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  1. These Turkish guys look so good on paper, over the phone and/or virtually. In person though and after the initial magic wears off, it's another story....:))
    3 points
  2. Hello Stein, welcome to Turkey Central. Sorry to have to say this but.... You've never met him but you think you're in love? What would you say to a friend who told you that? You're not in love and you're not in a relationship. You are Penfriends. You are incredibly naive and this happens all the time, usually in order to get money out of someone. He probably mutes his calls because his WIFE will hear, not his parents. Stop deceiving yourself and find someone in your country, you do not need to look elsewhere. If he hasn't asked already he will probably ask for help paying some large bill that has just come about, maybe his mother or father has to have an operation and the family can't afford afford it. His sister might have her phone stolen and not be able to afford a new one...the list goes on. Try asking him to pay for a ticket for you to come and meet him.
    3 points
  3. Dear Fada, We have also read such news, but to my understanding, it seems to be nothing but a political message. Because it is simply not realistic to legally enforce in practice. The reason why, no government officer has the right to ask you if you had a Syrian citizenship when you are doing a property purchase application with your EU passport. That does not make sense. Plus, even if you are asked, then you have no obligation to disclose your other nationalities (Inc. Syrian or others) but you can simply say "Please, proceed with my EU passport". That's it. Regards,
    3 points
  4. Current SGK fee is 858TL per month as Redders says. That 107.33 is for a Turkish worker. Translated from the page in your link "The premium amount to be paid by people whose income is above one third of the gross minimum wage is 3% of the gross minimum wage. For this reason, the premium amount to be paid by those in this scope for 2021 is 107.33 TL per month."
    3 points
  5. Sorry to be blunt, but this sounds very fishy to me. I don't believe he is a dentist. If he were serious and you've been talking for a month, he would have given you more personal information. I would re-evaluate your trust in this person.
    3 points
  6. It's not a problem. Just ask for paket (pah-keht). They'll wrap it up for you to take with you. I also do this often, and every restaurant I've been to in Turkey offers the option. Turkey also has a food delivery website that is excellent. It's at www.yemeksepeti.com. You set up your account with your address (it's also a good idea to provide some instructions, in Turkish, on how to get there). Once you're set up it's easy to order food to be delivered to your door. You'll have to be in Turkey to set up your account first, and also access it from Turkey so you can see what restaurants and food is available.
    3 points
  7. Updates on Rent (sorry, in Turkish) : https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/finans/haber/kiraya-tüfe-üzeri-zam-yapılabilir-mi/ar-AANjDO3?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBpmdUa https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/finans/haber/kira-fiyatlarıyla-ilgili-son-dakika-zam-açıklaması-ev-sahibi-ve-kiracıları-yakından-ilgilendiriyor/ar-AANji4m?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBplW3i
    3 points
  8. Finally, i am going to be vaccinated today with Biontech.
    3 points
  9. Hana,if she's already been rejected she can't make another application for an RP of the same status [i assume hers was a touristic application] anywhere in Turkey for a minimum of 6 months. Also has her tourist visa time of 30 or 90 days expired?. If so again she can't apply with expired visa time. as she's here illegally. Thirdly choosing Istanbul is the worst city she could apply in,they refuse as many as they accept especially those holding non EU or non mainstream passports.
    3 points
  10. Good point, Fada. I'm very grateful to the people working on getting this pandemic under control, especially to those who developed these vaccines. And most of all to the healthcare workers who risk their lives treating the victims of the virus. When I think about that, I can't possibly consider wearing a mask and following the other rules as an inconvenience.
    3 points
  11. Depends how important to you the various criteria are. Nobody else can answer that for you, it's your money and your decision.
