Foreign tourtists can be arrested for exporting souvenirs from Turkey.

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One of the serious legal issues faced by foreign citizens on vacation in Turkey, is an attempt to export the objects of cultural, historical, ethnographic or natural value which have been purchased or found by the tourist.

When the foreign citizen tries to export such works of art from Turkey (even it is done unintentionally), he can be arrested right in the airport and sent to the prosecutor's office to testify. In most cases from our legal practice, after the tourist have been arrested the prosecutor's office immediately directs the travel ban requirement to the court. In this case a foreign citizen does not have the right to return to his home country and must wait for the results of the trial in Turkey.

According to the Law on the Protection of Cultural and Natural values the penalty for the offense varies from 5 to 12 years of imprisonment. The trial takes place in the criminal court of the city where the foreigner have been arrested.

Such kind of violations in Turkey are considered to be quite serious, so qualified legal assistance during the trial is very significant. Hakan Üncüoğlu Law office has extensive experience in handling such trials in Turkey, in such tourist cities as Istanbul and Antalya. If you have got into such a difficult situation, you can contact our lawyers in Turkey for legal advice.