Bringing a phone to Turkey from abroad is becoming less attractive. Now people wonder how registration fees will increase in 2024.
Especially for smart phones such as Apple, which are sold at high prices in Turkey, purchasing from different countries is on the agenda of citizens. The passport registration, also known as “phone activation fee” among the people, is determined through various fee tariffs each year.
According to the updated regulations by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) in 2024, mobile phones imported from abroad can initially be used in Turkey without registration for 120 days. The period can be extended twice, for 30 days each time, upon application, which allows for the phone to be used for up to 180 days in total. If the device is not registered with the associated passport within this 180-day period, it will be shut down for communication services.
The passport registration of the phone through its IMEI number can be provided after the payment of the foreign phone registration fee as a tariff.
How much will the Phone (IMEI) registration fee be?
According to this information, the use permit fee for a foreign phone, called the “IMEI registration fee”, which regularly increases every year, is 31.692 TL for the year of 2024.
Registration fees apply to foreign residents in Turkey as well
Foreign residents living in Turkey also need to pay registration fees for phones imported from abroad. This applies to all individuals, regardless of their nationality or length of stay in the country. It is important to note that the registration process and fees are the same for both Turkish citizens and foreign residents. Make sure to budget for these costs when considering the purchase of a foreign-imported phone in Turkey.
What should be considered before the registration process?
It is necessary that the document used for entry into the country has not been used in any device registration within the last 3 years, that this situation is checked through the e-Government system (https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/btk-imei-kayit-hakki-sorgulama), that the tariff fee is paid, and that the registration process is completed. In addition, it is necessary that the 180-day period that reduces the right, calculated from the date of entry into Turkey, has not passed.
How can I obtain the registration process?
Individuals with a Turkish ID number or foreign ID number, who are permitted to register through the e-Government system, can complete the registration process by logging into the e-Government gateway (www.turkiye.gov.tr) and search the term ‘IMEI Register’. Then you can fill the necessary information. Individuals who are not allowed to make transactions through the e-Government gateway can apply to the Subscriber Registration Centers of the following operators: