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Living / Retiring in Turkey

It is important to have the following in place, if you are planning on living in Turkey.

» Turkish Tax number or Yabanci Kimlik number (Foreigners Identity Number) - You will need to have this in order to do such things as; open a Turkish bank account, register utility bills in your own name, paying Turkish land/council taxes and applying for a Turkish driving license. A Turkish tax number can be obtained from your local Tax office (Vergi Dairesi)

» Turkish Residence permit - This is a permit granted to all foreign nationals, allowing them permission to reside in Turkey. This can be issued for up to 2 years (Short-Term Residence Permit), 3 years (Family Residence Permit), 5 years (Short-Term Permit for KKTC and foreign national investors) or *permanent (Long-Term Residence Permit).

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Please note: Having a Turkish residence permit is a requirement for the following;
- Shipping personal items to Turkey
- Registering a land-line telephone/internet.

» Yabanci Kimlik number - This translates to, Foreigner Identity Number (FIN). This number is issued to all foreigners and may be required for:

• Obtaining a Turkish driving license
• Public notary proceedings
• Purchase and sale of real estate
• Obtaining and renewing insurance policies
• Bank accounts and transactions
• Purchasing a Vehicle

Military approval- Having this will entitle you to own a property in Turkey. This is a necessity before you can legally own a property in your own name. Applying for Military Approval is a process which starts when you have selected a property to purchase.

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YellAli provides Legal Assistance for both Buying & Selling Property in Turkey.


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Yes, if you are planning on living in Turkey permanently then you are required to
purchase a residency permit.

A residency permit is a permit granted to foreign nationals, allowing them to
live in Turkey for a period of one year, which can be renewed yearly.
(2 years can be granted for a family residence permit and a permanent permit can
be granted for those who stay in Turkey 8 years or more)

See; All types of Turkish Residence Permits


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.





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UK nationals

If you move to Turkey you are still entitled to your UK state pension. You need to contact the UK government department for Working, jobs and pensions and inform them you are moving to Turkey.

You may need to provide bank details in Turkey. However, this will need to be discussed/agreed from the department for Working, jobs and pensions.

Please note: Even though you are living abroad your pension will continue to have the normal government cost of living with adjustments applied.


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.







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For UK nationals

You can contact the International Pension Centre in the UK, 4 months before you reach retirement age.
International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE98 1BA
United Kingdom
email - tvp.internationalqueries@thepensionservice.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 7777
Textphone: +44 (0)191 218 7280
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Also you can visit the directgov website to make your state pension claim online -
www.gov.uk/contact-pension-service


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.







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It is not law to have a will in Turkey but it is strongly advisable for a person owning a property to have a will to avoid any complications that may arise from not having a will in place.

The Turkish law regarding the transfer of real estate on the event of death is very different to other countries. The Turkish Inheritance law outlines that as a spouse you receive 25% of the estate with the children of the decease inheriting the remaining 75%.
If there is more than one child the estate will be divided between them equally.

Your UK or foreign will is legally valid in Turkey but to be ensure there is no confusion it is advisable to have a Turkish will.
Note: If you have a will in the UK or from your own country, remember to update it with your new property in Turkey.


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.





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UK nationals

Yes, if you are a British citizen living in Turkey (or anywhere overseas) you still have the right to vote in the UK general elections and European elections. This right will cease to exist if you have been living abroad for 15 years and over.


U.S. Citizens

Yes, as an American Citizen you can continue to vote, depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote.
Click the link for more informationhttp://turkey.usembassy.gov/voting_information.html

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If you live permanently in Turkey you are not entitled to healthcare paid by the UK government. The NHS is a residence based health care scheme.




Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.







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Update: From April 2014 residents living in Turkey, under the age of 65, health insurance is compulsory.*

*Please note; Private or state health insurance will be not asked from the citizens of countries which have reciprocal agreement with Turkey.

SGK - You can choose to join the Turkish SGK (government) healthcare scheme or obtain private health care.

You can apply to join the Turkish National Insurance SGK scheme which covers the whole family for most medical expenses at the state hospitals and clinics for around 272 TL per month.

