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  1. 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 be, no one really knows how big the pandemic could get. The disease has already taken hold in Europe, the United States and South East Asia and it is spreading to Africa and South America. Covid-19 is related to SARS, the virus which caused havoc in 2002 and 2003. It died out much more easily than Covid-19 will die out because Covid-19 is not so easy to control but the respiratory problems and risk of pneumonia that comes with it are already proving fatal to those at risk and even in some cases, healthy individuals. So, with countries on lock down what can we expect. Many large cities have seen panic buying, hospitals overflowing and a variety of decrees by governments trying to halt the spread of the disease so that the medical profession can cope with the large numbers affected. Whilst many people will only experience mild flu symptoms, around 20% of Covid-19 cases could be severe and the current death rate is estimated to be between 1 and 3.5 percent. The numbers are huge. Here in Turkey the government has announced a series of measures designed to slow the virus. Schools have been closed and lessons are now beamed across the country by television. All sports events and large gatherings have been cancelled. All unnecessary shops, including restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars and shopping malls have been instructed to close until further notice and senior citizens over the age of 65 have been ordered to stay indoors with the threat of fine if they do not comply. The authorities have set up road blocks to check who is travelling and why they are travelling and the Jandarma, rural police units, are deployed to the villages to make sure that places remain closed and that the elderly stay indoors. The damage to industry, tourism and the economy in general is pretty much the same here as it is in Europe. Whilst supermarkets and market places, petrol stations and pharmacists remain open, the streets are very quiet and the towns and villages have an eerie atmosphere about them. We ventured out once this week to do some shopping and there was no sign of the panic buying experienced by others, our supermarket was nearly empty at a time when it would normally have been busy. There was no shortage of food either. The Turkish people are doing a great job of "Keep Calm and Carry On" There are many who wear face masks and surgical gloves but other than that there is no shortage of food or fuel. Today we here that the government has now ordered the first lock down in 12 locations in the Black Sea provinces of Rize and Trabzon. The curfew will commence tomorrow in some of the towns and villages most affected. Essentially, residents will be banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies and until further notice. All non-essential businesses are to shut down and there will be strict controls in place to make sure that people abide by the rules. Part of the problem in this particular region is that a large group of pilgrims were returning from Saudi Arabia to Rize. They entered the country with no health checks in recent weeks to an area that has a large number of Arab tourists and people from Arab countries who have made their home here and become semi permanent residents.Even the road signs and shops display words in Turkish and Arabic, a clear indication as to the numbers involved. This strict curfew gives us an insight as to the alarming speed with which this virus can spread. Moving between cities will also be forbidden as from tomorrow. Parks and recreation centres will be closed to the public and even jogging and fishing are to be banned. The country has shut down all international flights for an indefinite period and even domestic transportation between cities is now subject to permission from local authorities. The land borders of Turkey have all but closed. So far, in Turkey, more than 210,000 private businesses have been shut down. Tourism, an important part of the economy of the nation is now in trouble and the already fragile economy is subject to even more upheaval for an unexpected and unpredictable period of time. As our cities and towns go quiet, the pollution clears, and the birds and animals breathe more easily. Is our human existence flawed and in jeopardy as a result of our own foolishness? As satellite images show once foggy cities now free from smog we have to ask ourselves, has it all been worth it? How selfish have we all been? Where do we go from here? Perhaps in these difficult times businesses will adapt and find new ways to function. Old jobs might change in their roles and application as we struggle to come to terms with what is happening around us. So what do we do now? We sit tight and follow the advice given by our governments. There will always be people who will bend the rules. There will be many who think that they are invincible and that this virus will not affect them. I had to smile as one village chief in Sivas put out an announcement over the tannoy to his village, he was clearly exasperated with people not listening to the advice given. Lets take a moment to listen to that. Wherever you live in the world, now is the time to look after your friends and relative and the wider community. Do not put them at risk. Stay at home and act responsibly and do you bit to make sure that you are looking after yourself too. Corovid-19 is a killer. Lots of people are going to die. As hospitals struggle to cope we must respect the advice given and the efforts of the professional services that are there to protect and care for us. Make sure that you do everything that you can to ensure that it isn't you and yours that are put at risk. Stay safe.
  2. 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 sure about. This forum has several Turkish speakers who can put your mind at rest about notifications that you might have received or just general information about procedures in hospitals etc. There is no need to feel alone or in a panic. The expat community in Turkey is quite large and there are plenty of people on hand to offer you advice. Stay stafe!
