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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

 

761 Comments

  • christain

    if you have overstayed in turkey how much can you pay to go back to your country

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of fee depends on your nationality and on how many days you have overstayed. You can check official fee amounts in chart provided in the article, however, final decision on the fee would be taken by the customs at the airport and can differ from the official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

      • I great you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ ,,,if i have been here for more than 5 months and when I didn’t applied for the residence is there any other option to get it

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          You can only obtain residence permit as long as your visa is valid. If you have already overstayed your visa, you need to leave Turkey and pay a fine for overstaying. After you obtain new visa and re-enter Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit application.

          Kind Regards,

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  • Worried

    Hello,

    Im on a student residence permit and i forgot to apply for extension. My residence permit expired on 11/sept/2019 and today is 24 sept 2019. Im already in Turkey and i dont know what to do next. How can i apply for extension now?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As your residence permit has expired already, it is not possible to extend it. You need to leave Turkey and come back on a new visa in order to apply for new residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Cosmin

    I have a question? In that table, what does “Minim Maxim” means?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Minimum and maximum is defined for payment of the fees calculated daily. For example, if daily fee for your nationality is 1$ and you have overstayed in Turkey for 5 days, your fee should not be 5$, but 10$, which is minimum fee. In the same way, if you have overstayed for 28 days, you should not pay 28$ but maximum amount, which is 25$.

      Kind Regards,

  • Scott Williamson

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me please.

    I have a current visa, and have been in and out a few times, totalling about 50 days, the visa expires on 21st September. I need to fly into Istanbul on 17th September for 3 weeks, obviously this is a problem.

    Can I buy a new visa, valid from 22nd September, to cover this? Or even a new visa valid from now, but I don’t believe you are allowed two visas at the same time?

    thanks
    Scott

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you are currently holder of a visa, which allows you to stay in Turkey for 90 days within 180 days and you have not stayed full 90 days by now, you are allowed to obtain new visa starting from the date following expiration of your current one.

      Best Regards,

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  • Albert

    I was on vacation with my girlfriend in may and my passport was about to expire in 3 months. I had to pay the police around 800TL for 1 week. Later that week I got sick and overstayed for 2 days. I had to pay 210TL to the Vice Office at the airport. I want to travel to turkey again. Can igo to turkey? I have a new passport now.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you paid the fine and was not ban to re-enter Turkey, you are allowed to enter the country again.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Ninuszka

    Good morning,

    I’m French and I stayed 111 days instead of 90 days in Turkey for an internship (the establishment who employed me said that they weren’t aware of the rules of visa so I applied for short-term residence. But the administration took so much time that I’ve not been able to get my ikamet card before I left Turkey to go back to France at the end of my internship. I had to paid a fine of 890TL at the airport.
    I received an email when I was already back in France saying that my residence permit request has been evaluated positively. But a few days after, it was written on the website that I had a problem at phase of card printing… it’s been 2 weeks and nothing changed.
    Now, I want to go back to Turkey because I would like to find a job there (my boyfriend lives there).
    I’ve heard about ban on websites, but there is no stamp on my passeport noticing that I am banned or anything, I didn’t get any paper…
    So what can I do to go back to Turkey ?
    I thank you by advance for your answer,

    Best regards,

    Nina

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you paid the fine while leaving Turkey and did not receive a notice about entry ban being imposed, you are allowed to re-enter the country. If you enter Turkey before 90 days required to obtain new visa passes, you would make a conditional entrance and you would be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival. However, if you receive an email stating approval of your residence permit application, you should check with Immigration Office if the card has been issued and is still valid before you lodge a new application.

      Kind Regards,

  • Zoe

    I have received a 5 year ban in turkey due to not being able to pay my fine with my credit card. Whilst I am not wanting to return to turkey any time soon, I do want to still pay my fine and not have an ban on my passport anymore. Can the fine be paid to my nearest turkish embassy and the ban be lifted from my passport?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Fine can be only paid while leaving Turkey, it is not possible to cancel a ban by making payment in embassy.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Hello,
    We (me with my husband) are here in Turkey for visit . Our stay was just 10 days but we want to stay more so we applied for TRP . It’s about a month now but we didn’t get any response of that application.i want to know how much time will it take because now we want to leave but as we all know that we cannot exit on that application slip.please guide what should we do now?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Please, be informed that residence permit evaluation procedures take up to 90 days. In order to check status of your application, you can call 157.

      Best Regards,

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  • Muhammad Faisal Iqbal

    I will be visiting Turkey on September 27 through October 12. I have valid e-visa starting September 27 and valid for 6 months. My family (Spouse and three kids ) got the visa which is valid from July 12 to October 10. I have confirmed return air tickets for October 12. So it seems, i have to over stay for two days. What will be the charges and what could be the consequences for me and my family due to this two day over stay means What it effects mine and my family’s travel history ? and would there be issues in getting visa of other countries ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of penalty depends on your nationality and can be calculated as double of amounts provided in the chart above. For only two days of overstaying, if required penalty will be paid, there would be no further consequences.

      Best Regards,

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  • David

    I have overstayed for 10 months, how much penalty am to pay pls

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of penalty depends on your nationality and can be calculated as double of amounts provided in the chart above.

      Best Regards,

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  • Now im in Turkey and overstay for 15 days. How much does fine cost approximately?, I will leave from airport to another country. I like Turkey “,, im from Indonesia. Please help.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As by official amounts, your fine should not be higher than 30 USD. However, be informed that the final decision on the fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

  • HAK

    If I have Turkish tourist visa valid for 6 months but the duration of stay is only 10 day. What should I do to stay longer than 10 days (additional 50 days). Please not that my Turkish visa will still be valid at the time I am leaving the country and I don’t plan to reside in turkey so I don’t need residency permit.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Obtaining residence permit is the only way to extend your visa without leaving Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • OLEH CHIDOZIE FRANK

    I enter Turkey with conference visa and i apply for resident permit and i didn’t get the resident permit and i have wait for the resident permit for three months now and i want to go back to my country Nigeria i will i ben to re-enter Turkey if i pay my overstay? Please somebody help me because i love turkey i will like to come back in one months time

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would pay the fine for overstaying, there would be no reason to be banned to re-enter Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • 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.

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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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