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As known when people travel to another country a valid travel document (Passport) or valid identity is needed (Except EU countries...). As Turkey is still not an EU country the entry regulations are set according the custom and entry  regulations Turkey has agreed with each individual country...    


Citizens of the following countries can enter Turkey with a valid passport a visa is NOT required...

Can stay Up to 3 Months with single entry:
Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Granada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (only passports of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Iran, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Norway, New Zeeland, Oman, Qatar, St. Lucia, San Marino, Switzerland, Seychelles, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, South Korea, Trinidad, Tobago, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City.

Can stay Up to 2 Months with single entry:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Macedonia, Romania, The Republic of Croatia, The Republic of Slovenia.
Can Stay Up to 1 Month with single entry:
Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, Kyrgyztan, El Salvador, The Republic of South Africa, Maldives.


Citizens of the following countries NEED a visa obtainable at borders of Turkey...

U.S.A., Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Portugal can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Can Stay Up to 3 Months with single entry).

Azerbaijan, White Russia, Armenia, Jordan, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia,  Tajikistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Albania, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Taiwan can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Can Stay Up to 1 Month with single entry).

Duration of Stay : 1 Month

Citizens of Guatemala can obtain a visa for up to 15 days at border gates.


The cost of the visa stamps at the customs area in Istanbul:

Austria 150 ATS   Portugal 10 USD
Belgium 300 BFR   Spain 10 USD
Ireland 5 £   UK 10 £
Italy 5 USD   Ukraine 10 USD
Jordan 20 USD   USA 45 USD
Netherlands 20 FL      

*Rates are subject to change, please check with authorities...


Citizens of all other countries NEED a visa, which can be obtained from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.


All the information applies for ordinary passport holders only, unless otherwise indicated.

The citizens of Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland and Greece can enter from the border gates determined by Turkey, namely, Turkey-Greece, Turkey-Bulgaria, Istanbul,Izmir, Canakkale, Mugla, Antalya, Icel, Hatay (Iskenderun) and Aydin sea ports, Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Adana Sakirpasa, Antalya, Izmir A.Menderes, Mugla Dalaman, Kayseri Erkilet airports, with identity cards other than passports according to the "Agreement on the Travel of Individuals" dated 13.12.1957.

Holders of the following documents must obtain a visa from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate abroad prior to entering Turkey.
"Hire de Voyage, Reise Document, Aliens Passport, Passeport D'entranger, Fremdenpass,Laissez Passer"

enjoyturkey.com could not be held liable for any information on this page. All the visa information has been obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Updated on January 15, 2002. Please contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your area to obtain the latest information about visa applications.



Below you would find a table that mentions about the custom regulations and rules of Turkey... Incase you have any specific question please contact us ...

On Entry :  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 portable typewriter

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, 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 kilo sweets.5 (100 cc) or 7 (70 cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits. Five bottles of perfume (120 ml max. each).

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 heavy punishment.

! 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.

! 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

On Exit : Tips for exit custom regulations. 

! 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 34 30 / 16 22
Fax: (312) 285 42 71



Tax Refund

You can receive a tax refund for the goods you have purchased in Turkey. Refunds will be made to travelers 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 "authorized 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/she must leave the country within three months with the goods purchased showing them to Turkish customs officials along with the appropriate receipts .

There are five ways to receive your refund:

1. The retailer can give you a check that can he cashed at a bank in the customs area at the airport.

2. If it is not possible to cash the check upon departure or if you do not wish to cash it then, you may do the following : 

A-Ask for a stamp to the receipt on departure from the custom agents for tax refund. 

B-Send a copy of the custom stamped receipt to the retailer with in one month time. Mention also the type of payment you want to receive your tax refund amount (Bank transfer -send your bank details-, check or else). Check also with the retailer if they have received the receipt on time. 

C- Within ten days upon receiving the receipt the retailer sends you the amount where and how you wish it to be done .


3. If the stamped receipt and check (the retailer has issued) 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.


4. Retailers may directly refund the amount to trustworthy customers upon purchase.


5. 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 Müdürlügü) 

KDV Subesi 06100, Ulus - Ankara Tel: (312) 310 38 80/725 - 728 - 735  Fax: (312) 311 45 10