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This guide is about bringing your boat with you to Turkey - whether it's for a visit or a permenant move.
Many expats keep a boat in Turkey. There are several ways in which they can do so.
Yachts entering or leaving Turkey enter and depart via one of the ‘frontier ports’: Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, Inebolu, Hopa, Rize, Sinop, Zonguldak, Bartin, Eregli, Tekirdag, Derince, Gemlik, Istanbul, Canakkale, Mudanya, Bandirma, Akçay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi, Didim, Güllük, Bodrum, Datca, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya, Anamur, Bozyazi, Botas, Tasucu, Mersin and Iskenderun. There are no official charges on entry or departure except the purchase of a Yacht Registration Form (Transit Log) upon arrival.
The entire crew must have a passport valid for the length of stay in Turkey and a valid visa.
You are required to obtain a Yacht Registration Form (Transit Log), which contains information about the boat and its crew. You will need to complete this form in accordance with the explanations given in it and you will need to go through the customs and other procedures as explained in it. The cost of the Yacht Registration Form (Transit Log) for foreign flagged private boats is US$35 and it is valid for one year.
This transit log allows a yacht to travel freely in Turkish waters. It may be inspected by any harbour official at any time.
As long as the captain and crew remain the same on such trips, you can sail freely to the bays on your route (except forbidden areas) without the need to go through any formalities. If any change occurs between ports, in terms of your captain or crew, you must apply to the Director of Port in your area and obtain a confirmation for the change.
Foreign-flagged private yachts belonging to more than one owner and yachts belonging to an association or a yacht club, may be used by no more than four keepers in any year.
On leaving Turkey the Transit Log is cancelled and at the same time the exit stamp is entered in the passport.
If you are in Turkey with your yacht and you wish to extend your stay, then you will need to obtain a marina or a mooring place licensed by the Ministry of Tourism. This will be your official address and place of residence and, after you notify the authorities of the address, you will be granted an extension.
Foreign-flagged yachts can remain in Turkey up to five years (depending upon the length of your residence permit) without a requirement for any other permission, on condition that they are sailed by their owners once every two years.
You can leave Turkey by other means of transport during this period after you leave your yacht at a marina or a moorage licensed by the Ministry of Tourism.
Foreign-registered yachts may obtain tax-free diesel fuel:
Tax-free fuel will be available for use only in foreign yachts and will be obtainable only from marinas and shipyards licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism.
The owner of the yachts may be Turkish or foreign but must be a person having a permanent place of residence outside Turkey.
The yacht may be brought to Turkey with the owner or may be brought two months earlier or later than the owner's arrival in Turkey.
The yacht may receive the tax-free fuel only in the presence of the owner.
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I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Başak Yıldız Orkun 05 June 2017
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