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Friday, 26 October 2012

James Bond's Skyfall showcases best of Turkey

Tomorrow's release of new James Bond film Skyfall has been eagerly anticipated in Turkey.

The twenty-third film, starring Daniel Craig as martini-swilling ladykiller James Bond, showcases some of Turkey's most spectacular spots.

Daniel Craig filming Skyfall in Fethiye.

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar has been used - marking the third time in 50 years that Istanbul has been used in a Bond film.

Summery Fethiye beaches also feature in the film, as well as historical Adana, in the country's south east.

Turkey has also featured in Bond films From Russia with Love (1963) and The World is Not Enough (1999). The country's diverse landscapes make the country an ideal backdrop for a fast-paced action thriller.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Win a trip for two to Bodrum - Winner announced!

Place Overseas has great pleasure in announcing the winner of our ‘Win a trip for two to Bodrum’ competition.

Congratulations to Janey Johnson, who added us on Facebook and as a result will be winging her way to Bodrum Milas Airport this month. Janey and her lucky travel companion will be picked up at the airport and escorted to the luxurious el Vino Hotel, where they will stay for three nights. They will dine at the Restaurante la Pasion, overlooking Bodrum Harbour.

We’d like to thank you all so much for entering the competition. Don’t be disheartened if you’ve missed out: we will be running other competitions in the not-too-distant future.

If you’d like to find out more about property in Bodrum or Bodrum in general please have a read here or email us on

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Obtaining a tax number in Turkey

Your tax number (vergi numerasi) is the equivalent of the UK's National Insurance number. It's a necessity for anyone wanting to work in Turkey or open a bank account.

The process of obtaining a tax number is mired in bureaucracy and you'll need patience and preferably a Turkish-speaking friend to guide you through the process.

The documents needed for an application are:

  • photocopies of your passport
  • residence permit
  • work permit (if applicable)

Then you'll need to head down to your local finance department (maliye), locate the tax department (vergi dairesi) and then the Civil Test Service (Sivil Yoklama Servisi). At the Civil Test Service you'll be asked for a petition (dilekce) which is a short note written in Turkish that requests that government employees help you.

To complete the application, sign the delekce and then get it signed by the tax manager's assistant (vergi mudur yardimcisi).

Easy peasy! Well, kind of. 

Now that you have your tax number you're eligible to apply for a Turkish bank account. And once you've done that you're eligible to buy a Turkish home. But that's a whole other story!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Opening a bank account in Turkey

OK, so you've moved into your new Turkish home. Now you need to open a bank account. Like a lot of bureaucratic processes in Turkey, opening a bank account varies from place to place.

Turkey’s largest banks are Yapi Kredi Bankasi Kocbank, Turikiye Is Bankasi, Akbank and Garanti Bankasi. You’ll find these banks is just about every part of Turkey. It’s worth noting that Garanti Bankasi is the most English-friendly: there should be at least one English speaker at each branch. Isbank, on the other hand, owns a few European branches, making it easier for EU expats to make transfers.

There are a few foreign banks in Turkey, including HSBC, Citibank and Deutsche Bank. Only HSBC is widespread, however.

To open an account you’ll first need a tax number. Most banks require you to have a residency permit before opening an account with Turkish Lira. However, this varies. If you have a large sum to deposit your bank may make an exception. And, as is the case in pretty much every aspect of life in Turkey, don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Most banks will allow you to open an account in euros, British pounds or US dollars, but bear in mind you will receive little interest.

Once you’ve filled in an application form and given evidence of your tax number, you’ll be allowed to open an account. The most common account is a current account. Current accounts allow you to deposit and transfer money with ease. Most current accounts can be accessed via online banking and can be used to pay bills by direct debit.

You’ll also be eligible to open a savings account, but be warned that these accounts must remain open for at least a month and any interest earned is subject to a 15 per cent withholding tax. Your bank will provide you with the rates, which generally include the withholding tax.
Most banks are open on weekdays between 9am-5pm. Like most places around the world, queues can be formidable at lunch times

Click here to find out how to obtain a tax number in Turkey.