The Turkish government has increased the fee for IMEI registration. The new fee is 31,692 Turkish lira (~$1050), up from 20,000 lira.
The charge hike is designed to prevent the use of duplicate phones and their importation in Turkey. Counterfeit and imported phones are frequently not held to the same safety and quality standards as genuine phones, posing a security risk.
The fee 'Cep Telefonu Harcı Ödeme' increase took effect on January 01, 2024. If you have a foreign mobile phone that you want to use in Turkey, you will need to pay the new fee in order to register it. You can register your phone at any tax office in Turkey or online through the Dijital Vergi Dairesi.
Here are some of the critical details about the increase in IMEI registration fees in Turkey:
- The old fee was 20,000 lira.
- The new fee is 32,692 lira.
- The increase is effective January 1, 2024.
- You can register your phone at any tax office in Turkey.
- If you have any questions, call the Turkish Ministry of Treasury and Finance, or BTK, at 120 or 0 (312) 294 72 00.
What is IMEI registration?
IMEI registration allows you to use your foreign phone in Turkey. It involves registering the phone's IMEI number with the Turkish government. The IMEI number is a unique identifier assigned to every mobile phone.
Why has the fee increased?
The government has increased the fee to discourage the use of counterfeit and imported phones in Turkey. Counterfeit phones are often not subject to the same safety and quality standards as genuine phones, and they can pose a security risk. By increasing the fee for IMEI registration, the government hopes to make it less attractive for people to use counterfeit or imported phones in Turkey.
What do I need to do to register my phone?
To register your phone, you will need to provide the following information to the tax office:
- Your phone's IMEI number
- Your passport number
- Your Turkish residence permit (if applicable)
- The payment receipt for the registration fee
What happens if I don't register my phone?
If you don't register your phone, it will be blocked from the Turkish mobile networks. This means you cannot use your phone to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or use the internet.
I need to register my phone. What should I do?
If you need to register your phone, you should do so as soon as possible. The registration process can take a few days, so it is best to start the process early.
Learn more about IMEI registration and how to register your mobile phone in Turkey by reading this post on our site.
I have questions. Who can I contact?
If you have any questions about IMEI registration, you can contact the Turkish Ministry of Treasury and Finance. Contact your local tax office or BTK at 120 or 0 (312) 294 72 00.
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