3 weeks so now I await the email to collect the new biometric card. I’ve been told no appointment needed to collect, just go in between 14.00 & 16.00 to collect.Cost was £6. By they way even though I had a mountain of paperwork with me they didn’t require any of it, maybe I was just lucky.
  4. 2 points
    REDDERS

    How to get a Police Certificate!?

    This can be obtained from the e-devlet website if you're registered on it ...... your local courthouse,issued free and within 15 mins....take passport & RP with you.
  5. 2 points
    If I am correct this certificate is "adli sicil kaydı" which is available on E-Devlet. If you don't have E-Devlet, probably Foreigners Branch may provide this.
  6. 2 points
    Then i suggest if your FRP was refused ,when you return,just apply for a normal STRP rather than a Family one,this will save you waiting 6 months to make the same type of RP application [FRP] again. Hopefully ,fingers crossed] if you pay your overstay fine you won't be banned & you could return in a few days asking for the Sartli Giris letter at passport control on entry where you agree to make an RP application within 10 days of the entry date. ;-)
  7. 2 points
    Wael Ayoub

    Lost resident card

    I got my new residence card through mail, I sent the needed documents to prove it was stolen, They agree to do the new one. Documents include 1) photo copy of the residence card.2)Police statement translated to Turkish and approved by the Turkish consulate. All the best guys
  8. 2 points
    Yes you do a great service to us foreigners living in Turkey and deserve all the recognition you can get for that help. Thank you Martin, from the bottom of my heart. x Angela in Side x
  9. 2 points
    Thank you Ken,much appreciated my friend.
  10. 2 points
    REDDERS

    Share in buying a property

    Hi Lisaz,it is possible to have more than one name on a Tapu for a property. If for example three names were on the tapu,they would all own and be responsible for one third of the said property. It doesn't matter if it's a 70sqm apartment or luxury villa. As everyone has to have individual Residence Permits,the joint owners and their spouses can individually apply for their RP's as property owners, [as opposed to Touristic RP's] with the spouses if not named on the Tapu needing to show they are married to one of the owners by showing their apostilled ,translated & noterised wedding certificate.
  11. 2 points
    IbrahimAbi

    Liver!

    Yes, be careful to make sure that he knows you want karaciğer and not akciğer (lungs)
  12. 2 points
    IbrahimAbi

    Liver!

    Most butchers work to a pattern, possibly to have meat in when the town is busy for market day etc. Ask the butcher when he will have some in. Yes, we have bought it from a local butcher before.
  13. 2 points
    Thank you! It is indeed the first application i mean and not an extension. i guess it was a bit ambiguous. Great info and thanks again.
  14. 2 points
    Hi MLG, you can tell he official that you intend to purchase a property,but it won't make any difference to your Touristic application,as you won't have bought it by that time...so just make your application, By the way you stated you'll make an extension application,thats incorrect you need to make a 1st application if presently holding a 90 day visa. As for the length of validity given for Touristic Residence Permit applications, most offices are now using the following... many GOC offices are starting to apply the following….. . Non Property owners, [ie tenants & taahhatname holders]….. Europeans and Canada and USA will get 1 year making a first application, renewals can be up to 2 years. . Non property owners [ie tenants & taahhatname holders]…from, Middle East and Asian countries will get 6 months residence for first applications and renewals will be a maximum of 1 year. Apologies for the large text,i copied & pasted the above from my files website.. As Ken said above,when you do move you must inform the GOC & Nufus office within 20 working days.. Here's the form you need for the GOC office to show regarding a new address,please download,print off then fill in to take with you. loss.name change.p.port form.xlsx
  15. 2 points
    Eglegal

    Child Maintenance & Changes

    Hi, There might be a little delay in the beginning since the court will send the official letters to him. But then it is fine, written notification would no longer be necessary during judgment. Regards,
  16. 2 points
    Hi Kimba,if not banned , you just have to stay out as per the 90/180 day law...so that would be 90 days as you cannot have back to back visas. If you are banned [which is very unlikely] , then you can either appeal the ban via the Turkish Consulate in your home country,or if you decide to 'ride it out' you still have to apply to your Turkish Consulate at the end of your banned period for a special passport visa sticker to enter Turkey . This can take a while to be processed ,but if you attempt to enter Turkey after an official ban with an evisa you will be refused entry. But as i stated earlier, if you pay the fine on exit,there's very little chance you'll receive a ban, you'll just need to stay out 90 days as per the visa laws,then apply online for an evisa and return normally.
  17. 2 points
    Eglegal

