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  1. Minister Koca announced on Twitter that, as of today, people who have had a second dose of Pfizer 6 months ago are eligible for a 3rd booster shot. The groups to be prioritized are: 60+ 16-60 with preexisting conditions Health workers He also pointed out that attaining a fully vaccinated 70% of the population was still the target versus today's 59% in order to reach immunity. Source: Twitter
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  2. I went to the post office in Kaş this afternoon to post a letter to UK, just an ordinary letter in an envelope. However the young lady behind the counter told me that they are not accepting letters going to UK, Germany and some other countries. I asked if letters from other countries will be delivered here (I have a post office box) and she didn't know. When asked why this is happening she didn't know, they had just been told not to accept the letters. Whether this is just Kaş or Turkey wide I don't know but if it continues Christmas cards from Turkey will be very late this (or next) year.
    2 points
  3. 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
  4. Hey Ken, Thank you for your valuable suggestion. I am not letting my guard down ever. I understand things can be quite complicated online. I had already made up my mind not to date anyone I meet online and I had made it clear with that man too. He is mature enough to understand the same. As you already know, Turkish people are quite hospitable and have their own charm so I was just smitten for a while. I am glad to be only his friend and will always put my gut feeling before my heart. As for the money part, he knows I am just a student and he is mostly interested in sending me things (gifts and all) rather than asking for it. Still, if he ever asks for it, I will follow your advice and not get carried over. Thanks. Discussing this really helped.
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  5. 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
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  6. Mr. Elvan, President of the Turkish Treasury, declared today that the foreign currency market is only regulated by offer and demand and discredited the rumors that say the government tries to keep foreign currency values high to incentivize exports. Meanwhile, surveys put the U.S. dollar at 9.97.-tl, inflation estimates at 19.31% by the end of this year and the TÜFE index at 15.61 (12 months). Source: NTV
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  7. 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..
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  8. Are you referring to taxes on new car purchases or annual road tax for all vehicles?. If annual road tax heres the 2021 fees .. Road tax is calculated on the engine size ,age and value of the vehicle.
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  9. Hello. I wanted to ask that how much time it takes to get the decision and short term residence card after submission of docs on appointment date. I submitted the docs on 12th of Nov in Pendik, Istanbul and whenever I check my status on e ikamet website, it says something like the evaluation process of your application hasn't started yet. After the process begins, you can check your status. Regards, Junaid
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  11. Here's the Daily Sabah article, posting Christmas cards might need a couple of visits to the post office. https://www.dailysabah.com/life/holiday-card-alert-whats-up-with-the-post-in-turkey/news
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  12. If you use the Turpex system at the post office it's 155 lira (today £9) for an ordinary letter in an envelope.
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  13. The same thing happened to me. I was living in my rental apartment for SIX YEARS without a rent increase. There was nothing in the contract about it. Then the landlord sent me a letter through a notary (an official notice) saying that my rent would be increased from ₺650 per month to ₺2,500 per month. He was trying to get the rent I should have paid with this ridiculously high price. As far as I know the rent can only be raised up to the average of the producer price index (ÜFE) and the producer price index (TÜFE), but in any case the link Redders gave you will tell you the maximum increase. I talked to a lawyer about what I should do about this official notice of this exorbitant rent increase. She said "do nothing. He is completely wrong and he cannot raise the rent by that amount." But I went to see him anyway. First were the emotional appeals. Then the anger. Then the pounding on the desk and the treats to remove the door or toilet (totally illegal). I should mention that in Turkey, landlords and various businesspeople do this when they have no legal leg to stand on... they have nothing to lose, and if some shouting gets them a few hundred lira, then the shouts are well spent. Anyway I again remind you that you don't have to do anything but pay an increase according to the information found by following the link Redders gave you. My lawyer said that if the rent was significantly lower than what the landlord should be getting, the landlord could go to court (as Redders mentioned). This is probably based on a law similar to an American law regarding "unjust enrichment." That is, if the court finds you are really getting an unreasonable advantage over your landlord, they can adjust the rent. But this has nothing to do with favorable exchange rates or the weak Turkish lira. And the court may not rule in the landlord's favor. And it does take a lot of time in the courts. In any case don't pay any more than the increase Redders described. Personally, the rent I was paying after six years of no rental increases was FAR below the rents of nearby similar properties. I personally volunteered to create a new contract with the landlord. (no legal obligation, but I wanted to be fair) And now my NEW contract gave me two years with no rent increases. And after that, rent increases according to what Redders described above. I didn't have to do that, but I had been enjoying such low rent for so long and I didn't want to take advantage of the situation, even if I had the legal right to do so.
