Turkish Customs Regulations

Turkey uses the Red/Green Channel system at major airports, so unless you have something to declare, or you’re carrying something unusual, or you get spot-checked by the customs officers, you just walk right through the Green Channel.

What can you bring into and take out of Turkey duty-free? It’s the usual suspects: 600 cigarettes, two liters of wine, one bottle of spirits, etc.

You may bring one personal mobile device into Turkey and use it for up to 120 days via international roaming or with a Turkish SIM card without having to pay Customs duty or to register it.

After 120 days, you must register your device and pay the registration fee or your device will be blocked from the three Turkish mobile phone networksMore…

For firearms you need to get a permit in advance (talk to a Turkish consulate in your home country).

Duty-Free Shopping

Arriving in Turkey on an international flight, duty-free items may be purchased in most Turkish airports after you pass through Immigration but before you pass through Customs. Yes! In some large international airports in Turkey, there are duty-free shops right there in the hall where you retrieve your luggage before going through Customs.

Antiquities Warning!

While in Turkey, be careful not to buy any antiquity (more than a century or two old), as it is forbidden by law to buy, sell, possess or export it.

Customs agents spot-check bags on departure. Enforcement is strict and penalties are severe, often including jail timeMore…

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