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Old 3rd June 2017, 13:59   #61 (permalink)
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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

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Abzlad - As always, thank you for sharing your experiences of taking a vehicle into Turkey. Most informative.

I am planning to do the same, but before I do there is just one area of confusion I need some clarity on - and unfortunately, there appears to be different advice circulating - so it would be great to get your perspective.

I am not resident, but intend to apply shortly. I will be entering, with my car on a visit visa before I apply for residency.

Now here's the crux of the matter. Some say I have to have been out of Turkey for 185 days when I bring my car in (nb: my car has never been in Turkey previously). I previously visited only a few weeks ago (visit visa), so clearly I can return - but can I take my car this time ?

Yellali are saying yes - and that the criteria is that both I and my car can't have been in Turkey for more than 185 days in the previous 365 days, but others keep saying that there is a strict rule that both must have been out of the country for the preceding 185 days prior to return to Turkey.

I would be interested in your views.

Thanks again.
Leo- I am told by both customs at Ipsala and Kap Andreevo that the 185 day rule operates from the last exit from Turkey with a car. The fact that you exited without a car should mean ( if customs advice is accurate) that you should be ok to enter as you wish ( abiding by the 90/180 day tourist visa rule of course).
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Old 8th July 2017, 22:48   #62 (permalink)
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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

Leo,

Without a doubt. You are absolutely fine.

You have not spent the previous 185 days in Turkey.

If you spent say the previous 85 days in Turkey, then on your return they would add on 100 days. Then when you get your residency, extend it at your local Customs office.

Be careful though, if you spend more than 185 in Turkey with your car then drive out with your car for one day, say to Greece. Then it becomes a problem. You can leave Turkey without the car, that's fine. I have left several times and nobody asked where is the vehicle, even now when it's been here passed the date stamp in my passport.

Hope that clears things up
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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

Just entered TR by car via Vale-Turgozu border crossing.
And i have to say it was the most hick and chaotic border crossing ive passed thru in my entire life. The only person with at least some basic english occupies a position at which such a knowledge is the least needed - at the passport control. Pasaport, kimlik var? Get stamp, gtfo.
Then it took us 20 minutes at the vehicle control to figure out that we need to get a turkish sigorta in order to enter TR. The insurance office is actually a barn shared with the tea cafe. 70 USD is the price for a sigorta for 3 months. Nobody checked the vehicle itself, i could have brought a sack full of cocaine in the trunk. Not that im feeling sad about it, though. Nobody gives a crisp answer considering that 2-years rule for non-residents, now that was rather upsetting.
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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

It has been some time (almost 1 year 4 months) since the last post on this subject and, having read the whole thread, which as usual when discussing things Turkish, indicates various beliefs, facts and experiences, carried out a search of the internet with the blessing of Google Chrome's instant translation, and spoken to friends, I am still unsure as to where I stand in my specific case. Could someone please give me the benefit of their latest knowledge/experience regarding PERMANENTLY importing a foreign car into Turkey.
My circumstances are:
1. I am over 65 and retired, drawing state retirement and military service pensions.
2. I have a Turkish residency visa and live virtually full-time in Turkey.
3. I have driven my Turkish purchased/registered car back and forth to UK on several occasions for short stays, over the past three and a half years. (May not be relevant).

Everything I have read so far is about the TEMPORARY import of cars, but I was informed that as a retired, pension-drawing resident I could bring in one (and only one) foreign-plated vehicle PERMANENTLY and re-register with the Turkish Traffic Police. This has been done, in the case of a UK registered motorcycle, by a person in similar circumstances who lives in the area and who told me he had personally done this. However, this was a few years ago and things may have changed.

I look forward to your responses ....

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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

I think for people who are committed to a long term life in Turkey would be advised to purchase a Turkish vehicle. I heard of quite a few problems relating to vehicles being brought in. Couple of things to note, far easier coming in & out of Turkey in a Turkish plated motor, plus far easier IMO insurance wise.....when in Rome etc.
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Re: Bringing a car to Turkey

Someone pointed me to 'Doc Martin's' files available via his Facebook page ...

(https)://docmartinssurgeryforexpatsinturkeyblog.wordpress.c om/motoring-file-driving-licence-exchangeimporting-carsbuying-a-vehicletuvmot-electric-scoots-etc

Read Articles 3 and 4. It pointed me to a Turkish document which specifically states that a pension-drawing retiree does not have to comply with the '185 day' requirement. He also goes on to give advice on the procedure for getting it 'M'-plated; some of which I was aware of.

Most of the problems I have heard about related to bringing foreign vehicles in were because the importers thought it was a straight-forward case of driving over the border (a la EU), but it certainly isn't .... that's why I'm doing my homework now.

However, anybody having recent experience is asked to write it here for all to benefit from. In my case, especially in the Didim area.
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Mark.i do list whats needed to import a vehicle for more than 2yrs....basically you have to re register onto 'M' plates & pay a 'bond' to Turk Touring & a link to make the enquiry to them is there in that section of the file. It's Not cheap,they want to know the vehicle make.age & engine size and work out the figure from that info.
Unless you have a really special [to you] car,it's not really worth the rigmarole & expense.
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When you drive to turkey as a tourist does your car still go on your passport my cousin is going on holiday to Europe and he's till me he will come to Turkey he has his jet ski on a trailer with him I told him don't think he will be able to bring it in any info would be appreciated thanks

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