According to international navigation rules, private yachts can only enter Turkey from the following official ports of entry:
Aegean Sea: Çanakkale, Akçay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Çesme, Kusadasi, Didim, Güllük, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Fethiye
Mediterranean Sea: Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya, Anamur, Tasucu (Silifke), Mersin, Iskenderun, Botas (Adana)
Marmara Sea: Tekirdag, Bandirma, Istanbul, Derince
Black Sea: Zonguldak, Samsun, Ordu, Trabzon, Hopa (Artvin)
1. Private yachts with foreign flags coming to Turkey for touristic or sportive purposes, can stay in Turkey up to five years, provided that they are used at least every two years.
2. Private yachts with foreign flags are not allowed to carry any load or passengers between Turkish ports in Turkish territorial waters and cannot pursue any commercial activity against payment, even for touristic purposes.
Customs and passport formalities
Private yachts with foreign flags, entering Turkish ports from international waters should fulfill following formalities based on their own declarations and in accordance with international navigation rules:
a)For the border, customs and passport formalities, a Transit Log with a yellow tab should be bought from the entry marina, and the sections concerning the yacht, crew and passengers should be filled in. Then, the nearest:
c)Customs Guard Authority
e)Marine Health Authority
should be visited, and corresponding formalities of entry be completed. If the yacht owner is the citizen of a country that a visa is needed, the required visa formalities can be fulfilled by the Passport Police. Upon request, these transactions may also be completed by the Marina Authorities, in the name of the yacht owner against a nominal charge.
Sailing between Turkish ports in Turkish territorial waters
In order to sail from one Turkish port to another for touristic and sportive purposes, a separate Transit Log prepared for these cases should be bought and approval of the nearest Harbourmaster should be secured.
Leaving the yacht in Turkey
You can leave Turkey by any means of transportation, leaving your yacht in a marina licensed by the Ministry of Tourism. For the related formalities you should apply to the nearest Customs Authority, with your marina contract for mooring. Upon request, the transactions may also be completed by the Marina Authorities, in the name of the yacht owner against a nominal charge.
When leaving Turkey the related exit formalities can be fulfilled at any port that is an official port of entry. For this purpose, the related section of the Transit Log bought before, should be filled in and presented to the nearest Customs Authority, Marine Health Authority, Harbourmaster's Office and Passport Police.
Sailing in Turkish Territorial Waters
International navigation rules should be strictly followed.
The Turkish flag should be flown from 8:00 a.m. untill sunset, in accordance with internationel flag etiquette.
The military zones which are marked on the navigation charts, should not be entered, and diving in the forbidden areas should be avoided. Upon any action on the contrary, you will be warned by the Coast Guard Vessels on point. If you persist on violating the rules, legal steps will be taken in accordance with the international rules.
Seals put on the diving tubes by the Customs Guard Authority to prevent diving to in the forbidden zones, should not be dismantled.
Ports and Marinas
The marinas and mooring facilities in Turkey which are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, are members of "EUROMARINA", the Federation of European Yacht Harbours, which provides safe mooring for yachts in international standards and gives social, cultural and tourism services for the yacht owners. You may either leave your yacht in water for wintering, or haul her ashore in the modern facilities of Kalamis and Ataköy Marinas in Istanbul; Levent and Cesme Altinyunus Marinas in Izmir region; Bay Marina, Netsel Marmaris Marina , Albatros Marina in Marmaris and the Gulf of Hisarönü; and Kemer Turban Marine, Setur Marina in Antalya for routine maintenance and dry parking.