    3 points
  12. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu spoke yesterday (16/04/2021) at the Evaluation Meeting for Combating the Coronavirus Outbreak. A warning to expats in Turkey, if you try to deceive the authorities during curfew hours by showing your foreign passport pretending to be a tourist, your residence permit or Turkish citizenship will be cancelled if caught. https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/son-dakika-bakan-soylu-acik-acik-uyardi-bunu-kim-yaparsa-ikametini-iptal-ederim-acimam-41790643?fbclid=IwAR31jWGMh4fC7I0_WH1WwcInpVW_JHI-SdJ4EOgN3H_tCELLV2oByABRhNc
    3 points
  13. Hey, As for someone who is a foreigner and has total 3 apartments in Istanbul almost an investment of over 600.000 TL in good times when lira was expensive I can give some advice. 1. Try to buy 2 properties rather than 3. If you can find 1 in a good area near transportation (metrobus etc) would be better. The more units you buy, the more it will be hassle for you to manage it. It is not very easy to find renters who live long-term. Usually renters live short term 3-6 months and move away. This is going to be a problem for you if you buy 3 properties and if yourself prefer to live in India and manage properties online; It would be more practice to stick with 1 property and manage it. 2. According to my experience; maximum rental income you could get from a house is 0.5% per month of your total investment. This if you furnish it and if house is in good neighbourhood near to transportation. So you could calculate it according to your standards in India. If you can earn same from India; It's better to invest there specially if you are not willing to relocate to Turkey for long term living. 3. Use sahibindeen for good house listings and then visit yourself to Turkey and finalize the deal. Most dealers are good; few are shaddy. I have dealt with real estate agents knowing very little Turkish and I managed. 4. I never used or hired a lawyer nor translator. Maybe I was lucky to encounter good people. If this post is active and you still looking for investment; I would be happy to consult you through this post and my experience. Thank you.
    3 points
  14. Meral

    Engagement Customs

    Hi Ali, welcome to the forum. I'm guessing you are also from a Turkish family? It's never easy living with 2 different cultures -- one rather stricter than the other. And it also depends on exactly how strict the parents are. In Turkey the relationship is normally strictly monitored by the girl's parents if they are traditional.. the idea being no hanky-panky before marriage! Vacations or trips with friends -- depends on the parents. If they already approved your engagement, you can ask them! Good luck!
    3 points
  15. Sorry to say but it sound super suspicious to me too. Why didn't she give you her hospital room phone number? For that amount, she should have a couple of private phones in her room. I would stop sending her money at this point.
    2 points
  16. Hi Stein, I am Jewish and Canadian, and married into a traditional Turkey/Kurdish Muslim family. The family didn't want me but my husband still married me. We are divorced now, but I still come over to Turkey and stay with him. We have a son together. So the answer to your question is, if he really loves you, he will marry you.
    2 points
  17. This military school whereby he can write to you but not video chat with you also sounds fishy to me. Although I must say that Turkish people do tend to go overboard with their feelings and even friendship very quickly. I guess it is part of their ..... charm??!
    2 points
  18. Hi Meral, I asked a few more questions today, no more real information but their guess is that it is pandemic related. Very frustrating to not be told why
    2 points
  19. Bills can arrive anytime (at least they do here in Çeşme), whenever they feel like it ! If your Turkcell Plan is pay-as-you-go (I thought they were for 30 days?), you can let it roll over automatically simply by making sure you have enough credit loaded on in time..
    2 points
  20. Thank you Ken for you response, and Meral (for your "like"), If I may add a correction (with my apologies for the mistake), the precise title of the book is actually: William Eaton, A Survey of the Turkish Empire (London: Cadell & Davies, 1809). The page number is correct.
    2 points
  21. I agree with Mimi, it almost sounds like he has cut you off, for whatever reason. If he has your contact details he would have contacted you, if he had wanted. Might be a good idea to forget him...
    2 points
  22. So I was told by TurkeySimCard.com which is where I purchased this number of mine, that the temporary phone number will stop working after 3 months. And Turk Telekom guy told me that I have to register the sim card (not the phone) with TurkCell which is the operator of my Sim Card, with an ikamet and convert the tourist status SIM card into a normal ikamet Sim Card...
    2 points
  23. You also need original documents that prove that you have graduated from high school in your own country. Some older people find this a serious problem, particularly those from the UK, where they do not give a high school diploma as such. If you convert a foreign licence into a Turkish one (without the driving course) your original foreign licence is taken and returned to the issuing authority. I am not sure what happens if you take the driving course as US citizens are obliged to do.
    2 points
  24. I brought my old phone from my country and bought a Turkcell SIM card and a tourist package a month ago. Since my phone is not worthy to register, I decided to buy a cheap domestic phone. I was worrying about the same issue. I may be wrong since the people in Turkcell could not speak English at all. But I understood they seemed to say the registration was for the foreign phone not the SIM card. So, I bought one and they put the same SIM card into my new domestic phone, topped up a new package and told me I would not need to change SIM card some time later. I think It is all about the fees for foreign phones just like Ken said.
