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Who Can Buy Property in Turkey

In previous years before 2012, Turkey had a strict reciprocity law in place which restricted many nationals from buying property in Turkey unless a Turkish national could in return, buy a home in that respected country.

However in May 2012 a new law was implemented by the Turkish government which lifted a large amount of these restrictions and opened the Turkish property market to nationals of more than 129 different countries. Some rules still remain in place, such as real estate owned by a foreign national in a Turkish town can’t exceed 10% of the town’s land area and a foreign national can’t purchase more than 300,000sqm of land in Turkey without first acquiring approval from the ministry of interior in Turkey.

Who can buy real estate in Turkey?


We will break down the following lists of foreign nationals who can buy property in Turkey:


Nationals of these countries cannot buy property in Turkey at all – Who can buy  property in Turkey

Armenia

Syria

North Korea

Nigeria

Cuba

Yemen


Restrictions are in place for nationals of the following countries to buy property in Turkey but can still buy real estate in Turkey

China

Jordan

Israel

Fiji

East Timor

Denmark


Some regions in Turkey have restrictions for nationals of certain countries buying property in Turkey. However these nationals can still buy property in other regions of Turkey:

Russian and Ukrainian nationals can’t buy property along the Black Sea coast of Turkey.

Greek nationals are not permitted to purchase real estate in the Black Sea coast and some Aegean districts of Turkey


Nationals of the following countries CAN now buy property in Turkey

The United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia

Lebanon

Kuwait

Azerbaijan

Kazakhstan

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan


Nationals of 31 countries have some restrictions on the type of property that they can buy in Turkey

Morocco – no agricultural land permitted

Egypt – no agricultural land permitted

Latvia – no agricultural land permitted

Afghanistan – no agricultural land permitted and they need special permission for other types of property

Albania – can only buy residential property and office space in Turkey. No other type of property in Turkey permitted


Nationals of the following nations need to obtain permission from the Ministry of Interior in Turkey before they can purchase

China

Iran

Palestine

Iraq

India


Foreign nationals of these following countries can buy property in Turkey without any special permissions being needed
 

USA

Germany

Argentina

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Chad

Dominican Republic

Estonia

Republic of Cote D’Ivoire

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia

Guinea

South Africa

South Korea

Georgia

Croatia

Holland

United Kingdom

Ireland

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Italy

Canada

Kenya

Northern Cyprus

Colombia

Kosovo

Libya

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Mali

Moldova

Monaco

Namibia

Niger

Norway

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Peru

Romania

Serbia

Slovakia


If you are unsure whether or not you can purchase real estate in Turkey, or whether you require some guidance as to how to purchase property in Turkey, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we will happily assist you.

You can email us on info@propertyturkey.com to discuss whether or not you can purchase real estate in Turkey. We are happy to answer any question you may have. 

Last Updated: 31 July 2015

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