  3. My experience was very similar to JustinM's in terms of the fact that I submitted the paperwork and then waited for the approval. There was no interview as such , and I did have to wait around a year before it was finalised. I understand why you are asking the questions that you are asking but unfortunately there is no set time limit for this. Each town and city is different. Each overseas Embassy or Consulate is different, sometimes quite considerably. You could ask 20 people and they will all give you a different reply with differing experiences. The main thing is following the procedure. Just get your paperwork right and submit it. If you speak good Turkish it will be much easier but if you don't then there is no need to panic. Yes, you might be called for an interview, and there are quite a few stories about this if you Google it. Howerver, if you are married to a Turkish citizen and everything is in order, it is unlikely that you will get refused if your Turkish is weak. Just make the effort as best you can. The process might take you anywhere from 6 months to 18 months to complete. The other thing to point out is that if you name has a W or a character that is not in the Turkish alphabet then your name might end up being slightly different on your ID. Example William Smith might end up as Villiam Smith. The letters Q, W, and X of the ISO basic Latin alphabet do not occur in the Turkish alphabet (replacements for these letters are K, V and KS ) so you could end up with your driving license looking different from your ID.
  4. It might also be worth pointing out that even though something is the law, it might be subject to interpretation in some of the districts. I can remember taking my driving license to the police department in our local town and being told not to worry because if I was stopped it would be OK and that I didn't need to change my UK license. This was in 2017 and I was well past my 6 months limit. Eventually I went to our main city and was still told that I needed to provide a schooling certificate, something which I have never had cause for in over 30 years!. I looked at taking my Turkish Driving license or completing a local course at university in order to obtain the necessary certificate of education, both of which were impractical and clearly ludicrous. I went home to think about it and sat at my desk. Staring at me on the wall was a certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute, suitably embossed with the Queen's emblem and a seal. Hmmm. I thought, I wonder?. The following week I took this down to the noter's office, had it translated and stamped, and then submitted it along with all my other paperwork. Suffice to say, I now have my Turkish driving license having surrendered my UK one.
  5. as012a2568

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    IbrahimAbi is right, with a few exceptions that don't seem to be relevant to your question anyway. "According to Article 38 of the Turkish Constitution (TC) “No one shall be punished for any act, which does not constitute a criminal offence under the law in force at the time committed; no one shall be given a heavier penalty for an offence other than the penalty applicable at the time when the offence was committed.” In addition, a new clause has been added to 38th Article with the amendment No.4709 dated October 3, 2001. As per this clause “No one shall be deprived of his liberty merely on the ground of inability to fulfill a contractual obligation.” http://www.admdlaw.com/prison-sentences-for-monetary-debts-in-turkey/#.Xjgmu7fVKUk With regard to personal ID's or passports. The only people that could, might, or legally, be entitled to hold your ID, would be the Turkish authorities ( Police for example ) and although a passport is the legal document of another nation it may be withheld / taken from you if criminal charges are pending and they think you might flee the country. A private citizen or company taking your ID or Passport and not giving it back when requested to would be breaking the law. As IbrahimAbi said, your mum needs to be very careful here.
  6. 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, have a tea, take my time, and, as Ken said, do one thing at a time!
  7. We have a fairly new Ford Fiesta which costs us 586 Turkish Lira in Traffic Insurance and a further 984 Turkish Lira for the full ( Kasko ) Insurance. That totals 1570 Turkish Lira. This policy is with Allianz. We also have an old truck which is nearly 20 years old and we only have Traffic Insurance on that which costs 1249 Turkish Lira. It is of low value compared to the Fiesta but the premium is almost as much because it is old and I suppose more at risk of having an accident. We also have a small 150cc motorcyle, again only on basic Traffic insurance, and this costs us 428 Turkish Lira. The Insurance company for both the bike and the truck is Anadolu Insurance. I am over 50 with full no claims benefit. As Redders has explained, trying to get a broker to quote you for something that they have no documentation for is pretty much impossible. There are no online Insurance Quotation firms in Turkey that I know of, and part of that is due to the fact that, in order to access the systems of the relevant Insurance companies, you actually do need to input factual information, thus making it prohibitive to getting a proper quote. That being said, if you know the broker well enough they will try and be helpful and they will have a pretty good idea what a certain car will cost for your age and choice of vehicle. Sure, it will only be a rough estimate but it is certainly better than nothing. This like might be useful on Cars and Insurances in General. https://www.guidesglobal.com/car-insurance-in-turkey/
  8. As Ken has pointed out, a prescription from another country is irrelevant here in Turkey. Having said that, I know that more than one or two eczaneler in our local area are more than happy to sell "prescription only" items, particularly antibiotics. Just because it says “Reçete ile satılır” ( Prescription Only ) on the box, it doesn't necessarily follow that it is unobtainable without a prescription. You might want to ask a few chemists in the local area you are travelling to. You might get lucky.
