Moving to Turkey

Moving to Turkey

Basic information Turkey

If you are moving to Turkey, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Republic of Turkey
  • Population: 77,695,904 of per 2014
  • Capital City: Ankara
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
    • President: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
    • Prime minister: Ahmet Davutoğlu
  • Main language: Turkish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Monetary unit:  Turkish lira (TRY)
  • International dialing code: +90


Are you moving to Turkey? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes.


In Turkey, education is compulsory for children from the ages of 6 years to 18 years old. Therefore, school is compulsory for 12 years. Moreover, primary education and secondary education is subsidized by the government, and therefore free of costs. The education system consists of the following:

  • Pre-primary education
  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Higher education

The private education system consists of 4 groups:

  • Private Turkey schools
  • Private schools for minorities
  • Private foreign schools
  • Private international education institutions

Most of the residents send their children to public schools instead of private schools because private schools are more expensive.



The unemployment rate of Turkey was 11.3% in January 2015. The unemployment rate has been increasing over the last few periods. Keep in mind that Turkey is still politically unstable and that therefore the international job market in Turkey is also still unstable. Moreover, it is more beneficial to speak the Turkish language before you apply for a job, because people speaking Turkish have a better competitive edge compared to the non-speakers.  Depending on which country you come from, the possibility is very high that you need a work permit or visa. You can apply this at the Turkish consulate in your home country or in Turkey.

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Bank accounts

The biggest banks in Turkey are: Turkiye Is Bankasi, Akbank and Turkiye Garanti Bankasi. If you are moving to Turkey it might be useful to know that it is possible for expats and foreigners to open a bank account. Moreover, the process for opening a bank account is quite easy. The following documents are required if you want to open a bank account in Turkey:

  • Copy of passport
  • Tax identification number
  • Residence permit
  • Proof of residence
  • Completed proof of signature form


 Moving to Turkey


If you are moving to Turkey, you might need a visa. Depending on your visit, if it is for a short visit, then it is also possible to apply for the visa when you arrive at the airport in Turkey.  The following basic documents are needed if you need to apply for a long term visa if you want to enter Turkey:

  • Original passport
  • Visa application form
  • 2 photographs
  • Covering letter from employer on company letter head with original Seal,Sign, Name and Designation of the Signatory person.
  • Leave letter from company in case working.
  • Last 3 months updated bank statements with bank seal on it.(with sufficient balance of more than 1 Lac rupees)
  • Tour Iternary
  • Hotel reservations
  • Confirmed return tickets
  • 2 photocopy of your passport.

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Cost of living

The cost of living is in Turkey is cheaper and more reasonable compared to the EU countries. Turkey’s largest income is on the tourism sector. However the prices and costs differ per city. Istanbul is for example one of the most expensive cities in Turkey for expats. Accommodation costs (renting or buying) is also cheaper compared to the other EU countries. Imported goods are much more expensive than local goods. However, depending on your living style, the cost of living can be either very high or very low.


Medical care

The health care system in Turkey is not very good. The public health care system requires quite long waiting times. Therefore the private health care system has increased drastically over the last few years. Many residents, who can afford it, choose for a private health insurance, as waiting times are lower and quality is better.


Driving license

It is compulsory to be at least 18 years or older if you want to drive a car in Turkey. Keep in mind, that depending on which country your driving license is issued, you can drive up to 3 months in Turkey. Afterwards, you need to swap it for a Turkish driving license.



The tax system in Turkey requires you to pay 15% to 35% income tax, however this depends on your income. The more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.


Moving to Turkey

Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since moving companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of international removal companies when moving to China? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

  • Our service is free!
  • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
  • International removal companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Turkey starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Turkey could not be any easier!