Day to Day Living in Turkey
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Day-to-day Living in Turkey
Social Insurance schemes are compulsory for both employees and the self-employed. Social Insurance schemes in Turkey are Bag-Kur and SSK. UK nationals working in Turkey are fully covered for long-term risks including healthcare, maternity, sickness, and work injuries.
A foreign national who is covered under the compulsory social security system of his/her home country is not required to pay social security premiums in Turkey, provided that proof of the foreign coverage is submitted to the local social security office.
It is best to go through a real estate agent if you are looking to rent a property in Turkey as they will provide you with the most suitable properties to lease.
The prices of rental properties vary depending on the location, the quality of the property and the parking facilities. Most rental properties in Turkey are usually let unfurnished. Furnished properties are difficult to find and are sometimes poorly equipped. In order to rent a property, you will need your tax number from your local tax office. A deposit is usually one to three months rent in advance.
Property to buy
UK nationals are permitted to purchase property in Turkey; however, they are not permitted to purchase property within zones that have been specifically restricted. It is best to go through a real estate agent as they will advise and help you with every step of the process and most real estate agents will have someone that speaks English so as to enable smooth communication and proceedings.
Business and investment property is subject to different regulations than residential property and you should check with the UK embassy of Turkey about the regulations.
There is an extensive network of internal flights in Turkey and the Turkish airlines provide the best form of transport for travel around the country as they link all major cities, including the busy Istanbul-Ankara corridor.
Most major cities and towns are linked by rail services which are regular and efficient. However, because train travel in Turkey is so popular, trains are very busy and therefore tickets should be well in advance. When travelling intercity by train you are advised to take only 'Ekspres' or 'Mototren' trains as the other services tend to be cramped, smoky and slow. The Turkish trains however, have a hard time competing with long-distance buses for speed. The Turkish buses go everywhere in Turkey frequently and are usually cheap and comfortable.
Driving a car in Turkey should be avoided, especially in cities as there is a lot of traffic congestion and a considerable lack of parking spaces.
Cost of living
Prices in Turkey are relatively cheap; however, a wage in Turkey is very low and therefore makes the cost of living quite expensive.
Things to do
There is a vast array of leisure and entertainment options available in Turkey such as the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, gorgeous beaches, traditional belly dancing shows, museums, bars, restaurants and theatre. There are lots of nightclubs, live music venues and traditional Turkish entertainment available in every town and city.
There are many sports on offer all around the country and swimming, sport fishing, water skiing and diving are all very popular on the Southern and Western coasts. Skiing is also becoming an increasingly popular sport in Turkey and several ski resorts operate during the winter months.
Local Turkish cuisine is very good, and dining out is extremely popular. There is a wide variety of traditional quality restaurants to choose from or there is a selection of restaurants serving foreign cuisine in most of the cities.
Turkey has a rich history which lends its way to numerous sightseeing and exploration opportunities including the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the ancient Christian churches of Cappadoccia in central Anatolia.
1st January:New Year's Day
23rd April:National Sovereignty and Children's Day
19th May:Commemoration of Atatürk
30th August:Victory Day
29th October:Republic Day
After the Islamic month of Ramadan:Ramadan Feast
70th days after Ramadan:Sacrifice Feast
Organisations that can assist with Day to Day Living
British Corner Shop is the online British supermarket with worldwide delivery. Ideal for British Expats, Forces and Brits living and working abroad who can't get hold of their favourite British food locally.