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    Star, this is indeed a great topic. Great conversation about it, bound to help someone else who might be in the same situation. I hope you will come back to teach us what you have learned.
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    Hello, I just shipped my dog here and thought I would share some updated information in order to help others. The first stop is PLAN AHEAD! I mean about a month and a half before you come to Turkey. The reason is this, Every destination in Turkey has different Requirements! Some places will require a Tick Titer test and what that means is blood work will have to be done on your dog, your local vet will draw the blood and send it off to a lab in St Louis, MO. That is the only place in the country that performs this test and it can take a few weeks for the results. Other places will require that you have to get a European Microchip, sometimes both. The very next step is CALL TURKISH AIRLINES and ask them about the requirements for your destination. Turkish Airlines has the list of all the requirements for all he major destinations in Turkey. On their web page they have a information page (bear in mind that some breeds won't be accepted Like Bull Dogs) the list f unacceptable dogs is on that page. A phone number to call during normal business hours Eastern Time, is also on the page CALL IT! You will have to call the number and ask that you will need a International heath certificate (which will require the tick titer test), or a regular health certificate. In my case since I was going to Adana they accepted a normal health certificate and proof that the shots were up to date. They also should take a picture of your dog and have it on the page with it's shots, that is proof that the vaccinated animal is the one that you are bringing. They also recommend that you show up 4 hours before your flight because they will have to analyze the paperwork. If your dog is small enough it will be allowed in the cabin with you, but they will charge an additional $70.00 If the dog is too big it will have to ride with the suitcases and the price is $170.00. If you plan to go back and forth a lot and if you qualify, you can register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal. Emotional Support Animals don't need to be trained, and registration can be done over the phone. I used (therapypet.org) you fill out a form, and they will call you for verification and/or payment, It cost me about $170. and they will e-mail you the letter immediately, the hard copies will arrive in a couple of days. Since my dog was registered his ticket was free. I experienced no problems, with just the regular health certificate, shot record, and service dog letter. However there were some delays because a supervisor (and all his brothers) needed to look at the paperwork which was all written obviously in English. There are no places in Attaturk Arport for your dog to relieve themselves, I can't speak for all dogs but my dog, a Chi-weenie (and my father's dog a lhasa apso) don't go to the bathroom for 3 days after traveling (i'm talking about the dreaded Number 2 here) my dog waited about 23 hours before he actually peed...............I HOPE YOU FIND THIS INFORMATION USEFUL.
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    True. Unless you keep the money in a checking account in your own country and withdraw it from a bank machine with a bank card for that account. The interest rate on the US dollar in Turkey is lower because the inflation rate in the USA is lower. It is higher for Turkish Lira accounts because the inflation rate in Turkey is higher. Interest rates in a large part are based on inflation rates. Also, there is no telling what might happen with currency exchange rates. So if you are going to be using the money to buy things in Turkey, then you should change it to Turkish Lira and keep it in a Turkish Lira account. In that case if exchange rates change it won't matter, because you will have Turkish Lira and be spending it in Turkey. You can put it in a time deposit if you want to get higher interest, but the money has to stay in the time deposit account for the time specified. If you take it out early there is a penalty. If you just have it in a regular account with a bank card, you can withdraw it from a bank machine anywhere with no penalty using your bank card.
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    I assume you're talking about changing all of your money over to Lira. If you have a bank card you can pull money out of the bank machine when you need it, which is what I have done for years. Ziraat Bank and İşbank don't seem to charge any fees, at least in my case. But my bank back home does. You should change some of it into Lira before you leave, so you will have enough to travel with. You'll get better exchange rates in Turkey, so you can change the rest after you get here, or just take it out of a bank machine. I don't know what your personal bank charges would be, for bank machine withdrawals, you would have to check with your bank. I am going to be changing my old habit of using bank machines to live on, though. So I am going to make monthly transfers so I can have my utility bills paid automatically by the Turkish bank, and also use a Turkish bank card. There's a fee for the international transfer as well, again you will need to check with your bank on what that would be if you want to use that option. According to my bank, I can transfer it from my US dollar account in the USA to a Turkish Lira account in Turkey, and the conversion will be made automatically at the daily rate. If you're going to be living here, I wouldn't worry too much about what the exchange rate is, unless you'll be changing the money back into US dollars.
