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  1. As you may know, domestic flights in Turkey will begin again on June 4th. International flights will begin again on June 10th. Before you can buy a ticket for a domestic flight, you must first obtain a "Hayat Eve Sığar" (HES) code. You can get one through Turkey's e-government portal at https://turkiye.gov/ or, if you're not a member, you can download the application from your mobile phone app store. For more information, see this article on the Turkish Airlines site: https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-us/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/hes-code/ I didn't find the article to be very clear on what this is. But my take is that it's a way for the airline to know if, during contact tracing investigations, you've been identified as having been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. So if you apply for the number, I assume a check is done in a database to see if you've been exposed to the virus, and if you have, you won't be allowed on any domestic flights. I'm seeing that, for now, this doesn't involve international flights which connect with domestic flights, but that will probably change. Be sure to read the article in case it's updated later. Special thanks to @Fizyo.deniz for passing this information on to me.
  2. Congrats on your move, Pete! And good luck with everything. I hope you enjoy your new place. I'd be interested in learning your opinion about the difference between Mersin and Antalya.
  3. In that case, it would probably be best to call your local Turkish embassy or consulate and ask them what you will need, since they are the ones who will be providing the service.
  4. If you were in Turkey you would go to the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Affairs Directorate). But since you are outside of Turkey, you would go to a Turkish embassy or consulate. It is the Turkish embassies or consulates which handle such affairs outside of Turkey. You can make an appointment at any Turkish embassy or consulate, anywhere in the world, using this website: https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/
  5. I wish I could give you a time frame, but it depends on too many things. In the past, in Antalya, I've gotten an appointment just a few days later, while completing my application. In Istanbul, though, it can take a lot longer, weeks or months. After the appointment, by law, you should have the decision in 60 days. The last time I did it it took maybe 40 days. I'm certainly not recommending you overstay, but for overstays of up to ten days, there's a fine. Beyond that they may ban you for 90 days. Sometimes they ban, and sometimes they don't. After that you can return. The only thing that would keep you from coming back would be if you were given a ban and were still within the duration of the ban.
  6. The Nüfus will contact you. To do the interviews, they assemble a panel of various public officials. This "citizenship board" is assembled periodically during the year, and it's a different date every time.
  7. Usually you can create an appointment at the end of the online application process. Unless you're in Istanbul. If you're applying in Istanbul they usually send your appointment to you later by SMS or e-mail, depending on your communications choice. Every provincial capital has an office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM). There are also satellite offices in places which have a large foreign population, and also in some districts within Istanbul. The place of your appointment will be printed on your completed online application. I doubt it. For two reasons. Air BnB is restricted in Turkey in that the owner of the place has to file a police report saying you're staying there. A later law required the owner to be a company, and not an individual. This law was enacted to prevent criminals and terrorists evading the police by staying in private residences instead of in hotels, where a nightly report to the police is always done. So I don't know what your status would be on that. You can, however, use a hotel as your address. During the online application, enter the actual hotel address, including the room number, as your address. Then get a letter from hotel management, on hotel letterhead, which says you're staying at the hotel and for how long. Then you can use that as proof of address. The letter must also be stamped and signed by the management. For a one-year (maybe a two-year) residence permit, some people use a hotel as an address to get their residence permit, then get an apartment and report the change of address. If you're still in a hotel on the day of your appointment, you'll have 30 days to finalize any contract arrangements, move in, and report your change of address to the DGMM. I doubt it. I haven't heard of this situation before, but normally this is only done for spouses with a marriage certificate. In this case I would call the 157 helpline and ask them. The travel insurance would only cover you while staying in Turkey on a visa or visa-free. It can't be used as insurance for a residence permit. For your residence permit you'll have to buy a policy from a Turkish company. They have special policies which meet the minimum standards for a residence permit. At minimum, that is what you would need. You can buy it quite easily by walking in to an insurance office, or you could contact the insurance company we work with, who sells this type of policy: Residence Permit Health Insurance Just to add on to what Cukurbagli said, once you have completed your online application and have downloaded it and printed it, you can use that application with your passport to remain in Turkey until your appointment date, whenever that is. At your appointment, you'll get a second document which will allow you to stay in Turkey until your residence permit is approved or disapprove, and if approved, until your residence permit card arrives at your address by registered mail.
