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  1. If you're between the ages of 18 and 65 and applying for a residence permit in Turkey, you must have health insurance coverage that meets Turkish government standards. Types of Health Insurance You Can Use in Turkey Travel Insurance While travel insurance is required for all visitors to Turkey, it can't be used for residence permit applications. So, you get travel insurance for your visit to Turkey using your visa, then buy a Turkish private health insurance policy when you're ready to apply for a residence permit. Learn more about travel insurance. Turkish Private Healt
  2. Before you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must have health insurance. Most foreigners buy private health insurance policies specifically designed to meet the minimum requirements for a residence permit. These policies are commonly called "Expat Insurance." They usually cost a few hundred Turkish Lira, but the price varies according to age and other factors. Buy Health Insurance Before You Apply Online Residence permit applications are made online, at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. During the application process, the application system will ask you for your health insurance
  3. If you've been living in Turkey for at least one year with a residence permit, you can enroll in Turkey's Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Institution) Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance Plan). Often called "SGK Insurance," this is Turkey's comprehensive national health insurance plan. You can join the SGK plan at any age and have insurance coverage for the rest of your life. While SGK doesn't cover chronic, pre-existing conditions you already have when you join, it will cover them, continuously, if you develop one or more chronic conditions after you've joined the pl
  4. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must be covered by health insurance. You can use one of the low-cost "expat health insurance" policies many insurance companies sell, or buy a more expensive private insurance policy with greater coverage. After you've been living in Turkey for one year, you can join the Turkish government's comprehensive health insurance plan, called Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) offered by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called SGK). Expat Health Insurance Cost Since the Turkish government manda
  5. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey, you must be covered by health insurance which meets the Turkish government's minimum requirements. The insurance company must also be registered and have an address in Turkey. Many insurance companies in Turkey sell "expat health insurance policies" for foreigners needing residence permits. They all meet the minimum requirements. Unfortunately, these policies offer limited coverage during the first year. And if you're treated for a medical condition, the policy you get the next year will probably exclude that condition for coverage.
  6. Citizens of some countries can get free health insurance coverage in Turkey under a bilateral agreement between their country's government and the government of Turkey. What is a Bilateral Healthcare Coverage Agreement? A bilateral healthcare coverage agreement is a treaty between two governments, in which they agree to cover the medical expenses of each other's citizens when those citizens are visiting or living in the other country. In Turkey, if a citizen from a foreign country with a bilateral agreement needs medical treatment, they can be treated for free in any state hospital un
  7. If you're between the ages of 18 and 65 and are applying for a residence permit, you'll need a health insurance policy that covers you for the duration of your intended residence. You'll submit a copy of this policy with your residence permit application package. Numerous Turkish private insurance companies offer low-cost health insurance policies, called "expat insurance" or "foreigner insurance," which meet the Turkish government's minimum coverage standards (see below). Private Turkish Health Insurance vs. Travel Insurance The type of health insurance I'll be talking about her
  8. All of the health insurance policies designed for foreigners applying for residence permits offer basically the same coverage, which must meet or exceed the minimum coverage requirements established by the Turkish government. Learn more about the minimum health insurance coverage requirements. You can also buy a more comprehensive private insurance policy as long as it meets the government's minimum coverage requirements. Health Insurance Coverage is Limited in the First Year The first year offers limited coverage to screen out those with pre-existing conditions requiring im
  9. If you're between the ages of 18 and 65 and visiting or planning to live in Turkey, you must have a health insurance policy that meets the Turkish government's minimum standards. Here's an overview of the different types of insurance you might need, with links to more detailed articles about each type. What Kind of Health Insurance Do I Need in Turkey? If you're visiting Turkey with a visa, you and those traveling with you must have travel insurance covering your entire stay. If you want to remain in Turkey and get a residence permit, and you're between the ages of 18 and 65
  10. A health report is required to get married, get a driving license, or get a premium private health insurance policy which is more comprehensive than those normally purchased by foreigners for their residence permit. What is a Turkish Health Report? A health report, in Turkish called a sağlık kurulu raporu or heyet raporu, is a comprehensive report on your health by doctors specializing in internal medicine, eye, ear, nose and throat, neurology, mental health, and orthopedics. The types of doctors involved depend on the reason for the health report. You can obtain a health report at an
  11. Hey all, me and my wife will be applying for our renewals for our residence permits. We initially applied for 2 years for our first application (and in turn got 2 years of private health insurance). Sadly, we only got accepted for one year on our residency. But its the time of year where we must apply for our residency again, and we'll be applying for just one year, are we able to use the health insurance we put for the first time as it'll be valid within the time frame?
