Residency Permits and Healthcare
Those looking to live in Turkey full-time, will need an annual residency permit of which the basic cost is Â£50, but using people such as a translator, will naturally incur variable costs. Permits are given on condition that the person applying has medical insurance but for over 65s it is free. Alternatively, obtaining a 90-in-180 day tourist visa, costs Â£12.50, including an administration fee.
Healthcare is a major requirement for many expats
but there is no NHS in Turkey, so residents have a choice. They can pay into the government scheme SGK to cover medical operations through government hospitals. This costs for a married couple 395TL (Â£98.75) per month. If you aren’t married, but live together or are single, then you pay 395TL per person. Your SGK will cover a small part of the financial costs if you use private hospitals.