    2 points
  25. I came to Turkey 3 weeks ago and I have lived here in Muratpaşa Antalya since then. I also was wondering how they were delivered. The way to be delivered in my apartment is same as yours. Yesterday, I found the water bill at the ground floor near elevator. It was a random place. Out of many bills, I found mine and someone put the electrical bill today in the exact same way. My suppliers are same as yours, CK Akdeniz and ASAT. I logged into my Ziraat bank account with a mobile banking and as soon as put the account number for water and electrical, there was already my name, address and the amount of due. Just simple click few times and that was it. There was no fees. It was pretty straight forward. On the actual bill, the water printed on October 14 and the electrical printed on October 15. Hopefully, this helps you.
    2 points
  26. No I don't, we pay all bills by direct debit or occasionally internet banking. We pay the water bill cash to the guy who reads the meter.
    2 points
  27. Presumably abandoned after commission was paid! I would either ask a neighbour who the yonetici is, and go to see them, or go back to the agent
    2 points
  28. I would not ship items of sentimental value, I would bring them with me. DHL or UPS are options, but they will only hold them for about 3 days, so best to get someone to send them to you after you arrive here. Anything you send may be liable for customs fees. I know someone who had a major hassle getting a parcel out of customs, and it was only a cheap spare part for his car.
    2 points
  29. Yes, wasting food is a sacrilege. At home we never throw leftovers out. I even save the peelings from fruit & veg to give away to neighbours for their chooks (read chickens). Everything should be recycled. And yes, anyone is entitled to take home whatever is uneaten at restaurants... after all, they have paid for it!
    2 points
  30. I found this video online, which seems to be updated.
    2 points
  31. I think Eglegal already gave the answer, but perhaps he will provide more information. It sounds to me like the rental adjustment is what Eglegal referred to as asking for an increase in court. There's a similar law in the USA, about "unjust enrichment." That is, even if a contract has been agreed to by two parties, if it is grossly unfair to one of the parties, a judge can adjust the terms to make it fair. It seems to me that this big rent increase is what's unfair. And it seems to me your mother's age works against the landlord. Especially picturing her before a judge matched against a greedy landlord. The rental laws in Turkey tend to favor the renter anyway. Of course I'm not a lawyer so don't take this as legal advice! But as I mentioned before I had the same encounter with my landlord. Yes, he could have gone to a judge and ask that the rent price be adjusted (and he just might have gotten one since what I was paying was well under the market price). He got angry, raised his voice, growled, slammed his fist on the desk. There's a saying in Turkey that the first one who gets angry and slaps the table wins. He threatened to keep hairdressing me, remove the door, toilet, etc. (which is completely illegal). Doing things legally would be a hassle and might work against him, so he used intimidation instead. So I did some searching using Sahibinden.com to see what similar apartments were renting for near my place. And I said I would pay no more than that and made him an offer. I didn't have to do that, but I had been benefiting from very low rent for six years and wasn't planning to live there much longer. So out of fairness I agrees to pay the market price according to similar listings. He accepted. Suddenly he was a nice guy again. You might try that. But if he refuses, and threatens to go to court, then in my opinion, I'd let him. It might just be still in court when your mother moves out. Again I'm just telling you what I did, and what I think I might do in your situation. That's all. Like my landlord, because the law doesn't favor him, he's trying to get what he wants with intimidation. One other point here. To formally notify the landlord, make sure you use a notarial notice that I mentioned before. That's the only way you can prove in court that you had made the offer and that he refused it or failed to reply. SMS messages or e-mails, or things written on paper won't meet the legal notification standards. I mean this especially for your offer to settle the matter. If it does go to court, the court will see that you made the offer and he either refused or failed to respond. And the landlord will know that.
    2 points
  32. Sadly GDB thats not possible anymore. For those country that are party to the convention for licence exchange you start at your local Nufus office & have to have a noterised copy of your foreign licence sent back to the country of issue to confirm it is still valid & not revoked,then go through the paperwork,health checks & payment of required taxes prior to the new Turkish driving licence issued. For those with UK licences it takes on average 5 months to hear back from the DVLA,after that its as long as you take to finish the job of tests & payments, as above.
    2 points
  33. Thank you @IbrahimAbi. It is good to hear from you. As you can see, I will have to go back to driving school since the US are not a signatory of the UN convention allowing exchange of drivers' license. That'll be an experience... and at the same time. I am more than okay keeping my Lone Star driver's license. Couldn't find its flag in the Emoji's by the way
    2 points
  34. You're right sir. You will never know what mess they have hidden in the old houses that you need to spend extra cash to fix it (they even do it in new units!). My apartment's director also told me that I can insulate our unit with around 10K (I may be wrong about the exact price), so you may also insulate your house for extra proof although it will take some extra space on the surfaces that you want to insulate. So sorry to hear about your experience. It's a shame that we are unwillingly packed with some jerks in shoe-box apartments. I never thought of silence to be such a blessing and I really miss living in an independent house. I wish you a peaceful life sir!
