How to import a vehicle. Main ingredients – lots of time, money and patience!

Importing a Vehicle

In accordance with the Turkish Customs Regulations as a foreigner with a resident permit you cannot bring your car into Turkey unless you have a work permit and a job in Turkey. In that case you need to submit a letter from your employer ensuring that all customs duties will be paid if the car is not taken out of Turkey once your employment in Turkey terminates. You have to apply for a blue plate which is a special plate for foreigners who work in Turkey.

If you visit Turkey on a tourist visa you can bring your car into Turkey and keep it up to 180 days in one calendar year. You need your car’s registration document (the car has to be registered under your name if you are the driver), an insurance covering Turkey and your driving license. We have to point out that if you were to leave Turkey for some reason during your stay in Turkey you have to either take your car with you or leave it at the nearest customs depot. If you choose the latter there is customs depot fee applicable.

If you over stay you will be fined 80% of the determined value of your car – in other words you lose the car!

One of our contributors wrote to tell us their story of seeking information about importing a car under the retired category.

“….The “blue card” reference covers blue plates for foreigners working here and, more importantly, for retired people looking to import a car from the UK. To make it very simple – don’t do it. It’s typically bureaucratic, expensive and the permit is for two years only any way.

Emails with specific questions made to TTA below are answered but mine took two reminders and a plea of urgency. Whilst I cannot access the exact message the cost for a large new vehicle – a Jeep Grand Cherokee – would mean an allegedly refundable deposit of around £30,000. Costs are based on age and weight…..”

More information can be found from the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club here