Limits: There is no limit on the amount of foreign
currency that may be brought into Turkey, but not more
than 5 5,000 worth of Turkish currency may be brought into
or taken out of the country.
Exchange slips: The exchange slips for the
conversion of foreign currency into Turkish lira should be
kept, since you may be required to show these when
reconverting your Turkish lira back into foreign currency,
and when taking souvenirs out of the country (to prove
that they have been purchased with legally exchanged
- The following items
may be brought into the country duty free
- personal effects of
- 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
- 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),
electronic playing devices (without cassette -
- 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 player.
- Binoculars (one
pair, except night binoculars)
- harmonica, mandolin,
flageole, flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of
each type, maximum 3 musical instruments).
- personal sports
- necessary medical
- bicycle, baby buggy,
- 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
- (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
- 1.5kg. coffee,
1.5kg. instant coffee, 500 grams of tea.
- 1 kilo chocolate and
1 kilo sweets.
- 5 (100 cc) or 7 (70
cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits.
- five bottles of
perfume (120 ml max. each).
- one portable
- 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 instruments
(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
- 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 OM 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 New Year's.
Note: 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. For more
information contact the Ministry of Transportation,
General Directorate at Tel: (312) 212 35 72 - 212 60 10
(10 lines), Fax: (312) 221 32 26 or write to Ulastirma
Bakanligi Telsiz Gn. Md. Emek - Ankara.
- Gifts and souvenirs:
for a new carpet, a proof of purchase; for old items, a
certificate from a directorate of a museum is necessary.
- 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.
- Minerals may only be
exported from the country with a special document
obtained from the MTA (General Directorate of Mining
Exploration and Research). Etüdler Dairesi 06520, Ankara
- Tel: (312) 287 3430
/1622, Fax: (312) 285 42 71
You Can Receive a Tax
Refind for the Goods You Purchased In Turkey!
- Refunds will be made
to travellers who do not reside in Turkey.
- All goods (including
food and drinks) are included in the refunds with the
exclusion of services rendered.
- The minimum amount of
purchase that qualifies for refund is 5.000.000 TL.
- Retailers that qualify
for tax refunds must be "authorised for refund." These
retailers must display a permit received from their
respective tax office.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are four ways to
receive your refund:
- If the retailer
gives you a check it can he 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, .e 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 hank or address.
- If the certified
receipt and check are brought back to the retailer on
a subsequent visit thin one-month of the date of
customs certification, the refund can be made directly
to the purchaser.
- Retailers may
directly refund the amount to trustworthy customers
- The refund may be
made by the organisation of those companies that are
authorised to make tax refunds.
Additional information: Ministry of Finance and Tax
Dept. General Directorate, (Maliye Bakanligi, Gelirler
Genel Müdürlügü) KDV Subesi 06100, Ulus - Ankara
Tel: (312) 3103880/725 - 728 - 735, Fax: (312) 311 45 10
Regulations for Pets
For those who wish to
bring domestic animals into the country the following are
- Pets have to be 3
months and older
- An International
Certificate of Health issued within 15 days before the
- The Identification
- Vaccination Card
Note: If you have an official certificate, you may
bring one cat, one bird, one dog and 10 aquarium fish into
the country. To get information for the importation of
pets, please see the Consular Services.
General: 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 documentations:
- International driving
- 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
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 ve 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 (Türkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu)
1. Sanayi Sitesi Yani, 4.Levent, Istanbul, Tel (212) 282
81 40(7 lines). Fax (212) 282 80, or to
- The General
Directorate of Customs (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus
Ankara Tel (312) 310 38 80,310 38 18, Fax (312) 31113
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
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 can the owner of the vehicle leave the
Following an accident,
you can telephone:
- Trafik Polisi (Traffic
Police), Tel :154,
- Jandarma (Gendarme),
For more information,
contact the Touring and Automobile Association of Turkey.
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 Tourist 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 which are as follows:
Iskenderun, Botas (Adana), Mersin, Tasucu, Anamur, Alanya,
Antalya, Kemer, Finike, Kas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Datça,
Bodrum, Güllük Didim, Kusadasi, Çesme, Izmir, Dikili,
Ayvalik, Akçay, Çanakkale, Bandirma, Tekirdag, Istanbul,
Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Ordu, Giresun, Trabzon, Rize,
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 he
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.
Note: If you have a certificate from the Tourism
Ministry Yacht Harbour, you may take petrol at no charge,
provided you possess an official marina license.
Formalities for Private Plane Owners
General: When coming to Turkey, international air
routes should he 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 (Gümrükler Genel Müdürlügü), Ulus
Ankara, Tel: (312) 3103880,3103818,Fax: (312) 311 1346
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,
- The Civil Aviation
Department of the Ministry of Transport (Ulastirma
Bakanligi, Havacilik Gen. Müd.). Bosna-Hersek Cad., No:
5 - 06338 - Emek, Ankara. Tel: (312) 212 67 30, Fax:
(312) 212 46 84, TIx : 44659 Ga-tr.
