Diyarbakir is the second largest city in Turkey. It is located on the banks of Tigris River and is the business capital of Diyarbakir Province.
It has a population of 930,000 and is considered to be the capital of Turkish Kurdistan, unofficially.
Transporting a Vehicle to Diyarbakir.
Before you can import your vehicle to Diyarbakir, Turkey, you need to know what the driving rules are there. Knowing your road signs and the rules and regulations will help you tremendously. When driving in Diyarbakir, you will find that the driving conditions are favorable on the main roads and the secondary roads are graveled and dirt which requires a bit of caution to drive at times. In order to import a vehicle, you will need to obtain a residence permit that can only be issued by the Embassy of Turkey in Washington DC. This residency permit will notify authorities of your intentions to stay only 90 days or less or if you want to make a move to this big city on a more permanent or long term basis. You will need to have a valid passport which can cost you anywhere from $105 to $135, depending on your age. Before you leave the United States, you can register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment program. Cell phone service is not a constant in Diyarbakir and for this reason; you may want to consider purchasing an international cell phone to use while you are there.
To start the process of importing your vehicle to Diyarbakir, you should first hire a professional like A1 Auto Transport Service. We will be able to assist you with your export needs from the United States and help you to route your vehicle to the right port in Diyarbakir as per the laws. We will provide you with a shipping agent who will need some basic documentation to start the process. Then they will schedule your vehicle for shipment once you have the written estimate on the cost of shipping. When you agree to it, then the process can officially begin.
As per the requirements, you are to submit the said documents to the U.S Customs before the vehicle leaves the port and at the Turkish Customs Authority.
- Driver's license.
- Social Security Number.
- Vehicle title.
- Power of Attorney to A1 Auto Transport Service to handle your vehicle.
- Registration documents.
- Insurance policy valid in Turkey.
- receipt of security deposit.
- Work permit/resident visa.
If you are here on a temporary permit, you will need to obtain the Alien Vehicles Temporary Card (YTGGK) and then pay the fees associated to the customs department. You are not allowed to sell, rent or give the vehicle to anyone as long as it is in Turkey.
Importing Vehicles Internationally.
There are two ways to ship your vehicle from the United States; Roll On/ Roll Off and shipping. If you choose Roll On/Roll-Off shipping, your vehicle will most likely be delivered on time and within your budget to Diyarbakir from the United States. This method of shipping has been the number one choice for many who have needed to ship their vehicle from the United States over to another country. Using the keys, the vehicle is started up and driven onto the deck of a ship where it is fastened down and prepared for sailing on the sea. Once it reaches the port, the vehicle is then unfastened and driven off of the ship onto the port. A1 Auto Transport Agents can explain both of these methods of shipping to you and help you determine which one is right for you.
Requirements as per Turkey Customs Authority.
Turkey has a strict policy on importing cars and must be adhered to in order to clear your vehicle through customs. Whenever you ship your vehicle to Diyarbakir you will be able to choose a permanent residence or a temporary residence, for up to 6 months. Choosing a permanent residence will show your proof of school, work, or that you have come there to retire and you are not moving back to the United States. A Blue Card will also be needed so you can apply for the Turkey Touring and Automobile Association. Your shipping agent at A1 Auto Transport Service will know more about this association and help you determine how to get your blue card.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.