Captain’s Notes - Turkey
1. Laws and Regulations
Entry to Turkish Waters
On Arrival Any yacht coming from abroad must fly the Q flag and complete formalities at an official port of entry.
Ports of Entry / Departure around the coast are Hopa, Rize, Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, İnebolu, Sinop, Bartın, Zonguldak, Ereğli, İstanbul, Tekirdağ, Derince, Gemlik, Mudanya, Bandırma, Çanakkale, Akçay, Ayvalık, Dikili, İzmir, Kuşadası, Didim, Güllük, Turgutreis, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kaş, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya, Anamur, Bozyazı, Taşucu, Mersin, Botaş and İskenderun.
Please consult your C2C agency for operating times for each port. In non-operational times overtime costs will apply.
Yachts flying the ensign of the Republic of S. Cyprus will be refused entry to Turkish ports.
All Yachts must obtain a Cruising Permit
The Transit Log is a permit to sail in Turkish Territorial Waters and to enter Turkish ports. All procedures concerning with entrance into or departure from Turkey, sailing between Turkish ports or winter lay up in a Turkish port shall be followed through this certificate and all information contained within shall be taken as basis for future applications. Modifications to the Transit Log are permitted and your local C2C agent will be able to inform of what can be done or if a New Transit Log is required.
Officials are particular about the Turkish courtesy flag, which must be flown at all times when cruising Turkish Waters.
The complete formalities must be performed at the dedicated ports of Entry / Departure (Above) prior to leaving Turkish waters. If the Turkish Formalities are not completed and the vessel leaves, then the formality will be done to go to the closest embassy explaining the circumstance for leaving without following proper departure formalities. If this is not done the yacht will not be able to enter Turkish waters again.
Immigration & Turkish Visa
In General Turkish Visa’s can be obtained at the border by the Agency however all must be confirmed prior to the entrance into Turkish Waters. As the Visa Laws and regulations are constantly changing and are different from country to country please check for the most updated information from the C2C Agency.
Overstaying your Visa
Staying in Turkey beyond the date of your visa is taken seriously by the Turkish Authorities and will be fined upon departure. Fines vary according to the length of time you overstay and the country of issue of the passport. Overstaying as well may deem you necessary to apply for your next visa at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate overseas before you travel or you may be banned from re-entering Turkey for a period of time.
Please speak to your local agent for all information regarding visa’s as they differ from country to country. If there are needs out of the normal procedures of what can be obtained at the border such as a residence permit (Longer Stays in the country) please consult with the C2C agency.
Discharge of Waste
Discharge of Waste within Turkish waters is prohibited. A new law “Blue Card” has been implemented whereas tanks must be pumped out at port stations for both black and grey water tanks. The regulation information of the Blue Card and process can be obtained through the C2C offices.