Aannsha’s Blog #158 – Turkish Residency & Engine Strip Down

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Getting our Ikamets

Because we’ve decided to stay in Turkey for 12 months while the world sits out Covid and we discover how Brexit will impact our time in the Schengen zones of Europe, we have needed to apply for a Turkish Residency Card – or Ikamet. Travelling on our UK passports, we automatically received 90 day visa, but they were only valid until the middle of October.

We began the process early in October, getting our biometric photos taken at Photo Ali which is situated just around the corner from the tomb on the roundabout at the bottom of the main street in Kaş.

After that we walked a few blocks across town to the insurance office where we got 12 month insurance with one of the two approved insurance providers for Turkish residency. We went with Allianz this time (AK Sigorta being the other provider). We’d heard Allianz is a more flexible insurance provider and for those interested it does cover covid related hospital treatment.

The next step was to see Umit in the office at Setur Marina because as part of our contract, the marina offers to complete the online residency application for you at no extra cost. It did take a while because there were quite a few questions and the server was very sluggish. However, eventually we had our appointments for the middle of November and printouts showing what we needed to pay in the tax office in town.

We drove to Kemer on the 13th of November which was the date for my appointment hoping they’d also see Barry (whose appointment was on the following Monday) and we didn’t want to hire a car for the extra time, nor drive nearly three hours each way for a second appointment if that could be avoided.

As it turned out they were quite happy to collect our paperwork together although we did have to pay a one off residency payment each as our previous ikamets had run out and so our ikamets this time were new applications rather than renewals. That meant running quickly to the tax office in Kemer before they shut at 4.30pm. We also didn’t have the correct amount of cash as we hadn’t anticipated the extra fee, and they only accept cash there so Baz (at 4.20pm) had to run into town to an ATM (praying our account had enough money to cover the withdrawal) and drive back to where I was stoically waiting.

Baz arrived right on the dot of 4.30pm and very relieved, we took our stamped receipts back to the residency office where we were given our temporary residency pieces of paper by the nice young man there.

We will have to wait for about 2 months before the actual cards arrive from Ankara as it’s a bit of a slow process. It also means that we don’t have use of Turkish SIM cards in our phones because they were cut off once our 90 day visas ran out.