The Decree on Support to Trade of Foreign Exchange Saving
Services was issued on 26 May 2015 (2015/8; "Decree").
The Decree regulates expenses for activities which receive payments
from the Support and Price Stabilization Fund ("Fund").
The Decree is intended to improve the international competitiveness
of Turkish service sectors, increase income received from services,
support service sector to enter foreign markets, as well as to
improve branding of Turkish service sectors. A separate Decree was
recently issued on 12 August 2015 (2015/15; "Amendment
Decree") which widens the scope of the earlier Decree
slightly. In particular, the Amendment Decree introduces a
provision regarding payments for patient transport into Turkey via
Under the Decree, the following entities located within Turkey
can benefit from support from the Fund:
Health tourism companies.
Management consultancy companies.
The recently issued Amendment Decree makes changes to Article 7
of the earlier Decree. Previously, the Decree did not specifically
consider patients being transported via charter flights.
Accordingly, under the amended regime, when private health
institutions or air carrier companies which have executed a
protocol with the Ministry of Economy transport a patient into
Turkey for treatment purposes:
If the patient is transported via scheduled flights, the Fund
will pay 50% of the patient's air carrier or other
transportation expenses, up to US $1,000.
If the patient is transported via a charter flight, the Fund
will pay the full cost of the patient's transportation
expenses, up to US $200.
The Amendment Decree came into effect on 19 August 2015, when it
was announced in the Official Gazette. The Decree and Amendment
Decree are both enforced by the Ministry of Economy.
Please see this link for full text of the Amendment Decree
(only available in Turkish).
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