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I am a UZ Citizen  but originally from France . I went to Antalya last year for vacation and LOVED it so I amde up my mind to go and live there for few years  however I do want to bring all my personal items and car to Turkey .The rules for doing so seems quite complcaied so I tried contacting the Turkish Embassy .  I also look online as far as that and for instant find some good information here: https://usgshipping.com/asia/shipping-to-middle-east/shipping-to-turkey-from-usa

I dont want to take any risk so I hope there is a NON Turkish Citizen here with past exprinces of taking their personal goods to Turkey and can share that with me on how complciated that was ? Do I have to pay import taxes and duty? Can i drive my car for few years ? What exactly should I expect? 


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Bringing your car into Turkey

Cars in Turkey are still seen as a luxury and the prices of vehicles, taxes and fuel can seem extortionate to most foreigners. The cost of an average second hand motor can be as much as three times the price you would expect to pay in the UK or Europe. 

While foreigners can bring their car into Turkey for up to two years, there are rules regarding the import of foreign vehicles and, after two years, the vehicle must leave the country for at least 6 months or you face paying hefty taxes and risk the car being taken and impounded. 

Bringing a car to Turkey

As of October 2015, visitors can bring a vehicle with a foreign number plate into Turkey for 730 days (two years). This applies to anyone (foreigner, or Turk) who resides abroad for more than 185 days in a year. If you have a residence permit, this won't apply to you as the offer is tailored to those who reside overseas. However, providing residents have spent the required number of days abroad they won't be denied entry with their foreign plate vehicle.

What documents are required to bring a car to Turkey?

The car's papers must be presented, and you must show that you have insurance, and a valid warrent of fitness. If the driver isn't the owner of a vehicle they will need a power of attorney. Initially, you'll be presented with a six-month permit. However, you can apply to have this extended to 730 days.

Who can use the vehicle?

Immediate family members are permitted to use the vehicle, provided they also live abroad. 

What happens if the vehicle overstays?

Vehicle owners are liable to hefty fines for cars that overstay - especially after three months overstaying.

Blue-plate and tax free cars

We have come across exceptions to this rule with regards to those with a Turkish work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour, NATO staff, retired foreigners, diplomats and foreign press. In these cases it may be possible to either purchase a tax-free ‘blue-plate car’ or import your foreign owned car tax-free for use during your stay in Turkey. There are a number of laws and regulations surrounding this issue that are changing so please check with authorities if you believe you fall into one of the categories. We currently believe that these drivers can bring their foreign car, have it officially registered against their passport and permit providing they are the only drivers of the vehicle, and that they pay a touring tax (warranty to ensure that the car is returned to its country of origin when its touring visa has expired). These cars are often referred to as ‘blue plate cars’. If you do fall into this category do keep in mind that you may face difficulties when looking to sell your blue-plate car in Turkey as these cars can only be brought by others meeting the strict criteria.

Buying a Turkish carCar in Turkey

For many ex-pats buying a Turkish car is only viable option. A foreigner with a valid license and residency should be able to buy a second hand or new Turkish car relatively easily from a dealership or privately. There are legalities and paperwork involved so, unless you have sufficient language skills, have a trusted Turkish speaker on hand to help out.

You can buy most makes and models of car in Turkey. The main dealerships tend to be in the larger towns and cities so travel to these for the best car prices.  Do keep in mind that parts for fancy cars and those manufactured outside Turkey can be expensive and often difficult to find, most expats choose to buy Fiats, Fords, Dacias and Renaults to keep running costs to a minimum.

Once you have found your car you need to register the paperwork legally into your name. If buying from a dealership, they should walk you through the process. If buying privately you need to get the paperwork transferred legally and notarised. A check should be done on the vehicle to ensure that there is no outstanding debt registered against it, and you also need to ensure the all compulsory government taxes and insurances are paid up to date.

Note: Laws in Turkey change frequently, this information was correct at the time it was published, please only take this information as advice and seek out correct information at the time.

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If you are planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, for any reason, including tourism, you must get a Turkish residence permit.  In order to obtain a residence permit, please schedule an online appointment at Directorate General of Migration Management’s website before you contact Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Office in your area.

You can obtain sworn affidavit notarials for original U.S. birth certificates for the purpose of getting residence permits by scheduling a notarial appointment.  There is no need for the minor to appear, one parent with the original copy of the US Birth Certificate with the parent’s ID will suffice for a sworn affidavit .

The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens not to overstay their visas and to maintain valid residence permits at all times.  Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residency permits. If you stay beyond the date your visa or residence permit expires, even if only for a few days, you will be fined at the port of exit and will be subject to a travel ban preventing you from re-entering Turkey for a period between three months and five years (depending on the length of your overstay).  Monthly fines for overstaying Turkish visas or residency permits add up quickly. Travelers are encouraged to check with local authorities to ensure compliance with all Turkish immigration regulations.

U.S. citizens who have overstayed their visas, residence permits, or visa exempt periods and are subject to a fine can also benefit from the residence permit procedure as long as they pay the related fines.


If you are a tourist and want to stay longer in Turkey

U.S. citizens who enter Turkey with a tourist visa obtained at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate or who buy a tourist visa stamp at an airport or other port of entry or who are exempt from getting tourist visas, and who wish to stay in Turkey for tourism purposes longer than 90 days, are able to get a tourist residence permit for a maximum period of six months by scheduling an online appointment for e-residency applications at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr for Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Offices.  The six month residence permit plus the 90-day initial entry permit will allow U.S. citizens to stay legally in Turkey for up to a total of 9 months.


Obtaining U.S. criminal records for residence permits

Information on how to obtain U.S. criminal records can be found here.

Do I need health insurance to get a residence permit in Turkey?

If you are obtaining residence permit, you will be required by the Turkish government to get health insurance that has coverage in Turkey.

The Turkish government implemented a general health insurance law called the Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law (GHI). You can find below some useful information and updates about the General Health Insurance Law (GHI) if you are applying for GHI in Turkey.

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Lastly, I would consider buying products locally. Furniture can be purchased rather cheaply here in Turkey and many US Electronics will not function unless you have a converter. Even then, the possibility of damaging those items for good is high. Not to mention shipping costs, transport in Turkey, customs, and the stress and headache that goes along with it. 

In fact, if you are looking at Antalya, many of the homes in the region will be acequately furnished for beginning life in Turkey. 

Your choice, but if I were to do it again, I would start fresh....

Long response, but it's always better to have enough information to make the proper decision.

All the best and Turkiye Hosgeldiniz! 

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We brought all our personal goods into Turkey 3 years ago. We shipped it from the UK but we were careful not to include any electrical items. Also we labelled each box carefully and had a packing list which listed all the contents of each box in both Turkish and in English. Suffice to say that we had absolutely no problem at all with customs. We paid no import taxes.

I think the trick is to avoid electrical items. Our personal effects included some quite large items of furniture without any issues at all. However, when it comes to cars I seriously would buy one here rather than import one. Also electrical goods and white goods in general are reasonably priced and not much different to what you would pay in Europe.



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I have a similar question. My wife and I came to Turkey to visit her family (my wife is Turkish). It was a time when we were relocating anyways and we had just sold our home in America and we had everything in storage while we were planing to travel the summer in Turkey then return to America and relocate. Well we loved it in Turkey and just decided to stay in Turkey. It was not planned and we have returned to the USA a few time since but I would like to ship our items to Turkey. How will this effect our ability to send items through customs? We have been in Turkey for two years now already.

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