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    According to taxifarefinder.com the fare from taksim to tuzla is 111TL (43kms 44 minutes) and from Ataturk airport 152TL (59 kms and 54 minutes).
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    For future journeys, it would have been better to arrive at the other airport, Sabiha Gökçen, as Tuzla is close to that airport. Tuzla is a long way from Taksim. If you want to travel as cheaply as possible from Ataturk airport it should be possible to get to Tuzla by public transport, but I'm afraid I don't know the way. There is the metro from the airport of course, maybe to Yenikapı, then I think you need the new marmaray and transfer to the Kadıköy to Pendik metro line. But you need to ask someone who is more familiar with istanbul travel. You can find information about the public transport system in istanbul from iett, http://www.iett.istanbul/en
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    You will need to go to the otogar for out of town buses, but anywhere within Istanbul from Taksim should not be a problem
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    Yes of course you can go to any of the tax offices in Turkey. I find it hard to believe that they gave you a bank account without a tax number at Ziraat Bankasi though?! Never ever heard of that before and I have been in Turkey for 13 years now...and Yes, Yes, Yes, in my opinion Yapi Kredi bank is the very best one in Turkey ...The best interest rates that are quoted are all for TL monthly deposit accounts ... so you cannot put US Dollars in there or UK Pounds either ...currently 12.5% at Yapi Kredi and that is based on a year, investing your money every month ... that can be done automatically if you are happy to leave it there for a year, or you can email your contact at Yapi Kredi and advise them every month what you wish to deposit or to take out of that account ... or, do what I do ... email the contact and ask her to transfer some TL to Cash Account and re-deposit the rest into the TL monthly deposit account... x Angela in Side x
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    I remember when it was 1.5 or 1.6. You previously asked about Forex. Over time, company stocks, especially those held by mutual funds into which you can directly invest, perform above all other investment options, including bonds and cash instruments. If you want to put your money into such a place for a long time, and let it grow, that is investment. As I understand it, stock mutual funds tend to yield some 15%. But they fluctuate a lot. That is why, when you get close to the time when you will need the money, you should gradually transition your money into bonds, or a bond mutual fund. Lower, fluctuation, and lower interest, but the return is more sure. Then when you need the money, you should transition more into short-term "commercial paper" which is very short-term debt instruments. All of this can be done with mutual funds. T Rowe Price even offers "Target Date" mutual funds which will create a retirement plan for you based on what date you want to retire. What I said above is investment. That is, putting money into an investment, so your money will grow. Forex trading is not investment. Forex trading is gambling. There is certainly nothing wrong with Forex trading. Theoretically, you could start trading right now with 1,000 USD, and tomorrow have 1,500 USD. Or 500 USD. If you have money to burn and want to give Forex trading a try, by all means do so. But if you are interested in putting some money away in a place where it is far more certain to make more, and you have five, ten, twenty or 30 years to let it grow... that's investment.
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    Dear new and future students, I know that many people might ask about getting rp card. I state the procedure below. Please note that the financial proof document is not needed for the students unlike tourists. (Number 5) 1-) Residence Permit Application Residence Permit is an official document stating registration with the Provincial Migration Administration Management (İl Göç İdaresi). All international students, regardless of status, are required to apply for a residence permit as soon as they arrive in Turkey. Please check your visa requirements and duration of stay allowance in Turkey in the link. Please note that you cannot leave Turkey without obtaining your residence permit card. If you do so, you will receive a penalty depending on your case. Turkish citizens/blue card holders do not need to get a residence permit. Provincial Migration Administration Management is the authorized unit for the residence permit process and you can apply online for an appointment via https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr A- Steps you should follow up for residence permit first application a-) You should make your online residence permit application in this link: https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr b-) You should select "first application" and “student