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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
  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
  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 procedur
  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 Dri
  5. as012a2568

    Law question

    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 merel
  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,
  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 Turk
  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 cha
  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
  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 th
  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
  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/
  16. Hi there Nathanilr, Assuming that you are going to live here permanently then after your current tax year ends you will start to pay tax in Turkey since Turkey has a dual taxation agreement with Germany. You have no need for a work permit since your work is based in Germany and you are just working remotely but you will need a residents permit and details on how to get one are listed on these forums under a separate topic. So, arrive in Turkey and apply for your residents permit. Once you have your residence permit you will cease to pay tax in Germany at the end of your current tax
  17. Just the other day IbrahimAbi gave me the name of someone I hadn't heard of before by the name of Wilco Van Herpan from Holland who is all over You Tube and on a channel called Iz TV. So, naturally I thought I would take a look. Interesting stuff. But it got me thinking. Who do you know that is famous or semi-famous in Turkey, who speaks reasonable Turkish and who runs an interesting channel or appears on the TV or in the media. To be honest I don't know of many but I can think of three off the top of my head. Rikki Roath the travel presenter although she is half Turkish and half American, the
  18. Thanks Ibrahim. Appreciate the kind words but it just bugs me that I have got so far with it and yet just never quite getting there. Wilco Van Herpen? I am going to have to take a look at that. Cheers.
  19. Thanks IbrahimAbi its the next village along from where I live so at least people will know me there but I don't think I would risk doing the voice over outside of my local area - best left to native speakers I think :-)
  20. As I travel around Turkey I tend to do videos of places that we have visited but I generally do these in English rather than Turkish. The main reason for this is probably down to my confidence with Turkish, something I know Ken has mentioned previously. I know sometimes I meet people who say that they are fluent in the language but often they are not. They might be proficient enough to be comfortable with the use of the language in spoken and written form but not to the same level as a native speaker or they might be fluent, and by that I mean being able to hold a conversation that is fluid an
  21. JustinM: One of our friends comes from Ciplak Koy. It is a nice typical Turkish village. Also Yeni Koy nearby is pretty cool and near to the sea. We live in Tavakli near Ezine. www.tavakli.net which you might have passed through. Good luck with your search and if you need any help re: Canakkale and the local area just contact me. IbrahimAbi: A naturist beach in Canakkale? Now that would be a first for Turkey :-)
  22. Selam Star, Nice to see someone from Azerbaijan in the forum. You won't have any problem with Turkish obviously :-) I hope to visit Baku next year. I am guessing that I should be able to converse normally in Turkish over there. I heard that a few words might be different but that essentially it is the same. Anyway, the meat. I don't think there is such a thing as a standard price for meat in Turkey, not one that is adhered to anyways. The good stores like Migros and Kipa or Uysal in our area probably offer the best cuts but tend to be a little more expensive. It is pretty much
  23. Just like Ibrahim Ali we live in a village location. Not far from Bozcaada island our house overlooks the sea with a main town 22 km away and Canakkale around 70 km away. It means that we can get a flight to either Ankara or Istanbul fairly easily if we want to travel overseas but we have settled her permanently so we don't have to worry about visas or residency permits etc. One thing that Ibrahim Ali has already pointed out and something which is very important. You really do need to speak Turkish if you want to live in a Turkish village. Our village is a bit remote and if we have Turki
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