There have been many questions about Turkey’s new law on cell phone registration. In a recent article at Today’s Zaman, Berk Cektir attempts to explain it:
According to a new law, you must now pay a TL 100 registration fee on all cell phones purchased abroad and brought into Turkey. . .
It is important to note that this tax will be paid under the name of the cell phone owner, and the name on the receipt for the tax payment should be the same as it is on your passport. . .
Online registration is now available. . .
You still have to pay the TL 100 fee at a tax office or one of a list of banks determined by the Ministry of Finance. After that, you can complete the registration application on the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) website using the e-government system (http://www.mcks.gov.tr/tr/index.php). . .
The other problem, the fact that no more than one registration is allowed under one name for a period of two years, still exists.
This information appears to conflict with that shown on the Turkish Consulate’s website in the UK:
“Turkish and foreign visitors are entitled to bring one mobile phone into Turkey within one calendar year for use during their stay in Turkey. A personal mobile phone brought in to Turkey in this manner is exempt from tax and duty.
At first blush, one might think these two sources conflict. However, the UK information refers to bringing the phone into the country. The new law relates to registration. You can bring a new phone every year without paying tax. You can only register one, according to the information gathered on the new law, every two years, and for that, you will pay a 100TL tax.
Both expats and natives will agree that it’s hard to keep up with the changing laws here. But it’s even more difficult to understand them. So if you have recent information to share with us, please do!
A couple of other notes, the new iPhone 5 is still substantially more expensive than it’s unlocked version sold directly from Apple in the States (which starts at $649 or 1160TL versus 2200TL ($1230), the sale price in most Turkish stores for the New Year.
The prices of the Samsung Galaxy SIII, a far more superior phone in my opinion, are a little cheaper, but also almost double. In the States, the unlocked version can be purchased for about $570 at Amazon.com (1020TL). It’s current New Year’s sales price in Turkey is around 1650TL ($922).
For more information, please see: Additional Information of Registration in Turkey of Mobile Phones Purchased Abroad