• Tobacco products (for travellers aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes and 5 cigarillos (not exceeding 3g each) and 10 cigars and 200 grammes of tobacco (with 200 cigarette papers) or 200 grammes chewing tobacco or 200 grammes of wate-pipe tobacco or 50 grammes of snuff tobacco;
• Alcoholic beverages (for travellers aged 18 and over): 1 bottle of 1 litre or 2 bottles of 700 ml./750ml. of wine and/or spirits;
• 5 bottles of perfume (max. 120 ml. each);
• Gifts up to the value of EUR 300. (EUR 145. for those aged under 15);
• 1kg of coffee; 1kg of instant coffee; 500g of tea; 1kg of chocolate; 1kg food made of sugar;
• Medications for personal use.
• Firearms and military ammunitions
• Meat and dairy products
• Madioactive substances
• Cats and dogs require a good health certificate. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
• Two kgs/3 cartons of local tobacco products, 5 kgs of alcoholic beverages/12 bottles of Raki/local drinks and foodstuffs up to a total value of TRY 100, each commodity not to exceed 5 kgs;
• Gift articles up to a value of TRY 5,000. If more is exported, proof is required that foreign currency has been exchanged to the amount in excess of TRY 5,000.
• Grain products
• The export of souvenirs such as carpets is subject to customs regulations regarding age and value.
Basic health information for travelers to Turkey
• A hot and arid environment, any travellers suffering from respiratory problems should bring along any additional required medicine which could be hard to obtain inside the country and should stay in cool sheltered environments wherever possible. Plenty of bottled water and sunscreen are also recommended if travelling during the hot summer months for protection.
• Outbreaks of diarrhoeal illness occur in Turkey. Travellers to Turkey should practice strict food and water hygiene precautions.
• All travellers should seek medical advice before travelling to the country and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date.
Basic security information for travelers to Turkey
• There is a high threat from terrorism in Turkey and a number of terrorist groups remain active in the country. Statements have been made in the press indicating that attacks could take place against tourists or places used by foreigners.
• Street robbery and pickpocketing are common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul. You should be wary of approaches from strangers offering to change money or offering food and drink, which may be drugged, or offering to take you to a restaurant or nightclub.
• Smoking on all forms of public transport (trains, ferries and taxis) and in outdoor venues (including stadiums, playgrounds, cafes, bars, and restaurants) is banned which risks being fined if you are caught smoking in a designated smoke-free area.
• The possession, sale and exportation of antiquities is against the law, as is the use of metal detectors.
• Dress modestly if visiting a mosque or a religious shrine. It is illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey. It is therefore advisable to carry a photocopy of passport at all times.
• Do not take photographs near military or official installations. Travellers should seek permission before photographing individuals.
• Homosexuality is not illegal but is not widely tolerated: public displays of affection could result in prosecution for public order offences.
For further assistance please contact the Turkish Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.
Turkish Customs contact information
Maslak Ayazağa mah. Dereboyu sok.
Sun Plaza Kat 13, No: 25, Şişli
+90 212 366 02 45
For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Turkish Embassy.
List of Turkish Embassies all over the world: http://turkey.visahq.co.uk/embassy/United-Kingdom/
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