Saturday, April 24, 2021

!!! Updated, 25th of April 2021 !!! Is it possible and allowed travelling to Alanya?


Update, 25th of April 2021

The flight ban imposed by Turkey has now been lifted and airlines have re-started routes between Turkey and the UK.
In that regard the information below is once again relevant.

The situation in Turkey is that the number of positive test have been steadily increasing and there are around 50.000 daily positive cases.

Also worth noting is that only around 300.000 tests are conducted on a daily basis.

This means that testing is only done when symptoms are present and there is no larger random test network implemented for testing at work places, educational institutions or similar.

The situation in Turkey is serious but not out of control. 
The capacity at hospitals are not under too much pressure since the current variant of covid-19 in Turkey causes less severe cases than the previous variants.

Almost 10 percent of the Turkish population have been vaccinated and another 5 percent have received the first injection.

So it is safe to travel to Alanya or is it better to wait? 
In our opinion the answer is the same as before.

Our best recommendation is to take a look at the information below and then make your decision based on your own individual situation.

The latest official figures can be accessed here (In English).

Kind regards
2Base Estate Agency, 25th of April 2021


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The story of covid-19 has now entered a new phase.

Where back in the spring time most countries implemented strick lock downs and the infection rates fell rapidly, most countries are now opening up again even though the infection rates are rising.

We started travel the world again and airlines are opening up more routes across the globe.

However, infection rates seem to be heading in the wrong direction.

It is, of course, a challenging situation and we can rightly ask and ourselves where we go from here...

Here at 2Base we get a lot of questions revolving around topics like "Can I and am I allowed travelling to Alanya".

This we will take a closer look to... 

Can I travel to Turkey and Alanya?

Yes you can. 

There are now a lot of airlines that fly to and from Turkey, and even at ticket prices that are very low.

Use a search engine such as Momondo or flightscanner or visit the websites of airlines such as Turkish Airlines or perhaps best of all Pegasus Airlines.


Is it safe to fly?

During the pandemic, we have been flying several times, both domestically in Turkey and to European airports.

All airlines regularly disinfect the aircraft and the air during the flight is cleaned with so-called HEPA filters.

Likewise, our experience is that the stay at the airport and the plane is safe, and social distancing rules are kept and face masks are used pretty much everywhere.


Is it safe to stay in Alanya?

In Alanya, the situation is significantly better than in the larger cities such as Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul.

Overall, the infection patterns in Turkey are very similar to the Europeans, where the infection is most widespread in densely populated areas.

Similarly, the infection here in Turkey has also increased among the younger part of the population, just as the infection often occurs at social events such as weddings and parties.


So what is the conclusion, is it safe to fly to Turkey and use your holiday home?

Yes and no. It all depends on yourself.

If you keep rules of social distancing, avoid places with many people and ensure high personal hygiene, then the chance of being infected in Turkey is probably no greater than where you are now.

But surely, if you invite all of your Turkish friends to a party, use public transportation to get around and cheek kisses your caretaker every time you see him, then the risk of getting infected is big.


In our experience the pitfalls in Alanya can be:

- Popular restaurants: We currently see that some restaurants are quite full. Likewise, several of Alanya's beer bars are open again. These places should be avoided.

- Do not use public transportation.

- Use private transfer from the airport.

- Keep in mind that alcohol often negatively impacts your judgment. If you need to drink more than one beer, do it in your holiday home.

- Try to shop when others do not and avoid stores with many customers.

- Avoid the local markets since they are often crowded.

- Politely turn down invitations to weddings, birthdays and other social events.

- Avoid visiting public offices or the bank unless it is absolutely necessary.

- Avoid paying with cash

- Sanitize your hands every time you have touched cash money, entered your card PIN or others have touched your payment card.

- Be even more careful than at home


Can I be tested for covid-19 in Alanya?

Yes you can. 

The easiest thing for most will probably be one of the private test centers at the private hospitals. 

The price to be tested is currently 250 TRL and the results are given next day.