    1 point
  14. Update, Monday 29 Nov. Well there have been a lot of behind the scenes messages and phone calls going on in the last couple of days, the upshot of which is that an article will soon be published in Daily Sabah, probably both in print and online. I shouldn't pre-empt the publication but I will say I have been educated by the options available and ways round the restrictions and there should be normal service (pretty much) available for Christmas cards and presents, having said that for parcels to arrive on time you should be sending them very soon.
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  15. [DOC] Your landlord is totally incorrect & he almost certainly knows it & is playing on the fact that you're a foreigner with no knowledge of rental laws. If he hasn't raised the rent in previous years,then thats his problem not yours. Legally there is no way he can make you pay 3 years of backdated rent increases...And He Knows It.!!! If your contract is due for renewal in November 2021 the maximum legal increase for this month is 17.09%, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Heres the link to confirm what the total maximum amount can be.Just fill in your existing monthly rent figure . https://www.hesapkurdu.com/konut-kredisi/h/kira-artisi-hesaplama?fbclid=IwAR2K0VFaG7vFLe_w0aGZN2DTxWcv1U6ndfQ4uj7yOLJLkmy-wXHhBSfBsSo If he doesn't accept this increase then simply tell him you'll see a lawyer & sort it out in court. He knows this will take over a year to get a hearing. I'm still waiting for a date for my first hearing in a divorce case & it's so far been 14 months since a petition was filed to the local Turkish courthouse.
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  16. I discovered the reason for the restrictions in postal services. I sent an email to the Daily Sabah to see if they knew about it and could maybe investigate. I got a very nice email back and this is what it said: Dear Chris The PTT office in Kaş explained that mail to foreign countries are shipped through cargo flights and they might be subjected to restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic. Restricted countries are announced on the notifications webpage placed under the corporate menu of PTT's website (in Turkish language). https://www.ptt.gov.tr/Sayfalar/Kurumsal/Guncel.aspx#ptt_duyurular The most recent notification on the website is dated Nov. 11. However, the staff explained that a recent corporate notification issued on Nov. 24 (not uploaded on the website) restricts mail deliveries to large number of countries, including the U.K. and Germany, probably over restrictions affecting cargo flights. As DS, we are inclined to probe further through the PTT general directorate in Ankara, and might prepare an article on mail & cargo deliveries in Turkey and COVID-19 restrictions. Kind regards, Sinan Öztürk News Manager It makes me wonder why the staff don't get to know the reasons.
