Shipping Cars to Turkey from the USA
In line with the custom regulations of Turkey, the only way a foreigner can ship their car to the country and import it is if they are moving to Turkey for work, retirement or education.
Should you fall into one of these categories, the next step would be to obtain an alien vehicles temporary entry card, or blue card as it’s referred to. The only place that you can get this special entry card is from the Turkish Touring and Automobile Union.
Customs Tax on Cars Shipped to Turkey
The customs fee for cars depends on the vehicle’s engine size and age and also whether you are obtaining temporary status or applying for a residence permit.
Obtaining Temporary Entry for Your Vehicle
To obtain the entry card, you need to first pay a fee and present the following documents:
- Residence permit (for work, education or retirement purposes)
- Your work permit (if you are a foreigner working in Turkey)
- Foreign retirees need a document indicating the amount of their retirement pension
- For students, a certificate from their school
- Passport and a photocopy
- Valid driving license and photocopy
- Proof of ownership (registration documents, purchase invoice)
- Proof of insurance valid in Turkey
After the temporary entry card has been issued for the imported vehicle, you must take it to the customs office to pay the fee. In addition, if you are registering the vehicle you have to go to the Turkish Traffic Department Directorate in the specific province that you received residence.
Important Deadlines for Auto Shipping to Turkey
For those adhering to the temporary entry card status, the foreign plated vehicle can only be used in Turkey for a duration of 6 months in a 12 month period.
Once the time is up, the car must leave Turkey for a minimum of 6 months before the process can be repeated. The maximum amount of time this can be done is two. Under certain circumstance, those with a retirement visa can bring their car into Turkey for up to one year before the vehicle must leave.
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