Rules for importing a car with foreign license plates to Turkey in 2021

According to the decision no. 2015/8113 from 14.09.2015, which was published in the official newspaper on 13 October 2015, the presence of cars with foreign numbers in Turkey was extended to 24 months. Now foreigners can transport their cars across the border and use them in Turkey for 2 years. But, in this solution there are many features that are worth paying attention to !!!

Who can carry a car to Turkey

Foreigners who have lived abroad (outside the territory of Turkey) for 6 months (185 days) of the last year have the right to bring vehicles with foreign numbers to Turkey.

Required documents

  • Vehicle registration certificate.
  • Driver’s license issued by an authorized body in your country.
  • Insurance policy.
  • If the owner of the vehicle is a person of retirement age, you must provide a pension certificate certified by a notary and translated into the local language.

Who can drive the vehicle

Article 43 of the Cabinet Decree of September 29, 2009 on the application of certain articles of customs legislation 4458 states “Goods imported into Turkey temporarily cannot be rented, borrowed or sold.” In other words, in principle, no one can drive a vehicle, except for the person who brought the vehicle to Turkey.
However, both Articles 16 and 15 of the Cabinet Ordinance read:

The spouse / spouse, child or parent of the owner of the car can drive a car that was temporarily imported into Turkey under a residence permit.
The spouse, child or parent of the owner of the vehicle can drive if the vehicle was imported by the owner who came to Turkey with a work permit.
People have the right to drive vehicles in an emergency, provided that the owner is in the vehicle.

Do not forget, if you are going to temporarily go abroad and leave the car in Turkey, leaving Turkey, you must leave the vehicle under the supervision of the customs authorities.

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