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    Ken Grubb

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    Cukurbagli

    Kaş


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    REDDERS

    Bodrum


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    IbrahimAbi

    Isparta


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  1. Thank you for that, that's a very nice post and we will help if we can. As I am over 65 I am now confined pretty much to my house and garden so helping others online will be a pleasant distraction from my normal day to day activities.
    5 points
  2. It's because banks are in the money loaning business, not the debt collection business. If a borrower doesn't repay the loan, they have to take various legal actions, get the property, and sell it on the market, often at a loss of money. So the banks want to make sure the borrower has a good record of paying their debts.
    3 points
  3. Hi Fada, First of all, sorry for the things you have been through. We are definitely so sad that this kind of inconviences are happening everyday in our home country. According to applicable law, builders are responsible for the defects for 5 years against buyer and their responsibility period may go up to 20 year for the hidden defects. You can claim material damage against builder if you are within this call period. In your care we are talking about the whole damage, including the extra damage given by the plumber, provided that you prove plumber worked with the instruction of the
    3 points
  4. Some say Covid is not airborne. Uh, sort of... ever been in an elevator or a car or a crowded room when someone sneezed? Ever actually watch those droplets? They may not last very long in the air, but maybe long enough. Please wear a mask if you go out. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases agrees: "Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3jiM2FNR8 There are things we can all continue to do to slow down the spread or "flat
    3 points
  5. My heart goes out to all those tourists stranded in Turkey at the moment. They must be feeling very vulnerable. Being stuck in a foreign country, not understanding the language and trying to find suitable accommodation without being ripped off is bound to be difficult. This is where this forum can help people. There are many helpful people on this forum who are living in Turkey in various locations around the country. I am sure that if you are reading this and are stranded or worried sick about what to do then why not post a request here for advice or confirmation on something that you are not
    3 points
  6. From which animal the Covid-19 came from has yet to be determined, but it is thought to have originated from bats. These infected bats could have passed the virus on to chickens or other animals that were sold at the Wuhan Market. Since the virus first emerged at the beginning of the year it has spread to nearly every country in the world. Currently more than 615,000 people are known to be infected and 28,000 deaths have been recorded, including 1,019 in the UK and 108 in Turkey. The total number of cases in Turkey now stands at around 7,400. It is pure speculation as to how bad it could
    3 points
  7. REDDERS

    Coronavirus

    All GOC offices are closed until 6th April provisionally.
    3 points
  8. PeteJF

    Coronavirus

    COVID-19 update for March 22 Total identified cases 1236 and total deaths 30 Turkey seems to currently be coping better than the UK which has a total of 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths.
    3 points
  9. Cukurbagli

    Coronavirus

    I think we would be wise to assume community transmission has been going on for some time and to not relax our personal safety regimes Donna. If we are wrong it will only cause us minor inconvenience but if we are right.....? According to the Turkish press 25000 returned from Umrah but only 8000 were being tested. Not all of those tested will be confirmed with CV19 but it would be interesting to know the percentage who are because that could then be applied to the rest of the returners. As to how many there were carrying the virus but not showing any symptoms I suppose it is anyone's gues
    3 points
  10. Hi FatiM, Sorry for the problem you have been through with the apartment. First of all, a contract that is signed with the agent (unless he/she's authorized with an official power of attorney) but not with the landlord is not deemed to be legally formed and therefore it is not binding for you. Furthermore, even if the contract is legitimate but it turns out that the physical conditions of the rental property makes it unliveable, like in your case, contominated tap water. You have the right to evict the property with a notification to the landlord which states the failure of faci
    3 points
  11. I think Ken and some of folk on this forum deserve a medal. Thank goodness there are places like this where people can check up on the facts and get advice. Ken's comment about the right attitude to live here is spot on. The first year we moved here there was a lot to do and sometimes I was left spitting feathers at the nonsensical stuff that you come across. I would get agitated and annoyed with the stupidity of some of the things that happen, and I speak the language! So, I can't even begin to think what it must be like for others. Scroll forward 4 years and I just laugh about it,
    3 points
  12. Ken Grubb

    Dionne Eldridge

    You didn't say who told you you need a customs broker. Sometimes people just talk off the top of their heads without really knowing what's involved. Information can also change when it's passed from one person to another, or one government official to another. In the past I've followed up on information I was told and found out it was wrong. So if I was in your daughter's situation, I'd definitely follow up and go to the source. I'll give you an example. I had overstayed my residence permit once. The border policeman said I had to leave the country for three months. I called my embassy, w
    2 points
  13. Goreme1990