We do not recommend using the test center at Antalya Airport, since the logistics around this test center is poor.

Close to our office Baskent Hospital has a test center which works fine.


What are the rules related to quarantine?

In Turkey, there are different rules on quarantine, but these do not apply to tourists. 

Therefore, they are not relevant for those that travel to Alanya as a tourist.
However, the rules can change quickly, so it's a good idea to stay up to date.

This also applies to the rules that the National Board of Health in your home country has set out.

Finally you should also be aware of what rules your workplace has.


Does my insurance cover if I get infected?

This differs from insurance to insurance, but many insurances will not cover.

Here, however, it is possible to purchase a cheap insurance from a Turkish insurance company, so that a possible hospitalization in Turkey due to covid-19 will be covered.

Finally, for the sake of good order, please remember that we are neither health experts nor speak on behalf of the National Board of Health or other public authorities.
We are simply speaking from our own experience and personal knowledge.

We encourage everyone to act based on your own personal situation.
If in doubt, think twice. If you are still in doubt, then don't.

Remember to take care of yourself and think about your own and others' health.

Links related to covid-19 in Turkey:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Turkey
https://covid19.tubitak.gov.tr/turkiyede-durum

Thursday, April 22, 2021

You can start packing your suitcase - flights are back!

 


Good news for everyone living in Great Britain and Denmark.

With immediate effect the ban on flights from Great Britain and Denmark has been lifted and airlines are now resuming flights the two countries and Turkey.


Furthermore there will be no requirements for quarantine upon arrival to Turkey just as tourists are exempt from the weekend lockdowns that are currently in place across Turkey.

A negative PCR test from the last 72 hours is still needed and is required for all, even those that has been vaccinated.

Also an online arrival form needs to be filled which can be done via this link: https://register.health.gov.tr/

In case you need a travel insurance that is also covering Covid-19 then these are available here in Turkey and we are happy to assist you in this regards.

We hope to see some of you soon here in Alanya and you are more than welcome to visit out office for a cup of coffee.


Just remember that keeping social distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently are still very important.

Stay safe and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Get ready to read our newest online magazine!


The 6th edition of our online magazine is now and just waiting for you. 

Just click on the picture above and it will be right there...

As always we collect the best stories from our social channels and spice them up with the best properties, beautiful pictures and lots more.

This issue of our magazine is a rather comprehensive one, because all this corona-disruption totally made is forget to publish a magazine during 2020.


But here we are now, with one big, fat issue covering all of 2020.

Enjoy reading and hopefully we will soon see you all here in Alanya. 

We miss you and we know that you miss us too :-)


Stay safe & take care.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Delicious Turkish meatballs served with eggplant mash



Do you miss Turkey and Alanya when you are not here? 
Well, then we understand how you feel.

Especially the Turkish cuisine is worth traveling for, and many rightly believe that it is among the best in the world.
 
We have received a recipe from the website www.webopskrifter.dk on how to make some delicious Turkish meatballs, in Turkey called "köfte".
 
We took the recipe to En Vie Beach restaurant where it was used to create the dish "Balkan köfte", which consist of the Turkish meatballs and a mash made on eggplant.
 
So go ahead and try it out for yourself. Below are both recipes as well as a small video made.
 
Enjoy your meal!
 
Turkish meatballs // www.webopskrifter.dk
--- Ingredients, approx. 16 pcs. ---
1 kg of minced beef
2.5 teaspoons salt
2 red onions
1 fresh chili
1 handful of fresh mint
2 handfuls of fresh broad-leaved parsley
4 cloves garlic
2.5 tbsp peppers
1 tbsp oregano
2.5 tablespoons cumin
Pepper
Oil and butter for frying
 
For serving:
Natural yogurt
Pomegranate
Fresh broad-leaved parsley
 
Put the minced beef in a bowl and add salt.
 
Chop red onion, chili, mint and parsley and add it to the minced beef. 
Add garlic, pepper, oregano and cumin. 

Now form the meatballs and fry them over medium heat in a mixture of butter and oil until well done.
 
