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Old 13th March 2017, 11:00   #1 (permalink)
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Moving to Izmir

Hi folks

My husband has starting working near Izmir airport (we are from UK), I am planning to join him next month for 6 months or so

A few questions if anyone could provide some advice

- is there anything I should bring from home that isn't easily available? (I use contact lens so will bring supplies)
- I am bringing my spaniel, is there anything we should be wary of? insects etc - there appear to be plenty of vets & pet shops so hoping that she should be well catered for
- I will need a vehicle - what is the cost like compared to UK or should I just rent one (I have a new Mini Diesel which is cheap to run and insure in UK)

would love to hear from anyone who may be in the area, we will be near Urla.

thanks Anita
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Old 13th March 2017, 11:06   #2 (permalink)
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Hi folks

My husband has starting working near Izmir airport (we are from UK), I am planning to join him next month for 6 months or so

A few questions if anyone could provide some advice

- is there anything I should bring from home that isn't easily available? (I use contact lens so will bring supplies)
- I am bringing my spaniel, is there anything we should be wary of? insects etc - there appear to be plenty of vets & pet shops so hoping that she should be well catered for
- I will need a vehicle - what is the cost like compared to UK or should I just rent one (I have a new Mini Diesel which is cheap to run and insure in UK)

would love to hear from anyone who may be in the area, we will be near Urla.

thanks Anita
Tesogirl is the person to ask, she lived there for sometime & well on the ball, a PM to her might help.

I wish you all the best on your move.

Ps. cracking place Izmir, if I ever moved back to Turkey then that's where I would be heading.
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Old 13th March 2017, 11:21   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Moving to Izmir

Hi LTD welcome to the Forum. I lived in Izmir many years ago and still love the place. We have two dogs, vets are cheaper than the UK, but may be more expensive in areas with lots of expats. I would bring a good supply of 'Frontline ' (or equivalent) as it is not cheap here and there are quite a few ticks.

Vehicles are more expensive than the UK but second hand ones hold their value well, you will get it back when you sell it. I would definitely buy rather than rent if you are living here. take a look at car prices second hand on www.sahibinden.com You can select English in the bottom right hand corner. Beware road tax which depends on age of car and size of engine. Anything over 2000cc can be very expensive to run.
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Hi folks

My husband has starting working near Izmir airport (we are from UK), I am planning to join him next month for 6 months or so

A few questions if anyone could provide some advice

- is there anything I should bring from home that isn't easily available? (I use contact lens so will bring supplies)
- I am bringing my spaniel, is there anything we should be wary of? insects etc - there appear to be plenty of vets & pet shops so hoping that she should be well catered for
- I will need a vehicle - what is the cost like compared to UK or should I just rent one (I have a new Mini Diesel which is cheap to run and insure in UK)

would love to hear from anyone who may be in the area, we will be near Urla.

thanks Anita
Hi Anita,

Welcome to the forum. Firstly you've chosen a nice spot. I have a home in Sigacik but currently live in the UK.

Izmir has a great international community and you might be interested to join the IWAI IWAI-International Women's Association of Izmir - Home which meets twice a month for coffee at the Swissotel and has many members living in Guzelbahce and the surrounding area. You can also find groups for people living in Izmir on facebook.

I can't think of anything offhand that you might want to bring.
The only advice I can give you is that when walking your dog, don't allow him/her to eat anything in the park or along the road; dogs can be poisoned in the street quite regularly in Turkey and it happened last year in Urla Iskele. I have a friend (Canadian) who lives in Urla and rescues dogs (she has sent more than 10 strays to Canada for new lives) so if you need a vet reference let me know.
Urla is a modern and dog friendly/yabanci friendly town so I'm sure you'll enjoy living there.

I've lived in the area for 14 years so please feel free to pm me as Spurs suggested, if you need any other advice.

Good luck with the move,
Charlotte
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Re: Moving to Izmir

thanks for that folks, yes dog is currently on a pet plan for worming/fleas etc so will continue her normal treatments.
In fact bringing the dog is my only concern, everything else I think we can deal with ok.

please keep your advice and tips coming

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Re: Moving to Izmir

Good luck with your move, Izmir is a wonderful city. Getting a car, as advised can be expensive, second hand cars are dear, but as was said hold their value well.
However in order to buy a car you will need:
1 A residency permit (Ikamet)...and all the rigmarole involved
2 Health insurance to obtain your Ikamet, which must include in patient and out patient care...not too difficult
3 A TC number
all of which can take well over a month to obtain.
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Hi Charlotte

Could you let me know who is recommended for Vet services in Urla, thanks

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