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Moving To Turkey From The UK

Moving to Turkey

If you are planning on moving to Turkey, whether to Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Turkey

The UK has now left the EU and therefore new rules apply to movement of goods between the UK and EU Countries. Please bear in mind that all shipments to the EU from the UK will now have to clear customs on arrival and you must ensure you can provide all relevant customs documents required at destination.

Your contact at your local Britannia office will assist you with which forms are necessary along with what supporting documentation you will need to provide. However, the responsibility for completion and submission of these forms now falls with the customer and it is advisable that all these formalities are prepared for prior to the move to avoid potential delays in transportation and additional charges.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 8 to 12 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 3 to 6 weeks door to door.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All shared load consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the vehicle. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Turkey

While it is possible to import a car to Turkey duty free, there are certain restrictions and you might also need a work and residence permit and a Letter of Guarantee.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Turkey With Britannia

  • Your Move to Turkey with Britannia – Britannia has established a long standing and successful relationship with a network of dedicated removers, who will assist you with your destination services. We can provide door to door delivery, and can unpack and unwrap your goods. To ensure the safety of your consignment, we can also provide bar coding and computer tracking.
  • Customs Clearance – It normally takes ten to fifteen days for customs clearance and delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes.
  • Additional Removal Services – If you require additional removal services when moving to Turkey, Britannia is authorised to provide comprehensive marine insurance, and arrange international storage or pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Turkey, get an online removals quote, read more about our European and international removals, and contact us for more information.

Living in Turkey

Turkey is a popular and multicultural holiday and expat destination, and its vibrant cities, wide range of landscapes and unique historical sites can offer enriching experiences and an adventurous lifestyle. Whether you want to move to a huge multicultural city with a combination of Western and Turkish culture, settle down in the countryside, visit stunning historical places or see amazing architecture every day, Turkey would be a perfect destination.

Located between Europe and Asia, Turkey stretches across the Anatolian peninsula. It is bordered by eight countries, and is separated between the two continents by the Bosphorus. The predominant religion of the country is Islam, and Turkey is a democratic, and secular constitutional republic. Turkey has close ties with the West, and is member of the NATO and the Council of Europe, while it also maintains economic and political relations with Middle Eastern and African countries. Turkey is a major regional economic power, and lying between two continents, it also has a crucial geosrategic importance.

While you might find it initially hard to get used to the different culture and to learn the language, Turkey is an exciting expat destination. Fusing the modern and the ancient, Muslim muzzeins with Roman catholic ruins and the most modern skyscrapers, Istanbul is a unique and extremely vibrant city. While you will not find such extreme contradictions throughout the country, Turkey has a wide range of architectural wonders, stunning landscapes, archaeological sites, beaches, and cities that will captivate you.

Interesting Facts About Turkey

  • Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents
  • Turkey has a very famous and distinctive traditional cuisine, which is a fusion of Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines
  • Turkey is the only secular Muslim country amongst all the Muslim countries in the world.
  • The oldest human settlement from around 7500 BC is located in Turkey.
  • The first church built by man is located in Turkey.

Tips about Moving to and Living in Turkey

  • To move to Turkey permanently and be able to work, you will need a visa and work permit. Obtaining a work permit can be a long an complicated process, involving quite a lot or paperwork.
  • If you are not moving to Turkey to retire, and you intend to work, you will also have to consider employment options. The Turkish economy is growing consistently, with developing business and finance sectors, and multinational companies, and these can provide ideal employment opportunities for many expats. However, the Turkish government has a conservative approach to work permits, so it might be more difficult to obtain one than you might have thought.
  • The quality of healthcare in Turkey varies greatly from region to region and public healthcare is often not of the same standard as healthcare in Western Europe. Relatively cheap private healthcare however is available, and you will have access to good quality private hospitals, especially if you are moving to one of the urban centres.
  • Living costs in Turkey will naturally depend on the region but are generally lower than in the rest of Europe. While Istanbul and tourist resorts might be as expensive as the UK, this will entirely depend on your lifestyle and on where you live. Essential food stuffs and fresh products are also significantly cheaper than in Western Europe.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

EET (UTC+2) - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)
Calling Code: 90


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