Serve the Turkish meatballs with natural yoghurt, and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and parsley.
 

Pureed Eggplant // En Vie Beach Restaurant
--- Ingredients, 2-3 people ---
40 grams of butter
40 grams of flour
300 ml of milk
3 grilled eggplants
Mozzarella cheese
Salt
Pepper
Nutmeg
 
Melt the butter and add flour. Then add milk and make a bechamel sauce. Salt, pepper and nutmeg are added after this.
Peel the grilled eggplant, add the mozzarella together and heat it so that the cheese melts.



Watch our video about "Balkon köfte" + more pictures











Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Happy New Year from 2Base with new Alanya video



Dear all,
In just a couple of days 2020 is coming to an end. 

No matter how we look at 2020, it has been a year to remember and we all know why.


Most of us probably wish for a different 2021 with less disruption and more stability.

However, hopefully a difficult year also brought some good things along, created new opportunities and made us see things in a different perspective.

Here at 2Base we ended up with more "good" than "bad" and we can surely be happy and proud with that.

Our team proved strong, reliable and ready to take on the challenges that we faced in a professional and intelligent way.


One thing we could not change was the lack of visits from our customers. 
We miss you all and hope that 2021 again will be bring back the times were you all will come to our office for a chat and a cup of coffee.

We know that you all miss Alanya very much, so we have put together a small video with all the best highlights from in and around Alanya.

Click to watch and enjoy the video and hopefully you can soon start to plan your next trip.


Happy new year from all of us at 2Base in Alanya.





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Properties with garden access are getting popular!





 We have made a minor but still handy update to our web site.
 

It is now possible to see all the properties that have direct access to a garden area.

 
This can either be ground floor apartments in a single level or duplex apartments where the lower floor has direct access to a garden.
 

So let us take a look at who can benefit from having direct access to garden.

- Families with kids -
A garden apartment gives the kids a greater space for playing and moving while the parents are still able to sit close by and keep an eye on what is going on.
 

- Pet owners -
With a pet in the household the easy access to a garden area makes life a whole lot easier for both the pet and the owner.
 

- BBQ lovers -
Throwing a BBQ party in the garden is always much better than on the balcony. And with easy access from the garden to both kitchen and toilet your guests and yourself will enjoy your homemade burgers and steaks even more.
 

- Garden lovers -
Some people just love flowers and grass more than others. If you are a garden lover then having access to some green space is a must.
 

- Those who prefer to stay close to the ground -
Not everyone is dreaming of climbing the Eiffel tower or parachute (yes, I am talking of you mum).
Some just like to stay grounded and then a garden apartment comes in quite handy.
 
 

There are a few important things to know when looking for a property with access to a garden area.

 
First, please note that the information in this blog does not relate to villas, but only garden apartments and garden duplex inside a building complex.
 
Secondly, the garden area in front of the property can as a rule not be considered as private area.
Instead it belongs to the common area of the complex.

Also there will not be any mention of the garden area in your title deed.
 

But in reality probably no one other than your self will access this area so in daily life the garden will feel like your own.

 
Garden properties are getting more and more popular so start your search by visiting our selection of properties with access to garden by clicking this link.





Monday, July 13, 2020

Alanya Summer News for July


Dear readers,

Time for another update from in and around Alanya. A lot has happened since our last blog post and we are delighted to say that things are definitely moving in a more positive direction.

Most importantly Turkey has started to open borders to other countries and from Antalya Airport. 


We now have flights coming in from places like Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Czech, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Kazakhstan and Poland.

Every week a few new destinations are added so this is excellent news.

No international routes have yet opened from our local Gazipasa airport, only domestic flights are available so far.

But we are hopeful that also international flights are soon to find on the arrival board in Gazipasa Airport.

With planes in the air and open borders safety is of course critical. 

So in every airport a Covid-19 test center is being operated by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Everyone can have a test done for 15 Euro and all passengers showing signs of illness are all tested before being allowed into the country.



