The consequences of overstaying in Turkey

Update : 03.09.2015 Overstaying in Turkey might occur in three possible ways; A foreign national, might overstay a visa; or might breach the 90 in 180 days rule during his/her stay in Turkey, or might continue to stay in Turkey without renewing his/her residence permit after its expiry period.

90 in any 180 Days Rule In compliance with the Decision of the Council of Ministers dated 10.10.2011, No: 2011/2306, starting from 01 February 2012, total duration of stay of foreigners who visit Turkey as tourists cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. Foreigners, who are intending to stay in Turkey longer than mentioned period (90 days in 180 days period), are required to apply for residence permit.

An overstayer, in all mentioned circumstances, will be subject to administrative fine and as well as might be barred to re-enter Turkey lawfully for a fixed term.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

In case of overstaying tourist visa (or breaching 90/180 days rule)  or exceeding validity period of residence permit, foreigners will be subject to administrative fines.   According to Law on Duties no: 492 section 6, failing to apply for residence permit or failing to renew the existing one, does not prevent collection of the fees for overstayed period. Administrative fine may vary according to the nationality of the foreigner. This fee is calculated on the basis of double amount of existing permit fee charges. In addition to the permit fees, if applicable, administrative fine may include residence permit card fee  and single entry visa fee.  (For details permit fees page.)

LIST A LIST B LIST C LIST D LIST E
2015 RESIDENCE PERMIT FEES OTHER COUNTRIES Albania

Philippines

Israel

Japan

Cambodia

Macedonia

Mali

Oman

Tajikistan

Belgium

Belarus

Algeria

Spain

Kuwait

Jordan

Luxemb.

Malta

Singapore

Taiwan

Ethiopia

South Korea

Hong Kong

Micronesia

Russia

Morocco

Ivory Coast

Iraq

Montenegro

Egypt

Tunisia

Serbia

Fiji

Norway

Chile

K. Marino

DAILY FEES 1  $ 0.5 $ 0.4 $ 0.3 $ 0.2 $ 13,30 TL
MINIMUM  MAXIMUM 10-25 $ 5-14 $ 4-9 $ 3-7 $ 2-5 $ 24,80-126,70 TL
FIRST MONTH 25 $ 14 $ 9 $ 7 $ 5 $ 126,70 TL
REMAINING MONTHS 5 $ 3.5 $ 2.5 $ 1.5 $ 0.5 $ 84,20TL

RE – ENTRY BAN FOR OVERSTAYING IN TURKEY

An entry ban is imposed to the foreign nationals who are staying in Turkey illegally when they don’t have valid visa or a valid residence permit.

In case of an overstay of less than 10 days, no entry ban will be imposed.  Moreover “entry ban order will not be issued against the foreigners who exceed the duration of visa, visa exemption or residence permit for more than ten days and arrive at the border gates to exit before a removal decision is taken against them. However, the foreigners who violate the mentioned durations of visa, visa exemption, work permit or residence permit will pay a fine.” (For more information you may consult to the  Ministry of Interior Directorate General  of Migraion Management –Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigners.)

The Length of ban is approximately corresponds to the length of overstayed period.  Notification about the entry ban period and the administrative fine is issued at the border gates.  In case of failing to pay imposed administrative fine, a foreign national might be barred to enter Turkey for five years period.

Maximum duration of an entry ban to Turkey is five years. “The entry ban to Turkey for foreigners whose visa or residence permit has expired and who has applied to the governorates to exit from Turkey before their situation is established by the competent authorities upon which a removal decision has been taken, shall not exceed one year.” (Art.9/4  Law no 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection)

Entry ban might be lifted in case the overstayed person applies to the Turkish missions abroad for the relevant type of visa. Applications are forwarded to the Turkish Ministry of Interior for approval and the visa can be issued upon the affirmative instructions of the Ministry.

