President's Decree regarding the Decision On the Suspension Of the Execution And Bankruptcy Proceedings (21/03/2020)

  • All execution and bankruptcy proceedings shall be stopped nationwide.
  • The services or execution proceedings shall not be executed
  • New execution and bankruptcy proceeding shall not be initiated.
  • The decisions of preliminary attachment shall not be executed or enforced.
  • Furthermore, with this decision, the execution proceedings carried out in relation to alimony receivables were excluded from the foregoing.

Circular and Additional Circular of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs regarding people over 65 and those with Chronical Disease (21/03/2020 – 22/03/2020)

  • Citizens who are 65 years or older and over and have a weak immune system and chronic lung disease, asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, kidney, hypertension, and liver disease, using drugs that disrupt the immune system are restricted from leaving their homes, walking in the parks, open areas and traveling by public transportation, and are not allowed to go out on the streets after 24:00 on 21 March 2020.
  • Exceptions were brought to the scope of the ban/restraint decisions by the governors/district governorships to healthcare professionals, mayors, provincial directors, social service institutions officers, public servants / public service providers and pharmacists with the exception of cancer patients and organ transplants, whose services will be needed to ensure the continuity of public service, the nature of the public service they carry out and the urgency in the current situation. (Additional Circular)

Statement of General Assembly Meetings of Companies by the Ministry of trade (20/03/2020)

  • Measures have been taken to ensure that companies, which do not have a provision in their articles of association that allows general assembly meetings to be held electronically, can hold meetings through the “Electronic General Assembly Meeting System” and “Electronic Board System”.

Press statement of the Ministry of Industry on Cologne Price (20/03/2020)

  • After the meeting with ethyl alcohol, cologne, and disinfectant manufacturers, cologne manufacturers have been guaranteed not to increase their factory and retail prices while combating the coronavirus.

The decision of the Provincial Health Directorate of Istanbul Governorship (20/03/2020)

  • It has been decided by the Istanbul Provincial General Hygiene Council;
  • to continue sea transportation services for the purpose of passenger transportation.
  • to temporarily stop transportation services except for the reason stated above such as the Maritime tourism vehicles certified by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and/or the Governorship of Istanbul Daily Tourism Board and operating in the field of maritime tourism for activities such as sightseeing, sports and entertainment, touring, restaurant and restaurant boats with music, food and/or beverage service, commercial yachts operating with a few and a large number of people, by the operators of the City Lines, Turyol, Dentur, Eurasia, Blue Marmara, etc., sea tourism operating in the services of sea tourism for sightseeing, sports, entertainment purposes with definitions such as short or long Bosphorus tour, Islands tour, day trip, etc. and the international flights between the Aegean Islands and the mainland of Greece and the port and coastal facilities of our country for the purpose of passenger transportation.
  • it has been decided to continue the activities of the district/ neighborhood markets where our citizens meet their basic needs, especially such as vegetables and fruits; however, to cease the activities of the "auto market" and "animal markets" temporarily.

Measures on the Sale of Vegetables and Fruits and the Meetings of General Assemblies by the Ministry of Trade (20/03/2020)

  • General assembly meetings which were called by the board of directors of joint-stock corporations and limited liability companies, but have not been held yet, may be canceled to be held at a later date.
  • Unpackaged fresh vegetables and fruits in the market, greengrocer and market places will be offered for sale without being selected by consumers by paying attention to the necessary hygiene conditions.
  • Disinfection process will not be neglected by the municipalities in market places and wholesalers, and necessary and sufficient hygiene measures will be taken.
  • Market booths will be kept as wide as possible in the market places, and boxes and packages that will cause congestion in the passages between the booths will not be kept.

Statement by Turkey Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (19/03/2020)

  • Product promotion representatives' visits to pharmacies and health institutions have been stopped.

Announcement by the Revenue Administration (19/03/2020)

  • It has been stated that;
  • All petitions that need to be submitted to the tax office until 10.04.2020 shall be sent electronically via the Interactive Tax Office application or sent by mail and within this framework all petitions such as starting the job, quitting the job, opening and closing branches, no debt letter, obligation status letter, postponement application, compromise request, etc. shall be sent electronically via Interactive Tax Office's website ( or mobile application (GİB Mobil) or by mail,
  • Declarations shall be made only on the Ready Declaration System for real property and security income, wages, and other earnings and returns until 10.04.2020,
  • Income tax returns related to specified income items shall be sent over the Ready Declaration System using the website ( or mobile applications or by mail Reminding that income tax returns that need to be submitted until 31.03.2020 are extended until 30.04.2020,
  • Payments regarding taxes, fees, and administrative fines and valuable paper prices that can be paid by credit card through the Interactive Tax Office or through contracted banks shall be made through Interactive Tax Office or through contracted banks instead of tax office cashier until the date of 10.04.2020,
  • Corporate taxpayers 'tax payments shall be made through using alternative payment channels (Interactive Tax Office, contracted banks and post office) instead of the tax offices' pay desk,
  • People who are not citizens of the Republic of Turkey, the tax identification number of potential demand for interactive Tax Office website ( is) shall be realized through the application and the potential tax identification number shall be generated electronically, therefore, application to Tax Offices to get potential Tax ID shall not be deemed necessary for people who are not citizens of the Republic of Turkey.

Suggestion made by the Personal Data Protection Authority (18/03/2020)

  • It has been suggested that complaints and data breach notifications to the Authority should be made electronically.

Economic Stability Shield Package announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (18/03/2020)

  • April, May and June payments of the concise and VAT withholding and SSI premiums have been postponed for 6 months for retail, shopping mall, iron-steel, automotive, logistics-transportation, cinema-theater, accommodation, food and beverage, textile-garment and event-organization sectors.
  • Accommodation tax will not be applied until November 2020.
  • The right of servitude and revenue share payments related to hotel rentals have been postponed for 6 months for April, May, and June.
  • The VAT rate has been reduced from 18% to 1% for 3 months for domestic airline transportation.
  • Companies whose cash flow is deteriorating because they are affected by the measures related to the Covid-19 outbreak, credit capital payments and interest payments to banks will be delayed for a minimum of 3 months and additional financial support will be provided if necessary.
  • In order to maintain capacity utilization rates during the temporary slowdown in exports, stock financing support will be provided to exporters.
  • In this period, credit debts of small business and artisans to Halkbank who demanded by declaring that their business was adversely affected, April, May and June principal and interest payments, will be postponed for 3 months and without interest.
  • The Credit Guarantee Fund limit will be increased from 25 billion Turkish Liras to 50 billion Turkish Liras, and loan priority will be given to SMEs and firms with liquidity needs and collateral deficits as they are negatively affected by developments.
  • The mortgage finance amount for the purchase of houses under 500.000 Turkish Lira value, will be increased from 80% to 90%, the minimum down payment will be reduced to 10%.
  • The firms that have defaulted in April, May, and June will be provided with a “force majeure” grade in the credit registry.
  • The duration of the concise declarations, including the payments of the deductions, has been delayed for 3 months.
  • The short-time working allowance will be put into operation.
  • The lowest pension wage will be increased to 1,500 Turkish Liras.
  • Holiday bonuses of pensioners will be paid at the beginning of April. In addition, retirement promotion payments of pensioners will be provided directly to their accounts, without visiting branches.
  • An additional 2 billion Turkish Liras will be allocated for financial aid to families according to the criteria set by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.
  • In order to ensure continuity in employment, the 2-month compensatory working period was increased to 4 months.
  • Periodic follow-up program consisting of social and home health services will be put into operation for elderly people over 80 years old living alone.