    2 points
  35. I've been an expat in Turkey for 7 years. My first bad experience with neighbors was in dormitory in the university. There was a Turkish guy who didn't bother to put on his headphones while listening to his traditional Turkish music and he talked loudly with his Russian girlfriend every night. People playing guitars at night was common. We bought a residence unit. At first it was extremely peaceful. I was naive to think that it was because of the good sound insulation of the building (dorms had paper thin walls). The fact was that we were among the first residents of the new far from town building and its surrounding was mostly empty. After several years, now we are surrounded by other buildings and our building is full of residents. If you are someone sensitive to noise like me it is a living hell, especially during covid lockdown. Every morning I wake up with pounding noises that is non-stop until my neighbors leave their houses. My downstairs neighbor literally hit something heavy to the wall (I imagine) early in the morning and evening making me to have panic attacks. This made me to go door to door to find the source of that impact sound (I didn't know at that time). He denied it. Until fortunately they moved out and the sound stopped. My next door neighbor often pulls chairs with a lot of noise. My upstairs neighbor is the worst. He doesn't work outside much. He is home most of the time making lots of pounding noises (to be fair I'm not sure if he makes all of those pounding noises but most of them are coming when he's home), God knows what he is doing out of his boredom! There is a repeating hitting sound that is driving me crazy. Sometimes he plays music for hours on his bass system. I get headache and my ears hurt. I have become so desperate that I go a long distance in this hot weather to university to study. People are talking in their balcony after midnight, dogs are barking (fun fact: you can't sue someone for pet noise here), you can hear bass music sound from cars and surrounding buildings even at night, a guy has a habit of leaving his old car's loud engine running while he's talking on his phone out of his car for a long time, children's screaming (this is the least of my problems!), etc. I grew up in an independent house and I hate living apartment life but I have to. You might ask if I have complained to the building director or not. Yes I have done it so many times. I have gotten two reactions: some of them think I'm overreacting and basically my neighbors have the right to do whatever they want because it is their house! Others say they can't do further than warning the neighbor and police will do the same. So basically I have to find a way to get used to it! To add to this, I'm living in an upper-class region of the city so I can't imagine how it is like to live in an average or bad neighborhoods! I came to conclude that, it is not that I have bad luck with my neighbors, but this is a cultural issue here. People can be wealthy, educated, and talk very civilized when you meet them (like my upstairs neighbor). But they don't seem to care about respecting their surrounding people's peace. You must be very lucky to have good neighbors because the walls here aren't going to save you from noise either. It has been 6 months that I'm living under constant stress and I'm counting days to finish my university and leave this place. Edit: I forgot to mention this. And one time someone complained about our noise for bringing someone to repair the faucet in our bathroom can you believe that?!
    2 points
  36. That is a very good question which is why a legal representative here in Turkey is extremely important to act on your behalf. A legal representative in Turkey would help you to secure your position by taking the fund into its trust account and would not release it until all procedures have been completed. We urge our clients not to do full payment directly to seller's account until official papers are ready by the property title deed (tapu) office. Besides, it is also very important to have a proper legal audit over the unit if there is any charge/encumbrance or other negative records which reduce the value of the target property. Indeed, you might be interested in buying a property (by doing online check over the listings, pictures etc), but it may turn out that that property has charges (mortgage, bank loan, 3rd person claims etc) on the official records which the debt is sometimes equal to the purchase price. As a result of the title transfer, you become the debtor against 3rd parties as the new property owner and this happens to be devastating.
    2 points
  37. Goreme is correct. A student residence permit doesn't contribute to the eight years of residence required for a long-term residence permit. The other types, or a work permit, does. The duration of a short-term residence permit is up to two year, but the immigration specialist handling your case can give you less, for example, one year. The "touristic" short-term residence permit also applies to foreigners who are renting their property. But they can be extended indefinitely. I, for example, have been living in Turkey as a renter for around 20 years with a touristic short-term residence permit. I have just now applied for the long-term residence permit. So it doesn't matter if you're applying for the short-term residence permit after graduation. It is still a short-term residence permit, regardless of the purpose. So you would need to get a short-term residence permit and live in Turkey with it for at least eight years without a significant interruption. A significant interruption is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service.
