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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of living in Turkey?

The cost of living in Turkey is at least 50% cheaper compared to other countries in Mediterranean region, including the Northern Cyprus. The annual community fees would be approximately 0.3% for land and 0.1% for property, depending upon the location of your property in Turkey. It is significantly higher in inner city areas. Western Mediterranean coast of Turkey is famous for its restaurants to every taste and pocket, including English, Italian and Indian restaurants. An average restaurant bill with drinks per person is £ 10-15. The cost of living in Turkey is significantly cheaper compared to UK.

What flights are available to Turkey?

You can reach Western Mediterranean cost by flying two airports -Dalaman (the closest one to Fethiye), Bodrum and Antalya. The flights to Antalya are all year round. Several airlines are flying to Mediterranean Turkey, such as Turkish Airlines, Cyprus Turkish Airlines and TWI flights (low cost airlines). You can always fly to Istanbul and catch an internal flight to Dalaman or Bodrum. During the summer time a wide range of chartered flights to Turkey from different UK and European airports are in place. Due to the increasing demand of British people to spend holidays or time in their Hjems in Turkey, there are direct flights to the South of Turkey and talks are on the way to establish all year round trips. Without a doubt it will make this unspoilt part of the world more accessible, therefore Turkish property prices are expected to grow in the foreseeable future.

What is the banking system like in Turkey?

There are many reputable banks in Turkey and English is widely spoken in most of them. You would be able to open the currency accounts (in £) or in Turkish Lira (TL) which offer good interest rates. You would need to open an account in local currency to set up the direct debits for your water, electricity and other community charges, especially if you do not plan to live in Turkey permanently.

How long can a British citizen stay in Turkey?

British and the majority of Western Europeans on arrival would automatically receive a three month visa. If you decide to stay in Turkey for a long period you can get an extension or if you decide to permanently settle there, you would need to get a residency permit, which is obtained from the Turkish Embassy of your country of residence before arriving to Turkey. Different rules apply to US citizens.

Is it possible to bring personal possessions (furniture, pets, etc) into Turkey?

There are no problems bringing your own personal belongings to Turkey as long as you have a residency permit. Otherwise you would not be able to clear your goods through the local Customs. Also bear in mind that you would have to pay import duty tax on electrical goods brought into the country. From our client's experience, it is cheaper to buy everything in Turkey; local goods are of good quality and significantly cheaper. There are no problems, with bringing pets with you both as long as you obtain a "pet passport" and have the proof of all the vaccinations.

How important is it to learn a Turkish language if you decide to live there?

Not that important as English is widely spoken, however it is always an advantage to speak the native language, especially if you decide to live in Turley permanently.

What is the time difference with UK?

Mediterranean coast of Turkey is two hours ahead of UK GMT time in winter and 3 hours in summer

Extra costs

Power of attorney:100 EURO
Translator: 50 EURO
Yearly payments:
Property tax: 0,1 % of the property value.

Electricity

Electricity meter connection to a new property is 100
Transferring the existing electricity meter is 30 EURO
Cost per KW/H is 0.10 EURO

Water

Water-meter connection to a new propety is 60 EURO
Transferring the existing water meter is 30 EURO
Price per m3 is approx. 75 cent
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