Moving to Turkey

Frequently asked questions about moving to Turkey, how to retire in Turkey, what's it like to move, become a resident, live and work in Turkey

The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The long list of Istanbul neighbourhoods run into hundreds and this is no surprise given, it is Turkey’s largest, most populated city. As a hub of everything and anything, including business, education, tourism, health, and economy, people flock from all over the world to boost the local population of Turks. Many Istanbul expats are working professionals, while others just like an urban lifestyle. All have one thing in common, though, and that is to live somewhere decent.


Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

From tourist to expat, if you are thinking of living in Istanbul as a foreigner, it is a great lifestyle move to make. As Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul offers so much including a low cost of living, a unique culture, the best nightlife and shopping scenes in the country, as well as abundance of tourist and historical attractions.


Where is the Best Country to Live in Europe?

Where is the Best Country to Live in Europe?

When deciding where is the best country to live in Europe, you need to consider several factors. Everyone’s lifestyle needs and wants differ and what might be an excellent country for a working expat is not ideal for one who has retired. Some have a family to care for and need to find good schools, while others want excellent health facilities for any ailments they have.


How much do I need to retire in Turkey? How can I?

How much do I need to retire in Turkey? How can I?

If your checklist for retirement includes long hot summers, short winters, healthy food, affordable restaurants, an inviting coastline and a friendly welcoming culture, then hosgeldiniz: welcome to Turkey. As a retirement destination, Turkey ticks many boxes, as well as having a high quality of life with a low cost of living.


Lost and found: the joys and frustrations of life in Turkey

Lost and found: the joys and frustrations of life in Turkey

Life as an expat in Turkey isn't all sandy beaches and sunshine. Well - there is that, but with it comes the frustrations of settling into and adapting to a new life. Marie Coggin explores some of the things she gave up when she moved to Turkey, and realises that the things she found more than make up for what she left behind.


Why Brits are returning to Turkish property - and where they're buying up big

Why Brits are returning to Turkish property - and where they're buying up big

For a while, British interest in Turkish property was at a low ebb. The attempted coup in 2016 and the war in neighbouring Syria saw numbers fall away. However, with currency in their favour and problems receding in the distance, British buyers are back. We examine their favourite areas, and look at what life is like for expats in these places.


Brexit uncertainty drives Turkey citizenship queries

Brexit uncertainty drives Turkey citizenship queries

Brexit's on everyone's lips right now, as Theresa May's carefully crafted plan for Britain to leave the EU falls flat. And the uncertainty is not only driving prices down in the UK, but sending Brits looking for alternative options for investment and lifestyle. With Turkish citizenship more attainable than ever, it's not surprising enquiries about Turkish property are on the up.


Is it Safe to Live in Turkey?

Is it Safe to Live in Turkey?

On the odd occasion, customers sometimes ask if it is safe to live in Turkey? This is quite understandable given that holidaying in a country and living in it, are two different experiences. People also ask for several reasons. Some want to know about crime rates and how safe it is for single females. Some wonder about the border region that Turkey shares with Syria while others cite terrorism that is a worldwide concern.


A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

We hope that by writing an expat guide to living in Turkey, all our customers who have plans to move to the country on a permanent basis will have a useful system to follow. However, while we have many hints, tips, guides, and bucket loads of advice, it is worth mentioning that some characteristics will stand you in good stead during the first year of living in Turkey as an expat.



Can you eat pork? The reality of living in a Muslim country

Can you eat pork? The reality of living in a Muslim country

It's difficult to imagine a country you've never visited, which is why we often get asked about the reality of living in a predominantly Muslim country. Marie Coggin, a British expat living in Bodrum, addresses a few commonly asked questions, and puts to rest the concerns some people might have about visiting and living in Turkey.


Expat Challenges in Turkey and How to Overcome Them

Expat Challenges in Turkey and How to Overcome Them

The dream of living in Turkey fills people with hope. They imagine a life by the beach, with gorgeous weather and a stunning home. They think of their perfect utopia, and it is what motivates to wake up. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong with this dream, it rarely goes so smoothly. Moving to a different country can be a stressful experience if you are not prepared for the expat challenges that accompany a life in Turkey.


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