    Child Maintenance & Changes

    Hi Katyirir, According to your reference above, I assume that he has been making the payment not on the ground of a court ruling but only a verbal agreement between two of you. For this reason, you unfortunately cannot enforce the law for your interest if he stops or reduces the amount of financial support. However, you still have a right to claim child support before the family court. As we are talking about "child support", it is not a consideration point for judge whether you have a partner or not. Your children are entitled that just because of they are the children of your ex husband. Wish you and your family the best, Regards,
  18. 2 points
    What REDDERS said is correct, what I said was incorrect. I have crossed out my previous comment concerning this (Thank you, REDDERS!). So then, if I am understanding this correctly, you will have to leave the country for 90 days (paying a fine as you are leaving) because you are over the limit for the number of days in Turkey. After 90 days, you can re-enter with a new visa. Then you can reapply immediately for a short-term touristic residence permit (and not have to wait for 180 days), because a short-term residence permit is a different type of residence permit. Then later, when your short-term residence permit is within 60 days of expiring (assuming that you get one for one year), you can apply again for a family residence permit.
  19. 1 point
    Goreme1990

    Difference between kargo and ptt

    22 April is not a holiday in Turkey so the PTT and Banks will be open. Please note that 23 April is a holiday. At the PTT you can send items like letters and envelopes by normal mail or boxes and larger things by cargo. How much it costs depends on the weight and dimensions of the item and who fast you want it delivered.
  20. 1 point
    Like Redders said, if you are a foreigner in Turkey and you want to use a phone, wherever it's from, you need to register your yabanci kimlik number with the service provider.
  21. 1 point
    It's nothing to do with the handset, registered or not, this is in relation to the sim card. So if it's a Turkish one & was registered by a foreigner, then you must re-register yourself with the service provider of the sim card.
  22. 1 point
    You also have to register if you have a pay as you go SIM card. I successfully added my TC Kimlik number using the Digital Operator link provided by Turkcell.
  23. 1 point
    I've also been hearing this from various expats, that the mobile phone companies are asking foreigners to re-register their mobile phones. No explanation is being given. I haven't received any message like that from Turkcell. If you want to be sure about it, you could just go to a Vodafone shop and ask them.
  24. 1 point
    That's great... they asked for a lot less than they do for a lot of people. I've seen some posts here where they have sent an SMS message and asked for the person to bring additional documents, but I think they sent the message before the appointment, and not after. The only other time I have ever heard of them asking for additional documents was during the appointment. Since you successfully completed your appointment, you should now have temporary residence permits, so as far as I have ever heard from feedback on the process, you'll now get your residence permits in the mail, with no further documentation required. I'm glad to hear everything went well for you!
  25. 1 point
    Alijane

    New Biometric Kimlik

    I’ll find out tomorrow. Was give a letter when I submitted my application. Will let you know what it’s all about when I find out.
  26. 1 point
    Ok, quick update: We had our appointments in Besiktas. The person in charge only took photos, the health insurance, copies of our passports' first page and entry stamp page, a notarized rental contract, fees receipt, and the residence application. My husband was also asked to provide a copy of his e-visa, which thankfully he happened to be carrying with him. And then we were asked to go to a nearby tax office and pay some additional fees (about 587 TL each). I had already paid the fees listed on the residence application so I'm not sure what where the additional fees about but we got that sorted out and went back with our receipts. Then another officer added the receipt to our files and gave each one of us a "Teblig Tebellug Belgesi" form in Turkish that we also signed. And that's about it! The entire process was very quick. No one asked for any of the additional documents we had, like proof of income or marriage certificate...etc. I am not sure what to expect now, I'm assuming we'll get an email or sms soon asking for more documents?
  27. 1 point
    Yes, because he will not yet be 65 years old. That would be up to him, but once he is over 65, health insurance is not required. I think, but I am not sure, that once he enters his birth date, the option to enter the insurance may be either optional, or not there at all. I haven't heard of anyone over 65 who has had any problems with the online system, so I assume it is a straightforward thing. Yes, it is true. It says so here: Residence Permit Fee Amounts (in Turkish) At the bottom of that page, it says this: It says that citizens of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Kosovo, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Syria and Türkmenistan are exempt from residence permit fees according to a reciprocal agreement. Unfortunately, no. You will have to pay. According to the chart on the web page I linked to, the fee will be $25 USD for the first month, and 5 USD for additional months. So for one year it would be the Turkish Lira equivalent of $80 USD. There is also a card printing fee, which is 89 TL for 2019.
  28. 1 point
    Excellent! Good luck to you on your appointment. I hope you will update us on what happens, so we (and I) can get a better idea of the residence permit application process in Istanbul and how things work there. I hope your appointment goes smoothly and you get your residence permit.
  29. 1 point
    Thank you Ken for your valuable information.
  30. 1 point
    No, Please don't mis-understand me. I know you didn't say it to me but i know other Turks will say to me that i'm a coward if i mention i don't want to serve in the Turkish Army
  31. 1 point
    Well I found myself in Istanbul today and in the Zorlu Mall found Eataly with a half decent variety of wine at a pretty penny. Picked up some bottles in the Macrocenter so I'm good for now. I will keep my eyes out for the Tekel shops. Don't think I've ever seen one around here.
  32. 1 point
    Fizyo.deniz