  12. I am over 65 years old. Is my health care free in Turkey? Or is there government insurance I can get?
  13. I am thinking to have a good health insurance, which we as a family can use, when we are sick. I am 60 years old and my husband is 66 years and both have a short term residence. I read about SGK insurance, but I am not sure if it is a good health insurance or maybe there is a better one with an reasonable price and coverage? Any advice or experience will be appreciated.
  14. Please I need your knowledge and advice about Corona and its covering by health Insurance covering. I have only Health insurance which I used for RP, I could not have one from SGK because I have not been one year in Turkey yet. my husband have no health Insurance because he is over 65 year. Both have Swedish health insurance , which unfortunately is not valid here in Turkey. I do not know how it will go if one of us will be infected with Corona virus and need to be hospitalized? Is the Turkish system will allowed us to be treated in the public health system as it is a pand
  15. If you get Turkish Citizenship will you get a reduction in the amount you pay the SGK?
  16. Please I need some help regarding my husband health insurance, on the 2 July he will be 65 years old, and I read that people over 65 years old, does not need a health insurance for RP. Does he need an insurance if he apply for RP during May 2019? Or he should wait till the 2 July, then he apply for RP? If he does not need health insurance for RP, what he will write in insurance-fields on RP-application? Another issue which I need help too, I read that Danish Nationality are exempted from RP fee, is that true? I am Swedish. Am I also exempted from RP fee too?
  17. Hi, I searched all the links about SGK on this site but could not find the exact information I am looking for... I have questions about the SGK enrollment process, premium payments, and coverage. I'll describe below what I figured out piecemeal, hoping it can be helpful to anyone else who needs to know what to do. I am a US citizen on my third residency permit and have a cheap private insurance that meets the minimum ikamet requirements. However, I had heard that foreigners can enroll with SGK if they pay a monthly premium. I had also heard that the state healthcare system offer
  18. My wife and I have had a place in Kalkan for many years and have decided to apply for residency when we return next week. At age 65 I am having a problem finding a health insurance company offering affordable cover and wonder if anyone can help with a solution. SGK doesn’t require over 65s to have health insurance to qualify for the Residency Permit but does anyone know if I can join SGK at 65 without having to buy private health cover for my first year of residency?
  19. Other than living in Turkey for over a year with a residence permit, what are the requirements for SGK insurance? Do I need to have a job with a work permit? I think that's what I was told at the local SGK office a year ago.
  20. I met today with Erdoğan Akyüz, a representative of Ankara Sigorta (insurance). I asked him about how we could obtain health insurance coverage for two years, if we are applying for a two-year short-term residence permit. He said Ankara Sigorta now offers a two-year health insurance coverage package. This involves two separate one-year health insurance policies--the first for year one, the second for year two. The day after the first policy expires, the second one becomes active, providing continuous coverage for two years. Both insurance policies would be bought at the same time. We
  21. I am Salman from Pakistan and I have festival visa for 15 days. I haven't arrived yet and I want to apply for one year residence permit. If any one has experience in getting residence after having a festival visa please contact me. And kindly provide me the URL for insurance that I can buy online.
  22. I have two question about apply for Visa. 1 year 1. Is it right that If I get a Visa, I had to stay in Turkey at least 8 month during that year? 2. I am over 65 years, and some people say I dont need insurance. What happen if I had to go to a doctor, and dont have insurance? I will be very happy to get answer as soon as possible, though I will apply for Visa next week.
  23. I am moving from California/US to the Izmir area in July of this year. I have visited 3 times in the last 17 months and I am ready to make the leap. I have some questions. First one is about health insurance that is necessary for short term residence. I have been told that Allianz is a good insurance and that I can get it at the bank Yapı Kredi. From what I was seeing on Allianz website mine would be $3,000 US dollars a year. But online blogs it always seem like they mention much lower numbers when talking about the cost of insurance. I read that after a year I can get the SGK Insura
  24. Hi guys I am covered by Groupama Sigorta and my husband has SGK which also covers me. I recently found out I am pregnant and I called both health insurance companies to ask about the maternity cover just to get told I am not covered for maternity and I can only add the extra package but I need to wait a minimum of 1 year. As I am new to this pregnancy and health insurance stuff I thought it is included with the cover. Is there perhaps any health insurance company that I can apply to that does not have these requirements? thanks in advance
  25. We are thinking to move Bodrum and like to know your opinion for the health care system. 1. How is the service quality at Government Hospitals and Private hospitals? 2. How much does it cost to get government health insurance and private health insurance We appreciate your feedback.
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