Importing a Boat into Turkey

This guide was written by Başak Yıldız Orkun, Managing Partner at Orkun & Orkun (info@orkunorkun.com) in collaboration with Guides.Global (office@guides.global).

It was written on 05 June 2017. The law and practice in Turkey change all the time. Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.

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The scope of this guide

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.

Temporary visits to Turkey

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.

Staying longer

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.

Tax-free diesel

Foreign-registered yachts may obtain tax-free diesel fuel:

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Readers' Comments


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Başak Yıldız Orkun

05 June 2017


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