While entering Turkey:
1. The following items are allowed to be
brought into the country:
2. Valuable items and all items with a value of
over 15,000 USD must be registered in the owner's passport on entering
for control on exit.
- Personal stuff of the tourist and other
items necessary during the journey.
- Electronic devices: one TV, one colour
pocket TV (max. 16 cm screen), one TV-tape-radio combination, one video
recording camera and 5 video cassettes (blank);
5 records, 5 tape cassettes
or compact discs, one video player, cine-projector (8 mm) and 10 rolls of
film (blank), one slide projector, one pocket computer (maximum main memory
capacity Ram 128k. Byte), one transistor radio and portable radio - tape
player (its specification to be determined by the Ministry of Finance and
Customs), one Walkman or pocket tape recorder, one portable compact disc
- Binoculars (one pair, except night
- Musical Instruments: Harmonica, mandolin, flageolet,
flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of each type, maximum 3 musical
- necessary medical items.
- bicycle, baby buggy, toys.
- 5 (100
cc) or 7 (70
cc) bottles of wines
- 200 cigarettes and
- 200 grams of tobacco and 200 cigarette
papers, or 50 grams of chewing tobacco or
200 grams of pipe tobacco, or 200
grams of snuff
(In addition to the above allowances, it is possible to purchase 400
cigarettes, 100 cigars, and 500 grams of pipe tobacco from the Turkish Duty
Free Shops upon entering the country).
- 1.5kg. coffee,
1.5kg. instant coffee, 500
grams of tea.
- 1 kilo chocolate and
1 kilo sweets.
- one camera with 5 rolls of film.
- five bottles of perfume (120
ml max. each).
- one portable typewriter.
- First aid, and spare parts for the car.
3. Antiques brought into the country must be
registered in the owner's passport to avoid difficulties on exit.
4. Sharp instruments (including camping knives)
and weapons may not be brought into the country without special permission.
5. The bringing into the country, trade, and
consumption of marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly forbidden and
subject to heavy punishment.
6. Gifts, not exceeding
500 DM in value and not
for trading purposes, may be brought into the country duty free. In addition,
gifts not exceeding 500 DM in value may be posted to
Turkey duty free, if the
date stamped by the sending post office falls one month before, or one month
after the following holidays: Seker Bayrami,
Kurban Bayrami, Christmas, and
7. Cellular Telephones entering the country
must be accompanied by a certification form showing ownership. Ownership must be
documented in the passport of the owner and will be checked on entry and exit.
1. Gifts and souvenirs: For a new carpet, a proof
of purchase; for old items, a certificate from a directorate of a museum is
2. Exporting antiques from
Turkey is forbidden.
3. Valuable personal items can only be taken
out of the country providing they have been registered in the owner's passport
upon entry, or providing they can show they have been purchased with legally
4. Minerals may only be exported from the
country with a special document obtained from the;
General Directorate of Mining Exploration and
Research (MTA), 06520, Ankara
Telephone: +90 (312) 287 34 30 /16 22, Fax: +90 (312) 285 42 71
You can receive a tax refund
for the goods you purchased in Turkey!
1. Refunds will be made to travellers who do
not reside in Turkey.
2. All goods (including food and drinks) are
included in the refunds with the exclusion of services rendered.
3. The minimum amount of purchase that
qualifies for refund is 5.000.000 TL.
4. Retailers that qualify for tax refunds must
be "authorised for refund." These retailers must display a permit
received from their respective tax office.
5. The retailer will make four copies of the
receipt for your refund, three of which will be received by the purchaser.
If photocopies of the receipt are received the retailer must sign and stamp
the copies to validate them. If you prefer the refund to be made by check, a
Tax-free Shopping Check for the amount to be refunded to the customer must
be given along with the receipt.
6. For the purchaser to benefit from this
exemption he must leave the country within three months with the goods
purchased showing them to Turkish customs officials along with the
appropriate receipts and/or check.
7. There are four ways to receive your refund:
- If the retailer gives you a check it can
be cashed at a bank in the customs area at the airport.
If it is not possible to cash the check upon departure or if you do not
wish to cash it then, the customer must, within one month, send a copy
of the receipt showing that the goods have left the country to the
retailer who will, within ten days upon receiving the receipt, send a
bank transfer to the purchaser's bank or address.
