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Moving to Istanbul, Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Istanbul, Turkey for its vibrant culture, rich history, and diverse population. With its bustling nightlife, world-class cuisine, and stunning architecture, Istanbul is a city that offers something for everyone. Additionally, the city's strategic location between Europe and Asia makes it an ideal destination for those looking to explore both continents. Before moving to Istanbul, it is important to be aware of the city's high cost of living. Additionally, the city is prone to earthquakes, so it is important to be aware of the safety protocols in place. It is also important to be aware of the cultural differences between Istanbul and other cities, as well as the local customs and etiquette. Finally, it is important to research the visa requirements for expats, as well as the availability of health insurance and other services.

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What do I need to know before moving to Istanbul?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Istanbul, they said:

"Find a good relocation company and make sure that they show you everything on the market not only the houses they get commission from, or you will end up seeing houses without kitchen," commented one expat who made the move to Istanbul.

"Look around the city before deciding on where you want to live. Some people are more comfortable in compounds and others want to live in Turkish neighborhoods. Since the rents vary so much, even within a given area, it is important to take your time in finding a place if possible," remarked one expat in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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