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How to Register Your Phone in Turkey

f you plan to use a foreign mobile phone with a Turkish SIM card or purchase a Turkish SIM card for your mobile phone while in Turkey, it’s important to register your device within 120 days of your arrival. Failure to do so will result in your phone being cut off, allowing only emergency calls. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of registering your mobile phone in Turkey, either through on-site or online methods.

On-Site Registration Method:

  • Find your phone’s IMEI number: Dial *#06# on your phone to retrieve the IMEI number, or check your phone’s settings.
  • Visit the local tax office (Vergi Dairesi): Take your passport, Residence Permit, and the required payment (6091 TL as of the latest information) with you. Inquire about the payment desk (Vezne) once you arrive at the tax office.
  • Provide necessary details: Write down your IMEI number carefully on a piece of paper, along with your Name and Passport number. Ensure there are no errors.
  • Submit the registration: Present your documents and payment at the designated payment desk, following the instructions provided by the tax office staff. They will process your registration.

Online Registration Method:

  • Find your phone’s IMEI number: Dial *#06# on your phone to retrieve the IMEI number, or check your phone’s settings.
  • Visit the online Tax Office Portal: Access the online portal and select “Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli” and then “Cep Telefonu Harcı Ödeme” to proceed with the payment process.
  • Provide necessary information: Enter your Residence Permit Number and carefully write down your IMEI number.
  • Complete the payment: Follow the instructions on the payment page to enter your credit card information and make the payment. Save the online receipt for reference.

Registration with Residence Permit (Recommended):

  • Open e-Devlet dashboard: Access the e-Devlet website and search for “IMEI Kaydet” (Register IMEI).
  • Fill in the required information: Enter the necessary details as prompted on the next page.
  • Wait for registration: After submitting the information, your phone will be registered within a short period.

Registration without Residence Permit:

  • Obtain the receipt: Complete the payment process either through the on-site or online method mentioned above.
  • Visit the mobile operator store: Go to your mobile operator’s store, typically located in Taksim.
  • Register your phone: Present the payment receipt and follow the instructions provided by the store staff. They will assist you in completing the registration process.

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