PASSPORTS AND VISAS
1) Nationals of the following
countries can enter Turkey with a valid passport; a-visa is not required:
a) Up to 3
Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, United Arab Emirates, Denmark,
Morocco, Fiji, Finland, France, Granada, Iran, Switzerland, Iceland, Jamaica,
Japan, Canada, Qatar, Kenya, Kuwait, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Norway,
Oman, St. Lucia, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Chile,
Trinidad Tobago, Tunisia, Vatican City, New Zealand, Greece, Ecuador, Sweden,
Israel, South Korea, Uruguay.
b) Up to 2
The Republic of
Croatia, The Republic of Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Macedonia,
c) Up to 1
Kyrgyzstan, The Republic of South Africa.
2) For the countries mentioned
above and Bulgaria, a transit visa is not required.
3) Nationals of the following
Countries require a visa:
Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Portugal,
can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Up to 3 Months).
White Russia, Armenia, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Ukraine,
Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia,
Georcia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Taiwan can obtain a sticker
visa at border gates (Up to I Month).
of Guatemala can obtain a visa for up to 15 days at border gates.
of Jordan, up to 30 days.
of all other countries require a visa, which can be obtained from the nearest
Turkish Embassy or Consulate.
N.B. Citizens of Germany,
Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland,
and Greece may enter Turkey with the proper identity cards in lieu of a
Limits: There is no limit
on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Turkey, but
not more than $ 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
a) The following items may
be brought into the country duty free
- personal effects
of the tourist.
- one TV, one color
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
(maximum main memory capacity Ram 128k. Byte), electronic playing devices
(without cassette - keyboard).
- 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,
flagella, flute, guitar, and accordion (only one of each type, maximum
3 musical instruments).
- personal sports equipment.
- 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 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
-1.5 kg. coffee, 1.5
kg. instant coffee, 500 grams of tea.
- I kilo chocolate
and I 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 typewriter.
- one camera with 5
rolls of film.
- First aid, and spare
parts for the car.
- Other items necessary
during the journey.
b) 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.
c) Antiques brought into the
country must be registered in the owner's passport to avoid difficulties on exit.
d) Sharp instruments (including,
camping knives) and weapons may not be brought into the country without
e) The bringing into the country,
trade, and consumption of marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly
forbidden and subject to heavy punishment.
f) 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 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.
a) Gifts and souvenirs: for
a new carpet, a proof of purchase; for old items, a certificate from a
directorate of a museum is necessary,
b) Exporting antiques from
Turkey is forbidden.
c) 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.
d) Minerals may only be exported
from the country with a special document obtained from the - MTA (General
Directorate of Mining Exploration and Research). Etudler Dairesi 06520,
Tel: (312) 287 34 30 /ext.# 1622,
Fax: (312) 285 42 71
You Can Receive a Tax Refund for
the Goods You Purchased In Turkey!
1. Refunds will
be made to travelers 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.
that qualify for tax refunds must be "authorized 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 the purchaser.
Retailers may directly refund the amount to trustworthy customers upon
The refund may be made by the organization of those companies that are
authorized to make tax refunds.
Additional information: Ministry of Finance and Tax Dept. General Directorate,
(Maliye Bakanligi, Gelirler Genel Md.lügü) KDV Subesi 06100,
Ulus - Ankara
Tel : (312) 310 38 80 /725 - 728 - 735, Fax:(312) 311 45 10