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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Brits Abroad! How We Act.   
    Wherever the Brits are on the Aegean, There's a better variety of food. Fish and chips. Roast beef on Sunday. Curry. Ham. Mexican and Italian and Chinese food, as it were. It isn't all the food from my country that I miss, but it's more than the usual köfte, kebap, and pide, etc. in the rest of Turkey.
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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Property Site   
    In a way Kuşadası is a nice little town, but for me, too much concrete, traffic and tourists in the summer. Maybe a summer place on the outskirts would be okay though. What about some of the beach towns along that peninsula just south of Izmir, or around Çeşme?
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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from Yasmin & Suse in Russian tourists to flock back to Turkey, early bookings show   
    Half of Russia’s holidaymakers have chosen Turkey as their top travel destination in 2017, a report released by the Association of Tour Operators in Russia (ATOR) stated, citing estimates from the country’s tour operators and agencies, as reported by state-run Anadolu Agency on Jan. 18. 

    Early reservations for Turkey resumed last September. “Russian tourists have missed Turkey. The [Russian] citizens want to benefit from early reservation discounts,” ATOR said. Turkey had become the first choice of destination among Russian tourists thanks to the recent valuation in the Russian ruble and steep cuts in Turkey’s hotel prices, according to the report. 

    The demand for Turkey doubled compared to 2015, making that half of Russia’s holidaymakers, while the other half chose Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and Russia for their holidays. The most popular Turkish destinations have again become the three towns of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya; Alanya, Side and Kemer, where the hotels make up to 50 percent of cuts in their prices. 

    The first Russian charter plane carrying tourists to Turkey since Moscow lifted travel sanctions imposed after the shooting down of a Russian jet on Nov. 24, 2015 landed in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Sept. 2, 2016. The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey increased in the final months of 2016 to around 800,000 over this year, up from almost zero, making the tourism sector very optimistic about the arrivals in 2017.
    January/19/2017
    Source: Hurriyet Daily News
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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Russian tourists to flock back to Turkey, early bookings show   
    Half of Russia’s holidaymakers have chosen Turkey as their top travel destination in 2017, a report released by the Association of Tour Operators in Russia (ATOR) stated, citing estimates from the country’s tour operators and agencies, as reported by state-run Anadolu Agency on Jan. 18. 

    Early reservations for Turkey resumed last September. “Russian tourists have missed Turkey. The [Russian] citizens want to benefit from early reservation discounts,” ATOR said. Turkey had become the first choice of destination among Russian tourists thanks to the recent valuation in the Russian ruble and steep cuts in Turkey’s hotel prices, according to the report. 

    The demand for Turkey doubled compared to 2015, making that half of Russia’s holidaymakers, while the other half chose Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and Russia for their holidays. The most popular Turkish destinations have again become the three towns of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya; Alanya, Side and Kemer, where the hotels make up to 50 percent of cuts in their prices. 