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  17. Hello Everyone, I became friends with a Turkish man online. Actually, it was through a language exchange app. We both are students. He is 3 years younger than me. He is currently studying in a military school. Fast forward - Within a few days of talking he confessed of having feelings for me.(We were not able to talk for 2-3 days so he realised it at that time) I told him that he might be infatuated but he said that it was love and he thinks of marrying me in the near future. (I still don't take it seriously) He said that he has talked about me to his sister too. It has been just 1 month but I really like talking to him. Recently he was not able to contact me so I became really worried and now it feels like, if I keep talking to him then I might fall for him. It is emotionally draining as we have never met. I have so much of trust issues and this is the reason that I have not yet given my number to him. (He asked me once but when I refused he didn't insist on it) I wanted to stop talking to him when I realised that I am getting attached (It is hard for me) but he insisted on staying as he loved me and all. I know he is not a scam as he had sent me pictures from his school so atleast I know that his information is genuine. The only thing is that he doesn't use any social media so I get more trust issues.(He said that he doesn't like using it for some reason) All I want to know is, What should I ask him to do to make me believe me? I am not good at dating. I get attached to people easily. I have read so many stories on how some Turkish men just flirt with foreign women and how good they are at talking ( I am from a third world country so the question of Visa doesn't stand here)
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  18. Mayor Tancu Ozcan introduced two surprising topics to be voted at the Municipal Assembly of Bolu: foreign nationals wishing to get married to another foreigner in Bolu, will now have to pay a whopping TL100,000.- for the service, and a price of USD 2.5.-/m2 for the provision of water. Both initiatives were unanimously approved. Foreigners under a refugee status will pay the same fees as a national, whereas foreigners residing in Turkey with a residence permit will pay higher prices for both services. Payments will be accepted in Turkish Liras but calculated according to the USD value of the day. Source: NTV
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  19. Yes you're right it doesn't make sense. I also wondered if it could be related to the financial situation here but can't imagine how. I went again yesterday and tried to push for answers to other questions but got nowhere. There was a situation last December when a mail stoppage between quite a lot of countries, Turkey included, was related to the corona virus, the Guardian had an article about it. No doubt we'll find out in due course.
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  20. Firstly understand this: It is people you trust who scam you. Not people you don't trust. No, you don't. Scammers often use photos, props, various other things to convince you that what they are saying is true. And they can be very convincing. Photos are easy and readily available, online or otherwise. Nothing. The issue is not him believing you, it is you believing him. I'm not saying this guy is a love scammer. But what Meral said is right. If he's talking marriage already, beware. I'm a retired investigator so I've seen a lot of scams. I've also helped several foreign women who were victims of scams perpetrated by love scammers in Turkey. In fact, I talked to one scammer here in Turkey who had several fiancés on the internet... he would basically have them visit him or visit them for sex, with his promises of marriage. And he would also get money from them with various lies. His mobile phone was stolen, he needed new shoes, his mother needs an operation, there was a terrible accident... whatever. In a typical scam the man will have some terrible emergency. Like an accident. Or a family member needs an operation. In some cases it's related to the military... they have some terrible problem and don't have enough money because the military doesn't pay much. And don't expect the scam to happen quickly. They have time. They take their time to get you to fall in love with them first. That's not a problem because they have multiple women in different stages of the timeline. My advise? Hold on to your feelings. NEVER form any conclusions, And certainly don't "fall in love" with someone you haven't met. Meet him first (even then you can't be sure, especially if you paid the airfare). Most importantly this: No respectable Turkish man will ever ask a woman, Turkish or foreign, for money. If he EVER asks for money, no matter what the alleged need or emergency, it's a scam. Don't fall for it. Again I'm not saying he is a scammer. I'm only telling you about how the love scammers work.
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  21. Let us know when you get it... it helps us all have a good idea for how long it takes.
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  22. Hey Meral, Thank you for the reply. He didn't ask for marriage on his own. I asked him about his future plans so to assure me that he sees a future with me he told that he is not interested in casual dating and plans to marry. For the video call, I do agree with you but now it is not possible as I told you he is in a military school so the environment is very strict so I can't even tell him to do that. As you said, I am not taking it that serious too so I am trying to keep myself away till I am actually sure. I have already told him that I won't date him though he wants to wait. I am just worried as I get attached very easily so I want to make sure that he is not just killing his time with me. Is there any other way or any question which I can ask him to see his true intention?
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  23. Still doesn't make sense Chris. I really wonder in what way it could possibly be pandemic-related, but it's a good excuse to provide! Slow as it may be, the supply chain is still moving, so why not snail mail?
