Filming in Turkey

If you are planning to film in Turkey for commercial or broadcast purposes,

you will need to obtain the relevant permission in advance.

The process usually takes a minimum of two weeks.



In the first instance you should apply to our office either by telephone on +90 212 801 70 21 or e-mail to

We will then supply you with the relevant application forms. In order to submit these forms you will need details of where and when you plan to film, as well as full details of the crew, including copies of their passports.


If you would like general advice on filming in Turkey or suggestions for itineraries as well as practical assistance, please contact  e-mail to





Foreign film producers, directors and companies who want to shoot a film in Turkey have to apply to


One member of the foreign crew (the director or the producer) have to fill out and sign the application form in English or in Turkish.

Filming Permit Application Form please contact :

The list with the names, surnames, work and home addresses and telephone numbers and the passport photocopies of all the crew members has to be enclosed to the form. Please give a number to each person in the list and write the same number on his/her passport photocopy.

According to the regulations, during the film shooting it is obligatory to have at least one host who is a citizen of the

Turkish Republic.

The documents have to be sent via e-mail to


With regard to production of cinematographic works approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, foreign film producers can receive returns of the VAT paid during procurement and import of the goods and services that they buy within the duration of film shooting.

Foreign film producers can submit their requests for VAT returns to one of the below mentioned offices.

Ankara Tax Department – Başkent Tax Office,

İstanbul Tax Department – Beyoğlu Tax Office

İzmir Tax Department – Konak Tax Office

Foreign film producers can submit their requests of VAT returns by a petition to the relevant tax office following the duration of film shooting which is designated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism expires.

VAT returns are processed on condition that a report drawn up by a certified financial accountant (CFA) is submitted.

VAT returns are finalised in 30 days following a complete CFA report is submitted.

Deduction of Income and Corporate Tax

100 % of the expenditures regarding;

The production and activities of intangible cultural heritage, fine arts, cinema, contemporary and traditional handicraft as well as research, training or implementation centers in these areas;

Setting up studios and film sets; relevant maintenance and repair work; provision of all kinds of tools and equipment; film production;

Donations and supports made for aforementioned purposes can be deducted from the tax base which is declared for income tax