    2 points
  38. Thanks Ken. Just to know when you made the e-nabiz registration did you choose a Family Physician?
    2 points
  39. I can't answer that as there's no way of telling. She should speak with 157 again & ask what the application number is that has been rejected,then she'll know if it's her 1st or 2nd. Regardless i'd be surprised if the 2nd one isn't cancelled as Pendik will see immediately on the system that she made an application that was rejected only days before.
    2 points
  40. Paypal does not allow accounts Turkey. I don't know about Payoneer.
    2 points
  41. The 120-day period a foreigner can use their mobile phone in Turkey without registration has been extended to 365 days because of the pandemic. You can't just change the SIM card and get more time. That's because the system records the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of the phone itself. I read in a Facebook group that if you leave Turkey and return, the time period you can use the phone without registration starts all over again. No source of the information was provided. So today I went to the Turkcell shop on my street to ask them. Unfortunately, they didn't know. But they gave me a telephone number of the Bilgi Teknologileri ve İletişim Kurumu (Information Technologies and Communication Authority, or BTK) at 120. I called that number but there was no English option and my Turkish normally isn't good enough for such a complex conversation. On Monday a friend of mine is coming over, and her Turkish is excellent. I'll ask her to call and find out for sure.
    2 points
  42. Hello Farah, welcome to Turkey Central. Thank you for your post, you are obviously have a tough time wondering what to do about your situation with the Turkish guy you are corresponding with. Sometimes men from other countries will try to get money from European or Western women and sometimes they will try to get a visa to enter the country. The first thing you should realise is that you will not be in love with each other until you have met face to face and have known each other for a while. All you have at the moment is a Pen Pal, nothing more. Before you make any commitment to meet this guy I would suggest that you read through a lot of the posts in the Dating and Romantic Relations forum, there you will find a lot of posts from women in exactly your situation and unfortunately a lot that ended badly. Clearly you miss having a man in your life but you should be very careful about finding another.
    2 points
  43. Postal applications have now finished .All applications are in person now in all offices in Istanbul.
    2 points
  44. I got my first vaccination yesterday afternoon. No side effects at all. I'm now to make an appointment for the second vaccination on or after April 29th. Neither the e-Nabiz system nor anybody at the clinic asked me anything about insurance, e-Nabiz just needed my foreigner ID number, and the clinic just needed to see my ID card.
    2 points
  45. An update. We went to the clinic at half ten to be vaccinated, my wife was vaccinated but as I am not yet a Turkish citizen I was told that I had to contact the British consulate who would book register me with the e-nabiz site and book my appointment. This turned out to be a misunderstanding and that is not something the British consulate can do. I went to the e-Nabiz site but not having a Turkish national insurance number was unable to log in. We called our local clinic and were told to come in with my mobile phone Turkish ID, British Passport and they would register me with e-Nabiz using a temporary ID number. We did that, my stepson doing some translations and I was able to book a vaccination appointment for the morning of the ninth of April.
    2 points
  46. Both my wife and myself (both aged 61) were booked to be vaccinated this afternoon, 31 March, however when we got to the clinic we were told that they had not been provided with enough doses to cope with the demand. We were told they should be having a delivery tomorrow morning, but that we should phone first. We are in Antalya.
    2 points
  47. My appointment is on 7 April... hope all goes well for all of us!
    2 points
  48. Update: Appointment Booked: 08.02.2021. Appointment Date: 24.02.2021. Positive assessed: 17.03.2021. Card in Hand: 21.03.2021. Total Five weeks from applying in system and getting it in hand.
    2 points
  49. Update: Appointment Booked: 08.02.2021. Appointment Date: 24.02.2021. Positive assessed: 17.03.2021. Lets see how long it takes for the card to get printed and get in the hand.
    2 points
  50. Hi everyone, Thanks for all your helpful suggestions. FedEx have been emailing with the customs department in Turkey, And they said that the Turkish customs people would not allow FedEx to be the broker for this consignment. My daughter then got an email from the customs lady in Turkey, Asking my daughter for her details, copy of her passport and photos of her passport stamps when she entered the country. I also took the advice which several people on here gave me, To add her Turkish ID number, She is still waiting for her card to arrive, so I told her to also put her partners details down, and his ID number, As they are both registered at the same address. She received an Email the next day, saying that the parcel will now be cleared through customs, And will be delivered to her, And this will take around 4 business days. I am not sure which particular factor helped, But I feel relieved that she will finally get her stuff. So we are keeping everything crossed now, That it will arrive next week, Once again thank you all for the help you gave me
    2 points
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