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  24. Very strange! Might it have something to do with Covid, I wonder? Outbreaks in the UK & some EU countries appear to be surging...
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  26. I submitted on the same day as you did and I got my card yesterday, but my wife's not yet and showing the same message as you get. We submitted together though. I called 157 and they tole me to wait for maximum 90 days. I may call again next week or after.
    1 point
  27. Hi, TurkCell seems to have updated its price scheme days ago, so I created this Google Sheet which reflects the accurate price/data info to date. I'll update the sheet as time goes. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZwUrgZCh-wtr3gz3DJ91f61leXb2pVBZG3WTaugN1Qc/edit?usp=sharing At least as of today, 20211115, the best 10GB plan is the Gulumseten Firsat 10gb at 50TL per 28 days.
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  28. Thank you Ken .. i have received my trc card and finally land to my home country. They have some technical issues in their system.
    1 point
  29. I think you should go to the immigration office and make sure your address is correct there.
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  30. Hi there, for Kepez, My ASAT water bill arrives on or around the 9th of each month, a physical bill is delivered at the gate of the elevator, due date on the 23rd, 14 days after the bill creation date My CK AKDENIZ electricity bill arrives on or around the 15th of each month, physical bill, due date on the 25th, 10 days after the bill creation date My Turk Telekom ADSL bill arrives on or around the 4th of each month, electronic bill, due date on the 16th, 12 days after the bill creation date My Turk Cell Prepaid plan expires after every 28 days, have to manually purchase a new plan on the last day of the previous plan's validity date
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  31. Annual Emlak Vergisi is paid at your local Belediye office, so that would be at the Kepez Belediyesi if that's where you live. The Büyükşehir Belediyesi would be in the main town & is for the whole province of Antalya.. Each belediye usually has its own website, so try looking there. You'll need your kimlik number & a password to log in..
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  32. Hi there, just here to post to make sure others don't get as confused as I did. So after the Goc Idaresi interview, the lady told me to wait at home for the card to arrive within 30 days. However I have gotten no text messages whatsoever, no emails whatsoever. And I wasn't able to log onto the Goc Idaresi application status tracker since yesterday so I was panicking. I emailed Antalya's Goc Idaresi email address, but then called 157, and the lady at 157 collected my name and my passport number and my parents' first names. After a while she provided me a tracking number from PTT and apparently the card is already on the way to be delivered to my apartment in Kepez Antalya! So PTT didn't send me any text messages whatsoever, nor any emails regarding to the tracking number. I wouldn't have known any tracking numbers of mine until I called 157. Therefore 157 is a very important helpline, even available for people calling in on Saturdays! Do ya'll know if PTT delivers on Saturdays or Sundays? Or I probably would have to wait until Monday?
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  33. ''So PTT didn't send me any text messages whatsoever, nor any emails regarding to the tracking number.'' The PTT stopped sending the text with tracking barcode a year ago. You now check with either 157 or your GOC office to see if a tracking barcode has been issued, If so,take note of it & go online to the PTT tracker webpage, insert the barcode & track it from there.
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  34. Do you mean you are leaving Turkey and your visa has expired. You need to get to the airport several hours earlier than normal as you will have to pay a fine for overstaying. Make sure you have lira on you as if you don't pay the fine you could be banned from returning to Turkey for several months or even years.