    fizyo.deniz

    MSC. PT. DENIZ ALKAN She gained her physiotherapy qualifications in 2000 in Hacettepe University. She has got Master of Science title on Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation from Hacettepe University. She worked as an academic staff in Mustafa Kemal Univeristy. She has lots of articles, projects and courses, manuel therapy technics, isokinetic test and exercise system, Kinesio taping (KT3), sports taping technics, Dynamictaping, surface EMG practicing, manual lymph drainage, Thera-Band Academy (Bands, Balls, Balance), International patient support and communication trainings. She has experiences about sports physiotherapy and sports tourism with national and local teams. She is currently the full member of Association of Sports Physical Therapists in Turkey. She is also the Internatıonal Paralympic Committee National Swimming Classifier-Level 2 in Turkey. She has an experience of Human Tecar Synergy Method Therapy. She is working with swimmers, triathletes, disabled persons. She is an individual master swimmer of Turkey. She is working with national para-swimming team as a physiotherapist and she is working as a paraswimming classifier, and attending projects of related physiotherapy. She is a member of National Paralympic Committee. She has a certificate of wellness training. Also she is working as a manuel therapist and the stretch therapist in Antalya-Turkey.
  33. 1 point
    Heraa Farooq

    Legal Documents Translation

    Thank you for prompt reply Ken
  34. 1 point
    You should find some wine in a Migros supermarket, most will stock it although there is one in my local town that isn't allowed to as it is next to a mosque.
  35. 1 point
    Raven

    How to get a Police Certificate!?

    Thank you.
  36. 1 point
    I think that would be the only possible way. You must leave, but they may allow you to return if you pay a fine to have the ban removed. But that could only be done at a Turkish embassy or consulate outside of Turkey, after you leave. Also, remember that it was your family residence permit which was rejected, so you would have to wait six months to re-apply for a family residence permit, but you can apply for a short-term residence permit when you return, without having to wait six month, because it is a different type of permit. I wish you the best, and I hope you find a solution for the problem.
  37. 1 point
    Lonesome Cowboy

    Americans traveling in Turkey

    I have just read Ken's 5 bullet points and agree completely with every point he has made One thing that has not been mentioned is the fact that you have to carry ID at all times, be it passport or residency paperwork. These are as valuable to a thief as càsh or cards and extra care should be taken with them. Many people wear what is some times refered to as a bum bag. (a zip pouch worn around the waist) These in my opinion are not secure as a would be thief now knows where you keep your valuables an can plan his strategy. What I would suggest is a money belt, this is flat and roomy and is worn under your clothing. Keep some small money in your pants pocket and be careful where you access the belt. There might be one other item which Ken would be more qualified to answer. There is a growing feeling against the West at the moment, particularly Americans. Good luck and enjoy your stay here. Pete.
  38. 1 point
    APageau

    Americans traveling in Turkey

    Thanks for this post Thomas Meacham! I also grew up in Turkey in the 1980s at Incirlik. I've always considered Turkey 'my home' and miss it SO much. I was also looking into traveling to Turkey again but was also concerned about the State Dept. warnings. Thanks for the post and all of the replies putting me more at ease! =) Allen Incirlik - 83-85 / 87-91
  39. 1 point
    angelaturkey

    şaka = A Joke ...