To obtain a instant online quotation for private health care please see;
» Instant Online Quote Health Insurance

For further information please see » How do I apply for SGK health insurance


Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official government departments in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.







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REGISTRATION OF MOBILE PHONES BROUGHT FROM ABROAD REGISTRATION AND MATCHING FORMALITIES - 2017

Formalities governed by the BTK (Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu) - Information and Communication Technologies Authority

WHY DO I HAVE TO REGISTER A MOBILE PHONE FROM ABROAD?
Turkish legislation prohibits the use of mobile devices brought into Turkey from abroad by individuals, unless registered. If the user of such a device fails to register and to pay the registration fee the phone/mobile device will be blocked after 120 days of use with a Turkish SIM card. The user will receive SMS notifying him/her that the device has not been registered and will be closed.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTERING A MOBILE PHONE?
A mobile device can be registered by Turkish citizens and foreign residents (with a Yabancı Kimlik Number) who have recently come to Turkey from abroad. The registration must be performed within 120 days after having entered Turkey. Please note that one can only register one mobile device within a two-year-period.

How do I register the phone?
Mobile phones brought to Turkey are most easily registered via the e-devlet kapısı (e-government portal). Please » click for information on how to sign up for the e-government portal.

In order to start the registration procedure choose ‘IMEI kaydet’ (https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/btk-imei-kaydet ) and fill in the required information (mobile phone number, the device’s IMEI number, details of the ID document you used for your entry to Turkey, date of entry)
If you don’t know the device’s IMEI number dial *#06#.

If you registered a mobile phone in your name before and want to check whether the 2 years have passed, so that you can register a new IMEI number, click here: » www.turkiye.gov.tr/btk-imei-kayit-hakki-sorgulama

Alternatively, you can also register the phone/mobile device through a customer registration centre of the mobile service providers TURKCELL, VODAFONE or TÜRK TELEKOM (former AVEA) In this case the passport holder applies to one of the mobile communication providers’ customer registration centres (in person, as the Authority will check whether the signature applied on the registration document and the signature on the passport match) with their original passport and the tax receipt. An application form is completed and sent together with copies of the ID page, the page with the entry stamp and the original tax receipt to the central authority for confirmation.

If the registration is carried out via the e-State portal no documents need to be submitted The applicant’s declaration is taken as a basis and the data control is performed electronically.

For which devices is registration compulsory?
All devices containing a SIM card which have been brought to Turkey by means other than bulk importation are subject to the compulsory registration. For example, if you want to use the SIM card (use via the GSM network) in an iPad brought to Turkey from abroad, the IMEI has to be registered or else the functions of the device related to the SIM card cannot be used through our country’s operators.

Is there a fee to pay for the registration?
In line with the ‘General Communiqué of the Act of Fees’, the charge to be paid in 2017 is 149.20 TL. If you use internet banking you may pay online or pay the fee at tax offices or at any bank entitled to collect tax. It is also possible to pay the fee by Turkish credit card through the Online Tax Office

Apart from the tax offices, which banks accept payment of the registration fee?

Akbank A.Ş.,

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.,

T.Halk Bankası,

Vakıflar Bankası TAO,

Kuveyt Türk Katılım Bankası A.Ş.,

Anadolu Bankası A.Ş.,

Aktif Yatırım Bankası A.Ş.,

Alternatif Bank A.Ş.,

Finansbank A.Ş.,

Albaraka Türk Katılım Bankası A.Ş.,

Tekstil bank A.Ş.,

Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş.,

Turkishbank,
Turkland Bank,

 Denizbank A.Ş.

İNG Bank A.Ş.,

Türkiye Finans Katılım Bankası A.Ş.,

HSBC Bank A.Ş., 

Şekerbank T.A.Ş.,

T.Garanti Bankası A.Ş.,

TC Ziraat Bankası, 
T.İş Bankası A.Ş.


The receipt must contain the IMEI number of the device to be registered and the passport holder’s name and surname.

How can I check whether the device has been registered?