In case you are looking to fly to Turkey then try these airlines:

https://www.sunexpress.com/en/

https://www.turkishairlines.com/

https://www.flypgs.com/en

Generally speaking the Covid-19 situation in Turkey is quite good. However, there are still some hot spots mainly in the bigger cities.

Every day around 50.000 people are tested and around 1000 of these tests are positive.Totally Turkey has made more than 3,7 million tests.

So with common effort and attention of social distancing and hygiene we can beat this virus.

In Alanya and the areas around us we generally have very, very few positive cases and generally everyone is taking care and keeping social distancing.

So even Covid-19 is still the main topic of conversation for most people, it is not something that has a big impact on our day to day life.

Alanya has started to open hotels too. Mostly now there are Turkish tourists having their holidays. Hotels personnel has been trained how to work with Covid-19, how to offer food, how to clean rooms etc.

Read more about this here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-hotels-get-ready-for-tourism-season-amid-virus/1841915

If there is cold in hour home country, I can guarantee, it is not here:).

Now we are slowly going towards 40 degree, and humidity is hovering between 70-90 percent. So we are living inside "badly heated Sauna" as our Finnish colleges are calling it.

The current  sea temperature is almost 29 degrees in Alanya. Want to come and enjoy beach life? 

For detailed information on the weather and sea temperatures take a look at this page:

https://www.mgm.gov.tr/tahmin/il-ve-ilceler.aspx?il=Antalya&ilce=Alanya

Here at 2Base we are of course monitoring the situation closely. After a period with working from home we are now back at at office on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

You are welcome to visit but we would appreciate if you could make an appointment before coming.

And with that - thank you for reading and have a great day! 




Friday, May 15, 2020

Month of May - Good news to report


Good morning from Good News of 2Base :-)

We try to give you the latest news from Alanya and Turkey. 

We have been lucky in Alanya since for more than 3 weeks now there has not been any confirmed cases of Covid-19. here. 

Obviously we should still be careful, but we can now see that all actions taken have worked really fine. 


We used to have weekend curfews, but these are not lifted for the entire Antalya region. 
In several other regions of Turkey there are still curfews. 

Last weekend also elderly over 65 and youngers under 20 years of age was allowed outside for a walk and fresh air. 
So looking good for them too. 

Shopping malls, smaller shops, hairdressers and beauty salons started to open too. Sure there must use mask and follow strict guidelines but slowly slowly things are getting back to something that we can call normal life.

Turkey has started "Phone Diplomacy" with 70 countries to talk about how tourism from those countries can start to come Turkey. 

The plan is to test test everyone upon arrival to Turkey. The exact plans are still on the drawing board, but it seems positive.
Gasipasa air port is among one of the first airports to be opened for foreign arrivals, so we are hoping to see first international arrivals in June. 

Turkey is also implementing "Healthy tourism standards" which are guidelines and rules for all everyone working within tourism. 

Then to news what you all has waited for.

This weekend we will have Sauna temperatures here and Saturday and Sunday there will 37 degrees :). 

We are still waiting for beaches to open but hopefully they are opening end of the month of ramadan because we miss sun bathing and swimming as much as you too. 


We are very proud of how Turkey has been taking care of this corona crisis and how Turkey has been helped other countries by sending them aids against Corona. 

So soon we will see you again, different countries are starting flights in different time, but we are waiting you all back and bring your friends too:). 
Have a wonderful May 2020 !

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A spring like never before


This spring time has been like never before.

Covid-19 virus has turned Alanya into a desert village, at least it sometimes feels like that. 

Markets are open and you need to use mask when you go to shops.

But despite all of this Corona-thing, Mediterranean sea is more beautiful than ever, more turquoise than ever before, weather is like summer at its best, 22-25 degree now.

So how is life here now? 

Most things have changed. Banks and other necessary shops opens at 12.00 and only allows a limited amount of customers at at time. 

Shopping center Alanyum is closed, so are most of shops together with all restaurants, bars and cafeterias. 

All playgrounds, beaches, parks and other public spaces are closed down and wrapped in "do not enter" tape.