- If the certified receipt and check are
brought back to the retailer on a subsequent visit within one-month of
the date of customs certification, the refund can be made directly to
- Retailers may directly refund the amount
to trustworthy customers upon purchase
- The refund may be made by the organization
of those companies that are authorised to make tax refunds.
For more information you can phone or visit:
Ministry of Finance and Tax Dept. General
Directorate, 06100, Ulus - Ankara
Tel: +90 (312) 310 38 80 / 725 / 728 / 735, Fax: +90 (312) 311 45 10
If you wish to enter the
country with your vans, minibuses, automobiles, station wagons, bicycles,
motorcycles, motorbikes, sidecars, buses, motor coaches, trailers, caravans or
other transport vehicles, you will have to provide the following documentation:
2. International driving license.
3. Car license (document where all details
related to the car and the owner's name are registered). If it is somebody
else's vehicle a power of attorney should be provided.
4. International green card (Insurance card).
The TR sign should be visible.
5. Transit book "Carnet de passage"
(for those who want to proceed to the Middle East).
Period: The vehicle can be
brought into Turkey for up to 6 Months. The owner should declare on the opposite
form, the date of departure at the border gate and should absolutely leave the
country at the date declared. If for any important reason the staying period has
to be ended, it is necessary to apply to;
The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club,
Next to the first industrial region, 4.Levent, Istanbul
Telephone: +90 (212) 282 81 40(7 lines)
The General Directorate of Customs, Ulus,
Telephone: +90 (312) 310 38 80 / 310 38
Fax: +90 (312) 311 13 46
before the end of the period declared.
In Case of Accident: The
accident should be reported to the police or gendarme. That report has to be
certified by the nearest local authority. The owner should apply to the customs
authority with his passport and report.
If the vehicle can be repaired,
it is necessary to inform the customs authority first and take the vehicle to a
garage. If the vehicle is not repairable and if the owner wishes to leave the
country without his vehicle, he has to deliver it to the nearest customs office,
and the registration of his vehicle on his passport will be cancelled. (Only
after the cancellation, the owner of the vehicle can leave the country.)
In case of an accident, you can
- Traffic Police Telephone: 154
- Gendarme Telephone: 156
Formalities for yacht
Yachts require a Transit Log
and may remain in Turkish waters for up to two years maintenance or for
wintering. There are certain ports licensed by the Ministry of Tourism the
storage of yachts for a period of two to five
Upon arriving in Turkish
waters, yachts should immediately go for control of the ship to the nearest port
of entry which are as follows: Iskenderun, Botas (Adana), Mersin, Tasucu, Anamur,
Alanya, Antalya, Kemer, Finike, Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Datca, Bodrum, Güllük,
Didim, Kusadasi, Cesme, Izmir, Dikili, Ayvalik, Akcay, Canakkale, Bandirma,
Tekirdag, Istanbul, Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Ordu, Giresun, Trabzon, Rize, Hopa.
the required information concerning the yacht, yachtsmen, members, intended
route, passports, customs declarations, health clearance, and any obligatory
matters must be entered in the Transit Log.
The Transit Log is completed by
the captain of a yacht under a foreign flag or amateur sailor acting as captain
of the vessel.
The Transit Log is completed
upon first entering a Turkish port and, generally, it is necessary to contact
the Harbour Authority before leaving. For information on tax-free fuel, contact
the Marina Harbour Office.
If you have a certificate
from the Tourism Ministry Yacht Harbour, you may take petrol at no charge,
provide you possess an official marina license.
Formalities for private plane
When coming to Turkey,
international air routes should be followed. Private planes may stay for up to
three months in Turkey with tourist status, but for longer periods permission
should be obtained from;
The General Directorate of Customs, Ulus
Telephone: +90 (312) 310 38 80 / 310 38 18
Fax: +90 (312) 311 13 46
The airports of Ankara, Adana,
Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Trabzon and Dalaman have ties for private planes. It
is also possible to hire planes and helicopters in Turkey.
For further information, apply
The Civil Aviation Department of the
Ministry of Transport
Bosna-Hersek Street, No: 5 - 06338 -
Telephone: +90 (312) 212 67 30
Fax: +90 (312) 212 46 84
Health regulations for
If you wish to bring domestic
animals into the country the following are required:
1. A 'Certificate of Origin' giving the health
record of the animal.
2. A 'Certificate of Health', issued not more
than 15 days before the animal's entry into the country, stating that the
animal is in good health and that it has been vaccinated against rabies.
If you have an official
certificate, you may bring one cat, one bird, one dog and 10 aquarium fish into