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Turkey Customs Regulations and Import Restrictions

Turkey customs regulations prevent you from bringing drugs, weapons, firearms and radioactive substances into Turkey. What food can you take into Turkey and what can't you take to Turkey? There are some Turkey prohibited items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, dairy products. Pack or two of cookies will not cause any problems though. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over 3000 GBP.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey is responsible for issuing visas to people who want to visit, work, study or live in Turkey. It is responsible for the management of lawful and orderly entry and stay of people in Turkey, including through effective border security. It provides information and application forms for migration to Turkey, and information about settling in Turkey, Turkish citizenship, and multicultural affairs. 

The Turkish Gendarmerie (Jandarma) as a branch of Turkish Armed Forces manages the security and integrity of Turkey's borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Ministry of Customs and Trade, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border. 

The Ministry of Agriculture manages quarantine controls at Turkish borders to minimise the risk of exotic diseases entering the country.


Turkey customs regulations and import restrictions

There is no import tax for 200 cigarettes, 5 cigarillos (up to 3 grams each), 50 cigars, 200 grams of tobacco, 50 grams of chewing tobacco, 200 grams of wate-pipe tobacco, 200 grams of snuff tobacco. The Turkey alcohol import limit is 1 bottle of 1 liter or two bottle of 750 ml of wine or spirits (for travellers aged 18 and over). According to Turkey import regulations you can bring 5 bottles of perfume (up to 120 ml each) and medication for personal use. If you exceed the free import limit then your alcohol or tobacco products will be taken to airport storage that you can take back upon your departure from Turkey (airport of arrival and departure should be the same) during next 3 month and storage fee should be paid. There is no export tax for two kgs or 3 cartoons of local tobacco products, 5 kgs of alcoholic beverages, gift articles up to value of 5,000 TL. Antiquity is also one of completely Turkey prohibited items to export, as for new carpets, a proof of purchase is required.