residence permit” buttons and fill in the form. c-) After you complete the form, you will select a new appointment date for your residence permit application. d-) After filling the form and selecting the appointment date, you need to get a print of your application form and prepare necessary documents listed as below. *The address of Provincial Migration Administration Management is HIRKA-İ ŞERİF MAHALLESİ VATAN CADDESİ NO:64/ 34091 FATİH / İSTANBUL (It is next to Vatan Police Station) B- Necessary documents for residence permit first application 1-) Residence Permit Application Form (Signed) 2-) Copy of passport (identity information and photo page, stamp page and visa page) If you have entered Turkey with e-visa, you have to submit copy of your e-visa. 3-) Old residence permit copy (if you have an old residence permit) 4-) Four (4) photos 5-) Proof of financial status document for those who have entry/exit penalty previously. (This is not required for students who do not have any penalty while entering and exiting Turkey) 6-) If there is not a distinction between your name and surname, your name and surname will be written adjacent on your residence permit card. If you want your name and surname to be written separately, then you should submit name equivalency certificate which should be taken from your Consulate in Turkey. 7-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit a document ( muvafakatname ) written by your parents allowing you to study and live in Turkey. It should have an Apostille and must be officially translated into Turkish. You should get a true copy of it by notary. If you come from a country that does not have an Apostille agreement, then you should also get the approval from your consulate in İstanbul and the district governorship in Turkey after getting it translated and approved by notary. 8-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit your birth certificate. It should have an Apostille and must be officially translated into Turkish. You should get a true copy of it by notary. If you come from a country that does not have an Apostille agreement, then you should also get the approval from the district governorship in Turkey after getting it translated and approved by notary. 9-) If you are under 18 years old, you should submit the proof of stay in Turkey (dorm document, rental agreement, etc.) 10-) Student Certificate (to be obtained from the Student Resources) 11-) Criminal report "sabıka kaydı" (if required, you don’t need to submit it for first application.Immigration Officers will inform us if they need this document) For example in Istanbul: You can get the criminal record from Anadolu Adalet Sarayı in Kartal. You should go to the office of criminal record with your passport. It is in C Block, -2nd floor. You can see the address below; Esentepe Mah. E-5 Yan yol Cad. No:39 Kartal / İstanbul OR You can also get the criminal record from İstanbul Adalet Sarayı, you can see address below; Çağlayan Meydanı Şişli Merkez Mah. Abide-i Hürriyet Cad. No: 223 Şişli / İstanbul 12-) You should pay 72 TL which is the residence permit card fee and submit the payment receipt and keep the receipt copy for yourself. You can pay it on online during your application (if you have any bank account in Turkey. 13-) Residence Permit Declaration Forms (there are two documents which you have to fill in and submit during your application to the Immigration Office Staff) You can request these documents from the International Relations Office. Important Notes: - All international students, regardless of status, have to apply for a residence permit as soon as they arrive in Turkey. Please check your visa requirements and duration of stay allowance in Turkey here in the link. If not, you have to make a new entry to Turkey and then apply again for the residence permit. - You should enter a valid Turkish phone number on your application form otherwise the immigration officers can not inform you for a missing document and cancel your first application. - While filling the residence permit online application form, you can request the residence permit period up to maximum 2 months before your passport expiry date. - You don't have to submit your health insurance certificate on your first residence permit application. You should just select "SSI General Health Insurance" in the online application form.
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    Definitely! I think you understand me ☺ sinusoid chart is pretty exact description! You think they behave like so just in virtual? In real life they behave 'normal' ☺ And you mean when i finished it, suddenly she would not let it finish? Thanks! Jirka
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    Refer to my last year investigation in this forum! Turkish girls generally act as a sinusoidal chart! It is completely proved to me. Especially, in virtual world! You should never forget that. You may even get to the end and then see that everything will be collapsed! Anyway, I have given my suggestion!
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    Prices are going up every where, what matters most is have they gone up in real terms compared to your hard currency. Meat is up to around 50TL per kilo now, this will have an effect on restaurant prices. The cost of labour too, as the minimum wage was increased again in January.
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    Ken Grubb