    I have been absent because I ended up in hospital last week after being poisoned. I mistakenly ate a load of daffodil bulbs instead of shallots. I'm not happy, It's not too bad though the doctors have told me I should be out for spring. OR IN TURKISH ...Devamsızım nkü zehirlendikten sonra geçen hafta hastanede kaldım. Yanlışlıkla arpacık yerine bir sürü nergis ampul yedim. Mutlu değilim, doktorlar bahar için dışarı çıkmam gerektiğini söylemelerine rağmen çok da kötü değil.
  40. 1 point
    Apparently no lawyers have been able to reply, so I called one. According to her, Turkey has such strict insult laws that it is illegal to insult someone, even if what you are saying is true, if you can't prove what you are saying. And if you can prove what you are saying, it needs to be done in a court of law, and only in a court of law. So if he has done anything illegal, you can go to the police and report him. If he has not done anything illegal per se, but has unjustly gotten money from you, you can sue him in civil court. There have been cases where a foreign woman has posted such information about a Turkish man taking advantage of her, and the Turkish man didn't take the foreign woman to court over it. In these cases it is probably because the man was unaware of what is being said, or there actually was proof that he did what has been alleged, so taking the woman to court for insult would result in his losing the case, and his activities being made a matter of public record from the court documents. If you do post such information about someone on the internet, they have every right to report you to the prosecutor or sue you... that doesn't mean the prosecution will be successful or the complainant will win the lawsuit, but they can still report you to the prosecutor or open a lawsuit against you. So you are kind of on dangerous ground if you simply post derogatory information about someone online instead of taking them to court, where such allegations should be made. This is what I learned from a previous case: If the man has done anything like take money from you, borrow money and not pay it back, lie about needing money and getting money from you that way, that is illegal also. You can take him to court, and even get your money back, if you have proof that you gave it to him (like proof of a bank transfer). However... Some time ago I helped a foreign woman who had been defrauded by a Turkish man. In this case it was the usual love scam. I referred her to a lawyer and she provided to the lawyer proof of money transfers to the man based on various things which were later determined to be lies. She won the case. But collecting the money was near impossible. The court put a demand on the man's employer to pay back the money to the woman, from any future salary. So the man quit his job, then started working "off the books" somewhere else. Besides that, apparently the court can only take a percentage of the money at a time, and the man actually made a very low salary, so what the woman would have gotten back would have taken a long time to actually receive. That's not to mention any lawyer fees you might have to pay. So, if you have proof that you have given the man money based on a lie he told you, you probably have a case. But you would need to see a lawyer, and the man you will be taking to court will need to have assets or money that you can take from to get the money back. Please understand I am not a lawyer and this is not intended as legal advice, but this is what I understand from my conversations with lawyers and my previous experience helping someone get their money back from a love rat. I hope it helps.
  41. 1 point
    It's asking for a "No," or numara, meaning "number." So its not asking for a date. Looking at my current insurance policy, on the first page at the top it says "Yenileme No: 0" When I recently did my own renewal application I entered a zero. Look at your insurance policy and see if it has a Yenileme No, and enter that, or if it doesn't have one, try entering a zero.
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  43. 1 point
    I have recently learned how ignorant I was in my perception of a "proper beach." I'm from the East Coast of the United States. To me, a "proper beach" has always been a big, wide, sandy beach. I hadn't even seen a pebble beach until I came to Turkey. Lately I have met a LOT of people who prefer pebble beaches to sandy beaches. Pebble beaches were what they were used to, or they preferred them because the sand didn't get into any uncomfortable places. I hadn't even thought about that before. Anyway, since my first and latest posts, I have changed my idea about what a "proper beach" is.
  44. 1 point
    According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term "humpty dumpty" referred to a drink of brandy boiled with ale in the 17th century. The riddle probably exploited, for misdirection, the fact that "humpty dumpty" was also eighteenth-century reduplicative slang for a short and clumsy person. The riddle may depend on the assumption that, whereas a clumsy person falling off a wall might not be irreparably damaged, an egg would be. The rhyme is no longer posed as a riddle, since the answer is now so well known. Here is the text of Humpty, Dumpty - - French style - - "Un petit d'un petit S'étonne au hall Un petit d'un petit Ah! degrés de folles Un dol de qui ne sort cesse Un dol de qui ne se mène Qu'importe un petit d'un petit Tout Gai de Reguennes." Homme petit d'homme petit, s'attend, n'avale Homme petit d'homme petit, à degrés de bègues folles Anal deux qui noeuds ours, anal deux qui noeuds s'y mènent Coup d'un poux tome petit tout guetteur à gaine
  45. 1 point
    REDDERS

    Difference between kargo and ptt

    They are not related at all...kargo is sending items in a courier van,boxes etc... .PTT is the name of the Turkish Postal Service, which covers money exchange,posting letters,cargo,banking it's own phone sim cards & much more. MAIL SERVICES Postal Services Notification Telegram Registered Electronic Mail Other Mail Operations Stamp and Philately BANKING SERVICES Money Transfer Transactions Account Operations Pttkart & Pttmatik Banking operations Collection Operations Payment Transactions HGS
  46. 1 point
    IbrahimAbi

    Liver!

    I have found liver very hard to find in supermarkets. The butcher will normally have it. I am not sure which is cheapest, but I love Arnavut ciğeri Good luck
  47. 1 point
    Thank you Redder and Ken, Is there any way to apply from Turkey’s Embassy in my country to get any type of visa to come back soner than 90 days, because my wife is here and she is feeling so bad along.
  48. 1 point
    If not banned on exit, if you pay your overstay fine,you'll need to stay out 90 days if previously here with a visa. If you were applying for a renewal RP application,then you pay & leave ,as stated above But you can return immediately with a 90 day visa.
  49. 1 point
    Lonesome Cowboy

    Aygaz LPG

    After much though and consideration my wife has decided not to allow Aygaz to ruin her kitchen. We are going to have a 45kg cylinder outside the kitchen. Today my gardener came and he formed a base for the bottle. Tomorrow Aygaz will come in the afternoon to cut their supply to our kitchen. On Thursday Milangaz will make the alterations to the existing pipework and divert it to their cylinder.
  50. 1 point
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