If you have decided to buy a property in Turkey it is not amiss to open an account at a local bank for more comfortable operations with money transfers, as well as paying bills for the purchased apartment, etc. As a bonus to the account you can get a debit card to use for shopping and cash withdrawal. In most Turkish banks accounts can be opened in four currencies: liras, dollars, Euros, pounds sterling.
As for the documents, the requirements are not too complicated. You will need to provide:
- your passport;
- a document where you residential address is stated;
- Turkish tax number.
As a proof of address, you can show the passport of the citizen of your country or utility bill or a residence permit in Turkey, where the address is specified.
Getting the Turkish tax number is necessary in advance, it is also easy. For this purpose you should visit the local tax office and apply for a personal tax identification number to open a bank account. In Turkey this tax number is called Vergi Kimlik Numarası. It is issued very quickly, within five minutes. Important - make sure that your name is written correctly, exactly as in the passport. Otherwise, if you go to the Bank, and they find out that there is even one letter difference in the passport and received tax number, you will have to go again to the tax office and to correct the error.