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Turkey Work Permit: Professions Prohibited for Foreigners


There are some career fields in Turkey in which only Turkish citizens can work. So unfortunately, even if you're qualified to work in these fields, you won't be allowed to work in them. Here's a list of the professions which are off-limits to foreigners:

  • Dental medicine and dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Private Hospital Director
  • Advocacy
  • Notary Public
  • Private security officer
  • Exportation of fish, oysters, mussels, sponges, pearls, corals, or working as a diver, explorer, guide, captain, or crew involved in these activities.
  • Customs consultancy
  • Tour guiding

Assistance and Support

Work Visa and Work Permit Forums: If you have questions about work permits, search our work permit forums, or open a topic. We have quite a few expat members who have already been through the work permit process and can help.

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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