    Dionne Eldridge

    If your daughter has residency she will have a Turkish ID number - called Yabanci Kimlik Numerasi in Turkish. Assuming she has the new card ID, this number will be on the card. It will start with 98 or 99.
    2 points
  14. Hi! The only way to find out is to look up the tax treaty between the UK and Turkey. This can easily be found online in English and it should cover your revenue type, as well as your status (do you have a company? are you a freelancer?) The 6-month limit may be an issue, but since Turkey made some allowance for visa overstays during the pandemic, I should think this may also apply to tax matters (don't take my word for it, though).
    2 points
  15. Turkey has restricted the entry of travellers who have transited or have been in the following countries in the past 14 days, are passport holders of the following countries, or are arriving from the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Georgia, text to speech, Germany, Greece. Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, , Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Mauri
    2 points
  16. This lists all the websites for specialized food and drinks in Turkey. Where to find Special food items - Made Easier Guides - Turkey x Angela x
    2 points
  17. Uskur is a ships propellor or screw, çift uskur is twin screw. Haven't got any closer yet but I will. Edit; also found uçkur - waistband or belt. I asked a retired Turkish schoolteacher of both Turkish and English from Ankara and she'd never heard of oşkur.
    2 points
  18. Fil

    ESL/EFL Teacher

    You are well qualified for working in Turkey and you should have a good choice of jobs available. Your options are: University prep school Private High School Private primary or secondary school or even kindergarten. I think most people would say the university prep schools provide the best positions. They have been shedding foreign staff recently because of employment restrictions and a new requirement for all prep school teachers to have a masters degree, which you have so great. Take a look around the istanbul univerisities to see who is recruiting. They all h
    2 points
  19. REDDERS

    who can drive??

    Hi Ninna,absolutely no one can drive it while you are out of Turkey. Also this from Turkish Gumruk website. Question: Who else can use the vehicle that I have brought to Turkey within the scope of private use? Answer: The vehicles imported temporarily within the scope of private use can be used by the vehicle owner’s spouse or lineal ancestors and descendants who are 'resident abroad'. In addition, besides these people, third parties can also use the vehicle provided that the owners of the vehicle are present in the vehicle during travel. Otherwise, criminal action is applied
    2 points
  20. I have smartphone but I didn’t get this link or bar code like Ken ... just come sms B*********** numarali Pasaport icin HES KODUNUZ: Xxxx - yy- Zz "18.09.2021 10:03" tarihine kadar gecerlidir. B001 and another same sms but different kod I don’t know why 2 times.. when I go to Goc Idaresi I just show to this man at door this sms and that’s it.. Same situation I had when I go to Notary.. just show sms..
    2 points
  21. If you've downloaded your application form, then you're definitely in the system as having a completed appointment application. But I have heard it can take a few weeks to get the appointment e-mail or SMS in Istanbul. There's no exact amount of time since it all depends on their workload. I definitely understand your concern, but really there's nothing else you can do. If your current residence permit or visa expires, you're okay up until whatever appointment date they give you as long as you have your printed application. Take the first page and your passport with you when you go out.
    2 points
  22. I wonder how can i get Turkish citizenship? and in what ways? is there a programme for foreigners to get citizenship? I saw a lot of information on web and my mind a little confused. I'm Austrian and i'd like to start a business in Turkey. could u please give me some information about those?
    2 points
  23. I cannot speak to receiving a pension, but a foreigner who paid into SGK for any amount of time is eligible to claim a lump sum if 58 years old as a woman or 61 as a man. 9% of the salary is collected by the government while working and there is an amount added based on inflation. Two attachments below. One is the form you complete and take to the SGK office nearest your last employment location to start the process of your payment. In 2 -3 months they will send a letter that you can pick up the money at a bank. You only need to complete 1, 2, and 5 and the signature, email, mobile, and addr
    2 points
  24. You can't apply before you arrive in Turkey, you can only apply once you are here. As you wife's name is not on the house paperwork, she will have to apply for a residence permit for touristic purposes. She will only be granted one year while you MAY be eligible to apply for two years on the basis of owning property. That said, if you pay for a two year permit for yourself but they only grant one year, it is impossible to get the second year refunded in Istanbul. I know this from personal experience. Unfortunately I can't help you as to how you apply for your children. Hopefully some else can.
    2 points
  25. Mostly correct. One of the heirs needs to file a case in Turkey to retrieve an inheritance certificate, where the court will investigate UK family records to fix the heirs succession rates. Based on the information, it could be estimated that 1/4 of the assets shall be owned by your step mother, while the rest 3/4 shall ne distributed equally among you and your siblings. Once the inheritance certificate has been issued by the court, then transfer of the shares (derived from the property) can be carried out with a follow up application to the Real Estate Authority. Regards,
    2 points
  26. Hi , Turkish inheritance law applies to real estate in Turkey. Heritage of deceasd passed to his legal heirs if who dies without a will. A quarter of the heritage will belong to his spouse. The rest share will belong to his childeren equally. However, transaction are not automatic. You must obtain a certificate of inharitance and apply to the Tapu Center for registeration. If you do not want the your share you must have a decision from the court that you refuge the inheritance. Or you may transfer the your share to your stepmother. For more detailed information, please do not hesi
    2 points
  27. I too am in the process of applying,but this list from my files website from last year that a Surgery member sent to me..so you can use it for now as guidance. A GUIDE TO WHAT DOCUMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR AN APPLICATION.: [ This WILL differ ,province to province] The list below is from when applications were made via the Trafic Polis, now it’s to the Nufus,so until the process & documents required can be confirmed, the list below should only be used as a rough guide. As of 3rd Jan 2020 please ad 23.73% to the fees shown below. 1 Photocopy of RP car
    2 points
  28. You're right Göreme, the website isn't up to scratch! As Ken says, you can buy a ticket at the Izmir bus terminal as buses do generally go every 30 to 40 minutes, or phone them for same. I haven't used the route for almost 2 years so there may be some "viral" changes. If you're planning to return via the same route, be sure to make a phone booking for the Çeşme-Izmir leg as it's often crowded during tourist season. But if you want to go straight back to Istanbul, other bus companies such as Ulusoy, Kamil Koç or Metro depart from Çeşme direct (so you won't have to change buses at Izmir
    2 points
  29. Cukurbagli

