Turkey's Ministry of Health has introduced exemptions from
certain pre-application criteria for employing foreign health
workers in private health institutions. In certain conditions,
individuals who are temporarily under Turkey's protection are
no longer required to meet criteria related to approval and
registration of qualification documents, or legal practicing
restrictions. The regulatory regime has been extended to now also
apply to midwives, who were previously exempt.
In principle, foreign health workers who under Turkey's
temporary protection must meet the following criteria before
applying for employment in private Turkish health institutions:
Have their diploma or certificate of expertise approved for
equivalency, and registered with the Ministry of Health.
Be free of any legal restrictions on practicing their
Be competent in the Turkish language.
Hold a Turkish work and residence permit, as per applicable
For physicians, hold professional liability insurance.
The Regulation on Temporary Protection (published in Official
Gazette number 29153 on 22 October 2014) defines "temporary
protection" as applying to foreigners who are forced to leave
(and cannot return to) their country, coming into Turkey's
borders en mass (or in person during large movements) and whose
international protection requests cannot be taken into
The amendments mean that the first two criteria no longer apply
to individuals who are under temporary protection in Turkey,
provided the Ministry of Health authorizes them to practice their
profession and they are employed by certain specified healthcare
Dentists, pharmacists and caretakers are excluded from the
pre-application criteria noted above. Midwives were previously also
excluded. However, the pre-application criteria above will now also
apply to midwives.
The Amendment Regulation on the Regulation of Working Procedures
and Principles of Foreign Health Workers in Private Healthcare
Institutions in Turkey was published in Official Gazette number
29744 on 16 June 2016, entering into effect on the same date.
Please see this link for the full text of the
Amendment Regulation (only available in Turkish).
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