Health Risks in Turkey



There is a potential risk of malaria in Turkey from May to October, especially when living in the Ukorova/Amikova areas and southeast Anatolia, Adana, and Antalya.

Consequently, expats should avoid traveling in these areas without proper protection, and always carry a mosquito repellent.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a life-threatening viral infection transmitted by ticks which occur between May and September; ticks are not active in winter. This viral tick-borne disease can kill an infected person. The last outbreak reported was in 2008 in the provinces of Tokat, Corum, Sivas, Amasya, Yozgat, Cankiri, Gumushane, Samsun, Bursa, Bolu, and Canakkale. Ticks in Istanbul are said to be non-carriers of the disease, but precautions are strongly advised for all travelers.

Expect a warmer climate when moving to Turkey. Temperatures can reach 30 to 40C during summer so drink plenty of water to avoid any heat-related illness.

Although water is chlorinated in cities and towns, bottled water is highly recommended for expats. Caution is advised when eating food from street vendors.

Obtain international health insurance in Turkey tailored to suit one's needs. Premiums for private health insurance in Turkey are approximately USD$150.00 to USD$200.00 for two people.