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TRANSFER/TRANSIT PASSENGERS

We have brought together all necessary information regarding transfer/transit procedures for passengers with a transit stop in their travel. We recommend that passengers traveling with Turkish Airlines read all details concerning transfer/transit procedures before their travel.

Who is a transfer/transit passenger?

Passengers who have a transit stop of less than 24 hours at any point between the departure airport and the arrival airport, and who continue their travel with the same or different airline company are referred to as transfer passengers. Passengers who land to a point between the departure airport and the arrival airport and continue their travel with the same flight number are referred to as transit passengers. 

Including in the transfer or transit category, our Economy Class passengers making transit stops over 10 hours and our Business Class passengers making transit stops over 7 hours are entitled to benefit from hotel and catering services we procure through our contracted providers

If a transit flight with shorter connection time is available, ticketed passengers will not be able to benefit from the hotel service. For more information, please visit our hotel service webpage.

Baggage procedures

Transfer/transit passengers can find all information regarding their baggage and travel below.

Our passengers coming from a domestic point and travelling to an international destination with Turkish Airlines* Learn more

  • When disembarking from aircraft, take your cabin baggage only and continue to international terminal. 
  • If you do not have a boarding pass, go to the counter of the airline to get your boarding pass. If you have a boarding pass, you can directly go to the passport control point. 
  • You can complete your passport procedures at the last point before exiting abroad. 

*Including passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with Star Alliance member airlines or airlines having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Our passengers coming from a domestic point and travelling to an international destination not with Turkish Airlines* Learn more

  • Get your baggage from the domestic terminal. 
  • Go to the international terminal to complete check-in procedures at the counter of the airline with which you will fly abroad. 

*Excluding passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with Star Alliance member airlines or airlines having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Our passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to a domestic destination with customs control, whose transfer flight routes are arranged with a single ticket* Learn more

  • Disembark from the aircraft with your cabin baggage only and go through passport control to enter the country. 
  • Go to the domestic terminal. 
  • After completing your flight, you can get your baggage from the airport at the arrival point. 

*Including passengers whose routes are not arranged with a single ticket with Star Alliance member airlines or Turkish Airlines.

Our passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to a domestic destination with customs control, whose transfer flight routes are not arranged with a single ticket* Learn more

  • Get your baggage from the international arrival hall. 
  • Go to the domestic terminal and the related airline’s counter for the check-in procedures of your upcoming flight. 

*Excluding passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with Star Alliance member airlines or airlines having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Our transfer passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to an international destination with Turkish Airlines, whose flight routes are arranged with a single ticket* Learn more

  • Disembark from the aircraft with your cabin baggage only and continue directly to the boarding gate without conducting any flight or passport procedures. 
  • If you have not obtained a boarding pass for a flight you will continue to at the first exit point, go to the “Transit Check-in” counter firstly. 

*Including passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with Star Alliance member airlines or airlines having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Our transfer passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to an international destination with Turkish Airlines, whose flight routes are not arranged with a single ticket* Learn more

  • Get your baggage from the international arrival hall. 
  • Go to the international terminal and the related airline’s counter for the check-in procedures of your upcoming flight. 

*Excluding passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with a Star Alliance member airline or an airline having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines and passengers having a connecting flight to Taiwan (TPE-KHH-RMQ) with a foreign airline in Turkish Airlines operated flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur.

Our transfer passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to an international destination not with Turkish Airlines, whose flight routes are arranged with a single ticket Learn more

  • Disembark from the aircraft with your cabin baggage only. The baggage will be carried to the final destination. 
  • Obtain your boarding pass at the related airline’s transit counter and go to the boarding gate without conducting any passport procedures at the international arrival terminal. 

*Including passengers whose routes are arranged with a single ticket with a Star Alliance member airline or an airline having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Our transfer passengers, coming from an international point and continuing to an international destination not with Turkish Airlines, whose flight routes are not arranged with a single ticket Learn more

  • Get your baggage from the international arrival hall. 
  • Go to the international terminal and the related airline’s counter for the check-in procedures of your upcoming flight. 

*Including passengers whose routes are not arranged with a single ticket with a Star Alliance member airline or an airline having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Travels departing an international point, with a domestic transit stop and arriving at an airport without customs control; Learn more

  • Complete your passport procedures and enter the country. 
  • Get your baggage from the international terminal. 
  • Go to the domestic terminal. 
  • Complete your check-in procedures, deliver your baggage and go to the boarding gate.

Travels departing from and arriving to an international point having a transit stop at Turkey (with Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance member airline or an airline having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines); Learn more

  • Disembark from the aircraft with your cabin baggage only and go directly to the boarding gate for your next flight without conducting any more procedures. 
  • If you do not already have a boarding pass for your next flight, you can obtain your boarding pass from the transit check-in counter. 
  • After completing your flight, you can get your baggage from the airport at the arrival point.

Travels departing from and arriving to an international point having a transit stop at Turkey (not with Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance member airline or an airline having a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines); Learn more

  • Disembark from the aircraft with your cabin baggage only. 
  • Complete your check-in procedures at the transit check-in counter of the airline you will continue your travel with and go to the boarding gate. 
  • After completing your flight, you can get your baggage from the airport at the arrival point.

Airports with customs control

İstanbul (IST), Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), Ankara (ESB), İzmir (ADB), Antalya (AYT), Adana (ADA), Kayseri (ASR), Bodrum (BJV), Diyarbakır (DIY), Dalaman (DLM), Denizli (DNZ), Erzincan (ERC), Erzurum (ERZ), Elazığ (EZS), Alanya (GZP), Gaziantep (GZT), Hatay (HTY), Isparta (ISE), Konya (KYA), Kütahya (KZR), Malatya (MLX), Nevşehir (NAV), Ordu-Giresun (OGU), Samsun (SZF), Trabzon (TZX), Sivas (VAS), Şanlıurfa (GNY)

Airports without customs control

Adıyaman (ADF), Ağrı (AJI), Eskişehir (AOE), Batman (BAL), Bingöl (BGG), Çanakkale (CKZ), Edremit (EDO), Iğdır (IGD), Kocaeli (KCO), Kahramanmaraş (KCM), Kars (KSY), Kastamonu (KFS), Mardin (MQM), Muş (MSR), Merzifon (MZH), Sinop (NOP), Şırnak (NKT), Tekirdağ/Çorlu (TEQ), Van (VAN), Bursa (YEI), Hakkari (YKO)
Passengers who have connecting flights via Istanbul with a connection time of 6 hours or more can take the opportunity to discover Istanbul with our TourIstanbul service. For detailed information, you can visit our TourIstanbul page.
If your transit duration is more than 24 hours, you can stop over in Istanbul and discover this extraordinary city. For detailed information, you can visit our stopover page.
What about spending your time in a pleasant tour along Bosphorus during your Business Class flight transfer? For detailed information, you can visit our Bosphorus Experience page.