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

 

594 Comments

  • Yousef

    Hello,
    I’m from Afghanistan with USA Green Card (Permanent resident ). They give me one month VISA since i have Afghan passport. I would like to Stay for another month. Do you know how much will i have to pay for the fine. And do i get banned from reentry. or any other consequences at the airport. Any input will be greatly appreciated it. Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Fine for one month overstay should not be higher than 50$. Final decision on the exact amount would be taken by the customs at the airport. If you pay the fine there is no reason for any other consequences like entry ban.

      Kind Regards

  • Jonathan Thomsen

    Hello
    I unfortunatly recieved a 5 year-ban from entering Turkey, since i was in a hurry when leaving the country and had misunderstood some of the procedures.
    I got this ban lifted, and can now enter Turkey, but i was told i have to pay the fine when i re-enter the country. Since i was in a hurry, i didn’t get the information about the amount of the fine, do you know where i can find this information? Who to contact? I am a danish national citizen, and i got the fine at Sabiha Gokcen airport.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If consulate does not have informtions about the amount, you will need to ask oficers at the boarder about where and how much you should pay.

      Kind Regards,

  • Mike

    If after being rejected for a residence permit and given 10 days to leave, can you leave on the 10th day itself and not get further penalties or does it have to be the day before
    Example: Signed notice of removal on sept 6 and leaving on sept 16th

    Also one other important question
    If I came on April 1st. Applied in April for resident permit And waited till September to get an answer ( and leaving the country in September ) can I come back on October 1st? ( 180 days since april 1st ) and satisfy the 90/180 rule?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      You need to leave Turkey within 10 days, including the 10th day.
      İf you pay the fine while leaving Turkey and would not be banned to re-enter the country, you can come back on a new visa after 90 days. Otherwise, if you come back earlier, you will be asked at the boarder to sign a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival. İf you do not apply during this period or fail to finish application procedures, you will have to leave the country and will be banned to re-renter Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Mike

    Hey there. Can the border agents tell who is a dual citizen. Regarding the 90/180 rule. Can a dual citizen leave for a week and come back with a different passport and visa and will be allowed in ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you already crossed Turkish boarder before, your data is in the system so your identity is possible to be checked easily while entering the country again. We would strongly recommend obeying the 90/180 rule instead or applying for residence/work permit if you need to spend more time in Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Gökhan Karabul

    Hello,
    One of my friend overstayed in Turkey around 2 years and while he leaves from Turkey he got banned for 5 years because he didn’t have money to pay.
    Now he wants to pay the fine and lift the ban? Can you please advise how to proceed or is this possible? Thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your friend should contact local Turkish consulate/embassy to discuss the possibility of cancelling his ban.

      Best Regards,

  • Corinne

    Hello!
    I have been in Turkey for almost 90 days and I should leave tomorrow to not exceed the permitted time (I have a Swiss passport). I am having some issues with my visa for Iran though, and need to wait for it at Trabzon consulate. Could you tell me what happens if I stay around 10-15 days longer in Turkey? And also, I will leave the country by bus, will I have to pay my fine at the boarder? Is it something that takes long time? (I wouldn’t want the bus to not wait for me!). Thank you very much for your help and best wishes.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You will need to pay a small fine at the boarder for overstaying. İf you pay the fine there should not be any other consequences like ban to re-renter Turkey. You can pay the fine at the boarder, it would not be a long procedure.

      Best Regards,

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      • Corinne

        Thank you very much for your swift reply! Small fine means under 30 USD? Can I pay in EUR or USD or do I need to have TL with me? Thank you again, this service is of great help! Kindest regards.

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Maximum fee for overstaying up to one month is 50 USD so we would recommend to have at least equivalent of this amount in USD, EUR or TL with you while leaving Turkey. The final decision on the amount will be taken by the customs at the boarder.

          Kind Regards,

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  • Veronica

    Hi:
    I have visa type A2 with spanish passport for tourist propose, I came to Turkey on 6 th of july and at now, I discover that my visa will be expired tomorrow, because itwas 90 days (and not 180 days). This visa is valid until 30 th November (multiple entry) what i have to do? should i go to Greece and come back? can i extended online? can i apply for residence if my visa is expired? HELP PLEASE

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can apply for residence permit as long as your visa is valid. Otherwise, when your visa expires, you should leave Turkey and can come after another 90 days with new touristic visa. İf you come earlier than after 90 days, you will sign a document at the boarder stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival.