    Some Photos from Adana

    I recently stayed with a friend in Adana, in a downtown area called Cemalpaşa. It's here: It was a very nice, upscale shopping district, which reminded me of the Alsancak district in Izmir. My friend had a two-bedroom apartment there, and said he was paying 750 TL a month for it. Just a regular apartment with nothing fancy. Here are some photos of the district: While there, we also went to the M-1 Shopping Mall which is here: They had expanded the M-1 Mall a lot, it was huge! Here are some photos: Enjoy the photos. For some of my older ones, including the local sights like the archaeological museum and the Sabancı Mosque, see the Adana Photo Galleries.
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    REDDERS

    Finding a Lost Tax Number

    Makes no difference ,foreign or TC....I've used it ,it does work if you fill it in totally in capitals. If it still can't find you,then ask your bank customer rep ,they will have it on their system.
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    usacumali

    Some Photos from Adana

    Miss it every day one can say I had good and bad as life gives us. Still today i am having left issues there. Enough said there Ken . was trying to figure out how to send you a private message as you may be able to answer a question (personal) for me Thanks in advance.
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    Ken Grubb

    Some Photos from Adana

    I was surprised at how much Adana had changed for the better since I lived there from 2004-2007 or so. Back then I thought Adana was not really a place where I would want to live. But my last visit changed my mind. It seems like a more modern city now, and has lots of nice restaurants and shops. Plus Lake Seyhan. I went for breakfast on the shores of the lake with my friends and the scenery was very pleasant, not to mention the meal. Plus there's Mersin on the coast, and Kızkalesi for a great beach nearby. I definitely wouldn't mind living in Adana these days.
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    REDDERS

    Finding a Lost Tax Number

    Finding a Lost Tax Number. https://intvd.gib.gov.tr/internetvd/template.jsp?page=IVD_VKNO Complete the boxes as below using CAPITAL LETTERS throughout. Soyadı = Surname Adı = Forenames Baba Adı = Fathers Forenames Doğum Yeri = change box to “YURTDISI”[ last option in the dropdown] Doğum Yılı = your YEAR of Birth (not D.O.B. ) Click on ‘tamam’ button below, and all being well you should get your Tax number. As the above site can sometimes be problematic,you can ask at the Turkish bank you use ,as they will have your Tax number on their files.
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    Meral

    American Man Dating Turkish Woman

    Thomasarm, I've followed your story from the first post & I must say how much I admire your patience & perseverance. You've also been very considerate of all our various opinions & advice, reacting very graciously even if comments might have been a bit discouraging or negative. Now at last after about 6 years you are set to marry Seda, and I wish you both the very best for your future together.
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    Ohhh this topic has gone well! I learned a lot and I hope many people in future use it. I remember that ziraat told me the interest rate is 8 percent which will be given to you monthly (8 percent yearly they meant). After 2 months I had to withdraw the money. I had thought that they would penalize me since I should put yearly (But I was wrong). They not only did not penalize me, but also gave a profit till the date I wanted to withdraw. This time I want to put money on yapi kredi or vakif. I should ask exactly the time-period I should put my money and after that no penalize will be applied.
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    Ken Grubb

