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 300,000 sqm of land in Turkey without first acquiring approval from the ministry of interior 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

  • 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 sales@royalpropertyturkey.com to discuss whether or not you can purchase real estate in Turkey. We are happy to answer any question you may have. 

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