Are you considering purchasing a Turkish property and moving to Turkey from the UK? The good news is that moving to Turkey is relatively simple if you plan and research ahead. If you’re still looking for a home, there are several apartments and villas for sale in Turkey in all of the famous resort areas.
Before you depart from your native country
Make sure your legal and financial affairs in your home country are in order. This entails informing your bank that you will be visiting Turkey so that your cards will not be frozen due to security concerns. If you are on a pension, it can be deposited into your Turkish bank account.
Other than that, all you have to do now is pack your suitcases. Some people want to transport their furniture from the UK to Turkey, but this is a costly process that can take months and leave your furniture stuck in customs. Buying all of your furniture for your property in Turkey is much easier and less expensive.
Learning Turkish is a worthwhile endeavor
Most ex-pats plan to learn Turkish and then berate themselves later because they are not as advanced as they had hoped. The truth is that in many ex-pat resorts, the locals speak English, and you can get by without knowing any of the languages. Attempting to learn one new word every day allows you to communicate with non-English-speaking neighbours and co-workers, as well as make new friends.
Health benefits and a permit to stay in the country
A standard tourist visa allows you to remain in the country for 90 days out of 180 days. To stay a longer period, you must apply for a residency permit. The government’s official website will assist you in completing the entire procedure online. Depending on the case, the system will tell you which documents you’ll need and how much you’ll have to pay. You will either need health insurance or enroll in the government’s SGK program. While it may seem daunting, specific organizations may be able to assist with applications.
Savings can obtain Turkish citizenship
Turkey announced its citizenship via an investment scheme in 2016. It provides residency, citizenship, and a second passport to those who invest in real estate or make a bank deposit. The real estate route is especially appealing to buyers. This requires a minimum property purchase of $250,000 plus fees, making Turkey one of the most affordable citizenship programmes on the market. The real estate investment sum was initially set at $1 million, but it was drastically reduced in September 2018.
The benefits of having a Turkish Passport
A Turkish passport entitles you to visa-free travel in 125 countries worldwide (or a visa upon arrival). Turkey also holds out the possibility of potential visa-free entry to the EU. Negotiations are currently ongoing, but Turkey still has a long way to go to meet the EU’s requirements. Turkey has several close international links. They have an E-2 Visa Treaty with the United States, which means that Turkish citizens can apply for citizenship in the United States. Turkish people can also apply for a UK business visa via the Turkish Businessperson Visa system, thanks to the Ankara Agreement between Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Getting into Turkey by car
International cars are allowed to stay in Turkey for six months at a time. After that, the vehicles must be taken out of the country for another six months. Because of the hassle, ex-pats in Turkey prefer to buy cheap cars. Similarly, you can drive on a foreign driver’s license for up to 6 months before applying for a Turkish driver’s license. These laws and systems were placed in effect at the beginning of 2016, and authorities and ex-pats are still getting used to them. Many ex-pats, on the other hand, take public transportation because it is inexpensive and convenient.