    Forum Moderators

    Ah! the photo from my high school chess club! How did they get that?
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    http://www.havas.net/Pages/Intro.aspx
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    Actually, my concern is stated below. I change some of my pocket to lir in my country. No problem yet. I and my wife have a few thousands dollars and have a few thousands lir (for the first expenditures such as rent, rp card, transportation and etc.) I will be given 2200 lir monthly, which might be spent completely since I think the istanbul costs somewhat more than other cities. I think this money is enough for two students. I hope my wife gets fund from her university too. Maybe after 5 months. No problem yet! However, I cannot decide whether I change my dollars to lir and put it in interest rate bank and don't touch that since I will have a regular income or just put dollars in bank without any interest (since the interest rate for dollar is really low). Maybe a competent economical person could help me! (I talked in a way that I have a million dollars!) so sorry about sharing this concern with you guys! OK. Let me explain. If I open dollar account I will not have an access to the money with credit/debit card. I am sure about that. They did not give me any card 2 years ago and it is still the same. The only way is that Igo inside the bank to withdraw some of it without fair. The fair (ceza) will be applied when I withdraw money from a branch which is different from the branch I opened a dollar account. This is just an explanation for the people who wants to open account and they do not have citizenship. (Maybe it would be different for Americans or Europeans!)
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    Yes, they will welcome you at Yapi Kredi bank - no problem being a student - and no problem being from Iran. Let us know how you get on ... Angela in Side x
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    You can take a Havitas bus from the airport to taksim sq, it only costs a few Lira compared to taxis, I have not done it for several years so cannot tell yo the current rate.
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    Thanks Meral, All of these rates are for year, right? I mean the interest rate. Also, is halkbank governmental? It gives interest for USD too but it is really low. In iran the banks give 20 percent yearly! They survive by printing money! It seems that Turkey will also be in trouble in future! So, you mean I put dollars in bank without interest, right? Or keep it myself and change sometimes to lir? As you know which bank I put dollar I should withdraw there and if I want to have some from another branch I should pay fair! Kenneth what is your idea?>!
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    Yes, hubby has Aussie citizenship, otherwise it wouldn't have been possible. But if your daughter will be over 18, she can opt out of citizenship on her own (as an adult). And if she travels abroad for study she shouldn't need a Turkish passport (they are so expensive). Universities in the UK (& likely in other EU countries) are only interested in secondary school final results, not in any Turkish uni entrance exam, so she needn't even sit for that if her mind is made up to study abroad. Good luck with it all.............
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    That Meral. So Im guessing that hubby had Aussie citizenship as well? Mine doesn't so its a different sitch. I am looking at different universities throughout Europe as well (certainly a lot closer). We've got lots to think about.
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    I am getting 12.5% at Yapi Kredi bank in Side now in a TL monthly deposit account. These are the different accounts on offer at the bank... Yapı Kredi offers you diversified deposit and investment alternatives for your different financial needs. Current Account: You can deposit your funds in TL or any other foreign currency for your daily cash flow needs. You can use your current acount for daily payments, spendings or transfers. Time Deposits: You can open a time deposit account to take the advantage of a risk-free return at the end of a fixed-period investment horizon. Yapı Kredi offers you advantageous interest rates for any time period that match to your investment needs. e-Deposit : You can easily open a time deposit account through Internet and Telephone Banking and earn higher interest rates. Gold Deposit: You can open a Gold Account with Yapi Kredi and watch your gold accumulate without the risk of theft. If you would like to protect yourself against the sale of underweight, low-carat, overdated and unregistered gold coins or if you want to just avoid paying labor and workmanship, you can open a Gold account. Gold Time Deposit: You can open a gold time deposit account to take the advantage of investing in gold and earning interest at the same time. Ziraat Bankasi only offer 10.75% interest ... see here and click on Time Deposit Account Interest Rates at the bottom of the page ... https://www.ziraatbank.com.tr/en/Retail/DepositProducts/Pages/TurkishLiraTimeDepositAccounts.aspx ... HSBC in Turkey is even less ... see gere ... https://turkey.deposits.org/providers/hsbc-turkey.html Good luck, Star and let us know how you get on, won't you? x Angela in Side, Turkey x
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    Matthew G

    Some Photos from Adana

    Ken Thanks for the Pics, That is not that far from where I live. I love living in Adana! Bee to the M1 years ago it was big then , But Now there is the Optimum. WOW! But Not as big as the one in Izmir I don't think.
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    Ken Grubb

    Some Photos from Adana

    Do you miss living in Adana? How was your experience there?
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    usacumali

    Some Photos from Adana

    nice to see pictures of Cemalpaşa ken i lived there back in 98-99.
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    MercerMersin

    Some Photos from Adana

    The IKEA is on the absolute other side. There is all that building work going on in the middle though so easy to miss. Near Media Mkt.
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    Ken Grubb

    Some Photos from Adana

    I didn't even see the Ikea when I was there. It is such a huge mall, as big or bigger than any I've seen elsewhere! I was with a friend and his son, and just "going to the mall" was the whole idea of trip. None of us actually bought anything.
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    MercerMersin

    Some Photos from Adana

    Yeah the M1 is great now isnt it? Ive been known to hop in the car just to go to the new H&M there. Its also got an IKEA but you cant buy anything there which is stupid. You can go and look, pick what you want, pay for it and then they will either deliver it to you or you can collect. I get that its a space saving issue but its still incredibly annoying ... although it just means another trip back to H&M for me now
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    FenerEniste

    Some Photos from Adana

    Adana has changed a lot indeed...its very sad that Incirlik stays on lockdown at this point. I have a friend that was very excited to PCS to Incirlik (I talked up Turkey to him a lot)...& now he's trying to cancel his assignment. The $ that the Incirlik Alley has lost alone...that was peoples sole livelihood there.
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    Meral

    American Man Dating Turkish Woman

    I think it's more of what the girl and/or her family would expect (according to their beliefs & traditions), rather than what Islam demands .... after all, who is going to enforce it ? Thomas, if you're happy to go ahead with converting, there's nothing wrong with that. You will be expected to learn the basics of the religion so you'll know what's involved. We'd all be interested to know how you progress -- good luck !
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