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  1. Thanks for the advice Ken. I will have to ask one of my friends in England if I can use their address.
  2. Thanks Meral, I will investigate that to see if it will work for me. Thanks Ken VPN could be an option. I will have to check with friends in the UK to see if I could use their address as an address for me. I will let you know how I get on.
  3. I have a UK bank account but am no longer resident in the UK. I recently got a new UK debit card which PayPal would not accept. Are there any international payment systems similar to PayPal that I could use here in Turkey.
  4. I had my second dose of the Sinovac Corona Vac this morning. This is a traditional inactivated virus vaccine. No pain or soreness after the injection. This vaccine has shown efficacy rates between 50 percent and 90 percent in different studies, however it prevented hospitalisation and severe illness in 100% of cases. I suspect that the differing efficacy rates reported could be due to different varieties of the virus in different countries.
  5. I overstayed my visa in 2017 (I forget by how long) the reason being that I had contracted the particularly bad influenza that was about then and ended up in hospital in Istanbul for a few days. I was out of hospital before I was due to return to the UK but the consultant managing my treatment said that I would not be fit enough to fly for about a month. He gave me a letter to show to the authorities at the airport to say that I had not been fit to fly. I did not have to pay any fines. I probably should have waited longer before flying as the lower pressure on the aircraft coupled with my still elevated blood pressure caused severe migraines.
  6. My step son said that he saw an item on the Turkish news that the authorities are considering adding a shot of another vaccine after six months for people who had the Sinovac CoronaVac.
  7. Hi Ken. Which vaccine did you get? I was told that there was a choice, depending on where you went. The BioNTech though was only available from the hospital, so we went with the Sinovac at the local clinic which was almost empty of people.
  8. I had my first COVID vaccination yesterday morning (9 April) no adverse effects noticed.
  9. The clinic only needed my Turkish ID, the person who said to bring everything else was the same woman who gave the incorrect information about having to book my vaccination through the British Consulate. I think she was just being cautious and didn't want to cause any more delays. At the clinic one of the doctors was able to sort everything out quite quickly.
  10. An update. We went to the clinic at half ten to be vaccinated, my wife was vaccinated but as I am not yet a Turkish citizen I was told that I had to contact the British consulate who would book register me with the e-nabiz site and book my appointment. This turned out to be a misunderstanding and that is not something the British consulate can do. I went to the e-Nabiz site but not having a Turkish national insurance number was unable to log in. We called our local clinic and were told to come in with my mobile phone Turkish ID, British Passport and they would register me with e-Nabiz using a temporary ID number. We did that, my stepson doing some translations and I was able to book a vaccination appointment for the morning of the ninth of April.
  11. Both my wife and myself (both aged 61) were booked to be vaccinated this afternoon, 31 March, however when we got to the clinic we were told that they had not been provided with enough doses to cope with the demand. We were told they should be having a delivery tomorrow morning, but that we should phone first. We are in Antalya.
  12. Thanks for that information. I will track my paperwork to be sure things are progressing. The person I spoke to last week at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keyne gave an estimated two weeks to get the Apostilled document back.
  13. I found that my birth certificate was not acceptable as it needs to be legalised/Apostilled. At first I thought that I could just order another verified copy from the registrar in England and have that Apostilled and sent to me in Turkey. However on talking to someone at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes there is apparently no procedure for the Registrar to send a copy of my birth certificate from Reading to Milton Keynes. I have to send my original certificate from Turkey to Milton Keynes where it will have an Apostille stamp applied and then sent back to me in Turkey by secure post. Cost of Apostille stamp £30.00 cost of return postage £25.00
  14. Last week left our Mersin apartment on Thursday afternoon headed to our new place in Antalya. We drove half way and stopped at a hotel where there were only two other guests. On the way to Antalya we went past some of the biggest greenhouses I have seen - used for growing bananas. We arrived at Antalya on the Friday afternoon - to another hotel as our furniture and goods were not due to arrive at the new apartment until Saturday morning. The removal company decided that because access was limited they needed three more men to do the job so we paid for that. Everything was in and furniture assembled by late afternoon and we spent some hours unpacking. We also got the internet connected and air conditioning installed. Sunday was more unpacking and haircuts for me and the boys. We have been having takeaway food delivered as we don't yet have the gas connected. Sunday evening I listened to a lecture a friend was giving on Zoom "Listening to the Underverse: Gravitational-Wave Astronomy" My wife has ordered many curtains. It was rather hot over the weekend, reaching 41°C on Sunday, down to 37°C today, so we found that more air conditioning was needed, that has now been fitted. We have been sorting out out the natural gas supply and still need to as residents of Antalya. We have to complete our registration here as Antalya is a different province to Mersin, the process takes a few days, but once finished and we have our new ID cards I will be automatically registered with the Turkish state health system. As I am married to a Turkish citizen I qualify for free treatment, though I do have to pay for prescriptions. Still have lots of unpacking to do, but feeling rather exhausted..