    PARTNERS OR NOT?

    You're being taken for a ride. No it is not a Turkish custom. Edit: Not only is it not common practice but you won't be legally married, don't do it.
    2 points
  30. Cukurbagli

    FreeDos laptop

    Hi Kid, the trouble with a cheap version of Windows here is that it's likely to be a pirate or hacked version and will give trouble in the long run. This isn't going to answer your question specifically but I was in a similar position last year but the laptop I bought already had a version of Windows installed that started the first time I started the computer and then wanted to update itself. It was an Acer computer from Hepsiburada.com. Unfortunately I was such a cheapskate that the computer had insufficient memory to load the updates so on my desktop computer I downloaded and and made an in
    2 points
  31. Hi V4E, This is a question that has been raised quite often nowadays, and you all have a point. Your accountant statement is correct except the airport part, considering the fact that no matter how much you owe to the state or an individual, police would not have a right to stop you in the airport border becaused of this matter. This is one of the core rights that has been protected under Constitution of Turkey. On the other hand, if you neglect the company by doing no monthly filing and not paying the minimum charges, then after a certain time (generally between 6-12 month
    2 points
  32. You're correct Ken, that's what i mean in the file. Of course if your parents are Turkish citizens then naturally you 'inherit' citizenship.
    2 points
  33. Yes, that's what we did last year as well, but since we have to mail the application this time, we had to pay first and add the receipt to the documents. I went to the Bostanci vergi dairesi and paid there, it was easier than I imagined, and we didn't have to wait in a long queue or anything.
    2 points
  34. I wish you luck Ken and i hope the leaked info to travel agents here are wrong as they show 1st September for first flights to /from USA.
    2 points
  35. Cukurbagli

    Coronavirus

    The Turkish Ministry of Health have confirmed that passengers without Turkish residency permits will not be permitted to enter Turkey within 14 days of a visit to China, South Korea, Iran, Iraq or Italy. If a passenger has a residency permit, they may be allowed to enter Turkey but they will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to the passenger going straight to the quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggag
    2 points
  36. Thank you so much!!, and yes!! You are absolutely right!. I most wish him well and move on, and hopefully he won’t ever come around, he left me a bad after taste. thank you again appreciated.
    2 points
  37. Hi VincentC, sorry to hear about your situation, if you are a British citizen you should ring the British Consulate Contact Centre on 0212 334 6400. If you are not British you should contact the Consulate applicable to your own Nationality. Hope you can find some help.
    2 points
  38. Hi Mirolol, welcome to Turkey Central. I can't help with your first question but I will ask a Turkish friend. I found the series with English subtitles HERE
    2 points
  39. Rodolfo Gabriel

