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Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements


The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Alcohols and alcoholic beverages
  • Binoculars
  • Cigarette paper
  • Coffee and tea
  • Contraceptives and advertising
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Flour
  • Furs
  • Gambling Devices
  • Invoices, blank
  • Liquids or items containing liquids
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Measuring apparatus, non-metric
  • Molasses
  • Pepper, white
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Propaganda against Turkey
  • Saccharine
  • Saffron
  • Salt
  • Shaving brushes made in Japan
  • Soil
  • Tobacco and tobacco products.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Courier or International Express services.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bees and leeches
  • Butter
  • Ceramic products
  • Coffee
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Computer software, components and parts
  • Cosmetics
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs: Prescription and non-prescription
  • Electronic equipment
  • Firearms
  • Foodstuffs
  • Food supplements and foods for athletes to Turkey is also prohibited. However, this restriction is waived in cases where a medical report, prescription or national sportsperson's certificate is presented by the addressee
  • Glass products
  • Ivory
  • Labels
  • Leather goods
  • Maps
  • Medical/dental supplies and equipment
  • Meat products
  • Mineral waters
  • Parasites and insect killers
  • Personal effects
  • Phones/modems
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Radio equipment
  • Samples, textile
  • Seeds
  • Silkworm eggs
  • Soap
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Textile articles
  • Thermometers, medical
  • Tobacco
  • Vegetable fats and oils, industrial.

Turkey requires an import permit for most commercial goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 7.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Commercial goods require an inserted invoice. Mark the outside of the article facture inseree. Dutiable goods exceeding 50 turkish pounds require a certificate of origin endorsed by a turkish consul. Used clothing, bedding, carpets, sacks and so on, require a certificate of disinfection.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the Australia Post Customer Contact Centre on 13 76 78.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)

  • International Courier, International Express - Parcels courier delivery to the places shown.

    International Courier, International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante. Turkish customs procedures may take between 48 and 96 hours for all International Express - Parcel articles. All commercial and sample shipments must be addressed to a company or institution and not to a private individual. Merchandise articles for Turkish citizens will only be accepted for citizens with a tax number. Articles for non-Turkish citizens cannot be sent by International Courier or International Express - Parcel.

    All International Express - Parcel articles require an invoice.

    All International Express - Parcel articles, including personal gifts, require an invoice containing a full description of the goods. Invoices should be on a formal letterhead and labelled commercial invoice or invoice only. For articles of no commercial value, the documentation should state no commercial value - value declared for customs purposes only. Never use the words pro forma.
  • International Express - Letters service

    The International Express - Letters service guaranteed service is available only from designated NSW and QLD postcodes.
  • International Courier

    Check our International Courier page to find a participating Post Office.

    Shipments must be lodged at the counter by 2pm for two business day delivery (excluding time with border agencies). Maximum shipment size is 50x50x50 cm.

    International Courier Declaration and DHL Airway Bill forms, available at participating retail centres, need to be filled out by hand and attached to the shipment (instructions available in-store). For Customs declarations, articles may not be declared as containing "Personal effects".

    International Courier does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.

    Metropolitan delivery to (valid postcodes in brackets):
    • Istanbul (34010 to 34959)

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Ptt website.

Make sure it's safe to send

Some items are considered dangerous and unsuitable for sending from Australia, even if they’re not prohibited by the destination country.