Bank: Some banks require a lot of information to open an account + fixed address.
For other banks, a passport will do. Limassol Bank is one such bank. They have some control over the account to prevent money laundering etc. For example, if there are irregular deposits of a lot of money into an account and immediately moved on to another account / country they hit the alarm and investigate.
But for us who need a regular trading account, transmission account or savings account, this is no problem. Does not matter at all where you live, as long as you have a passport.
Muhtar: An elected village chief who is elected every 5 years. Today, when all the villages are under the municipalities, their power is not so great. But the villagers often turn first to Muhtar as he usually knows everyone in the village and is an esteemed citizen.
In larger towns / villages a Muhtar is in every block.
Muhtar is dealing mostly with regard to forms required by various agencies, whether in residence (proof of where you live), driver’s license, ownership of vehicle, marriage or general information. He usually knows about most things or he can tell where to turn.
You pay only of forms and stamp fees, usually end up between 5-15 TL depending on what kind of form and stamp required.
It is a voluntary post, but honorable title, so they have no salary but only reimbursement of expenses.
If you do not know to which Muhtar you belong, you can always ask at Beladiyan (municipal office).
Mail: Mail from here to Europe usually works great, it takes about 3-6 days for a letter to reach Sweden. If you want to be sure that the letters reach quickly and effectively send an APS-mail. Costs about 2-4 TL and is money well invested. You then get a receipt and can follow up with the office. The post office is usually open between the hours. 08: 00-12.00 Mon-Fri + 14: 00-16: 30 one day a week in summer.
Hospitals: In acute cases, the emergency departments at all major hospitals is open around the clock, seven days a week, and even if you come by ambulance, it costs usually nothing. In the villages there is usually a small hospital which is open Monday to Friday daytime. Doctors are not always in place, but a nurse is always there.
Phone Ambulance 112
Pharmacy: Is open Mon-Fri. 08: 00-14: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00, Saturday at. 08: 00-14: 00 but there are local variations. In all pharmacy doors or storefronts are names and numbers of the pharmacies are on call, and it is recommended that you call before you go there because they are on “sleeping” duty.
Police: All police stations are open around the clock. alarm 155
Fire: 199 or 177