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Customs

​Visa

  • Visas may be obtained from the Embassy Consular section, the General Consulate or the Consulate of the country of destination.
  • Visa application documents vary from country to country and even from time to time.

Points to Consider When Applyin​g for a Visa:

  • In general visa applications must be made in person.
  • The Passport must be in good condition; it must not be worn out.
  • A worn out passport, even issued a visa; always carries the risk of denial of entry to the country of destination. It is recommended, that a worn out passport be renewed. (For details on passport application, please visit: www.egm.gov.tr ).
  • Please make sure, that your passport is valid at least for one year, as from the application date. Though this may vary from country to country, it is advisable, that you have a visa of more than one year.
  • It is important, that during the interview, you answer the interviewer’s questions honestly and correctly. The aim of the interview is just to find out whether you qualify or not, for the conditions set by the authorities, as expected from the travelers.
  • Apply with full documents. Applying with distorted and false material constitutes an offense against the law.
  • Be prepared beforehand, to accept the possibility of a visa denial.
  • The interviewer’s positive impression increases your chances for a visa.
  • You should submit supporting evidence to convince, that you have the financial means to travel.
  • Some countries, besides the visa fees, also collect application fees; it is recommended that you ask for the details from the embassy/consulate concerned.
  • As an international rule, you should apply for a visa at your country of permanent residence.
  • A breach of Visa conditions would lead to deportation; or to definite or indefinite ban on entry; or to a penalty payment.
  • With the coming into force of the Schengen Agreement in 1995, the systematic border controls of the member states have been abolished. These controls are not applied at the borders between the member states, known as the inner borders. They are applied at the borders with non-Schengen states, known as the outer borders. This is done under a unified system of regulations; enacted jointly by the member states, in relation to the third parties (countries). This cooperation includes visa, police and judicial areas.
  • Countries you can visit with a Schengen visa are Austria, Belgium, Check Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Letonia, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands.
  • A common Schengen visa allows travellers to access the area freely; however the duration of travel is limited by the validity of the visa.
  • EC Commission is responsible for submitting proposals on Schengen practices. Schengen states use a common database known as SIS or Schengen Information System. This data base provides the Schengen members with a multitude of information, including the names of persons which are denied entry to the member states.

Immigration

Entry into Turkey
You can process your entrance and exit procedures using passports or equivalent documents at border gates. Holding a visa, visa exemption, residence permit or work permit will allow you to enter and stay in Turkey. If you fail to obtain a passport or an equivalent document valid for at least 60 days from the end of the period of such permit or exemption, you will not be allowed to enter Turkey.

Visa procedures
If you want to travel to Turkey, you have to obtain an e-visa for your country from www.evisa.gov.tr or obtain a visa for your purpose of visit by applying in person to immigration foreign missions. E-visa is not valid for travels to Turkey for purposes other than tourism and commerce and involves filling out an online form and payment of the visa charge by credit card. For information about eligibility status of countries, see www.evisa.gov.tr or www.mfa.gov.tr

Residence permit
It is compulsory for foreigners who are to stay longer than the period granted by a visa or exemption from it or 90 days to obtain a residence permit. There are different types of residence permit depending on the purpose of the stay. The types of residence permit are short-term residence permit, family residence permit, student residence permit, human trafficking victim permit or humanitarian residence permit. For detailed information about the types of residence permit, you can visit www.goc.gov.tr and www.yimer.gov.tr

Temporary Protection
The Regulation on Temporary Protection issued by the Cabinet Decree no. 2014/6883 dated October 22, 2017 defines the principles of granting the temporary protection status regulated in the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. For detailed information please visit www.goc.gov.tr

International Protection
According to international legal system, a citizen has the right to demand protection from their respective state and the state is liable to protect its citizens. If a state fails to fulfill this obligation, there are alternative mechanisms to offer protection for individuals, which are defined as international protection. This allows a foreigner who is devoid of the protection of their respective state to be protected. In Turkey, international protection includes refugee, conditional refugee and secondary protection statuses. For more information on international protection status, application and evaluation processes, please visit www.goc.gov.tr or call YIMER 157.

Customs

Declaration of Cash

  • Officers may ask you to declare the cash money that you hold while entering into and exiting from Turkey. In such case, declaring the cash money will be mandatory.
  • In the event that you reject reporting the cash money or misreport or report it in a deceptive manner, the currency that you hold is kept by the relevant Customs Office and an administrative is further imposed.

Alcohol beverages

  • Alcohol > %22, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 lt.
  • Alcohol < %22, maximum amount that you may bring along 2 lt.

Food products

  • Tea, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 kg.
  • Coffee, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 kg.
  • Bringing meat and meat products to Turkey is prohibited.
  • Honey, maximum amount that you may bring along 2 kg.
  • Fresh vegetable and fruit, maximum amount that you may bring along 3 kg.
  • Chocolate, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 kg.
  • Sugar confectionery, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 kg.
  • Instant coffee, maximum amount that you may bring along 1 kg.
  • Dairy product cannot be brought to Turkey among personal belongings.

Pharmaceutical products

  • Medicines used for personal treatment (together with medical report and prescription)
  • Medical devices for your personal use
  • Goods subject to authorization
    Please visit https://ggm.ticaret.gov.tr/

    Cosmetic products

  • Lotion and Perfume, maximum amount that you may bring along 600 ml.
  • Skin care and Cosmetics, maximum amount that you may bring along 5 pcs.
  • Tobacco and tobacco products

  • Cigarette, maximum amount that you may bring along 600 pcs.
  • Cigar, maximum amount that you may bring along 50 pcs.
  • Cigarillos, maximum amount that you may bring along 100 pcs.
  • Cut-rug, maximum amount that you may bring along 250 gr.
  • Pipe tobacco, maximum amount that you may bring along 250 gr.
  • Prohibited goods
    If you have accompanied dutiable, taxable, permit-required or prohibited goods, you have to submit a declaration to the customs. Please visit https://ggm.ticaret.gov.tr/ for the details.

    Jewellery

  • You may bring in and out of Turkey your jewellery (made of precious metals and stones) for non-commercial use, whose value is not over 15.000 USD.
  • You may bring jewellery of a higher value only if you declare it at entry or prove that the jewellery has been purchased in Turkey.

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