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RELATED LEGISLATION

  • For Entry Ban, you may consult to Articles 9 and 10, for new deportation rules you may consult to the second part (section 4) of the Law no.6458.
  • For the interpretation of the Law no.6458,you may consult to the official page of Directorate General of the Migration Management. Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigner

 

733 Comments

  • Alexander Gall

    I am a Canadian citizen and I have been a given a 5 year entry ban to Turkey in February 2019 and I have went to the Turkish Embassy in London for clearance on April 2019 and I have received a reply from the Consulate on June 2019 saying that I have been that my “visa application has been denied”. I would like any help on what I should do next to re-Enter Turkey in the near future.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In most cases it is not possible that the entry ban would be cancelled, unless you have important reason to re-enter the country. In this case you would need to inform Turkish Embassy about the reason and decision would be taken accordingly.

      Kind Regards,

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  • İdiris

    Hello i have turkish permit residence, my passport is going to expire august/8/2019 and also my residence is going to expire 6/7/2019 i have only 15days i went to my embassy to re New my passport they Said it takes 3months anybody help me what can i do, i need to stay in turkey in legal way my uncle is sick i can’t leave him a lone he is cancer patient.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would stay in Turkey after your residence permit expires and until you receive you passport, this period will be considered as overstaying. Whenever you receive your passport, you would need to leave Turkey and pay the fine for overstaying. After that you should obtain new visa in order to re-enter Turkey. If you would enter the country less than three months after you leave it, you would make conditional entrance to Turkey and would need to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

      Best Regards,

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  • Jürgen

    Merhaba,

    I’m a german citizen and I was entering Turkey on 30.04.19. At this time I have had already ZERO days left in the computer system, because I was here shortly before also. The gümrük office at the border gave me only ONE day more to stay (enough for the entrance). Now I’m still here in Turkey. Great country by the way! How much will be the fee when I leave now after 4-5 days? Can I pay it cash at the border?
    Thanks for your reply.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For less than two months, fine should not be higher than 100 USD. However, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from the official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

  • muhammad

    I was enter turkey by road from iranian border on 6th june 19, I am plan to go back by road to pakistan on 20th june 19 becoz i have applied visa for iran, i will get passport from iran embassy on18th june, i have 8days tourist visa, i have pakistan passport, how much fine will face at the time to leave turkey, suppose i am 07 days overstay in turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      According to official fee amount, fine for 7 days of overstay in Turkey should be approximately 15 USD. However, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from the official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Samreen Imran

    I want to extend my sister visit in turkey for a month she is Pakistani citizen visiting her sister in Istanbul and she has only one month visit visa can you help by telling how to do this and from where we can apply for extension

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to extend validity of visa, foreigners must apply for residence permit. However, be informed that the application procedures can take up to three months and after expiration of visa foreigners are not supposed to leave Turkey until receiving residence permit card.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Mahmoud

    Hello, im typing this because im kind of having cold feet and need some assurance (sort of).

    Im an Egyptian in Turkey now with a tourist visa of a duration of only 10 days. What happens if I overstay a tourist visa and spend 19 days instead and how much would the fine be? Also, what if im not able to pay the fine?

    P.s im traveling from Sabiha Airport and do I need to have a “valid” reason for overstayin?

    Waiting for your reply. Thank you so much 🙂

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As by official amounts presented in a chart above, fine for overstaying in Turkey for 9 days most probably would not be higher than 10 USD. However, be informed that the final decisipn pn the amount will be taken by the customs at the airport and can differ from official amounts. If, for some reason, you would refuse or not be able to pay the fine, you can be banned to re-enter Turkey for up to five years. Reason of overstaying is usually not taken under consideration until you can provide the authorities with documents like, for example, hospital report, which can have influence on amount of fine.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Anton

    Hello,

    I’m thinking of staying 16 days longer than my RP is valid.

    What is the punishment and how can I be sure to pay the fine flying to Sweden from Sabiha Gökçen?

    Best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of fine depends on your nationality. Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from the official amounts presented in the chart. You can pay the fine at the airport, for this purpose you should go to the information point so you will be instructed about further procedures.

      Best Regards,

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  • mohamed

    if my short term residence card is valid for one day more than my entry day to istanbul, will i face any problems in the airport ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would not obtain a new visa or have return ticket for the following day, most probably you would make a conditional entry. In this case you would be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival to Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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