Customs Regulations

On Entry

The following items may be brought into the country duty free

- Personal effects of the tourist.

- One TV, one colour pocket TV (maximum 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, electronic playing devices (without cassette - keyboard).
- One transistor radio and portable radio-tape player, one Walkman or pocket tape recorder, one portable compact disc player.

- Binoculars (one pair, except night binoculars)

- Harmonica, mandolin, flageolet, flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of each type, maximum 3 musical instruments).

- Personal sports equipment.

- Necessary medical items.

- Bicycle, baby buggy, toys.

- 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars.

- 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 kg sweets.

- 5 (100 cc) or 7 (70 cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits.

- Five bottles of perfume (120 ml max. each).

- One portable typewriter.

- One camera with 5 rolls of film.

- First aid, and spare parts for the car.

- Other items necessary during the journey.

- Valuable items and all items with a value of over $ 15,000 must be registered in the owner's passport upon entering Turkey, for control upon exit.

- Antiques brought into the country must be registered in the owner's passport to avoid difficulties on exit.

- Sharp devices (including camping knives) and weapons may not be brought into the country without special permission.

- The bringing into the country, trade, and consumption of marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly forbidden and subject to heavy punishment.

- Exporting antiques from Turkey is forbidden.

- 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 exchanged currency.

Health Regulations for Animals on Entry

For those who wish to bring domestic animals into the country the following are required:

- A 'Certificate of Origin' giving the health record of the animal.

- 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.

Note: If you have an official certificate, you may bring one cat, one bird, one dog and 10 aquarium fish into the country.

Health Regulations for Animals on Exit
If you wish to take your pet with you when leaving Turkey there are some legal procedures you should bear in mind. First check with the consulates of your transit and final destination countries for their regulation regarding pets then;

- Apply to the Mayor Office (Belediye) asking for "Mense Belgesi" (certificate of origin).

This document officially certifies that no rabies and epidemic diseases have been present at your area.

Motorist Rules inGeneral

Those who wish to enter the country with their vans, minibuses, automobiles, station wagons, bicycles, motorcycles, motorbikes, sidecars, buses, motor coaches, trailers, caravans or other transport vehicles, will have to provide the following documentation:

- Passport.

- International driving license.

- 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.

- International green card (Insurance card). The TR sign should be visible.

- Transit book "Carnet de passage" (for those who want to proceed to the Middle East).

Period of duration

The vehicle can be brought into Turkey for up to 6 Months. The owner should declare the date of departure at the border gate and should absolutely leave the country at that date declared.

If for any important reason the staying period has to be extended, it is necessary to apply to;

Turkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu
(The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club) before the end of the period declared.

In Case of Accident

The accident should be reported to the Police or Jandarma.

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 can the owner of the vehicle leave the country.)

Following an accident, you can telephone:
- Trafik Polisi (Traffic Police), Tel :154,
- Jandarma, Tel :156.

For more information, contact the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club.

Formalities for Private Yacht Owners

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 years. For further information and regulations contact the marina concerned.

Upon arriving in Turkish waters, yachts should immediately go for control of the ship to the nearest port of entry.

Port Formalities

All 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 to be 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 Harbor Authority before leaving.

For information on tax-free fuel, contact the Marina Harbour Office.

Formalities for Private Plane Owners

In general 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.

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.
x0x_JoAnNe_x0x said:
i brought loads of cassettes and cds! they were in my hand luggage and they were for my walkman on the plane! xxx
They will always bend the rules on entry however, it cant be said the same on exit, where the chances are your goods "could" be confiscated and end up in a big depot of contraband goods............ and then recycled.........

Do you understand my drift?
We are going to kusadsi at the end of my with our four chlidren,one of which is sixteen .We was wondering what is the legal age to buy tobacco in Turkey.Also can he buy duty free from the airport going or coming back if he wanted to.
Ruth xx :)


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ruth said:
We are going to kusadsi at the end of my with our four chlidren,one of which is sixteen .We was wondering what is the legal age to buy tobacco in Turkey.Also can he buy duty free from the airport going or coming back if he wanted to.
Ruth xx :)
Yes he could and the legal age is 18, but it is only the legal age...They are totally not strict at all like in the UK where even I get I.D'd sometimes :D