This is very different spring to all complexes too. All pools, saunas, gyms and other shared facilities and common areas are closed. 
Lets cross our fingers and hope that some of it can soon open again.

A curfew for all weekends has been implemented for everyone.
So we have to stay at home all weekend, no one is allowed to go out. 
This curfew will probably continue for some time.

In the weekends people normally gather for picnics, but this is no longer possible. 

For those younger than 20 years old or older than 60 of age, the curfew is 7 days a week.

The city of Alanya has done an incredible job during this situation.

While you are stay at home, city workers can bring your shopping's and medicines to your home together with food and bread. 

Street animals are also not forgotten and masks are distributed for free.


Despite all this spring time is coming slowly with thousands roses and fruits. 
Raw almonds are soon ready to be picked up, this is a favorite for many Turkish people who love this bitter fruit.

Nevertheless, we are all well here but of course we would like you too be here with us to enjoy this wonderful spring time in Alanya. 

And please do not worry, we will look after your home here. 
If you have anything in your mind or any worries do not hesitate to contact us :-)

Have a wonderful spring, where ever you will be.

We miss all of you....








Monday, April 20, 2020

Do you need help? Then please let us know...


A lot of Europeans are happy owners of a holiday home in Turkey.

When being a house owner also some obligations and practical task follow. 

This might be anything from payment of utility bills, smaller repairs, keeping an eye out for your property when it is not being used just to mention a few.

Many choose to enter into a service agreement with a local estate agent or property administrator, so that they do not have to worry about or spend valuable holiday time on these practical matters.

Others do think it is a fun experience to visit the local tax office to pay their property tax, to redo silicone joints around windows or renew the household insurance all by themselves.


This last group of home owners are now potentially in a bit of trouble, since no one know when it again will be possible to travel to Turkey.


So here at 2Base Estate Agency we would like to try to help those as much as we can.

Our message is very simple: If you are stuck at home and getting a bit nervous about the fact that you cant travel to Turkey to deal with practical formalities related to your holiday home in Alanya, then you are more than welcome to contact us.

We will then to the best of our ability assist you and your holiday home and of course without any cost to you.

We are on site here in Alanya and as long as we can and the circumstances allows us, we will and can help wherever it is needed.


Remember that in the current situation asking twice is better than not asking for help at all.


Everyone with questions or worries are welcome to contact us via email, chat or on social media channels.

Please share this message to others in your network that might benefit from it.

It is in no ones interest that owners of a holiday home in Turkey run into more trouble than we all already have.

The way things are these days we must all try to help each other as much as we can.

Kind regards
2Base Estate Agency

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Corona Virus: An update from 2Base in Alanya


Dear all, 
As the corona virus keeps disrupting everyday life across the globe it seems that the next couple of month will be quite here at our office in Alanya.

Not that we are going anywhere, but we will surely miss the daily visits from you, our beloved customers.

Just as in other parts of Europe also Turkey is slowly moving towards a lock-down situation and it seems that traveling during spring will be impossible.

Our office is still open, but at some point we might also need to work from home and/ or restrict working hours at the office in Alanya.

But just to be absolutely clear...

- We are working hard as always and will continue to do so
- Your property will still be taken care of as always
- We are still reachable just like always via chat, mail, phone or social media

For those of you who wants to follow the situation in Turkey we can recommend the following news sites in English.

Hurryiet Daily News

Anadolu News Agency

Yeni Safak

Daily Sabah

and finally the more independent and less government controlled...

Ahval News

(Please note that in case you are actually in Turkey, Ahval news might not be possible to access due to government restrictions).

Finally we can recommend using CNN Türk for latest updates. 
This site is in Turkish, but Google Translate normally does a pretty good job.

Please stay healthy and safe out there, listen and follow guidelines from local authorities and government.

By doing that we will all be able to see each other again rather sooner than later.

Best wishes
2Base Alanya

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2Base on Instagram is getting more interesting...


More than a year ago we decided to get active on Instagram and share our best and most beautiful pictures with you.