    The first Russian charter plane carrying tourists to Turkey since Moscow lifted travel sanctions imposed after the shooting down of a Russian jet on Nov. 24, 2015 landed in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Sept. 2, 2016. The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey increased in the final months of 2016 to around 800,000 over this year, up from almost zero, making the tourism sector very optimistic about the arrivals in 2017.
    January/19/2017
    Source: Hurriyet Daily News
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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from Ken Grubb in How Ankara is using taxes to target boozers   
    Turkey’s consumer inflation rate hit 8.5% in 2016, surpassing the government’s 5% target. A number of factors contributed to this outcome, including the dollar’s 20% rise against the Turkish lira. Such high inflation also has to do with alcoholic beverages and tobacco, which figure in the “pleasure-giving substances” category. The price increase in this category last year was nearly 32%, or 276% higher than overall consumer inflation. The category accounts for less than 5% of the total consumer basket, and although the exorbitant price increases likely only concern a limited number of people, in Turkey’s prevailing political climate, they speak of growing discrimination and intolerance against Turks who reject the conservative lifestyle the government promotes.
    Read more: Turkey Pulse
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    Daniel Stein got a reaction from arash1denizli in HOW IS THE LAWS FOR "metal detectors"   
    There are huge penalties for taking antiquities out of Turkey, so be warned. Even people buying old carpets have to get a certificate from a museum saying it is not an antiquity before they can take it out of the country. I don't know if digging around various places is illegal, but I have read articles about the Jandarma arresting people for digging illegally for antiquities.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to REDDERS in Can We Renew Our E-visas While In Turkey?   
    You can buy an evisa wherever you are,but to get it activated you have to leave Turkey and show it on entering. So you need to leave while your existing evisa is still valid showing that on exit ,and return showing your new evisa ,that allowing you to use up the rest of your 90 days allowance. It's fine to have overlapping visas. You do not need to fly out of Turkey,you can take a same day return ferry trip to a greek port if that's more convenient for you.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to REDDERS in Two Year Residence Permits   
    That must be localised then Graham,as many folk applying for renewals who have SGK, or 2 x 1 year policies with Ankara Sigorta or are over 65 are getting them in Bodrum & Mugla.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to IbrahimAbi in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    I think that you will get similar interest from most banks. Garanti recently sent us an email offering 11.5% if we started to invest here again. earlier this year we lost faith in the politics and economy so sent our savings back to the UK. The final straw for us at HSBC was when they wanted to charge us 100£ to take a sterling cheque (drawn on an International bank) and put it into our account. They said it would take 3 months to clear. Garanti cleared it within a week at no charge. Ultimately it is a free market and customers are free to use whatever bank they wish, which has to be a good thing
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    Daniel Stein reacted to wbtcpip in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    I don't agree. Except for the credit card subject the service is good ands it's the only bank paying me 10% of daily interest rate. I'm paying my rent with this interest and no other bank pay 10% to a stranger.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to IbrahimAbi in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    It depends on the bank. I agree that HSBC are very 'foreigner unfriendly' we blew them out 10 years ago. They wanted to freeze more money in my account than the credit card was good for. (Something like 3500TL and they allowed me 2000TL on the card) at the time. Garanti have not frozen anything and allow me 10 000TL, but I suspect it depends on your circumstances, we have been banking with them for over 15 years and have a house in our name which is insured through them. My advice would be to ask around. We have both credit cards, not debit cards and they work online with any company we have tried.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to wbtcpip in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    So it's only me that i could not have a credit card in Turkey? They don't give it to strangers unless you block some money on your account for it. Of course i have turkish debit cards HSBC and YAPIKREDI and i can also use it online on turkish websites without any problem. So i wonder if you're confusing debit and credit cards in this post? Or if you really had a real turkish credit card can you explain to me what was the conditions to have it.
    For internation online purchase i use my italian credit card however.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to IbrahimAbi in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    We have never had any problems using Turkish credit cards online, both in Turkey and UK (Garanti and IŞ).
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Vic801 in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    And it is usually the other way round - you are trying to buy something on a non-Turkish website and they don't like Turkish state bank such as Ziraat but will accpet cards from gaanti because although it is Turkish, it is privately owned.
    Now with the new Moody credit rating, that may well change a lot of things.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Ken Grubb in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    I don't have a Turkish credit card but I have heard this from those who do. According to them, you have to specifically ask for a credit card with which you can make online and international purchases. So maybe it's just a matter of going back to the bank and making a change to the account.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Vic801 in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    Garanti Bank credit card works on all the websites I have tried. Akbank card works on more sites than Ziraat which I agree is only really useful in Turkey.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Leoxy in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    What Turkish bank is most likely to give me a real credit card as a foreigner? 
    My Ziraat Bank card has the MasterCard logo on it but
    it does not work on n11.com it does not work at hepsiburada.com I can not buy bus tickets online I can not rent a car with it and it has a POS limit of 2000 TL per transaction which is much too low for me. I asked to have the limit increased and it does not seem to be possible at all. 
    So basically this card is useless to me apart from minor POS purchases and getting cash from ATMs.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Ayman in Moving to Turkey   
    Thanks Ibrahim and Ken, I was mainly commenting on Gemfamily post, but as long as you are kind enough to give me such wonderful information i will seize this opportunity to tell you more about what I want or dream to have in Turkey. First, to introduce myself, my name is Ayman, 46, from Egypt and working now in Saudi in Finance.
    I am looking for an apartment or small villa for long holidays and maybe for retirement. I am generally interested in:
    Nature, forests, trees, flowers, lakes and animals. I love dogs and I have Kangal Turkish dogs in Egypt.
    I love the sea and swimming and I can enjoy some finishing.
    I go to gym 5 times a week. very important to me to find a good professional gym.
    I like night life, maybe once a week,  and traditional and international restaurant, but not the most important to me, maybe for my wife in addition to shopping of course.
    I like warm weather so that I can enjoy the sea and outdoors activities as long as possible throughout the year. A city which is not dead in winter.
    I like quiet places and I hate traffic.
    So you can say I wish for an apartment:
    very close to the sea or preferably in a compound with private sandy beach
    In an area 10 or 15 minutes away from the lively areas
    hopefully there is a forest or green area with a lake not far where i can go there for a walk and explorations,
    not over crowded by tourists and close to international airport.
    For the sea and beach, I prefer not rocky beaches because i worry so much to step on something sharp even if i am wearing shoes. As i said i prefer having private beach, but also i would love to have access within walking distance to virgin beaches where there are no or little people .. where i can sit or walk and watch the waves and rewind memories. I dont like crowded beaches where everybody is stuck together and you have to compete so hard to find a place . Too much to ask? Maybe .. I am just telling you my dreams and you can tell me what is realistic.
    Apartment or a villa? Although I can afford a small villa but as I am not sure about how often I will be able to stay in Turkey and where to stay there, I don’t want to make big investment there. On the other hand, if there is a bargain unique small villa with a garden and close to the sea, I still can consider.
    I was before in Istanbul, Borsa and Bodrum, Bodrum is nice but the city itself is small.   Alanya, Marmaris, Fatihi, Izmir .. I'dont know .. i need insider information  .. .. Izimir i saw videos about, seems more of a business city ..  Alanya maybe has the good things of Antalya and not the bad things? Maramris .. Fatihi .. maybe another city you know.. English or western community are ideal to me .. lovely Russians r so beautiful but maybe too noisy for me and dont speak English so cant make friends although my wife can being Ukrainian, but all communities i love and respect, Turkish .. I look Turkish anyway actually everyone in Turkey didnt believe i am not turkish until i start speaking English  
    I can try to come and rent and try .. but then i will need few years because i cant come to Turkey often now due to work obligations.. so i need to count on readings, videos and honest advice from people like you
     
