Expats considering a move to Turkey will naturally have many concerns about life in this culturally rich country. From their safety and security to healthcare and schooling concerns, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Turkey.
Are there international schools in Turkey?
There are numerous international schools in Turkey. Most are based in Ankara or Istanbul. These schools focus on several foreign curricula including the International Baccalaureate, British and American.
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 in Turkey varies. 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. Expats shouldn’t struggle to find most over-the-counter medications.
Is it difficult to import my car into Turkey?
Expats moving to Turkey may want to carefully consider whether they should bring their own car with them. The process for importing a car into Turkey can be complicated and expensive. The Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey regulates the process. Expats will need to submit numerous documents, after which they will have to get an Alien Vehicles Temporary Entrance Carnet to import their car.
Is Turkey safe?
Turkey is generally a safe destination for expats. However, an ongoing threat of terrorism has been cause for concern for many considering a move there. A number of local and regional terrorist groups have carried out attacks in the country in recent years. Many of these have targeted places frequented by foreigners, including Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. Authorities have acted quickly against such attacks and view the protection of foreign visitors and residents as a priority. Expats living in Turkey should keep abreast of local developments and always exercise caution and awareness if visiting popular tourist spots and when using public transport.