  8. Are you in Istanbul? What happened during the appointment phase of your online application? Were you able to create one, or did you see any message displayed about it? It may be that you'll get an appointment sent to you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your choice of communication. This often happens with applications in Istanbul.
  9. I'm glad to hear you found a good place! I think that neighborhood is the best considering what you mentioned earlier, as well as for the price. Practically anything worth getting to is close by, including Kültürpark, which is enjoyable for its events and also a stroll. I hope you enjoy it!
  10. Sorry, my mistake... I forgot you were traveling visa-free. In that case you wouldn't have to worry about any expiration dates, you would just have to worry about exceeding 90 days in Turkey in any 180-day period. OK I went to this Schengen Visa calculator: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator/ Here is a result of the dates you provided using the calculator, in a screenshot. I entered today's date as if you were departing today, that allows the calculator to determine how many days you have left as of today. Click on the image for a closer view. It's saying you have spent a total of 74 days in Turkey in the previous 180-day period, and you still have 16 days left.
  11. This is so complicated I hesitate to get involved in all the math, and the passing of days, and how many days someone was in Turkey, etc... You should be able to use a Schengen Visa calculator to figure this out. The number of days in Turkey only applies to the number of days you've been in Turkey in the previous 180 days. Any days you've spent in Turkey before the beginning of that previous 180-day period don't matter. This date range changes every day, and always ends on whatever date "today" is. Also, your visa has a validity period of 180 days. This is a completely different date range that always begins on a set date and ends on another set date which is the visa's expiration date. On that date your visa will be invalid no matter how many days you've been in Turkey or not been in Turkey, and after that date you'll have to get a new visa. Even if you get a new visa, and even though it will be valid for 180 days, you'll still be restricted to a maximum of 90 days in Turkey during the previous 180-day rolling period, even if you buy a new visa. So what is the start date and end date of your current visa's validity period? I'll take a look at the numbers and run it through a Schengen Visa calculator and see what I come up with.
  12. I've never seen the white tarps in Antalya. They do it with umbrellas, though, in the dönerci çarşısı (kebab market). But that's mostly for decoration. In the old city in Muratpaşa, the streets are more like alleys, and its easy to find shade. It's not really that hot there. There are also some excellent seaside restaurants along the cost where there's plenty of breeze, and usually huge umbrellas or even trees for shade, which makes it quite pleasant. The only time the heat has really bothered me is when I had to go out and run a lot of errands, spending a lot of time walking along busy streets, sometimes in the shade and sometimes not. Or if I'm on my rooftop terrace for a long time. Or if a place doesn't have air conditioning and the heat accumulates. If you're going to be in Antalya in a hot month like July and August, of course, you're going to be hot, but while I may feel it and comment on it, I really don't find it so oppressive that I would think of moving somewhere else because of it. In spite of the heat, Antalya might be the best place I've ever lived, with San Diego CA right up there with it. And San Diego has the best weather, year round, in the entire USA. Yes. But it's a lot more fun, and faster, to take the antique tram. That runs all along the outskirts of the old town, all the way up to the museum and the entrance to Konyaaltı Beach. When you get to the museum stop, you just walk a little farther to a huge public elevator which will take you down the cliff to the beach. It's a very pleasant way to get there. To take a bus you'd have to bypass all of that and come in to Konyaaltı Beach another way because of the traffic patterns, and it wouldn't make sense. For more information see: http://www.antalyaulasim.com.tr/ On the home page click Nostaljı Tramvayı (Nostalgic Tram). It will have a map showing you the route. It takes the same transportation card the buses do. Regarding clothing, my advice would be to wear whatever you want, whatever you would wear anywhere else which has a climate like Antalya. If you're going to go out at night, you might want to wear long pants. But during the day, shorts and sandals are just fine. That said, Turks generally don't wear shorts. As I understand it, a lot of Europeans don't, ether! But that's a cultural thing. If you wanted to blend in as much as possible then I'd say yeah, wear long pants and dress very modestly. But it isn't necessary. Antalya is full of foreigners living there and visiting, and you'll be one of them, and the people of Antalya will be glad to have you there. I think how you dress won't matter to them even one iota.
  13. I hope you'll have no further problems with this, and that you find a nice place to live. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.
  14. That would be great if you could send me a scan by personal message, there's an option to upload a document. I'm thinking that this type of form might have multiple uses, and might be configured differently depending on what it's used for.
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