Importing Your Car 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 Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.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 the regulations surrounding bringing your own vehicle into Turkey - whether short- or long-term.


In Turkey, cars and fuel are expensive. The price of a car, both new and second hand, is likely to be much higher than ‘back home’.

It therefore looks an attractive option, especially if you live in Europe, to drive your car to Turkey. An added advantage is that you can take some of your possessions with you. Can this be done?

Bringing your car to Turkey temporarily

It is possible to drive to Turkey via Bulgaria or Greece, or via Italy (with a ferry to Turkey).

You can bring your car as a tourist.  You can keep it with you for up to six months, after which it must leave the country for at least six months. Only you can drive it.

At the border you will need to provide a valid passport, international driving licence, vehicle licence, international green card and vehicle registration details. Do check if your insurance is valid for the Asian side of the country. If the vehicle belongs to someone else, a power of attorney will be required.

Failure to remove the car leads to heavy fines.

Can a foreigner permanently import a car into Turkey?

Yes, in some cases. However, it is not easy.

Foreign-plated vehicles can only be brought into Turkey on an Alien Vehicles Temporary Entry Card (Yabancı Taşıtlar Geçici Giriş Belgesi - YTGGK). This card, also referred to as the Blue Card, can be obtained from the Turkish Touring and Automobile Union – Turing (www.turing.org.tr).

They are granted a ‘blue plate’. Just to confuse you, the colour of the plate is no longer blue. Just like an American ‘Green Card’ is no longer green.

The vehicle may only be used for your own private use. It must be registered at your (Turkish) residential address under the name of:

Required documents for bringing your car to Turkey

Required documents for foreign employees

Foreigners receiving education

Retired foreigners

Known issues with bringing your car to Turkey

The YTGGK is limited to one or two years as the term will not exceed the length of the residence permit and work permit.

It is very important (to avoid financial penalties) to apply for an extension before it expires.

Certified translations by the Turkish consulate or a Notary Public are required for all vehicle licenses which are not issued in multilingual form.

The person who obtains a YTGGK from the Association should take it, first, to the Customs Office and then to the Traffic Department Directorate for the province where the vehicle is located.

To be able to recover the deposited security, the vehicle must be definitively re-exported and the YTGGK should be returned to the Turkey Touring and Automobile Association - after the closing of its dossier by the relevant Traffic Department and Customs.

Should I buy a new car to import into Turkey?

If you are thinking of buying a new car to bring with you - something we recommend - we would suggest:

Who can help me do all this?

If you need help with importing your car into Turkey, there are three main options:

How long does it take?

Once you've assembled all the documents and presented them to the customs agent, the process typically takes six weeks, though it can take much longer.

How much does it cost?

This depends on how you choose to do the work. See above.


Bringing a foreign car into a new country is usually awkward - largely due to governments wishing to protect their own automotive industries, and reap the benefits of the taxes. It's worth at least considering the purchase of a new car, whether that's abroad or in Turkey.

Other guides of interest

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Importing Your Possessions into Turkey
The regulations surrounding bringing your stuff with you
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Importing Your Pet into Turkey
The regulations surrounding bringing your animals with you
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Importing Your Boat into Turkey
The regulations surrounding bringing your boat/yacht with you
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You may also want to read:

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International Traffic Agreements and Laws
As they relate to Turkey - from Turing.
International Traffic Agreements and Laws

Readers' Comments


Further information?

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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