    Bimcell

    Also using BIMCELL for a month and cant complain while using it in Istanbul. Normal coverage and the packages are really good for the price they ask for. Basically they are under Turk Telekom so the connections u get are pretty much the same and reasonable. You might have some disrupted signal while in the countryside away from the big cities but that would be almost the same problem for any other phone company. Buy a card with a TC card or Residence Permit in the BIM supermarket prepared for that, top up the card, activate the package you want and start using. Every month you just t
    2 points
  40. Ever since the online payment system was introduced it's barely worked 10% of the time. So the message is saying your payment cannot be found,so ignore this and before your interview go to your Tax office & pay the 2 fees. All GOC offices are currently closed till the 6th April. A text will be sent to you in the coming weeks of your interview date & time pre arranged for you.
    2 points
  41. PeteJF

    Coronavirus

    COVID-19 update for March 21. In Turkey there are currently 947 known cases and 21 deaths. The Ministry of Interior today announced a curfew for those who are over the age 65 or chronically ill. That includes both me and my wife Zuhal as we both have asthma and hypertension. It was also stated that starting from midnight, restaurants and dinning places are to be closed to the public and are only allowed to offer home delivery and take away.
    2 points
  42. I doubt there will be a stigma attached to you as a single mother in Istanbul, there are plenty of divorces in Turkey and therefore plenty of single mothers. I think your bigger problem will be your employment. Generally employers in Turkey are not allowed to hire a foreigner unless there is no Türk available or capable of doing the job so you are unlikely to get a job officially. I think this is why Ibrahim Abi asked if you had Turkish Citizenship. To work legally you will have to have a work permit which is obtained for you by your employer. If you accept work illegally you will not be
    2 points
  43. Hi tequelinka, Meral and I have been involved with this forum for quite a few years, we have never actually met each other but along with a couple of other people we have been trying to help people here for at least ten or twelve years and we have seen a lot of young women in your position. We know that love is a strong emotion and we know that it is sometimes very hard to believe things like this can happen to you but they do. There are too many stories of women being blinded by love and who think that they will be able to change the man they love when in fact they can't. Then we see the resu
    2 points
  44. It is a very humid heat. Some people drive up into the mountains for a cool picnic. last year we went to the mountains with our Turkish neighbours in August. It was so cool that the missus needed to borrow a sweater!
    2 points
  45. It does get hot in Antalya, 40 C is quite common during the months you will be here but as long as you are sensible about the duration of your exposure to direct sunshine you should be able to cope. Essential items are a wide brim hat, a light wrap that can cover your shoulders when walking around if you're not wearing long sleeves and of course plenty of sunscreen and water. I think it gets hotter in Texas so if you imagine that you're packing to go there you should be well prepared. Tattoos have become much more acceptable in recent years. Sorry I can't help with the expat scene as I do
    2 points
  46. The FBI request form he had to fill made no mention of apostille or authentication services (I've attached a copy q384893984839334.pdf). I don't know why we assumed it would be apostilled, we probably read many links and got confused between FBI seal and apostille. The record he got was two pages, first was the seal page (plain paper no signature) and the second was his record with an official's signature. Here's one link that includes a more detailed answer: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/faq 19. Does the FBI provide apostilles*? (*An apostille is a certification that a doc
    2 points
  47. You have to have a newer meter capable of telling the time and switching you to the cheaper rate and you have to be registered for the off peak rate, the old meters are not capable of doing it. The off peak time is from 10 pm to 6 am.
    2 points
  48. Hi everyone, My husband got his FBI record mailed last week. We printed out the form and FBI's fingerprints document, then he went to a local police station to have his fingerprints taken (Örnek Polis Karakolu). Then, he sent the application and fingerprints via UPS to the FBI CJIS division and used his parents' NY address as return address. The website warned that the process could take several weeks, but I think we got it back in less than 10 days, and it's apostilled.
    2 points
  49. It's a great deal easier dealing with the written word mate, I would only have got the gist (maybe) in a live conversation.
    2 points
  50. You're very welcome, I'm no expert, I've lived here for nearly 16 years and I'm ashamed of my Turkish but keep on trying, it really does get easier.
    2 points
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