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Currency Regulation Limits:
There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that may be brought into Turkey, but not more than 5,000 worth of Turkish currency may be brought into or taken out of the country.
Exchange slips:
The exchange slips for the conversion of foreign currency into Turkish lira should be kept, since you may be required to show these when reconverting your Turkish lira back into foreign currency & when taking souvenirs out of the country (to prove that they have been purchased with legally exchanged foreign currency).
Customs Regulations
On Entry: The following items may be brought into the country duty free personal effects of the tourist. Valuable items & all items with a value of over 15,000 Euro must be registered in the owner's passport upon entering Turkey, for control upon exit. Antiques brought into the country must be registered in the owner's passport to avoid difficulties on exit. Sharp instruments (including camping knives) & weapons may not be brought into the country without special permission. The bringing into the country, trade & consumption of marijuana & all other narcotics is strictly forbidden & subject to heavy punishment. Gifts, not exceeding 500 Euro in value & not for trading purposes, may be brought into the country duty free. In addition, gifts not exceeding 500 Euro in value may be posted to Turkey duty free, if the date stamped by the sending post office falls one month before, or one month after the following holidays: Seker Bayrami, Kurban Bayrami, Christmas & New Year's.
On exit: Gifts & souvenirs: for a new carpet, a proof of purchase; for old items, a certificate from a directorate of a museum is necessary. Exporting antiques from Turkey is forbidden. Valuable personal items can only be taken out of the country providing they have been registered in the owner's passport upon entry, or providing they can show they have been purchased with legally exchanged currency. Minerals may only be exported from the country with a special document obtained from the MTA (General Directorate of Mining Exploration & Research). Etudler Dairesi 06520, Ankara Tel: (312) 287 3430 /1622, Fax: (312) 285 42 71
Tax Refund
You can receive a Tax Refund for the goods you purchased in Turkey. Refunds will be made to travellers who do not reside in Turkey. All goods (including food & drinks) are included in the refunds with the exclusion of services rendered. The minimum amount of purchase that qualifies for refund is 5.000 TL. Retailers that qualify for tax refunds must be "authorized for refund." These retailers must display a permit received from their respective tax office. The retailer will make four copies of the receipt for your refund, three of which will be received by the purchaser. If photocopies of the receipt are received the retailer must sign & stamp the copies to validate them. If you prefer the refund to be made by check, a Tax-free Shopping Check for the amount to be refunded to the customer must be given along with the receipt. For the purchaser to benefit from this exemption he must leave the country within three months with the goods purchased showing them to Turkish customs officials along with the appropriate receipts & or documents.
Additional information:
Ministry of Finance & Tax Dept. General Directorate, (Maliye Bakanligi, Gelirler Genel Mudurlugu) KDV Subesi 06100, Ulus - Ankara
Tel: (312) 3103880/725 - 728 - 735, Fax: (312) 311 45 10
Health Regulations for Pets For those who wish to bring domestic animals into the country the following are required: Pets have to be 3 months & older. An International Certificate of Health issued within 15 days before the travel. The Identification Card, Vaccination Card. Note: If you have an official certificate, you may bring one cat, one bird, one dog & 10 aquarium fish into the country. To get information for the importation of pets, please see the Consular Services.
Motorist Rules
General: Those who wish to enter the country with their vans, minibuses, automobiles, station wagons, bicycles, motorcycles, motorbikes, sidecars, buses, motor coaches, trailers, caravans or other transport vehicles, will have to provide the following documentations: Passport, International driving license, vehicle license (document where all details related to the car & the owner's name are registered). If it is somebody else's vehicle a power of attorney should be provided. International green card (Insurance card). The TR sign should be visible. Transit book "Carnet de passage" (for those who want to proceed to the Middle East).
Period: The vehicle can be brought into Turkey for up to 6 Months. The owner should declare on the opposite form, the date of departure at the border gate & should absolutely leave the country at the date declared. If for any important reason the staying period has to be ended, it is necessary to apply to; The Turkish Touring & Automobile Club (Turkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu) 1. Sanayi Sitesi Yani, 4.Levent, Istanbul, Tel (212) 282 81 40(7 lines). Fax (212) 282 80, or to The General Directorate of Customs (Gumrukler Genel Mudurlugu), Ulus Ankara Tel (312) 310 38 80,310 38 18, Fax (312) 31113 46, before the end of the period declared.
In Case of Accident: The accident should be reported to the police or gendarme. That report has to be certified by the nearest local authority. The owner should apply to the customs authority with his passport & report. If the vehicle can be repaired, it is necessary to inform the customs authority first & take the vehicle to a garage. If the vehicle is not repairable & if the owner wishes to leave the country without his vehicle, he has to deliver it to the nearest customs office & the registration of his vehicle on his passport will be cancelled. (Only after the cancellation can the owner of the vehicle leave the country). Following an accident, you can telephone:
Trafik Polisi (Traffic Police), Tel :154
Jandarma (Gendarme), Tel :156
Some important service numbers are;
155 Police
112 Emergency
110 Fire
118 Unknown Numbers
161 PTT Information

Working Hours
Government Offices Monday-Friday (8:30-12:30) , (13:30-17:30) Saturday-Sunday (closed)
Banks Monday-Friday (8:30 -17:00) Saturday-Sunday (closed)
Shops Monday-Sunday (9:00-19:00) Istanbul Covered market: Monday-Saturday (8:00-19:00) Local time GMT+3 hours (April-September) GMT+2 hours (October-March)

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