    Many thanks
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Ken Grubb in Moving to Turkey   
    Ayman, I just sent you a PM about this.
    Ken
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Ken Grubb in Moving to Turkey   
    Ibrahimabi is right, you really do need to visit various places and spend a few days there looking around.
    Antalya is a big city. There are actually four different Antalyas which you should see and consider.
    Kaleiçi: Litterally, "inside the fortress." This is literally inside the ancient fortress walls, surrounding a harbor where fishing and tour boats come and go. A real maze of charming streets, restaurants, bars, and shops. This is where the tourists go, and where the best international food is. You wouldn't want to live there, though. It is very touristy and can be very loud at night what with all of the bars which have live music. But have a look around, since there are some great restaurants and cafes, etc. there.
    Muratpaşa: City center. Just outside of Kaleiçi, you are suddenly in Turkey for sure. Along the roads just outside of Kaleiçi are still a few touristy places and modern restaurants. Beyond that, you could be in Adana or any other Turkish city. The people living in Muratpaşa typically have a traditional Turkish mentality, and the restaurants serve a LOT of kebap, köfte, etc... there is nothing touristy about it. It's more crowded and noisy than the other parts of Antalya, but the property prices and rents are lower.
    Lara: An upscale, more spread-out suburb, with a sandy (well, sand and dirt) public beach. Farther east is where the posh beachfront, all-inclusive five-star hotels are, one after the other. Some excellent restaurants and shopping to be had there.
    Konyaaltı: A second suburb, with Konyaaltı beach, a pebble beach. Roughly the same in description to Lara. A lot of the richer Turks live in Konyaaltı.
    In both Lara and Konyaaltı, there are quiet residential neighborhoods, but both are more expensive than Muratpaşa.
    It does quiet down during the winter, but most everything is still open year-round. Anyway, if you come to Antalya, you should see these three areas.
    Also have a look at Alanya, which has a very international expat community, Fethiye, which has a mostly British expat community. Marmaris and Bodrum are also options, but they can be very touristy in the summer months.
    You should also consider Izmir. Izmir has a much more western mentality, while not being touristy. If you visit Izmir, see Alsancak, and Karşiyaka, which are probably the best places to live in Izmir.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to IbrahimAbi in Moving to Turkey   
    Hi Ayman,
    Come and look around. Look at various cities, then maybe rent somewhere for a year to see if it suits you. If not then try somewhere else without the hassle, expense and commitment of buying. There are lots of villages within reach of Antalya that are quieter and cheaper to live in than the city itself.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Ayman in Moving to Turkey   
    Hello Gemfamily, have you decided something yet? very interesting discussions here.. I want also to buy an apartment or small villa in Turkey for long visits for relaxation and enjoyment, not for permanent stay. I share the same opinion with Fil, i think it is difficult for foreigners to find jobs in Turkey and also i agree about the education of your kid will be challenging. Anyway please share with us any conclusions you reach. Antalya seems like a very interesting city, but is it too crowded and noisy? is there another beautiful city which is not dead in winter and has the same facilities, beaches and entertainment, close to international airport but less crowded and noisy than Antalya? I think we both do not want to end up with a city like Alexandria in Egypt !!
     