      Kind Regards,

  • Joseph Glenn

    my girlfriend was in Cyprus for only 25 days and was on her way home they stopped her for overstay visa and now wants 2876.00 as a fine or they will send her back to Cyprus to be jailed. is this true can they do that

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As rules in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus might differ from Republic of Turkey, we can not give you clear answer in this topic. You should contact authoriies in Nortern Cyprus.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Sid

    Hello I would like to know that I had resident permit which expired in beginning of July 2018 and now I hve overstayed for almost 2 months and hold a US passport and planning on leaving turkey so where do I pay my fine and how much wud it cost me and do I hve to pay in Turkish lira or in US Dollars. I wud appreciate yr prompt response. Thnx.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can pay the fine at the airport. For this purpose you should arrive there around 30 minuts to one hour earlier than planned. For 2 months your fine might be around 60 USD but remember that the final decision on the amount of fine is taken by the customs at the airport. Fine can be paid in both – Turkish Lira or US Dollars.

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  • Malik

    Hi Sir, I visited turkey some time ago while my stay there I applied for residence permit they gave me 4 month time for my hearing (appointment). On hearing they refused me residence permit so came back to Pakistan on rejection. I also paid fine for my over stay in turkey at airport. Can I apply for visa now? Is there any ban or restriction on me to apply for turkey visa??

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you paid the fine and were not informed about entry ban being imposed on you, most probably you can come back to Turkey. To make sure you can contact Turkish consulate or embassy.

      Kind Regards,

  • Mehmed Podgorcevic

    Hello my name is Mehmed, I am bosnian. My problem is that i stayed long term in turkey without visa. i mean without residence permit. soon i am gonna leave the country, so do i have to pay fee, and would i get banned, i stayed 3 and half years without visa here ? if you can help me please.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For overstaying three and half years in Turkey you will need to pay the fine, which might be around 3500 TL. The final decision on the amount will be taken by the customs at the airport. İf you refuse to pay the fine, you will be banned to re-enter Turkey for up to five years.

      Kind Regards,

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  • My permit was when l wanted to renew it and l was told to leave the country in 10days but l couldn’t leave that time because of the business l was doing here ,so know l want go and l was told to pay fine of 1300tl and they will not burn me,my question now is will l be able to come back with a new visa and apply for a new permit.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you paid the fine and were not informed about the entry ban at the airport, you can apply for new visa to come back to Turkey. Possibility of applying for new residence permit depends on the type of permit you had before and the city you are going to apply in. İf you were holder of touristic residence permit before, most probably you can not apply for the same type again.

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  • Muhammad Ali

    Thank you very much. Also if we leave in september after about 90 days of stay will there be country ban on me and what fees do I have to pay for 90 day overstay?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      İf you pay the fine, entry ban should not be imposed. The final decision on the amount of penalty is given by the customs at the airport, you should have around 80$ with you.

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      • Muhammad Ali

        Thank you. Its also said that I have to leave the country within 7 days. Is it mandatory or can I still stay for another 30 days in turkey.

        Also, can we get an early appointment date for short-term residence permit, is it possible?

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          İf you would not leave Turkey within 7 days, even if you pay the fine, you might be banned to re-enter country.
          İt is not possible to choose the appointment date, it is only automatically given by the system.

          Kind Regards,

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  • Muhammad Ali

    Hello,

    I have to go to UK on 13th September and my residence permit has expired on 15 June. I had applied for my ikamet on 15th June but today I got to know that I applied for the wrong category i.e. for student permit extension although I had graduated from university on 11th June and should have taken a short-term residence permit. I have Pakistani passport, I don’t know what to do. Now its too late and I don’t know that if I apply for the residence permit appointment it would be very late. So, what should I do? Please reply ASAP

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Because of your previous residence permit expired, you will need to pay the fine for overstaying in Turkey at the airport and come back again with new visa to apply again. You will still have a right to apply for residence permit as a graduate in Turkey but there is no guarantee that it would be granted.

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  • Maher

    Hello sir!!
    Migration refused my application now I’m going back my country Pakistan on 13 Aug.54 days I’m overstay in Turkey..when I will go airport how long before I should go airport ?And where I have to pay fine?same time and same day they can slove my problem?And how much I have to pay?
    Thanks for your cooperation

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should go to the airport at least one hour earlier and directly go to the information point, where you will be instructed about the fine and payment. All of the formalities will be handled at the aiport within short period of time. Final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport. You should have the amount of around 80$ with you.

      Kind Regards,

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