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vallillo

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  1. Hi guys, Sorry to ask so many questions on this forum. For the past 2 days I have been reading endless posts in different forums and info is either outdated or contradictory. Here goes; If I want a 50CC scooter - can Idrive it on my normal foreign licence or do I need a special scooter licence. I thought a drivers licence is OK for 50cc but then I read it isn't. Secondly, electric scooters, is it true they don't need registering and they also are exempt from tax and mot? Thanks,
  2. I am considering getting private heath insurance in addition to the state one (my employer only provides state insurance), Is anyone else doing this? Is it worth it and advisable? Does anyone know of a good but cheap private insurance company?
  3. Does anyone know how much the turkish state pension is or how is it calculated?
  4. Yes sorry, my mistake. After speaking with a Turkish friend back in the UK she explained the difference.
  5. Hi, I know SGk is only health not retirement - the retirement is called emeklilik sigortasi and my employer pays it on my behalf... Therefore, is the answer still no?? REDDERS, where did you obtain your information? Yes, if my employer and I are paying emeklilik sigortasi it's totally unfair if I don;t get it back. Does anyone know of anyone who claimed a Turkish state pension (foreigner)? I read on this forum someone did, but the post is outdated. How about Yabanci with permanent residency?
  6. I am working and I know my employer makes payments for health, but its only for the basic state health? is that SGK? Does anyone know how much the 'top-up' is to turn it into private health? Also Is it worth paying the top-up (premium) what more does it entitle you to?
  7. Hi guys, I'm currently living in Istanbul and making a good salary (around 4000lira), I also have a free non-shared 1 bedroom flat. I can see that some of the better schools in Istanbul offer this kind of package, some even offer flight allowance etc. But as soon as you look outside at Bodrum the salary drops to around between 3300 - 3500 lira with no free apartment. As I am new to Turkey I'd like to know, is that a fair deal? Is Bodrum really that much cheaper than Istanbul to lose close to 1000 lira a month and a free flat. Thanks in advance
  8. Hi guys, I'm currently living in Istanbul and making a good salary (around 4000lira), I also have a free non-shared 1 bedroom flat. I can see that some of the better schools in Istanbul offer this kind of package, some even offer flight allowance etc. But as soon as you look outside of Istanbul at places like Izmir, Bodrum and Antalya the salary drops to around between 3300 - 3500 lira with no free apartment. As I am new to Turkey I'd like to know, is that a fair deal? Are those cities really that much cheaper than Istanbul to lose close to 1000 lira a month and a free flat.
  9. Hi guys, Is it true that a foreigner, even with permanent residency, who has paid all the required contributions is still not entitled to a Turkish state pension?? Thanks
  10. Hi guys, I am considering one of these as my next dest in Turkey. Am tired of Ist and its traffic and hugeness!! I have spent the last few days searching on this fourm and most stuff is OFD. Therefore does anyone have a comparison on these cities.. which one offers a better lifestyle? Which city is more fun and easier to navigate.. which city has more going on (out of summer), i love outdoor bars and restaurants.. im not much of a clubber! Do they have a good expat community? Which city is less conservative? Thanks
  11. I am finding it hard to locate pet sitter, is anyone else having similar problems? I know there are a few cat hotels but I don't wanna stress out my cats out with putting them in a cat hotel. Any one have advice? HAs anyone used pet hotels in Turkey for cats? How are they? Thanks
  12. Hello, does anyone know if one can claim a Turkish pension provided they've paid into it? I've been reading some things online about how in order to claim a Turkish pension you must have been born Turkish. Is this correct? Or can, as a foreigner, claim a Turkish pension one reaching the correct age and making the correct payments? Thanks
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