Frequently Asked Questions about 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.