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

 

873 Comments

  • jacqueline

    If our Visa expiry 18/7/20 but my flight ticket on 9/8/20 meaning overstayed at Turkey. May I know the charges for Malaysia Citizen overstay at TURKEY how much I need to paid.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      The daily fee for overstaying for citizens of Malaysia is 2 USD. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

  • Indhira Gaviria

    Hello, Can you share what is the fee for overstays for US citizens? Thank you!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Daily fee for overstaying in Turkey for US citizens is 2 USD. Maximum fee for first month is 50 USD and for each remaining month it is 10 USD.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Beck

    Hello!
    I have a couple of the questions:
    1. I arrived to Istanbul on 22 of February with a one-month visa exemption. I couldn’t leave the country because of the pandemic by the middle-end of March and I applied for a tourist residence permit (March 16). From the date of my application passed more than two months, and there is still no information when I will have an interview. what can I do? is it normal?
    2. Once the borders will be opened, can I leave the country? or Should I wait until the interview? if yes, but I have to return back, what can i do?
    3. If the borders of my destination will not open even after my interview, and i will be refused for residence permit, will be there a chance to stay in Turkey?
    4. Where can we write our suggestions and complies? Is Foreign Ministry of Turkey dealing with entering, residing and exiting procedures for foreigners?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Since March appointment dates are not being granted in Istanbul so most probably there is no reason to be concerned, however you can always check the status of your application by calling 157, which is official line of Directorate of Migration. As your visa has already expired, you should stay in Turkey until you receive residence permit card. Otherwise you will need to pay a fine for overstaying while leaving the country. After residence permit application is denied, foreigners are supposed to leave Turkey within 10 days upon receiving information about the denial but if the boarders would be still closed, this rule will be adjusted accordingly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Directorate of Migration are dealing with topics related to foreigners in Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • JJ

    Hi.
    What are the fees for UK citizens overstaying the 90 day period?
    I will be around 34 days over when I leave Turkey and return to the UK.

    Tia

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Fee for overstaying for UK citizens is 50 USD for first month and 10 USD per each remaining month. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

  • Emmanuel Mutebi

    Hey, do I need a turkish resident permit as a requirement to get a Canadian work visa while applying for it in Turkey

    • Jolanta Markowicz

      I’m on tourist visa in Turkey which will expire in a week.Im over 65 and on total lockdown.What shell I do?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        In order to stay in Turkey longer than the visa period for your nationality allows you to, you should obtain residence permit. Online application should be submitted in the system before expiration of your visa however appointment date currently can be granted even for August/September depending on a city, from which the application will be submitted from. After the application would be submitted in the system, you can stay in Turkey legally until receiving residence permit card even if your visa expires in the meantime. Otherwise, if you overstay your visa, you will need to pay a fine while leaving Turkey.

        Kind Regards,

  • Alexandra Rus

    Hello,

    I am Alexandra and I came from Romania on 4th of February – this meaning that I am allowed to stay here without a residence permit until 4th of May. However, I couldn’t leave Turkey because all the flights were canceled from 23rd of March until now (16th of April) and they will be extended until May.

    I also tried to fill the pre-registration form on the https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/OnKayit, but it didn’t work and I guess it’s because of Coronavirus. I would like to take a residence permit for 1 year as soon as possible (tourism permit).

    Apart from the fine that should be paid every day of my stay in Turkey, is there anything else involved that can harm me administratively?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you obtain residence permit, you would not need to pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey. If you want, our company can assist you to apply for residence permit. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com.

      Best Regards,

  • Mike

    Dear Sir
    Dear Madam

    I am a French citizen, travelling in Turkey for business, registered a company in the textile industry last October,
    Unfortunately, I have overstayed my visa, not being aware of the 90 days rule within 180 days, when I realized the mistake
    I was in danger from travelling due to the infection growing in France and couldn’t leave due to the international flights restrictions,

    What can I do to not be penalized or banned from Turkey? I have a business here and wish to open more business between France & Turkey In Sha Allah after this coronavirus is over,

    Please tell me what can I do to regulate the situation as I wish to respect the legal rules of your country,

    Thank you

  • Rhalp Lorenz

    Merhaba, I am in Instanbul and I have short term residence permit that will expire on April 1 but due to covid19 all international flights are cancelled, thus I cannot leave turkey before the expiration. Would I need to pay penalty of overstaying ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no official statement regarding foreigners, who overstay in Turkey due to Covid19. Due to current rules, you need to pay a fine for each day of overstay.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Malcolm Parfitt

    Hello,
    I am a UK citizen who was in Turkey for work with a completed Work Visa and blue card valid to the end of November 2020. I have flown home for a 30 day holiday period but may now not be able to return within the 30 days due to travel lockdown.
    What is the impact of not returning to Turkey within the 30 days ? Will all my visa and work permits still be valid ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as your employer would not cancel your work permit, the document will be still valid and you can enter Turkey on this basis.

      Kind Regards,

    • Priscilla

      Hello there,
      My residence permit expired on the 18.04, I applied for renewal on the 13.03 but due to delays of coronavirus, I still don’t have an appointment. At the 157 they told me the appointment shouldnt be before August, however, I need to go to France in July/August for family matters, they told me I should pay a fine (for 4 months overstay??) when I leave, and then be banned for 3 months.. Is that right? This delay is due to corona and even if I wanted to leave I couldnt because of closed borders.. Thus doesn’t sound very fair/legal to me, is there any special treatment for those “coronavirus” delays?
      Thanks a lot

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Currently there is no update regarding foreigners who overstayed in Turkey due to Covid-19. Decision on amount of fine and entry ban to Turkey will be taken by the customs at the airport while leaving the country.