Diving for purposes of
sport, with proper equipment and in non-restricted areas,
is permitted. Foreign divers should have official
documentation of their specifics and training and must be
accompanied, when diving, by a licensed Turkish guide.
The limit for diving with
diving gear is 30 metres. For educational purposes, this
limit is extended to 42 metres. Dives exceeding 30 metres
must be carried out with proper diving and medical
equipment. In arder to protect Turkish archaeological and
cultural values. It is strictly forbidden to transport
Turkish antiquities or natural specimens.
Turkish post-offices are
easily recognized by their black PTT letters on a yellow
background. Major post offices are open from 8:00 a.m.
till 12:00 p.m., Monday/Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. till 7:00
p.m., Sunday. Small post-offices have the same hours as
the government offices.
Postal charges vary for
different services depending on destination. Post restante
letters should be addressed "postrestant" to the central
post-office Merkez Postanesi, in the town of your choice.
You have to show your identification card to collect your
All PTT branches have the
facilities to exchange money at the current international
exchange rates, as well as international postal orders and
travellers' cheques. There is also an express postal
service (APS) operating to 90 countries for letters ,
documents and small packages. A wide variety of special
stamps are available in all PTT centers for philatelists.
To phone from PTT
telephone booths, which are extensively found in all
areas; telephone cards , and tokens (";jeton") in three
sizes are used. Local, inter-city and international calls
can be made from all PTT offices. Besides these main
offices there are also mobile PTT services in the
touristic areas. For the area codes of major cities and
touristic areas in Turkey, please see the "Area Codes"
list. Foreign countries area codes are indicated in the
International Telephone Codes list.
Some important service
- 155 Police
- 112 Emergency
- 110 Fire
- 118 Unknown Numbers
- 161 PTT Information.
Turkish Tourist Health
Society (Turizm Sagligi Dernegi-Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip
Fakültesi Plastik ve Rekonstrüktif Cerrahi Ana Bilim Dali,
Sihhiye 06100 ANKARA Tel: (312) 311 93 93-310 98 08)
perfoms the functions below, to provide the travellers in
the entire country, mainly in the touristic regions, with
proper health care:
- to secure food hygiene
- to prevent
- to ensure hygiene and
healthy working-conditions in touristic establishments.
Monday-Friday (8:30-12:30) , (13:30-17:30)
Monday-Friday (8:30-12-00) , (13:30-17:00)
Monday-Saturday (9:30-13:00) , (14:00-19:00)
Istanbul Covered market: Monday-Saturday (8:00-19:00)
During summer months, the
government offices and many other establishments in the
Aegean and Mediterranean Regions are closed in the
afternoon. These fixed summer hours are determined by the
governing bodies of the provinces.
GMT+3 hours (April-September) GMT+2 hours (October-March)
Argentina -5, France -1, Netherlands -1, Australia +8,
Germany -1, Saudi Arabia+1, Austria -1, Greece 0, Sweden
-1, Egypt 0, Italy -1, Switzerland -1, England -2, Japan
+7, Spain -1, USA -7 (EST) -10 (WEST)
* These time differences are for the period October-March;
however, they may show variances according to each
country's own time-saving adjustments.
Super (peremium) - Unleaded (at some places). Normal
(regular) - Diesel.
220 volts AC/50 Hz. all over Turkey. (Industrial:380 V)
Plug: European round/ 2-prong plug.
Although tap vater is safe to drink since it is
chlorinated, it is recommended to get advice from the
concemed authorities of the places resided.
Weights and Measures:
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters , 1 centimeter = 0.3937
1 yard = 0,9144 meters, 1 meter = 1.0936 yards
1 mile = 1,6093 kilometers, 1 kilometer = 0.6214 miles
1 pound = 0,4536 kilograms, 1 kilogram = 2.2046 pounds
1 acres = 0,4047 Hectares, 1 hectare = 2.471 acres
1 UK gallon = 4.546 litres, 1 litre = 0.2199 UK gallons
1 US gallon = 3.7831 litres, 1 litre = 0.2643 US gallons
Newspapers and Magazines:
Foreign newspapers and magazines are available in big
cities and tourist areas. Also there is a Turkish daily
newspaper, Daily News, published in English.
At various establishments like hotels, restaurants,
Turkish baths, barbers and hairdressers, tipping at a rate
of 5%-15% of the total is common. Taxi and "dolmus"
drivers on the other hand, do not expect tips or even
Visiting a mosque:
Five times a day, the "müezzin" calls the faithful to
prayer in thi mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims
wash themselves and remove their shoes. Foreign visitors
should also remove their shoes and show the respect they
would any other house of worship and avoid visiting the
mosque durin prayer time. Women should cover their heads
and ams, and not wear miniskirts. Men should not wear
shorts. (In certain famous mosques, overalls are provided
for those not suitably dressed.)