  15. COVID-19 update for March 22 Total identified cases 1236 and total deaths 30 Turkey seems to currently be coping better than the UK which has a total of 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths.
  16. I am a British man married to a Turkish woman. We had intended to marry in Turkey but at the time my local UK registrars office was in the process of changing location and so delays meant that they did not manage to provide the certificate of no impediment document I needed in time for my travel to Turkey. This certificate of no impediment document is required for the official secular civil marriage service in Turkey, as far as I am aware it is a requirement of international law, so you would need the German equivalent and a Certified Translation in Turkish. We were still able to have a religious marriage, though that was just for us and our family and friends and is not legally recognised by the Turkish or UK authorities. So we had the religious marriage and a honeymoon in North Cyprus. We had the official civil marriage service six months later in England when we had managed to get all the appropriate documents and visas sorted out. That was back in 2006, marrying a foreign citizen in the UK is more difficult and expensive now. I do not know what the situation in Germany is. Hopefully someone else here will be able to provide you with more information.
  17. COVID-19 update for March 21. In Turkey there are currently 947 known cases and 21 deaths. The Ministry of Interior today announced a curfew for those who are over the age 65 or chronically ill. That includes both me and my wife Zuhal as we both have asthma and hypertension. It was also stated that starting from midnight, restaurants and dinning places are to be closed to the public and are only allowed to offer home delivery and take away.
  18. Turkish government reports on the number of COVID-19 cases and number of deaths but not as far as I can see the location of the cases or deaths. As of Friday 20 March there were 670 identified cases and 9 deaths, with all deaths being pensioners. It is not officially confirmed but our taxi driver yesterday told us that two of the deaths were in Mersin (where I currently live) and were taxi drivers. This makes sense to me as many Turks who have taken retirement continue to work part time as taxi drivers. I will be taking a short online course on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
  19. I do not know about the Philippines but people from the UK require a Certificate of No Impediment to get married outside the UK to a foreign national.
  20. In the summer my stepsons played tennis at Sports International near Mersin Marina. I do agree that for younger people there is not much to do in Mersin, we may be moving to Antalya this year as my older stepson has been offered a job there and it seems to be a more lively place than Mersin.
  21. In 2017 had to overstay on a tourist visa by two weeks for medical reasons. I had had influenza followed by secondary bacterial pneumonia with pleurisy. I spent five days in hospital in Istanbul, the hospital consultant said that I was not medically fit to fly for at least two weeks past the end of my visa. He gave me a covering letter explaining that. I showed the letter as I was leaving and did not have to pay any fines.
  22. Those sheep are the survives of Kurban Bayramı, the flock was around two thirds bigger before.
  23. That could work Ken, farmers in South Africa are using chilli to keep elephants away from crops. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6173684 https://wildtech.mongabay.com/2016/09/hot-stuff-improving-chili-fence-effectiveness-protecting-crops-elephants/ Here are some of the sheep outside our site, the shepherds usually bring them here a couple of times a week, usually around dawn.
  24. Yes there are some blocks going up near by. Hopefully the land across from our living room will be left undeveloped. I quite like seeing the sheep taken there to graze a couple of times a week.
  25. About the worst international shipping story I was told to me by a friend who moved to Islamabad, from Leeds. Their shipping company went bust between sending off the cargo and filing the paperwork. Their cargo arrived but was held in Karachi for nearly a year while things were sorted out.
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