        Kind Regards,

  • Ma

    Hello!
    My tourist visa expires in a week but currently I can not literally go anywhere else cause due to pandemic, flighys have been cancelled. Has the government issued any statement regarding overstaying during the pandemic?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Currently there is no official statement regarding those, who overstay in Turkey due to flights cancelletion caused by pandemic.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Harriet

    Today I just received a letter that my residence permit renewal was rejected, can I apply again? What should I do?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to reapply unless you leave and reeneter Turkey. You are also not allowed to apply for the same purpose of stay for six months upon the rejection of your application.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Joy

      Hello Harriet, i am thinking of applying for a renewal also then i saw you messsage i was shock, really they rejected your application 😱

  • Random

    I had student resident permit which was valid to 2022 but due to some reason i left the university so university cancelled my ikamat then police caught because of cancellation of ikamat and that time i dont have any appointment while in police custody my friend applied for new tourist resident permit but unfortunately that date has gone in 28 feb now i have new appointment in march so am i able to get ikamat or not ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As we do not know the details of your current status, unfortunately we do not know if you are eligible for toursitic residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Firuze

    Hi!
    I have overstayed the 90/180 days by 149 days, I still have a valid visa till 12 of April, and I am still staying in Turkey at the moment. I am planning on going home (to Norway) by the end of this week but I was wondering what the consequences will be of this overstay. It was by all means not intentional, I simply thought that I could stay full 180 days in turkey with a visa.

    Thanks for your attention.
    I’m looking forward to your reply.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You must pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey while leaving the country. You can find official amount of fines in the chart above. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

  • Hello guys, I am a French citizen and overstayed my touristic visa for 60 days, how much would be the fees? where do i need to pay those fees and would i be automatically banned from entering Turkey if i decide to leave to come back few days later to legal apply for a resident permit?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Official amount of fine for 60 days overstay in Turkey for French citizens is 60 USD. Fine should be paid at the customs while leaving the country. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts. If you pay the fine, you would not be banned to reenter Turkey and you are allowed to apply for residence permit after entering the country with new visa.

      Kind Regards,

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      • Mike

        Thanks for the reply. Now that the international flights are cancelled and that the visa is overstayed, what will happen once they reopen the borders? Do we risk a ban , do we risk a fine? So for overstayed days as French citizen its 1$ per day?

        • Expatguide

          For French citizens official amount of fine is 2 USD daily, maximum 50 USD for first month and 10 USD for remaining months. If the fine would be paid, there is no reason to be banned to reenter Turkey.

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  • Badr eddine

    Hello everyone, im a moroccan citizen, I overstayed my visa for about 1 month . I want to know if i can arrange this by taking a resident permit and paying all the fees or is it already too late and i’ll cert Get a rentry ban. If yes can you please explain to me how it works and if it is possible to bypass it. Thank you in advance

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to obtain residence permit if your visa has already expired. In order to apply for residence permit you need to leave Turkey and reenter the country with new visa. If you pay a fine for overstaying while leaving, you will not be banned to reenter Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • Abdullahi

    Hello,

    How much would the fine be for the citizens of Kenya who overstayed on a tourist visa?
    How much per day would be the fine?

    Thanks.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Daily fee for overstaying for Citizens of Kenya is 2 USD. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

  • Hasan

    Hi!
    I’m a Somali citizen and I’m a master student in Istanbul. I’ve applied for a student residency permit but they rejected on account of my previous residency permit had expired and i overstayed. I’ve bee here for a year now and they’ve told me i need to leave and re-enter. I’ve contacted 157 and the göc idaresi but they have no clue about how much my possible fine would be. What is the overstay daily fine for a somali citizen?

    Thanks in advance,
    Hasan

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Daily amount of fine for citizens of Somalia is 2 USD. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Nahoko kilbey

    Dear sir or madam,
    I am a uk citizens who entered turkey without visa and payed fine at airport in order to leave. If I want to apply for a visa to go to turkey in the future. will my application be rejected?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you paid a fine and were not banned to reenter Turkey, you are allowed to obtain a visa to visit Turkey in the future.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Nahoko Kilbey

      Thank you for your swift answer to my previous question. May I ask you how I know if I am banned for the future entry?
      I tried for evisa & was rejected. Although it was said I may apply for a sticker visa. Is it likely that I am banned?

  • Hello there, I’m Burundian I overstayed my visa and I’d like to go to Svalbard as is free visa for my Burundian passport, do I have to go back home or I just have to book my flight ticket and go?

  • Adnan

    I was in Turkey for 20 days as bussines trip during january. I will also travel in Turkey in february and march and will be there most of this months. So I will spend my 90/180 days by 10-15 april. Also My wife is a pregnant and probably she will delivered baby at middle of april (17 april) in Turkey. She will not overdue but I will. So I will probably overdue for 10-15 days not to live her alone and to be present during delivery. What I can do to legaly stay for 10-15 days more and what can be fee if I overdue (cost and enterence). I’m Bosnian citizen.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The only way to extend a visa is obtaining residence permit, however application procedures take up to 4 month currently, depending on the city you would apply from. Daily fine for overstaying in Turkey for citizens of Bosnia is 2 USD. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

      Kind Regards,

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