What Items Foreign Nationals can Bring To Turkey and Take out of Turkey

14th, 2011
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You can ship your household or office goods into Turkey by the temporary import system, providing your residence visa is valid for more than a year. This system requires you to pay a deposit, which will be returned to you when you return to your home country. Alternatively, you can submit a bank guarantee letter that guarantees that duty will be paid on the goods if they are not taken out of the country at the end of the residence period.

Customs will also collect a fee for any televisions, radios, videos, satellite receivers or broadcasting devices brought into the country. These are called banderole fees and the fees are set annually. Contact us to find out more about these fees.

Please also contact us if you would like to find out more about freighting your items over to Turkey, from anywhere in the world.

Pets : You can bring your pets to Turkey providing you present the relevant vaccination and health certificates. You will need a veterinary health certificate which must be issued no more than ten days before you and your pet depart your home country. Rabies vaccinations must have been administered no more than six months ago, and no less than 15 days before departure from your home country. As long as you personally accompany your pets, your documents will not need to be notarised. An individual may bring a maximum of one dog, one cat, one bird or 10 aquarium fish.

Motor vehicles: Those visiting Turkey on tourist visas may keep their car in Turkey for a maximum of six months over a 12-month period. If you leave Turkey during this time your car must leave the Turkish Customs jurisdiction or leave it at a customs depot. There is a fee for the latter option.

Those holding residence permits may not bring a car into Turkey unless you hold a work permit or are retired. If employed, your employer will need to write you a letter guaranteeing customs duties will be paid on the car if it stays in Turkey once your employment with that company ends. You will also need to register for a license plate that will indicate you are a foreign worker.

If you e retired and hold a residence permit, you may keep a car in Turkey as long as you stay in the country. You will need to register your car with the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club to get a temporary entry merchandise permit for foreigners.

You will need to supply the following documents:

  • Your passport
  • Residence permit
  • Retirement documents (translated into Turkish)
  • Car registration documents
  • A guarantee (cash or a letter from your bank) confirming that duty will be paid if your car remains in Turkey in the event of your leaving the country

Once you have your merchandise permit, youll need to go to your local customs office and register.

Buying a car in Turkey: You may buy a car in Turkey and register it under your name providing you have a residence permit, get your car insured, and hold the appropriate licence. To gain the latter, you must attend an approved driving course and then pass driving tests. If you simply want to replace your home countrys drivers licence with a Turkish equivalent you must present the following documents to your local Transport Registrar, at your nearest police headquarters:

  • Your home countrys licence, translated into Turkish and then notarised
  • An application form from your local Drivers Association
  • Your residence permit
  • Certificate showing your bloody type
  • Three passport photos
  • Full medical report from a state or private hospital.

Mobile phones: Turkish mobile operators Avea, Turkcell and Vodafone provide roaming services in partnership with foreign mobile operators, so you should be able to use your home countrys SIM card. You can also buy a Turkish SIM card to use in your phone. However, you must then register your phone with the Information Technologies and Communications Authority.

As of 2008, travellers to Turkey can bring just one mobile phone per two years into the country. Any additional phones will be subject to customs duty.

To register your mobile phone, you will need to supply the following documents to the Information Technologies and Communications Authority within a month of your entrance date, through a local mobile centre:

  • Diplomats or military: passport or ID card
  • Students: proof of student status
  • Resident foreigners: residence permit
  • Passport
  • Details of your phones IMEI number (you can find this on a sticker under the phones battery, or on screen by keying in *#06# into most phones).

Don forget to bring your charger or the relevant power adaptor.

Bringing money into Turkey

Cash: There is no limit to the amount of cash you can bring into the country, whether its Lira or a foreign currency. However, your own country may have a limit on the amount of cash you can take out of the country. For example, travellers from the UK must declare if they are carrying more than 10,000 Euros. Check with your countrys relevant government department to find out the upper limits.

Electronic transfers: There is no limit to the amount of money you can send to Turkey electronically.

Taking money out of Turkey

Cash: Under Turkish law an individual may take up to 5000 Euro or equivalent out of Turkey. If you have already declared more than this upon your arrival and wish to take it out of the country again, you will not need to declare it a second time. If authorities find out you have breached this rule, it could be seized, or you could pay a hefty fine.

Electronic transfers: There is no limit to the amount of money you can send out of Turkey electronically.

Bringing jewellery in and out of Turkey: As long as you don plan to sell it on, you can bring jewellery to the value of $15,000USD into Turkey. You can bring more if you declare it to the Turkish customs authorities upon entry. As long as you can prove you have purchased your jewellery in Turkey, you can take an unlimited amount of jewellery out of the country.

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