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  35. The Turkish Statistics Institute announced yesterday the changes in inflation and Consumer Prices Index as follows: TÜFE (CPI - Consumer Prices Index) October 2021 October 2020 October 2019 Comparison with last month 2.39% 2.13% 2.00% Comparison with Dec.2020 15.75% 10.64% 10.59% Comparison with October 2020 19.89% 11.89% 8.55% Average of last 12 months 17.09% 11.74% 16.81% Some economists had projected a 20.01% climb for October, while the Central Bank adjusted the year end- inflation forecast from a previous 14% to an 18.4%. Source: TUIK
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  36. Excellent review of the process! Regarding tracking your residence permit's approval and delivery, see this article:
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  37. Turkey's government website is called e-Devlet (e-Government), at https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/, which offers a variety of public services to Turkish citizens and foreign residents with a single website. If you're planning to live in Turkey, you should join e-Devlet. What is e-Devlet? E-Devlet (e-Government) is Turkey's online website where you can get information about the government and its various offices and programs (both national and local), pay taxes and other bills, and download official e-signed documents which concern you. Because these documents are e-signed, they require no further authentication, so they're ready to use in application packages for residence permits, driving licenses, or anything else which requires a certified copy of a government record. You can join e-Devlet at any Turkish post office. How to Join and Use e-Devlet As soon as you have a yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identity number, or YKN), which you're assigned when you get your residence permit, you can join e-Devlet. Your YKN is on the front of your residence permit card. You can join at any branch of the PTT (post office). Here's how to do it. Go to the PTT with your residence permit, your passport, and your mobile phone. The clerk will enter your mobile phone number and your identity information into the e-Devlet system. Pay the fee of ₺2.00. You'll receive a temporary password by SMS message. On Your Desktop, Laptop, or Mobile Device Access e-Devlet from your desktop or laptop computer, or from your smartphone by downloading the e-Devlet application from your smartphone's app store. Use your foreigner identification number as your username, then enter your temporary password. Click Giriş Yap (Enter). You'll see a page, in Turkish, saying Şifrenizi değiştirmek ister misiniz? (Do you want to change your password?). Click Evet, şimdi yeni bir şifre belirlemek istiyorum (Yes, I now want to create a new password) to change it, or Hayır, şifremi kullanmaya devam etmek istiyorum (No, I want to use my current password) to not change it. Click Giriş Yap Once you've joined, have a look around the site. You may not need to use it just yet, but once you see how it's laid out and all the things you can use it for, you'll feel a lot more comfortable with it when you do need it. How to Change the Language to English Go to the home page of e-Devlet. Look to the bottom left. Under e-Devlet Kapısı (e-Devlet Entrance), select "English." Not all of the site is in English, but it will help. Otherwise, you can view it with the Chrome browser, using the Google Translate add-on and translate it that way. Learn how to use the Google Chrome Browser with the Google Translate Extension. Things You Can Do with e-Devlet Below are the most common things you might need e-Devlet for. There's much more, so also go to the home page and visit the various categories and subcategories of all of the services e-Devlet offers. The following links go directly to the associated page e-Devlet. If you're not logged in already, the system will prompt you to do so. As soon as you log it, the system will return you to the page. Create your HES code for tracking and tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Foreign mobile phone, including registration and paying the tax Home phone and mobile phones Court cases you're involved in Fines for the HGS highway toll system Social security status Check your government health insurance status Pay your government health insurance bill Real property you own Tax liability and payments Fines you owe, including traffic fines Vehicles registered in your name Registered address information Criminal record Hospital appointments Country entry and exit dates Even if you don't need it right now, visit e-Devlet and browse around so you'll know what's there when you do need it. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
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  38. Hello, I’m looking for legal advice for the following situation. I work in Turkey and have been renting for 3 years (date of rental agreement start 25 Oct). My rent has never been increased, however my landlord has written to me advising that I need to pay 3 years backdated rent and the increase according CPI for 3 years and says it was my responsibility to automatically increase it without the need for the landlord to advise of the increase amount. My contract does not say it is my responsibility to automatically do this nor can I find any reference in the Turkish rental law to this ‘undocumented’ agreement. What I can find is that he should contact me prior to the rent renewal date advising if the increase amount, which would give an opportunity to negotiate or terminate. My lease agreement has clauses that say the lease will be renewed for another year at the same terms and conditions if the landlord does not contact me but my landlord says this has nothing to do with the increase in rent. I feel I am being intimidated and want to know if what he says is correct. who can I speak to about some good Turkish law legal advice? Many thanks vickie
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