Türkiye - 2.3.8 Border Crossing of Hamzabeyli Lesovo


Hamzabeyli: is the second busiest land border crossing point between Türkiye and Europe. It is located in Edirne Province, Türkiye, and connects to the Bulgarian border crossing point of Lesovo.  

When crossing the border between Türkiye and Europe, it is important to have the correct documentation. For citizens of most European countries, a valid passport or national identity card will be sufficient. However, some countries may require a visa, so it is always best to check with the Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling. 

The second busiest border crossing between Türkiye and Europe is the Hamzabeyli border crossing between Türkiye and Bulgaria, which handled an average of 1,500 trucks per day in 2021. The Hamzabeyli border crossing is located in the European part of Türkiye, near the city of Edirne. It is the second busiest land route for trade between Türkiye and Europe. 


Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 


Country Türkiye: Hamzabeyli 
Country Bulgaria: Border Crossing Lesovo 

Province or District 

Edirne Province 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

4.7 km 


41.95931° N 


26.61057° E 

Managing Authority / Agency 

Turkish government’s customs 

Contact Person 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Istanbul International Airport  

249 km 

Truck Travel Time: 3:30 HRS 

Car Travel time: 2:35 hrs 

Nearest Port 

Haydarpaşa Port 

302 km 

Truck Travel Time: 4:30 hrs 

Car Travel time: 3:30 hrs 

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity 

Edirne, Edirne Merkez/Edirne 

43 km  

Truck Travel Time: 1:30 hrs 

Car Travel time: 0:45 hrs 


Hours of Operation 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 


24 hours a day 

National Holidays 


24 hours a day 

Seasonal Constraints  

24 hours a day 


Daily Capacity 

The Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı daily capacity of the border crossing is 2,000 vehicles. Private cars are provided a separate lane at the Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı. This lane is usually shorter than the lane for commercial vehicles, and it can help to speed up the crossing process. 

The level of traffic at the Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı varies depending on the time of year. During the summer months, when there is more tourism activity, the border crossing can be very busy. During the winter months, traffic is usually lighter. 

In addition to private cars and commercial vehicles, the Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı also handles the crossing of buses and trucks. 

Customs Clearance 

For more information on customs in Türkiye, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.   

The customs clearance process at Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı can be delayed for a number of reasons, including: 

  • The volume of traffic at the border crossing 

  • The type of goods being imported or exported 

  • The need for additional documentation 

  • The need for inspection of the goods 

In some cases, the customs clearance process can be further delayed if the goods are subject to import or export restrictions. For example, some goods, such as weapons and drugs, are prohibited from import or export. Other goods may be subject to quotas or other restrictions. 

The following documentation is required to obtain customs clearance at Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı: 

  • Commercial invoice 

  • Packing list 

  • Certificate of origin 

  • Import license (if required) 

  • Export license (if required) 

  • Health certificate (if required) 

  • Phytosanitary certificate (if required) 

The regulatory authority that has established these requirements is the Turkish Customs and Trade Ministry. 

The customs clearance fees at Hamzabeyli Sınır Kapısı vary depending on the type of goods being imported or exported. For trucks, the fees are typically around USD 50 per truck. 

In addition to the documentation and fees listed above, trucks will be subject to inspection upon entering the country.  

Other Relevant Information 

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List

The approximate waiting time at the Hamzabeyli Border varies depending on the time of day, the volume of traffic, and the type of goods being transported. During peak hours, it is not uncommon to wait for several hours to cross the border. 


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