    Regards
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Fil in Moving to Turkey   
    I don't want to create too negative an impression. What you are thinking of doing is certainly doable.
    People who are planning to settle in a new country and culture should take into account the stages that most people go through when living in a new culture. They are often described as five stages.
    The first stage is a honeymoon period, when everything is new and exciting. It is a very busy period and there is not enough time to get fed up.
    The second stage can be described as culture shock. Irritations and annoyance turn into complaints and rejection. During this stage many people choose the exclusive company of fellow expats, which is fatal as the culture shock may never pass.
    In the third stage people learn how to live with the different culture. They find ways of dealing with difficulties, they accept that things are done differently and realise that they have to deal with it themselves, the host culture won't change.
    In the fourth stage people come to value and appreciate aspects of the culture that earlier were not understood or accepted. They are comfortable with their original ways and the new ways. They can be described as interculturally competent.
    In the fifth stage people find it difficult to fit back in to their original country. They may feel alienated from the culture and the people back home.
    Even though this is all quite a well-trodden path it is always difficult to get through these stages. If someone is thinking of making a life in a new country, they need to be determined to get through these inevitable stages. It takes time. That is why I think you need to give it 4-5 years before you know whether you knwowhether you can settle long term. 1-2 years is probably not enough, and is likely to be when the culture shock stage is at its height. To get established in a job, or start a business, will take that much time, and leaving before that meamns you and the new country won't have given each other a chance.
    If anyone wants to hear or read more about this subject there is an interesting series of radio programmes especially programme 11 at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/webcast/tae_whoonearth_archive.shtml
    or just google culture shock.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Fil in Moving to Turkey   
    There are houses with gardens in all the villages. I know people who owned a place in Çakırlar, they lived there for a couple of years but eventually moved.
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    Daniel Stein reacted to Gemfamily in Moving to Turkey   
    Fil, could you give me names for the villages you referred to please ?
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