During that time we have learned that Instagram is a good place to share small and not that serious bits and pieces from our real estate lives here in Alanya.


So from now on we will engage even more in "stories" on Instagram and provide you with more insights on everyday life and happenings here at 2Base.


We are sure it will be fun...

So far we have been running separate Instagram profiles for our English, Russian, Turkish, Finnish and Danish followers.

We have to be realistic though and we will not be able to publish and maintain Instagram Stories on five different accounts.


This means that soon our profile named "alanya2base" will be our only Instagram profile.


So in case you are following one of our other profiles:

alanya2base_ru 
alanya2base_fi
alanya2base_da
alanya2base_tr

then please unfollow and move to "alanya2base" instead since this is where all the fun will be in the future.

See you all on Instagram.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New edition of our FREE online magazine is out NOW!



Last month of the year seems like a good time to publish our final magazine or the year - so here we go.

This edition will be the most interactive that we have made so far and throughout the entire magazine we have added videos for you to watch.

So keep an eye out for the small videoplayer icon that will show you where videos are available. 

All the videos play directly inside the magazine, so after watching you can keep on reading from where you left.


Watch for instance our Instagram Stories that shows little bit about daily life here in Alanya or join us when we show you how a Turkish barbershop works.  

One of the beauties of our magazine is that most of the content has already been published on our social channels or website already. 

But we know how hard it can be to follow everything from networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, our property blog and so on.

Although it is hard to admit there are other things in life than "2Base". Sad but true. 

So this is why our magazine is the perfect place to do all the catching up, since all the best content from across all platforms is presented in a single place.


With that we will leave you to it - enjoy the magazine and have a jolly December and a great new year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New evaluation report introduced in Turkey



Earlier this year a new expertise report was introduced when buying or selling a property in Turkey. 

This means that a certified appraiser must valuate the property being traded.

This value is then used as the official property evaluation and used for calculating fees for the title deed transaction, property tax among other examples.


Historically in Turkey the public property values and evaluations has been a lot lower than the actual market values and traded values.


The idea behind introducing this new report is to bridge the gap between the public property evaluation and the market values.

The new rapport consists of a detailed description of the property, the building, similar properties within the same area among other examples.

Interestingly enough this report so far is only mandatory for property transactions where foreigners are involved as either seller or buyer.


As in other countries a higher public property evaluation also in Turkey equals more expenses for the owner of the property.


In case the Turkish authorities want to gap the bridge between public evaluations and traded values the logical step would be to re-evaluate all properties not matter if they are being traded or not.

Unfortunately this would go under the category if "political suicide" and therefor the government has chosen to implement this new report step by step and did for some reason choose to start with properties being sold or bought by foreigners.


However, it is believed by most that this will be implemented to all property trades no matter nationality soon.


Moreover, within some years all properties no matter if they are being traded or not will have to be re-evaluated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

See for yourself what Alanya has to offer!



Before selling any holiday home in Alanya we first need to sell Alanya itself to our clients.

And why is that? 

Because investing in holiday home abroad is not just about squaremeters and bricks. 

It is much more about fulfilling a dream about the good life.


So at 2Base we have decided to make it even more obvious to everyone why Alanya is the good place.

One of the things we are doing is producing our own small videos explaining what Alanya and Turkey is all about. 
This can be everything from a local sight over where to eat and what to do. 

We try to cover both the well-known sights as well as smaller hidden gems that are not that obvious.


All videos are published on both our facebook pages and in Vimeo.

So far we have covered the following topics. If you would like to watch the video on facebook, just click on the name of the video.

Organic markets in Alanya

Turkish barbershop

Delicious smoke, Turkish styke kebab restaurants

Hamaxia Antique City

Sulu yemek, Turkish style lokanta

Dim Lake

Fishing from the beach

Italian pizza vs Turkish pide  

And we have many more to come.

If there is a particular topic that you would like us to cover, then please do not hesitate to contact us.


The best way of learning about new videos is to LIKE and follow us on our Facebook page.

Have a nice day!