Questions need to be valid and relevant to our current situation. We cannot respond to people’s opinion or thoughts on what “should” be happening.
If you have a questions relating to anyone affected by the curfew for those over 65 or suffering from an underlying medical condition, please contact Corona Caring Fethiye on Facebook.
Please note: due to the amount of comments we are receiving on our Facebook page, we will not be picking up questions from threads on posts as it makes it very difficult to find them again to respond.
If you have already asked a question on a thread, please re-send it to us via one of the methods above.
Q: How does this Q&A work?
Once we have received your question, we will either refer to official information that is already in the public domain or forward it to the relevant authority for a response.
We will then respond to your question on Fethiye Times Social media platforms after which, we will update this Q&A.
NB: We will only respond to questions where we can get an official response. If we are unable to do so, we will tell you.
We will also add the list of questions to which we are waiting for answers to the end of this Q&A to keep duplication of questions to a minimum.
A link to this Q&A will be included in the COVID-19 daily round up each afternoon.
Questions and Answers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Q: How can I renew my Residency Permit during the Coronavirus crisis?
Residence Permit extension applications can be submitted online from 60 days before the expiry date of your current Residency Permit.
On completion of the online application form, you will be given an appointment date with Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Migration Management).
As long as you are on the system and have been given your appointment, you are legal to stay in Turkey however, PLEASE NOTE, you are NOT able to travel abroad until you have attended your appointment with all relevant paperwork and your application is complete.
If you have any specific questions about your application there are a number of Sworn Translators in Fethiye who are able to help you.
Q. Is the grace period for SGK for those under curfew taken into consideration if I have to renew my Residency Permit?
Yes. The application process is the same as above. Once the curfew is lifted you must make payment and collect your paperwork before the appointment.
Q. How does the current situation affect Long Term Residency Applications?
Long Term Residency Permit applications are not currently affected. We will update you further if anything changes. For anyone caught in other countries and unable to get back to Turkey, it will not affect your Long Term Residency Permit until you have stayed out of Turkey continuously for one year, after which, it will be cancelled. We will bring you further updates as we receive them.
Source: Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Migration Management).
Q. Will the authorities be stopping visitors coming to Fethiye from the cities, adding an extra burden on the healthcare infrastructure?
The government is taking measures to restrict domestic travel which is now subject to a governor’s approval.
Turkish Airlines has limited domestic flights to 14 big cities.
Airline passengers need “travel permission documents” and special councils are being formed to issue the paperwork.
Pegasus Airlines has cancelled all domestic flights until 30 April. Sabiha Gökçen airport is now closed.
Inter-city trains have also been stopped and, in a notice detailing travel restrictions, the Interior Ministry said all citizens must remain in the cities they reside in and could only leave with a doctor’s note, in the event of the death of a family member or if they have no accommodation.
A system has been set up at the border of every province to check the health of anyone traveling.
This information is accurate as of 30 March 2020
Q: If a person tests positive for COVID-19, are the authorities collecting names of contacts in the last three weeks, as they are doing in the UK?
There is no routine testing for people who have been in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, unless they are showing symptoms. It’s certainly possible they could have coronavirus even if they don’t have symptoms, but there just aren’t enough test kits right now to go around.
Q: Does my health insurance cover me if I test positive for COVID-19?
Please read separate article: What to do if you think have Coronavirus?
Q. What happens if my Tourist Visa runs out whilst I am unable to leave Turkey due to fight cancellations as a result of Coronavirus?
Without the current Covid-19 restrictions, British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes would normally be able to can travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Turkish authorities have confirmed that any foreign nationals who outstay their visa, due to COVID-19, will not face any fines or penalties.
Q. What if my Tourist Visa has already run out?
You can still apply for a residence permits long as you have not been in Turkey for more than 90 out of the 180 days your visa was valid for.
If you have been in Turkey for more than 90 days, penalties apply until we hear otherwise from Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Migration Management).
Q. With the new restrictions on walking in forests and on beaches, can we have guidelines on where we can walk dogs?
The guidelines for both walking for exercise and dog walking recommend people stay around the streets and small parks close to home. Please make sure you clean up after your dog.
Q. Will the Government extend the expiry date on English driving licenses when the six months is up?
There is no official announcement to date. The penalty remains the same and drivers will be fined. NB: Driving on an expired license may void your vehicle insurance. We will bring you further updates as we receive them.
Q. Will the March deadline for payment of Property Tax be extended?
Please call 189 and select 9 for English for any questions relating to tax.
Q: What happens if my TUV is due and I am under curfew?
If you are over 65 and your TUV expires, an extension will be given. This only applies to TUVs that expire from 28 March onwards. Once the curfew is lifted, car owners have 45 days to renew their TUV however, the car must not be driven during this time.
Cars belonging to people over 65 can be taken for TUV by a substitute person. This person must be under 65 and they can only take one car per month.
Q: What happens if my SGK payment is due and I am under curfew?
Muğla Social Security Institution has classified the corona pandemic as “force majeure” and have postponed the payment of SGK as follows:
For those over the age of 65 or who have not been able to leave the house because they have a chronic disease, the deadlines for the payment of SGK premiums are now:
March 2020 is extended to 2nd November 2020.
April 2020 is extended to 30th November 2020.
May 2020 is extended to 31st December 2020.
Q: Does the SGK period of grace apply to people caught in the UK and unable to get back to Turkey?
For the duration of your stay in the UK, you will not need your SGK. On your return to Turkey, your SGK cover will be reinstated on payment of the missed payments and an administration fee.
Alternatively, you can make payments through online banking.
Q: Can the new coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites?
To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
Source: World Health Organisation
Q: Can communal pools on private complexes be filled and used?
On March 16, 2020 the Ministry of Interior and Presidency of Religious Affairs announced measures to be taken in the fight against Coronavirus. This article refers to the closure of public swimming pools. Click here to read the article.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools or hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. – Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hotel, motel, and public pools are still closed.
There are no restrictions for private pools and they can be filled and used.
Communal pools on private complexes can be filled and used as long as the following rules are adhered to:
Residents should not use the pool at the same time as other residents in the complex (apart from members of their families who live in the same household).
Social distancing rules must be followed in communal areas around the pool.
This information is correct as of Friday 22 May 2020.