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Any foreign company can register a branch in Turkey. This requires going through a two-step application process, obtaining a tax number and paying a government fee.

Registration Procedure

Any foreign company can register a branch in Turkey. This requires going through a two-step application process, obtaining a tax number and paying a government fee.

The branch registration includes the following steps:

  1. Entering your foreign company into the MERSIS electronic system. In Turkey, registration of legal entities and a number of basic operations related to their management are carried out in a single Internet portal. In order to register a Turkish branch of a foreign company, it is necessary to first add this company’s information to the portal, as well as authorize the person who will act as the branch manager through the related electronic system E-Devlet.
  2. Making an electronic application. At this stage, it is necessary to upload to MERSIS the main data of the future branch and its head company, as well as scanned copies of documents. The electronic application is checked and approved within a few days, after which one can proceed to the physical submission of documents.
  3. Obtaining a potential tax number for your branch. The tax number is part of the information required to register a branch. It is impossible to obtain it before registration, however, Turkish law offers the possibility of applying for a potential tax number which is temporary and formalistic. To do this, an individual who will act as branch manager must visit the tax office at the expected place of registration.
  4. Submitting a paper application and foreign company documents and paying the government fee. Documents are submitted to one of the three specialized divisions of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, with payment of government fee of approximately TRY 5800 (Turkish Lira).
  5. Entering a branch of a foreign companyinto the registry and issuing its documents. The application is assessed within a week, and the branch is entered into the registry. As a confirmation of registration, you will receive a copy of the relevant notice in the gazette, a certificate of the branch’s activities and a tax certificate. All these documents are provided electronically.
  6. Preparing a card with specimen signatures of authorized persons. This document is required for any subsequent actions with the branch, including bank account opening. It can be made in a notary’s office during a personal visit of the branch manager.
  7. Obtaining a permanent tax number. After the branch is registered, you can again visit the tax office to replace the temporary tax number with a permanent one.

Required documents and requirements for the manager

To register a branch in Turkey, you will be required to provide the following documents for the head company:

  1. Letter from the registration authority of the head company’s country confirming that it has complied with all the requirements necessary for registering a foreign branch;
  2. Extract from the state register;
  3. Articles;
  4. Director’s resolution to register a branch and appoint its manager;
  5. Declaration of the head company’s director specifying the company’s name, legal form, type of activity, authorized capital, incorporation date, registration number, country of incorporation, this country’s EU or non-EU member status, website, name of the branch, capital of the branch, personal data of the branch manager, registered office of the branch;
  6. Branch manager specimen signature card;
  7. Any other documents required in the foreign company’s country of incorporation for the registration of a branch.
IMPORTANT: All documents must be apostilled or otherwise legalized for Turkey and translated into Turkish with such translation notarized.

A foreign company’s Turkish branch manager can be any person who has the right to reside in Turkey and is registered in the E-Devlet system. To be able to perform registration actions, it is enough for the manager to have a short-term residence permit. However, he will further need to obtain a work permit.

Subsequent Administration of the Branch

Following its set-up and tax registration, a branch must undergo an initial inspection by the tax office. It will include a visit of tax officers to your office so that they can make sure it is real and conduct a short formal interview.

Like any commercial organization, a branch must prepare financial statements and pay taxes, and will need to open a bank account for its business operations.

We will be happy to provide support to you at all stages of registration of the branch and its subsequent administration. Our experienced specialists will help you understand the specifics of document flow and interaction with Turkish government authorities, and will take care of all the technical formalities.

For more information on this subject and for assistance in selecting the structure best suited for your business needs, please contact your GSL consultant.


Fees (USD)
Registration of a branch of a foreign company, including:
- payment of the government fee in the Trade Registry;
- preparation and submission of an electronic application;
- making and physical submission of all necessary documents to the Trade Registry;
- preparation and notarization of the authorized persons’ specimen signature card;
- obtaining a tax number.
Other options are available upon request.
Notarization and translation of the head company’s documents are payable for additionally (the cost depends on their number / jurisdiction / company structure).
5 500
Preparation of one apostilled copy of an individual’s passport (with UK notarial certification and apostille) – if necessary[2]
1 060
Making of one apostilled power of attorney (with UK notarial certification and apostille) – if necessary[3]
1 060
Notarized Turkish translation of one apostilled copy of passport
from 30
Notarized Turkish translation of one apostilled power of attorney
from 260
Registered office of the branch for the first year
from 375 / year
+ 18% VAT
GSL services of finding an office for a foreign company’s branch and registering the lease agreement with government authorities
10% of the rent
Assistance with local bank account opening
2 000
Compliance fee
Payable in the cases of:
- incorporation of a company (branch);
- renewal of a company (branch);
- liquidation of a company (branch);
- transfer out to a new agent;
- issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney;
- change of director (manager) / member / beneficial owner;
- signing of documents.
350 (standard rate, includes the check of one individual)
+ 150 for each additional individual (director, shareholder, or beneficial owner) or legal entity (director or shareholder) if such legal entity is administered by GSL
+ 200 for each additional legal entity (director or shareholder) if such legal entity is not administered by GSL
450 (rate for High Risk companies, includes the check of one individual)
100 (signing of documents)
Keeping of the company’s accounting records, preparation of financial statements and audit of the statements (if necessary)
100 – 400 / hour[4]
(based on time spent; the rate depends on the type of work and qualification of a specialist involved)
Advising on legal, tax and accounting matters
from 200 / hour
Tax advice on VAT-related and other matters
from 300 / hour

[1] The fees are valid as of May 2023.

[2] You can prepare apostilled copies of passports without our help.

[3] If an apostilled power of attorney is required for the registration of a branch, you can prepare and submit it to us (we will provide the required text of the power of attorney).

[4] The minimum fee for keeping accounting records and preparing financial statements for a Turkish company is USD 500 per month (this fee does not include the audit of financial statements).

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