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Moving to Turkey

Turquie / Turquía / Türkei / Kalkon

Want to move to Istanbul? Considering moving to Ankara? Or thinking about an international removal to Izmir. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Turkey…


Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Turkey

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Turkey:

  • Work permit
  • Detailed moving inventory - We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Original Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Letter to Customs
  • Tax identification number (TIN)
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) - We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Turkey for you.
  • Marriage certificate (non - citizens coming for marriage)
  • Rental contract / property title or deed (non - citizens)
  • Turkish citizenship number (non - citizens / returning citizens)
  • Permanent return certificate / export declaration form (returning citizens)
  • Letter of assignment (diplomats, government officials)
  • Diplomatic franchise (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Turkey. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Turkish Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • Only used goods may be imported.
  • The detailed moving inventory must include a description of each item in the shipment, including the brand name and serial numbers of electrical items.
  • The shipment may contain no items packed by the owner (PBO).
  • The names on the passport and original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) must match identically.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 4 - 5 business days.
  • For small air shipments entering by way of paid taxes, the owner of the goods must arrive more than 1 month prior to or 1 month after the arrival of the goods.
  • The shipment must arrive no earlier than 2 months prior to owner of the goods' arrival or no later than 6 months after the owner of the goods' last entry into Turkey.
  • For non - citizens coming to Turkey to marry, the shipment must arrive within 12 months after or 2 months prior to the marriage date; the Turkish spouse must have resided in Turkey for the 12 months preceding the marriage date.
  • Non - citizens must provide a list of entry and exit dates in last 2 years from nearest police headquarters.
  • For non - citizens shipping by air, a residence permit or rental contract (valid for a minimum of 24 months) must be certified by a notary or the original of the property title or deed is required for permanent import.
  • There are three document options for non - citizens shipping household goods into Turkey:
  • Option 1: The owner of the goods must present a copy of a rental contract (minimum of 24 months), certified by a notary, or an original property title / deed must presented for permanent import.
  • Option 2: If the owner of the goods does not have a rental contract or property title / deed with a work permit for temporary import and original residence permit, a deposit must be paid of approximately 30% above the total value of the shipment or a bank guarantee letter must be provided.
  • Option 3: If the owner of the goods does not have a rental contract, property title / deed, work permit or residence permit, the owner of the goods must pay tax if the value of the shipment exceeds1500€ for permanent import of approximately 20%.
  • The shipment must arrive within 30 days of the arrival of the owner of the goods.
  • Returning citizens must provide their spouse's passport if they are married.
  • If they are a bachelor they must provide their ID certificate from Registry Office(Nüfus müdürlügünden vukuatlı nüfus kayit örnegi)
  • Returning citizens must provide a list of entry and exit dates in last 3 years, obtained the nearest police headquarters
  • There are four document options for returning citizens shipping household goods into Turkey:
  • Option 1: The owner of the goods must present the original permanent return certificate from the nearest Turkish Consulate in the origin country indicating that the owner of the goods has resided in the country of origin for at least 2 years.
  • Option 2: A copy of the export declaration form used to export the same shipment from Turkey previously.
  • Option 3: If the owner of the goods does not have a permanent return certificate or export declaration form, taxes must be paid if the shipment exceeds 1500€ of approximately 20%.
  • Option 4: A copy of the rental contract (minimum of 24 months), certified by a notary or an original property title / deed for permanent import is required.

Helpful Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful documents:

  • My Move Checklist

    To help you keep on track with your international removal.

  • Removal Inventory / Packing List

    For use if you need to provide a removal packing list or moving inventory yourself for your international removal service.

  • Removal Survey Cubic Calculator

    For use if you need to find out the volume of your move before making an enquiry. Remember when doing an international move, to allow a little more space for loading volume.

  • Removal Survey Information Form

    For use for you to better describe the requirements of your move. This outlines all the things that a professional international removal company would need to know to physically move your goods.

  • International Removal Insurance Form

    If you're taking out insurance with us, download this form, complete it and email it back to your international relocation manager.


Useful links

We always recommend speaking directly to the relevant embassy for the most accurate and up to date moving advice:

Popular Destinations in Turkey

Pearson is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Turkey:

Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Gaziantep, Konya, Antalya, Kayseri, Mersin


Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 (0)1827 873 773, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.


Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Turkey, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with FC Exchange who specialise in doing just this. FC Exchange will offer all Pearson customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, or click here to find out more...


Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Turkey, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.


Moving Your Car or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Turkey:

  • Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Driver's license
  • Car registration
  • Bill of lading / air waybill
  • Proof of insurance (card) valid in Turkey
  • Copy of work permit (non - citizens coming for work)
  • Original residence permit (non - citizens coming for work)
  • Diplomatic import per from Turkish Ministry (foreign diplomats)
  • Official assignment letters (returning Turkish diplomats / government officials)
  • Carnet de passage transit book (traveling to Middle Eastern countries)
  • Permanent return certificate (returning Turkish citizens)

Additional Import Advice

  • Tax as per year and motor capacity is paid.
  • Dual nationals have no right to import private car.
  • Car owner must be present at customs for import application.
  • Car must be less than 3 years old when it was bought at origin.
  • The vehicles must arrive in Turkey 2 months prior or 6 months after owner of the goods' last entry.
  • Owners of the goods should apply for any extensions prior to the expiration of the approved period.
  • U.S. driver's licenses are accepted in Turkey for up to 90 days; longer stays require a notarized Turkish translation.
  • If staying in Turkey for more than 12 months, a Turkish driver's license must be obtained from the Turkish Security Directorate, Traffic Department.
  • Non - citizens coming for work must provide a list of entry and exit dates in the last 2 years obtained by the police.
  • Only temporary import untill expiry date of work and residence permit is possible.
  • Deposit as per year and motor capacity of car is paid (non - citizens coming for work)
  • Non - Citizens coming for marriage and Turkish citizens moving to Turkey without cancellation of abroad residency can not import vehicles
  • Returning citizens must provide their spouse's passport if they are married.
    • If they are a bachelor they must provide their ID certificate from Registry Office(Nüfus müdürlügünden vukuatlı nüfus kayit örnegi)

Relocating Your Pets

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Turkey:

  • Veterinary health record
  • Vaccination record

Additional Import Advice

  • Pets may enter as passenger's accompanied baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.

Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Turkey. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Turkey:

  • Spirits (2 bottles of 2 x 75 ml maximum)
  • Plants (limit of 3)

Prohibited/Banned Items

Do not move any of these items to Turkey:

  • Drugs
  • Meat-based products
  • Gambling machines
  • Weapons

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Pearson has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Pearson makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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