Yachts entering or leaving Turkey shall make their
entry or departure at frontier ports. Ports of
entry along the Turkish coast are listed below:
Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, Hopa, Rize, Sinop,
Zonguldak, Tekirdag, Istanbul, Canakkale, Bandirma,
Akcay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi,
Didim (Söke), Güllük, Bodrum, Datca, Marmaris,
Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya,
Anamur, Tasucu, Mersin, Iskenderun.
Formalities concerning the documentation of the
yachts departing from the last port of call or
entering port or mooring-place for winter lay-up
shall be carried out at the port of departure or
winter mooring place.
Upon entry into Turkish Territorial Waters, the
foreign yacht will be recorded in the yacht owners'
or captains' passport by the customs authorities.
This record should be cancelled by the customs
authorities upon departure for foreign ports or
when leaving the yachts for winter lay-up in
IMPORTING YACHT PARTS
Foreign yacht-owners can import duty-free spare
parts and equipment for use on their yachts under
customs authority control. These spare parts and
equipment will be recorded in the inventory of the
yacht. For detailed information please contact the
ARTICLE 40. CRUISING
1. Both Turkish and foreign yachts are required to
have authorization on their 'Transit Log' only
from the harbor-master while sailing between
2. If leaving for or returning from foreign ports,
Turkish and foreign yachts are required to
complete the full clearance procedure with the
customs, health and passport police authorities.
3. Yacht owners or captains must surrender their
transit to the harbor-master when the cruise is
ARTICLE 46. LEAVING YACHTS IN TURKISH MARINAS
1. Foreigners may leave their yachts in Turkey at
a licensed yacht harbor or yacht docking area for
the purpose of storage, maintenance or repair, for
a period of 2 years, and may leave the country
using any form of transportation they choose.
2. In such cases, arrangements should be made to
take the documentation supplied by the yacht
harbor (i.e. contract copy and letter of
authorisation), to the relevant regional customs
3. Yacht owners may leave their yachts for longer
periods, up to 5 years, provided that the yacht
sails from the harbor at least once every 2 years.
(It is not necessary to leave Turkish waters).
4. At the end of 5 years, the Ministry of Tourism
has the right to extend the permitted duration of
ARTICLE 47. USE OF FOREIGN YACHTS IN TURKISH
1. Foreign-owned private yachts are permitted to
sail in Turkish waters and into Turkish harbors
from a foreign port, provided that the owner is on
2. Yachts owned jointly or owned by yacht clubs or
associations can be sailed with any one of four
3. Turkish or foreign private yacht owners may
have foreign or Turkish guests on board for the
purpose of travel, sport and leisure as long as
there is no commercial undertaking.
TRANSIT LOG - YACHT REGISTRATION FORM
The Transit Log is a permit to sail in Turkish
water and to enter Turkish ports. Formalities are
completed on this form at the first port of entry.
Validity: 3 months
Cost: $ 25 U.S. for foreign yachts
THE TRANSIT LOG WILL BE CANCELLED UNDER THE
1. After 3 months
2. Departure for foreign ports
3. For charter yachts, at the end of the cruise
4. Replacement of the person who has completed the
5. When new crew joins the yacht
6. When the yacht owner or captain leave the yacht
in a marina for laying up under any of these
circumstances, a new Transit Log will be required.