Importing a Vehicle

Find out about the entry requirements for vehicles imported from abroad...

Turkish Customs Regulations state that a foreigner may not bring their car into Turkey unless they are moving to the country for work, education or retirement.

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).

Licence plates of vehicles from abroad can be classified into two types:

  1. Diplomatic plates: A passport holder in the diplomatic service is granted a diplomatic plate for their tax free car by special permission from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. Blue plates: Other foreign passport holders who have work and residence permits are granted a blue plate. The colour of the plate, however, is no longer blue.

Temporary Entry Card

Under Turkish law, a foreign-plated vehicle can be brought into Turkey for a maximum of six months in a 12 month period. After six months the vehicle must leave the country for at least six months; after this time, the vehicle can be brought into Turkey again. Note: this can only be done twice, the vehicle may not be brought in for a third six-month period.

Holders of a retirement visa may bring their car into Turkey for a maximum period of one year after which the vehicle must be taken out of Turkey.

There is a penalty for vehicle owners who do not obey the law.

Obtaining a temporary entry card

To obtain an Alien Vehicles Temporary Entry Card (Yabancı Taşıtlar Geçici Giriş Belgesi- YTGGK), the vehicle owner must pay a fee and present the following documents:

  • Residence permit (for work, education or retirement purposes)
  • Work permit for foreigners employed in Turkey
  • For retirees from abroad, a document which states the amount of their retirement pension
  • For students, a certificate from their school
  • Valid driving licence and photocopy
  • Passport and photocopy
  • Proof of ownership documents (registration documents, purchase invoice)
  • Proof of insurance valid in Turkey
  • For hire cars, copy of the rental contract, which must specify that the vehicle may be brought to Turkey
  • Security deposit (either in cash or a bank letter of guarantee). The amount of the deposit depends on the vehicle's age and engine size.
  • Completed application form. This can be downloaded from the Turing website: Click here

Documents in a language other than Turkish must be translated and notarised either by the individual's home country consulate or by a Turkish notary public.

Once the vehicle owner has the YTGGK, they must take this to the Customs Office and pay the customs fee (the amount depends on the vehicle's engine size and age), then go to the Traffic Department Directorate of the province of residence to register the vehicle.

The imported vehicle may not be sold, rented or lent to anyone else during the time it stays in Turkey.

Registering a Vehicle

Registration of all cars in Turkey is the responsibility of Traffic Registration Offices (Trafik Tescil Genel Müdürlügü), which are managed by the Security and Police Department (Emniyet Müdürlügü). Almost all cities and towns have one or more Registration Office.

An imported vehicle must carry the "MA/MZ" vehicle registration plate which marks it as belonging to a foreigner resident in Turkey. The vehicle registration is noted in the Blue Card category and is valid for the period of the owner's residency or work permit.

  • To complete a registration application online: Click here (in Turkish)

Leaving Turkey

If the vehicle is to leave Turkey permanently, the Temporary Entrance Carnet (YTGGK) should be returned to a Turing office. The security deposit is returned to the vehicle owner. The number plates must be returned to the Traffic Registration Office and the original plates re-attached to the vehicle.