Registering Mobile Phones
According to the regulations set forth by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), each individual, regardless of nationality, coming into Turkey with a phone or other mobile devices with call features must register their device within 120 days of arrival. The registration per person/per passport is limited to one device every three years. Devices not registered within 120 days will be blocked and will not be able to make or accept calls. Other features of the device can still be used without registration, including emergency calls. Visitors, foreign residents, or students staying in Turkey for longer than 120 days must register their devices following the instructions below.
Temporary visitors, one-semester exchange students, faculty or interns, summer school students and the like DO NOT NEED to register their devices if they are staying in Turkey for less than 120 days. Below instructions and our tutorial video are available for individuals with a valid Turkish residence permit or work permit in Turkey to help them avoid paying extra fees to mobile operator branches to register their phones. You can follow the instructions below and register your phone by only paying the official fee (2006.2 TL for 2021/ around 270 USD) for phone registration. The dealers will charge varying service fees in addition to the registration fee that is paid at the bank or tax office. Therefore, we advise you not to rush and wait to obtain your residence permit and register within 120 days. You will receive your residence permit in 30-45 days max. from your application date.
Registering Your Foreign Mobile Phone in Turkey in 3 Easy Steps
Step 1: Pay the phone registration fee at Ziraat Bank with your Residence Permit and your phone’s IMEI number. You can retrieve your IMEI number by dialing *#06# on your phone.
- You can make the payment online as well. Click HERE for our Phone Registration Online fee Payment Guide.
Step 2: Visit any PTT branch (post office) with your active Turkish cell phone, passport, and residence permit card and purchase your e-Devlet (e-Government) pin code. Please note, the pin code must be registered with your Foreign ID number that appears on your residence/work permit card and begins with 99. Sarıyer PTT is the closest one to KU.