5 Best VPNs for Turkey – Check which one works, which one does not!

The increasing number of crisis in Turkey brings about new online restrictions. The ones taking the most credit in this are the VPN service providers. In Turkey, we had experienced similar problems earlier. However, the last censorship occurring on 20 March 2018 was the biggest one. Most of the free VPNs -as well as some paid ones, were blocked and they are not usable at the moment. Still, there are plenty of VPNs out there working like a charm without giving us any hard time at all and they cannot be blocked!

In this short article, we will be covering VPN services that work %100 in Turkey. Moreover, we will be covering how you can bypass the next blockage.

VPN services

  • Bypass restrictions
  • Online freedom
  • Country coverage
  • Speed performance
  • Log policy
  • Moneyback guarantee

NordVPN

3.2$/ Month
3.2$/ Month
  • Ekonomik pakette geçerlidir
  • 60+
  • Fast
  • No logs
  • 30 days

ExpressVPN

8.5$/ Month
8.5$/ Month
  • 90+
  • Fast
  • No logs
  • 30 days

HideMyAss

6.66$/ Month
6.66$/ Month
  • Ekonomik pakette geçerlidir
  • 190+
  • Super fast
  • Minimal log
  • 30 days

We used to use Google DNS servers to bypass censorship. Yet, a few years back, almost all of the free DNS servers were blocked by the ISP and they are not usable now.

The hunger for accessing blocked websites in Turkey increased so much that this led people to new alternatives: VPN and Proxy services.

Even though the main purpose of the VPN services is to encrypt your data, it can also be used to bypass censorship as it changes your IP address and makes you invisible in the online World.

Now in Turkey, millions of people prefer to use VPN services to access:

  • Wikipedia
  • Booking.com
  • Adult content and apps
  • Betting and gambling websites etc…

When did all start?

From the very beginning, it has been forbidden to access adult, betting and gambling websites. Such URLs were blocked by a single judge verdict and this still persists. As of late 2013, Turkey faced plenty of political crisis that extended censorship to social media: Youtube and Twitter.

Yet! How can a website be blocked without verdict?

It all started with BTK (Bilgi Teknoloji Kurumu). The government gave all the strings to a couple of people to keep an eye on the internet. When they decide if something is not proper for internet, all they have to do ask the ISP to block it. If the ISP does not abide by the decision, it might be fined for 50.000$.

Now in Turkey BTK can block any website it wants for a while or forever without having a judge verdict! Pretty easy ha!

BTK head says:

…VPN apps, offering private access to blocked websites, can change their IP addresses and bypass methods. The very reason is that they are being used in this way: Bypassing censorsip. This is a global problem. We took precautions on these apps and now we are testing new tools. Once the tests are done, we will move step by step…

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How did we evaluate the list?

Most probably, you have seen plenty of advertisement related to this topic. However, almost all of the suggested VPNs from the other companies do not depend on native experience. We do live in Turkey and our picks will work. Period.

While we were making our list, we focused on:

  1. If the service works in Turkey or not
  2. Log policy so that your privacy is in safe hands
  3. Speed performance
  4. Compatibility
  5. The number of the devices you can use with.
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VPN services that work perfectly in Turkey

1. NordVPN

The last VPN service on our recommendation list. NordVPN is a Panama based provider. It is not blocked in Turkey and it works pretty well.

You can use this service up to 6 devices. Even if it is not as fast as the other providers, there are several reasons to use NordVPN:

  1. There is no data retention law in Panama so that it does not keep logs.
  2. They have obfuscated servers; even if their main website is blocked, the service will keep on working. (They have plenty of mirror websites)
  3. Mobile device speed performance is fine, yet, you might have some stability issues.

Note: Make sure to use obfuscated servers of NordVPN. These servers are Japan # 177-180; France # 262-269;United States # 2682-2685.

2. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN was blocked several times by BTK yet it continues its service with the mirror websites. It is one of the most stable VPN service providers in the market and you can access any website you want.