Following the application, the registration status of any device may be checked via http://www.mcks.gov.tr/tr/imeisorgu.php. The following message will appear at first: ‘IMEI numarası abone kayıt merkezince geçici olarak kayıt altına alınmış olup Kurum tarafından evrakları kontrol aşamasındadır (This IMEI number has temporarily been registered by the customer registration centre. Documents are currently being checked by the Authority)’. Once the documents submitted to the customer registration centre have been passed on to the Authority, and the information and documentation checked and confirmed, the message ‘IMEI numarası kayıtlı This IMEI number is registered’ will be displayed.

it is not possible to perform the IMEI registration after the 120 days have expired and the device has been inactivated.

Although I carried out the required procedures and had my phone registered, I was sent a legal notice and my phone was inactivated. What can I do?
You can try to renew your registration through the E-State portal by re-entering your information or phone the Information Control Service’s call centre (0312 294 94 94) to obtain information about your procedure.

Can I register a device received by mail or purchased through the internet?
According to the relevant legislation devices brought to Turkey based on individual importation are registered, but devices received by mail or purchased through the internet will not be registered.

I brought two mobile devices from abroad. Can I have them registered?
No, you have the right to bring in one mobile phone within the period of two calendar years. Within this framework, as of 01.02.2008 the necessary precautions have been taken in the Mobile Device Registration System to prevent the same person from registering more than one device within two calendar years.

Do people who stay in Turkey for a short time have to have their devices registered?
Provided that the usage period does not exceed 120 days tourists can obtain a pre-paid card with a phone number from one of the GSM providers upon presentation of their passport. No registration formalities are required. The only subscription agreement available for tourists and those without a residence permit is the pre-paid service.

Can devices be registered in the name of minors under 18?
Yes, but the registration application has to be performed by mother, father or the minor’s legal representative via their own E-State portal by entering the child’s identity information.


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What is the E-Devlet Website and how can foreigners use it? (turkiye.gov.tr)

From a technological point of view Turkey is a surprisingly advanced country. Internet-banking, online appointments for land registry (Tapu) procedures, doctor’s examinations, TÜV (MOT) technical vehicle control, applications for residence permits, are just some of the internet applications which have replaced (and very often simplified) tasks of daily life.

A modern and very comprehensive service available to all residents of Turkey – be they Turkish or foreign – is the E-Devlet Kapısı (E-Government Portal) » www.turkiye.gov.tr.

On this website, all public offices provide a wealth of information and online services. Any visitor can view the information but only subscribers can benefit from the online services. As a foreigner, you can subscribe (FREE) if you have a valid Turkish residence permit and the 11 digit Foreigner ID Number (Yabancı Kimlik Numarası YKN).

Services available on the E-Devlet Website include:

- Obtain a criminal record check,
- View the details of vehicles registered in your name,
- Check info and expiry dates of your current insurance policies,
- Check details of real estate registered in your name,
- Check your registered address - » SEE ALL HERE



How do I sign up?
To sign up, all you need to do is to go to the nearest PTT office, show your residence permit, sign a form and pay a minimal fee (2 TL in 2017). You will receive a single use password that you must change when you first sign in. (This will be sent to your mobile phone, therefore please have your phone with you when visiting the PTT)

e-devlet

Log-in

After entering www.turkiye.gov.tr you must click the button ‘Sisteme giriş’ in the right upper corner. You are required to enter ‘T.C. Kimlik’, that’s your YKN, and ‘E-devlet şifresi’, that’s your password. When you’re signed in your name appears in the right upper corner. To log off, click on ‘Güvenli çıkış’.

The website is in Turkish but there is a (non-interactive) version in English. To access, » click ‘non-citizens’.

What is e-Government?
E-Government is the electronic offering of services normally rendered to citizens by the Government. This way, the Government targets offering its services to the citizens through the easiest and most effective means possible, in a high quality, speedy, uninterrupted, and secure way. With the e-Government concept that has started to replace the bureaucratic and classical government concept, the aim is to offer every government agency and every individual easy access to systems using information technologies and to Government agencies and services offered by these agencies. » More information can be seen on the e-Devlet portal here


Would you like to understand the E-Devlet site?
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E-devlet Password - Please note: Every three months the system will ask you to change your password. You can do this online provided you have added your mobile phone number to the system.



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