To avoid any restrictions or inconveniences during your cruise in Turkey, we handle all clearance formalities involving arrivals, departures, harbour masters and customs on behalf of the Captain with pleasure.


Regulations for foreign yachtsmen wishing to stay in Turkey differ depending upon nationality. Yachtsmen may obtain a visa from Turkish Embassy or Consulate in their country, or upon entry to Turkey.

As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings. Applicants just need to log on to, provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa. Please note that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Other purposes, such as work and study, require regular visa given by Embassies or Consulates. Passports should be valid at least six months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa.

In the meantime effective 1st February 2012, the new visa rule in Turkey has been fully enforced, and all nationalities will only be able to stay in Turkey for a total of maximum 90 days in every 180 and this ruling comes under Turkish Law No.5683, concerning the Law on Residence and Travel of Foreigners in Turkey. Yachtsmen who wish to stay in Turkey for more than 3 months should apply for Residence Permit.

* Please contact us for the updated visa information. *

Entry :

Yachts entering or leaving Turkey shall make their entry or departure at frontier ports.

Ports of entry along the Turkish coast are:






Hopa İstanbul Çanakkale Kaş
Rize Derince Akçay Finike
Trabzon Gemlik Ayvalık Kemer
Giresun Mudanya Dikili Antalya
Ordu Bandırma İzmir Anamur
Samsun Tekirdağ Çeşme Bozyazı
Sinop Kuşadası Taşucu
İnebolu Didim Silifke
Bartın Güllük Mersin-İçel
Zonguldak Bodrum Botaş-Adana
Eregli Turgutreis İskenderun

Formalities concerning the documentation of yachts departing from the last port of call or entering port or a mooring-place for winter lay-up shall be carried out at the port of departure or winter mooring place.

Documents Necessary for Clearance :

  • Yacht Registration ( Original )
  • Insurance Certificate ( Original )
  • Crew and Passenger Passports
  • Crew and Passenger List
  • Yacht Master Licence ( Original )
  • Authorisation ( Original/For the Captain)
  • Ownership Document ( Original/For the Owner)

Transit Log – Yacht Registration Form

The transit Log is a permit to sail in Turkish waters and to enter Turkish Ports. Formalities are completed on this form at the first port of entry.

Importing Yacht Parts

Foreign yacht – owners can import spare parts and equipment duty free for use on their yachts under customs authority . Such spare parts and equipment will be recorded in the inventory of the yacht. For detailed information please contact with Begum yachting Offices.

Underwater Diving

In non-restricted areas diving with proper equipment for purposes of sport is permitted. Foreign divers should have official documentation of their qualifications and training and must be accompanied by a licensed Turkish guide when they are diving.The limit for diving with diving gear is 30 metres. For educational purposes this limit is extended to 42 metres. Divers exceeding 30 metres must be done with proper diving and medical equipment in order to protect Turkish Archeological and cultural treasures. It is strictly forbidden to transport Turkish antiquities or natural specimens.

Diving permission is available through Begum Yachting offices