Customs Regulations

İstanbul's Atatürk International Airport uses the red and green channel system, randomly spot-checking passengers' luggage. You're allowed to import the following without paying duty:

Alcohol 1L of alcohol exceeding 22% volume, 2L of alcoholic beverages max 22% volume

Tobacco 600 cigarettes

Food 1kg each of chocolate, candy, coffee and tea

Currency No limit

Perfume & Cosmetics 5 bottles max 120mL

Note that it's illegal to take antiquities out of the country. Check for more information.


Not required for some (predominantly European) nationalities; most other nationalities can obtain a 90-day visa electronically at

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At the time of research, nationals of the following countries (among others) could enter Turkey for up to three months with only a valid passport (no visa required): Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. Russians could enter for up to 60 days.

Nationals of the following countries (among others) needed to obtain an electronic visa ( before their visit: Australia, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, UK and USA. These visas were valid for between 30 and 90 days and for either a single entry or multiple entry, depending on the nationality. Visa fees cost US$15 to US$80, depending on nationality.

Your passport must have at least six months' validity remaining, or you may not be admitted into Turkey. See the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( for the latest information.