Here are a few observations about Turkey
and the latest rules in Turkey
, as of August 2013:
1. Blue Card - The Blue Card rule
seems to still be in effect. However, no one checked our Blue Card when we were in Turkey or when we checked out of Turkey. We never got a stamp in 2012 from Port Control when we returned to Turkey because we didn't have a blue card at the time. When we returned to our boat in 2013 our same agent took our papers to Port Control and they just stamped the papers without a blue card saying that the rules have changed and they stamped our papers without any questions. This was all in Marmaris and things vary depending on where you are in Turkey!
2. Checking in and out of Turkey - We went directly to the marina in Marmaris and our agent took our papers to check us into Turkey. We had arrived from Israel
. There were no problems doing this. We paid 50 TL to check out of Turkey in Turgutreis for an agent who entered our information in the computer system. We then walked through Port Control, Customs
and Immigration ourselves to complete the process. Another boat was required to go to the customs dock
at the ferry
terminal in Marmaris to check in and out of Turkey. It was not an easy process but they didn't use an agent.
3. Cell Phones and Data Sims - We have a Turkish mobile broadband modem
and getting a new sim card is easy at any Turkcell store. 39 TL for 4 GB is the going rate and it lasts 1 month. Getting a sim card for our unlocked iPhone
didn't work. Turkcell said they changed the rules about 5 months ago (when the troubles began in Istanbul
and Ankara). Turkcell said they could not give us a sim card for our phone
. We could purchase
a Turkish cell phone
with a sim card and that would work they said. At least that is the latest.
work and Bottom Job - We had all of our rigging
replaced in Marmaris. We used M2 Rigging and they were very professional. There was no mast removal
and everything was easy for them. The rigging and fittings are all from Denmark
and certified. Our insurance
company is happy now and the cost was very reasonable compared with the Caribbean
or the USA. Our bottom job was done by European Marine Service
at Marmaris Yacht Marina. We used a copper paint
and their service
and work was outstanding. The cost was very reasonable as well. There is no tin based bottom paint
available in Turkey or the EU.
That is the latest as of August 2013 but remember, things change quickly in Turkey!