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SOME REGULATIONS ON USING FOREIGN-FLAGGED YACHTS IN TURKISH WATERS AND LEAVING THESE YACHTS IN TURKISH MARINAS       


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Important Information for foreign yachts

You can rent a yacht in Turkey, with or without a crew, or you can visit Turkey with your own yacht.

The information whether the citizens of your country is subject to visa regulations according to the reciprocity principle, and the information about the visa procedures and customs regulations is available through the foreign legations, Embassies or the Consulates of the Republic of Turkey in your Country of Residence.


Entry and Exit Procedures for Foreign Yachts


All foreign yachts must enter and exit Turkey from a Port of Entry. Along the Turkish shores, the Ports of Entry are, Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, Hopa, Rize, Sinop, Zonguldak, Tekirdag, Istanbul, Canakkale, Bandirma, Akcay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi, Didim(Soke), Gulluk, Bodrum, Datca, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya, Anamur, Tasucu, Mersin, Botas, Bartin, Gemlik, Mudanya, Bozyazi, Inebolu, Derince, Eregli, and Iskenderun Ports.

The formalities concerning the documents of the yachts leaving the country are completed by the Port of Entry; the formalities concerning the documents of the yachts entering the country or wintering are completed either at the Port of Entry or at the wintering site.

Entering the Turkish coastal waters, the yacht is recorded by the customs authorities to the passport of the foreign yacht owner or the captain. This record is cancelled as the yacht leaves for foreign ports or delivered to a marina for wintering.


Taxes and Charges


According to regulations, there are various taxes and charges in addition to Customs tax payable by Turkish and foreign yachts. This is collected by the relevant administration, after calculating which harbours will be visited according to the proposed route, and is maintained by an officer appointed in connection with 36th article of Yacht Tourism Regulation.

These taxes include the payment for the other harbours for the entire voyage during the validation period of the Yacht Registration Form, which will be checked on the final departure from the country.


Yacht Registration Form (Transit Log)


Information demanded about the yacht and yachtsmen entering Turkey from international ports and waters in the Yacht Registration Form, should be filled in accordance with the international rules, and Customs declaration, Passport, Coast Guard and Port procedures should also be completed.

Various details must be recorded in the Transit Log by the authorities, including customs, passport details, health, port, yacht, yachtsmen, crew, goods and other declarations, and the entire entrance and exit records and procedures should be completed by other officers.

According to the regulations concerning foreign-flagged yachts and yachts coming from foreign ports, once these details are logged and the procedures are completed by the various authorities at their first Turkish Port of Entry, they will be checked on entering and leaving each port, but no further processing is required, until leaving Turkey.

The processing for yachts in wintering is performed at the harbour where they will be staying.

Once the Registration Form is complete, any yacht may enter Turkey.

Exceptions will be made, however, in the cases of obligatory departure and entrance due to extraordinary conditions, in accordance with the laws protecting life and property.


Health Process


Processes, including visa and patents, performed within the yacht registration form, are valid for one year without the need for any additional processes, as long as no other harbours outside Turkey have been visited within that time.

In the event of any death or infectious disease, the nearest Harbour Directorate or highest Governmental Authority of the region must be immediately informed.


Importing Equipment


Foreign yacht owners can import spare parts and equipment duty-free for use on their yachts, under customs authority control. Such spare parts and equipment will be recorded in the yacht’s inventory.


Cabotage Laws


Yachts staying in Turkey during the winter, or foreign-owned private yachts entering from foreign harbours, are only permitted to sail in Turkish waters on condition that the owner is on board. Yachts owned jointly or owned by yacht clubs or associations can sail by any one of the four nominated owners per year. Turkish and foreign private yacht owners may have foreign or Turkish guests on board for the purpose of travel, sports and leisure, but not for any commercial undertaking.

The use of private yachts that have entered Turkey by yacht owners or staff, or boarding of Turkish or foreign guests free of charge, or the use of rented yachts without staff by yachtsmen, are not accepted as seamanship, and yachtsmen cannot benefit from the normal rights of sailors.

A yacht lay-up during winter or departure from a foreign harbour or a yachting organisation including foreign flagged yachts, can be boarded by yachtsmen from a Turkish harbour with the aim of yachting, and leave the yacht at another Turkish harbour.

Foreign flagged commercial yachts licensed by the Ministry, subject to these regulations are not permitted to transport voyagers between Turkish harbours and within the harbour against cash and bill of lading. However tourist-related activities of these yachts are not deemed as voyager transportation.

Should an undocumented foreign flagged yacht organise a voyage under a certain programme, or carry yachtsmen or passengers against payment within Turkish harbours, Cabotage Law will be applied.

Evaluation of yachting activities, important in connection with tourism and advertisement outside of this article, is possible with the approval of the Ministry.


Leaving Yachts in Turkish Marinas


Foreigners may leave their yachts in Turkey at a licensed yacht harbour or docking area for the purpose of storage, maintenance or repair, for a period of two years and leave the country.

In such cases, they must apply to the regional customs office with a document issued by a yacht harbour or docking area, and the requested process will be recorded in their passports. Owners may leave their yachts for up to five years, provided that the yachts sail from the harbour at least once every two years. At the end of 5 years, the Ministry of Tourism has the right to extend the length of stay.