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How to open a bank account in Turkey;

You will need;

- Turkish tax number (Vergi Numerasi)
- Your passport
- *Foreigners identity number (YKN) (*where applicable)
- Utility Bill
See also What is a YKN?

Do I need a Yabanci Kimlik Number (YKN - Foreigners Identity Number) to open a bank account in Turkey?
You will find that some Turkish banks will accept a Turkish tax number, original passport (and Utility Bill) and others (particularly in Istanbul) will insist on seeing a YKN before opening a bank account.

Opening a Bank Account
You may open a bank account in your own name. Please show your original passport & Turkish Tax Number, or *YKN
A Turkish tax number can be obtained from the local tax office. (Vergi Dairesi). Please visit your local Turkish tax office. (Maliye Vergi Dairesi) And give them a copy of your passport.(photo page) and request a Tax Identification number (Vergi Numarası) This is free and will only take a few minutes. Shortly after you will be issued a Turkish tax number.

A bank account can be opened in any Turkish City.
You will need to complete the relevant forms at the bank.

Online banking - All Turkish banks offer online banking; please ask your branch to arrange this online service

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Turkey's Major Banks;

All of the below banks provide Internet banking, telephone banking and ATM banking services in English

İş Bankası

Foreign banks operating in Turkey:

Eurobank Tekfen
Fortis Bank
ING Bank

Please note: You are required to make the application in person, for both a Turkish tax number and a bank account.
You do not need to live in Turkey or have a Turkish address to get either a Turkish tax number or open a bank account. Please speak to your local bank for full details.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as a general guide. Information published to YellAli is confirmed by official bodies in Turkey. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the site is up to date and accurate, information may be subject to change at any time. YellAli does not accept any responsibility or liability for inaccuracies in this information.

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