The Turks exhausted their plane tickets to buy phones from abroad

According to the Official Gazette published last night with the signature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, an increase has been introduced in several duties, including the duty to be paid for mobile phones brought for personal use from abroad.

With the Presidential decision published in the Official Gazette, the fixed duty amount specified in the tariff attached to the Law on Fees No. 492 has been increased by 50 percent. The usage permit duty for mobile phones brought by passengers, on the other hand, has been set at 20,000 TL.

Upon hearing the news that the fee for registering mobile phones purchased from abroad would increase from 6,091 Turkish lira to 20,000 Turkish lira as of July 9, 2023, consumers sought to buy plane tickets to Cyprus and Georgia to register their phones at a discounted price of 14,000 Turkish lira. According to data from Turkey’s travel website Enuygun.com, since the announcement was made, flight ticket searches from Turkey to Batumi International Airport, Ercan Airport, and Rize-Artvin Airport have increased by 1450%.

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