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  1. Private health insurance. As far as I understand the rules, you have to live in Turkey for one year before you can qualify for SGK, but you would have to do some research and check on that. We used Erdoğan Akyüz at Limon Sigorta in Konyaalti district. He speaks english, and sold us a policy from Ankara insurance... It was pretty inexpensive (see spreadsheet for costs). The company's contact info is 0242 229 66 61 [email protected]
  2. Hey all... Ken asked that I repost this topic. I've attached a .zip archive file that you can download, and find some useful documents for the Ikamet process. It contains a spreadsheet (also in PDF format), which details all of the required documents, expenses, my comments, etc... It also has blank copies of all the forms. Anyway, here is my original post on the issue: We just moved to Antalya, and my family went applied for the Ikamet on Friday. Everything went great! After a week of hard work getting everything prepared, and some fervent prayer, we showed up at the Antalya Emniyet Müdürlüğü Uncalı (police station) at 07:30, and were first in line before about 50-60 others. As soon as they opened up we took our number and then were called to the Ikamet security window, where we handed over all of the paperwork. As a point of note, you will conduct all of your Ikamet business (except payment) at an outdoor covered pavillion at the Emniyet, so dress warmly if you go in the am. Anyway, we went armed to the teeth with every original notarized document you can imagine, organized by category inside an inexpensive little portable file. In addition, I made separate application packages for each of us. Each package consisted of COPIES of original docs, and all packages were identical except for the application forms (i.e. - each packet contained copies of everyone else's documents... maybe overkill, but then, I had some pretty good results and it only cost me a few more pennies in copies). Much to our surprise they didn't ask for a single piece of original evidence to support the application other than the insurance forms. The official wanted the original color-printed health insurance policy forms. Fortunately a friend of mine tipped me off to this, and so before going to the Emniyet I had the insurance guy give me two sets so that I had one to keep, and the other to give. Anyway, there was no scrutiny, no interview, not even a single question. The officer simply reviewed the four applications, handed us the approval forms and directed us to go pay the fee. The only hiccup was that I forgot to get my kid's tax number, which the cashier required before we could pay. So, enroute to the pay window, we took a short 30 minute detour to pickup the girls' tax numbers, but then we went straight back and paid the fee and were done. (As an aside, beginning from last week, you pay all Ikamet (Ikamet and booklet) fees at the Emniyet... so no more running all over the city to pay fees.) So, all in all, the whole process took less than two hours! When we were done we still had enough time to walk to a nearby patisserie for some yummy pastries and çay. One final note. Unless you are older than 65, they require you to have private turkish health insurance. They police actually called my friends $10,000 USD worldwide platinum policy "Trash"! I know the law says you can have international policies, but in this case, local precedence rules. So, save yourself the heartache, don't fight the system, and go and pay the money to get the insurance. It is cheap (~$250/adult/year), and is actually OK insurance for basic stuff. Cheers! Ikamet_Docs.zip
  3. Does anyone know if the SAT exam is offered in Antalya? I know the ACT is offered, but we need the other test for the US University she's applying to. Daughter's going to be a high school senior next year, and so we need to sort out testing. Thanks.
  4. That's excellent! Thanks Ken. We arrive mid-Jan, so we will have to connect. Appreciate all your help.
  5. Another topic regarding moving to Turkey. We don't want to ship our old computer via freight, and so will be looking to purchase a new one via the exchange online option. It will get delivered to the Exchange in Izmir or Ankara, and we would then pick it up. So the question: 1) Has anyone used the mail order exchange service (pickup at the store)? How did it work? 2) Do we pay customs/duties on items purchased at the exchange? 3) If we do pay customs/duties, how does that process work? Any other thoughts? Thanks for any advice!
