Moving to Turkey

If you would like to live in Turkey, you will need to get a residence visa. To do this, you must submit all relevant documents to the Turkish Consulate General at least eight weeks before you depart from your home country (depending on Visas circumstances, nationals of European Union countries and nationals of Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and USA may be issued a one year resident visa in a week).

After you obtain your Visa, you must register with the local police force within a month of arriving in Turkey so that you can get hold of a residence permit. If you need to extend your residence permit, you will need to reapply at the same police station before your current permit expires.

Household/Office Items
Household items and office furniture can be brought into Turkey via a system called ‘Temporary Import’ as long as your residence permit is valid for more than a year. You will need to pay a deposit which you can get back when you return back to your home country, or you need to submit a bank guarantee letter from a Turkish or international bank which will ensure that all relevant tax and duty is paid if the goods remain in Turkey for 5 years or more.

There are many freight companies who will be able to handle the logistics of moving your items. Click here if you would like a list of some freight companies.

Pets are welcome in Turkey however you must ensure that they have all the correct health and vaccination certificates before you travel. You must have a veterinary health certificate which is no more than 10 days old when you travel. The animal must also have had a rabies vaccination between 15 days and 6 months before the day of departure.

There are limitations to the number of animals you can bring into the country – each person is allowed either one cat, dog or bird or ten fish.

If you have a tourist visa, you can bring your car into Turkey and keep it in Turkey for 6 months in every 12 in Turkey. If you have a residents permit but no work permit, you cannot bring your car into the country. If you do have a work permit (or you are retired), you can get your employer to submit a letter to the local Customs department stating that all the relevant duties and taxes will be paid on the car and that the car will remain in Turkey for the duration of your employment. Once approval has been gained, you will need to get special number plates for foreign workers for your car.

If you are retired, you are allowed to bring your car into Turkey and keep it there for as long as you are living in the country. It is recommended that you register with the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club. To apply, you will need to supply them with your passport, residents permit, official retirement documents (in Turkish) and your car’s registration documents. You must also submit a letter from your bank stating that you will pay all relevant duties and taxes if the car is not taken out of Turkey if you lave the country.

If you do not want to take a car into Turkey, you can buy one in the country instead as long as you have your residents permit.

Remember that to drive legally in Turkey you will need to:
– Translate your current driving license into Turkish and notarised/legalised.
– Have a residents permit
– Submit a blood type certificate
– Submit 3 passport size photos
– Have a full medical examination at either a private or state hospital.
You will need to present these documents to the local transport registrar at the local police headquarters.

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  1. mrs susan greet | May 25, 2008 | Reply

    hello,, i am a resident in turkey with a 5 year visa,and i have bought a car, i have got MA number plates, if i want to sell my car can i keep the number plate,

  2. Chris Rea | Oct 13, 2008 | Reply

    Very interesting article on moving to Turkey but i see its dated November 2006!

    Does anybody know what documents constitute official retirement dcouments when you have been self employed?

  3. WP Themes | Jul 1, 2010 | Reply

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