With the decent speed, you can stream HD videos, bypass censorship, use Booking.com, access geo-restricted content from Turkey (BBC iPlayer, Netflix USA, German streaming websites etc…)

If you just want online freedom, make sure to choose PPTP (Fastest VPN protocol) with Germany or Netherland servers. You will be pleased with the performance. Moreover, you can use ExpressVPN simultaneously up to 3 devices.

Note: If you are using Turkcell/Superonline as ISP, then you may need manual VPN set up.

3. Hidemyass

One of the well-known VPN service provider in Turkey. For those already in Turkey, this service can only be accessed by Turktelekom at the moment. If you are a Turkcell or Superonline user, make sure to download the service with other ISP. After that, you will not have any connection issues. It works both on SuperOnline and Turk Telekom.

If you are outside of Turkey and planning to come later, you don’t have to worry about it. Once the software is installed on your device, it will work under any condition.

You may use this service up to 5 devices simultaneously.

4. SaferVPN

SaferVPN is the fastest yet somehow problematic VPN provider in Turkey. On one hand, it works great with TTNet and Vodafone, on the other hand, it is blocked for the Turkcell/Superonline users. Make sure not to purchase this service if you use Turkcell/Superonline.

SaferVPN offers plenty of great features letting you stream BBC iPlayer and Netflix USA from Turkey with the best speed performance available.

They are operating under USA jurisdiction. However, they claim that they keep neither IP address or activity logs. So far, there is no complaint from the user end.

Last but not least, you will be enjoying 256 bit standard OpenVPN encryption up to 5 devices simultaneously.

5. StrongVPN

StrongVPN has never been mentioned by the newspapers earlier. As the name is unknown, ISPs did not block it either. The provider is a part of reliablehosting.com company and it is extremely fast. No matter you are Turkcell/Superonline or TTNet/Turktelekom user, you can use StrongVPN with a piece of mind.

According to our review, it can help you stream Netflix and BBC iPlayer abroad with an amazing speed performance. If you are a big fan of social media streaming, you won’t experience any performance issues. Instagram stories, facebook or 4k youtube videos will stream like a charm.

It is worth to mention that StrongVPN operates under USA jurisdiction and they are bound to USA laws. Furthermore, they keep some logs. Unless privacy is a big deal for you, you should go for StrongVPN and enjoy the extreme speed up to 5 devices simultaneously.

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How can a VPN help you in Turkey?

There are several areas where you can use a VPN service in Turkey. Besides encrypting your data, a good VPN can kill your online experience headache pretty fast. Yet, how?

Using a VPN can help you:

  • access any website you want because all gambling, betting, adult websites, as well as Wikipedia, are blocked at the moment.
  • bypass throttling as the BTK can slow down your social media experience.
  • use booking.com. If you have Turkish IP address you cannot use Booking.com. Simply change it to your local address (a place outside of Turkey), you are good to go.
  • access geo-restricted content. Enjoying the sun in Marmaris and want to access BBC.co.uk? then you must have a UK IP address, with the help of a VPN, you can easily switch your IP from TR to UK with a single click, and you can watch your favorite shows.
  • block IPS records. All of the websites you are visiting have to be stored by IPS in Turkey. When you use VPN, your ISP cannot figure out which website you are visiting as your IP address is changed and your date is being encrypted.

Summing up

In this short article, we covered how VPN services became so popular and why you should use one in Turkey. Furthermore, taking the VPN blockage into consideration, we listed the VPN services that will give you the ultimate freedom! With that said, you can access any website you want, bypass government censorship, have smooth social media experience, and prevent ISP (Internet service provider) track the websites you visit.

If there is any case these services are not working properly, we will be updating our article and give you the most current, working URLs of the services.

The ones that do not work:
  • Zenmate
  • Hotspot
  • Tunnel Bear 
  • Hola VPN
  • PrivateInternet 
  • VyprVPN – Suggested by BestVPNrating.com, techradar.com, cloudwards.net,
  • CyberGhost -Suggested by BestVPNrating.com, VPNMentor.com
  • IPVanish – Suggested by BestVPNrating.com, techradar.com

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