  6. We're are trying to figure out how to move our stuff over to Turkey. One idea we have is to ship some things such as some clothes, a few boxes of kitchen items (pots & pans, etc...) and of course, our all important vinyl LP collection... to an APO in Izmir. That said, I have a few questions: 1) Are retirees still eligible for an APO mailbox? 2) If so, how does one get an APO mailbox in Izmir? Is this something I can do before leaving the USA? 3) Has anyone ever shipped packages to it? 4) What is the largest packages you ever shipped? 5) Do we pay customs/duties on used items that we have shipped to us? 6) If we do pay customs/duties, how does that process work? Thanks for any advice!
  7. Our family is moving to Antalya in mid-January, and we are interested in living near the city centre. We need to identify short-term accommodation (i.e. - hotel, pension, furnished flat, etc...) while we sort longer term living arrangements and await the arrival of our household goods. Will of course also be needing to identify long term rental property. Any assistance, referrals or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  8. I corresponded last night with Mr. Georg L. Main, General Manager, Turkey Consolidated Exchange regarding this issue... here is his response: So there you go... I didn't ask, but I wonder how they handle taxes. In other countries, retirees have limited on base shopping privileges, but they still have to pay duties on what they buy for private use... usually once they spend a certain amount or greater. I am sure that everyone's mileage may vary regards use of these facilities until it becomes common practice. If anyone tries it out, please let us know.
  9. This will be fantastic if valid. Has anyone attempted to shop? BX & Commissary websites do not currently reflect this change. Looking forward to your report from Izmir. http://www.shopmyexchange.com/exchangestores/patronsmerchandise/patrons.htm http://www.commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/authorized_shopping_outside_us.cfm
  10. Hello All, I am retiring from the military and my family is relocating to Turkey... I wanted to open a topic on Tricare to begin compiling information for others who might be interested. So here are some questions I have been trying to address, and the answers I have found thus far (Thanks to Ken who provided much of this info)... if you have better or more recent info, please add to the conversation: Q1: What kind of TRICARE is available to military retirees in Turkey? A1: Retirees are eligible for Tricare Standard Overseas (see http://www.tricare.mil/Plans/HealthPlans/TSO.aspx). Only active duty can use Tricare Prime Overseas or Tricare Extra Overseas. Q2: How does TRICARE standard work? A2: In short, individuals $150 USD for a deductible, families $300, then a 25% cost share for services. Detailed info: http://www.tricare.mil/Costs/HealthPlanCosts/TSO.aspx Q3: Do I need to enroll or do anything special to use Tricare Standard Overseas? A3: No. You are automatically enrolled in Tricare Standard Overseas. You will pay out of pocket for all services, and then submit paperwork to Tricare for reimbursement. Q4: What about prescriptions? Can we use Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy? A4: Overseas, you may fill prescriptions at MTF pharmacies. Otherwise, you will need to fill prescriptions at host nation pharmacies by paying the full cost up front and filing a claim for reimbursement. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is only available overseas if you have an APO/FPO address. Q5: What are some other ways to pay for medical costs while overseas? A5: We are looking at several supplemental policies that pay the difference after Tricare pays. One optionis through MOAA... here is the link to their policy: http://www.moaainsurance.com/personal-insurance/mediplus-tricare-supplement Q6: What if you have children who reside in the USA while you live in Turkey (i.e. - college students)? A6: They can enroll in Tricare Prime as usual. It is called a split enrollment. Call Tricare for the region of the USA for more info. Q7: Can we use Turkish medical insurance instead? A7: I think it depends on your individual situation. It is my understanding that military retirees don't qualify for the Turkish health insurance because foreigners who receive health insurance coverage from a state-sponsored plan don't qualify. Tricare is state-sponsored. But... if Tricare doesn't meet the standard for the Residence Permit insurance requirement you may be able to purchase state insurance. But what if you elect to not take advantage of Tricare? Can you then use Turkish insurance? Not sure... Q8: What about VA medical benefits? Are costs for service-related disabilities reimbursable while living in Turkey? A8: Not sure... this would be a great question to explore. As I mentioned before... I hope this can be an ongoing discussion. If you have anything to add I am sure it would be much appreciated.
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