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Old 5th June 2017, 09:56   #1 (permalink)
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My wife and I will be leaving the uk , and starting a new life in turkey. We will hopefully be ready to move by early next year. I just didn't realise how much work there is involved. I'm sure that the members on here will help answer some of the many questions we will be asking over the next few months.
I have a couple of questions to start with, so here goes.
Both me and my wife are on medication for high blood pressure, do we need a doctors prescription for our tablets, or can we buy over the counter. and any idea of the cost involved.
Second question is .What type of residency permit should we apply for,long term or short term,taking in to account we intend spending the rest of our life in turkey.
Thanks in advance for any response.
Regards.
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Old 5th June 2017, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
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We had no problem being prescribed " restricted " medicines in Turkey , be prepared to prove who you are , produce your passport ,and produce your mobile and be called there and then whilst in the chemists.

Turkey has two types of prescription , ordinary lines and those on the " restricted register " such as opiates etc.

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Old 5th June 2017, 10:43   #3 (permalink)
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Get an E-Visa to come to Turkey the first time ... then you will have up to 30 days to apply for your residency permits. See here = Residence Permits in Turkey

As far as medication goes ... the pharmacists are more like doctors and much better informed than they are in England ...I am not on any pills so I have asked all my friends who are and they tell me you can get absolutely anything over the counter in Turkey and they have never had to have a doctor's certificate at all. Prices are very cheap too ... e.g. a packet of 20 x Loperamid (which is the same as Imodium) for diarrhoea is just 2 TL.

I hope you have made the right decision to up sticks completely from the UK to Turkey. If it's not too late, you might like to re-consider. We used to live in Side 12 months of the year but now we do 3 months in Turkey, 3 months in UK, 3 months in Turkey, 3 months in UK. It works a lot better like that. You won't need the residency permit and can do the standard E-Visa which is a lot cheaper and a lot less hassle too. It's also nice to see friends and family in the UK - although of course they may come and visit us in Turkey too. We are in Turkey for the following months ... March April May ....September October November .... that way we miss the very hot sticky summers in Side and the cold very wet winters. Give it some thought.
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Hi angelaturkey.
Thanks for your reply.I realise what you are saying about upping sticks, and we have put quite some thought into it. But for us to finance a comfortable retirement we will have to sell our house and other assets we have in the uk.
The only way we could afford a place in turkey and also keep our house in the uk is if we wait until we reach pensionable age, We have lost friends and relatives recently who didn't make it to 65 years old. For that reason alone we have decided to take the plunge and the risk. the worst that could happen is we come back to the uk if it didn't work out. And the upside is that the british government would not be able to use our house to finance our old age care.
Kind regards.
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Get an E-Visa to come to Turkey the first time ... then you will have up to 30 days to apply for your residency permits. See here = Residence Permits in Turkey

As far as medication goes ... the pharmacists are more like doctors and much better informed than they are in England ...I am not on any pills so I have asked all my friends who are and they tell me you can get absolutely anything over the counter in Turkey and they have never had to have a doctor's certificate at all. Prices are very cheap too ... e.g. a packet of 20 x Loperamid (which is the same as Imodium) for diarrhoea is just 2 TL.

I hope you have made the right decision to up sticks completely from the UK to Turkey. If it's not too late, you might like to re-consider. We used to live in Side 12 months of the year but now we do 3 months in Turkey, 3 months in UK, 3 months in Turkey, 3 months in UK. It works a lot better like that. You won't need the residency permit and can do the standard E-Visa which is a lot cheaper and a lot less hassle too. It's also nice to see friends and family in the UK - although of course they may come and visit us in Turkey too. We are in Turkey for the following months ... March April May ....September October November .... that way we miss the very hot sticky summers in Side and the cold very wet winters. Give it some thought.

"As far as medication goes ... the pharmacists are more like doctors and much better informed than they are in England ...I am not on any pills so I have asked all my friends who are and they tell me you can get absolutely anything over the counter in Turkey and they have never had to have a doctor's certificate at all. Prices are very cheap too ... e.g. a packet of 20 x Loperamid (which is the same as Imodium) for diarrhoea is just 2 TL."

That comment is bang on the money. I remember the days here in the UK where these little chemists were like that. Turkish chemists are more than helpful.
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Hi angelaturkey.
Thanks for your reply.I realise what you are saying about upping sticks, and we have put quite some thought into it. But for us to finance a comfortable retirement we will have to sell our house and other assets we have in the uk.
The only way we could afford a place in turkey and also keep our house in the uk is if we wait until we reach pensionable age, We have lost friends and relatives recently who didn't make it to 65 years old. For that reason alone we have decided to take the plunge and the risk. the worst that could happen is we come back to the uk if it didn't work out. And the upside is that the british government would not be able to use our house to finance our old age care.
Kind regards.
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Totally agree with you Russ & Lynda. My wife & I are doing exactly the same as you - all power to your elbow !
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Hi angelaturkey.
Thanks for your reply.I realise what you are saying about upping sticks, and we have put quite some thought into it. But for us to finance a comfortable retirement we will have to sell our house and other assets we have in the uk.
The only way we could afford a place in turkey and also keep our house in the uk is if we wait until we reach pensionable age, We have lost friends and relatives recently who didn't make it to 65 years old. For that reason alone we have decided to take the plunge and the risk. the worst that could happen is we come back to the uk if it didn't work out. And the upside is that the british government would not be able to use our house to finance our old age care.
Kind regards.
Russ/lynda
completely agree wıth your sentıments and ıve been lıvıng ın turkey nearly nıne years now--a great frıend of mıne dıed of cancer at the age of 63 --never even got state pensıon --that decıded me.Went to the dentıst thıs mornıng ın the local hospıtal and seen dead on my appoıntment tıme--no fuss no waıtıng around.DO IT--You only lıve once!
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Beware , in some areas now a chemist will not sell you some meds , Opiate pain relief , codeine , and antibiotics have been controlled.

So do not depend on getting stuff without seeing a Doctor.

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My wife and I will be leaving the uk , and starting a new life in turkey. We will hopefully be ready to move by early next year. I just didn't realise how much work there is involved. I'm sure that the members on here will help answer some of the many questions we will be asking over the next few months.
I have a couple of questions to start with, so here goes.
Both me and my wife are on medication for high blood pressure, do we need a doctors prescription for our tablets, or can we buy over the counter. and any idea of the cost involved.
Second question is .What type of residency permit should we apply for,long term or short term,taking in to account we intend spending the rest of our life in turkey.
Thanks in advance for any response.
Regards.
russ/Lynda.
Just to add, any meds your on here take them with you. I had a friend who worked in Didim hospital, he researched my wifes medication (high blood pressure), couldn't get the same tablets but there were many alternatives. Her only regret is that she never brought tons of them back with us............thats her own fault for loading the car up with shoes & dresses.
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All medication free in Wales thank goodness, I order repeat prescriptions online and they get delivered to my door
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