  9. There is a lot going on, in and around Izmir. You also have the added advantage that you can scoot off to Çeşme at the weekends although it can get a bit hectic in the summer months. All round it is not a bad place to live, so long as you are outside of the city that is. The earthquake risk is what might put Worldtraveller off this area. Whilst there has not been any large earthquake in Izmir for over 300 years ( 1688 was notorious ) that is little comfort if one just happens to take place tomorrow. Interesting that both of you are interested in helping stray dogs. In Izmir there is a chap called Andrew Simes ( his family are from a line of Levantines ) who does exactly this and he regularly advertises dogs to good homes on Sahibinden.com. He is very careful about who he will give his dogs to, and quite rightly too. The adverts are in Turkish but you can contact him in English and ask him for more information. This is a list of his current selection: https://www.sahibinden.com/arama?userId=arHv8nWoB-G1JD6Jmu1dRYg
  10. I used to live in Alanya but that was some time ago. It was never a high end tourist destination. I totally agree with Ken’s suggestions, the Bohemian, eccentric resorts of Kaş, and also nearby Kalkan , used to attract some quite famous Turkish celebrities. I don’t know if they still do. Kalkan would claim to be slightly more upmarket but it has no sandy beach and the main downside would be that it is expensive by comparison to other Turkish coastal resorts. I would have suggested Foca or Datca but their proximity to Izmir and the red earthquake zone area would not be to your liking. The only additional place that I could recommend would be Sinop on the Black Sea Coast. Sinop has the reputation of being the happiest town in Turkey. However, again, this is in an earthquake sensitive area and there are not many foreign nationals living in Sinop so it may not be suitable.
  11. Thanks for that clarification Redders. Good news as far as my friends from the UK are concerned but bad news for some others I think.
  12. I am not sure if I am reading this right but it looks as if the Turkish Government are clamping down on auto-renewals of the Tourist Residency Permit. As I understand it you can apply to have the Residency Permit for 1 year but then those who are renting and who are not property owners will not get their RP renewed a second time around. People may leave and then come back after 1 year and get another Tourist RP but again the term is only for one year before a break is needed again. It would appear that they are trying to clamp down on all the RP owners who overstay or work illegally in the country. Are there exclusions for citizens of some countries? It doesn't look that way from what I am reading. Does anyone have any clarification on this? I know a couple of my friends might be affected if this is the case.
  13. Hi nathanielr, Sorry I don't have a link to anything specific. There is a really good website for this kind of thing called DocMartin's surgery for Expats which has a whole host of important info although in this instance you just need to take a trip to the local tax office with your accountant if you have one. Web: https://docmartinssurgeryforexpatsinturkeyblog.wordpress.com Like you I already had a tax file number from having previously lived in Turkey. This makes things a lot easier for you. If you speak Turkish then all you need to do is to go to your local tax office ( Vergi Dairesi ) and complete a declaration form ( beyaname ) applying for tax status. The certificate then takes about a week or so to arrive. It isn't difficult and you might get lucky and find someone in the tax office that speaks English or German if you don't have anyone to help you. It will help if your employer writes a letter explaining that you are applying for tax status in Turkey and confirming that they are employing you from their base in Germany. Also take any pay slips, end of year returns about your last income. For me it was quite straight forward once the local tax office had checked up what they needed to do.
  14. You can become a Turkish Citizen by purchasing a property in Turkey that is worth a minimum of $250,000. I heard that might be dropping to $150,000 dollars sometime soon. An alternative to scrabbling around with visas all the time for those that can afford it that is.
  15. Definitely worth doing it in the UK LibbyLackLuster, Just apply through downloading the form and following the instructions on gov.uk and get him to pay the application fee since it is him that wants the divorce. You won't need a solicitor unless as Eglegal suggests your partner is willing to pay for one. Details here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/ending-a-relationship/how-to-separate/getting-a-divorce/
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