Frequently Asked Questions about Turkey
Do I need a visa to travel to and live in Turkey?
Expats do need a visa to live and work in Turkey. Entry visas for holiday or business purposes, which can be obtained at the port of entry into Turkey, are valid for 90 days. Many expats residing in Turkey on a tourist visa used to circumvent the system by making “visa runs”, by leaving and re-entering Turkey every 90 days in order to extend their stay in the country. However, Turkish authorities have now changed the rules: visitors on a tourist visa are only able to stay in Turkey for a total of 90 days in any period of 180 days. These days don’t need to be consecutive, but they cannot be exceeded. Those who overstay their visa are liable for a fine or can be banned entry into Turkey.
Are there international schools in Turkey?
There are numerous international schools in Turkey, with most based in Ankara or Istanbul. These schools focus on a number of foreign curriculums, including the International Baccalaureate, English national curriculum and American curriculum. Although expat children are allowed to attend Turkish public schools, most expat parents choose to send their children to international schools. There are good British, French and German schools in Turkey. Tuition at these schools can be steep, and due to the high demand, places can be limited and parents should plan well in advance.
Will I find good healthcare facilities in Turkey?
There are many private and public hospitals in Turkey, but the quality of healthcare is variable. In recent years Turkey has actually gained a reputation as a medical tourism destination, particularly in the area of cosmetic surgery, dentistry and fertility treatment. This may have something to do with the fact that healthcare in Turkey is generally cheaper than most expats will find in the rest of Europe. Pharmacies are also plentiful in the main cities and towns, and expats shouldn’t struggle to find most over-the-counter medications.
Is it difficult to import my car into Turkey?
If you’re looking to bring your car with you when moving to Turkey, you may want to consider this very carefully. The process for importing a car into Turkey can be complicated and expensive. The Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey regulates the process. Only foreigners who will be coming to Turkey on a temporary residence permit (work permit), as a retired person, or as a resident student are allowed to import their car to Turkey. Expats will need to submit numerous documents, after which they will have to get an “Alien Vehicles Temporary Entrance Carnet” in order to import their car.