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

 

525 Comments

  • Amelize de Mattos Pereira

    Hi,I’m from Brazil and I overstay in 1 day (91days in 6 months). I pay 622liras but I want come back in 20 days and stay more 12days. The police attendant told me I can come back but should apply for resident visa. Did you know if I really need apply for this resident visa or can I just pay the fee again? Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should wait for another 90 days to be able to come back to Turkey without consequences. İf you come earlier, you would need to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival and stay in Turkey until the end of application process. Otherwise you would pay the fine for another 20 days and most probably would be banned to re-enter Turkey up to 5 years.

      Best Regards,

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  • Duman

    Hello, I overstayed 60 days but for my country allowed to be max 30 days without VISA. So from where i can learn how much should i pay for 60 days fine? I am from Kazakhstan.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Kazakhstan belongs to list A, where fine for the first month is 25 USD and for remaining months 5 USD. You should be prepared to pay around 150 TL fine but remember that the final decision on the amount is taken by the customs at the airport.

      Kind Regards

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  • Mark A Herzig

    Hi. I am a USA Citizen. My wife is a turkish citizen and she is also a resident of the USA. I have a visa from March 17-2018 thru September 17-2018. I have used 35 days and plan to return to Turkey July 20th 2018. I need to stay through September so I want to apply for a short term residency permit. My Question is : Should I apply in the USA before returning in July -OR- want until I am in Istanbul and apply from Turkey?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You need to be in Turkey to start application process. But keep in mind that the whole procedure can last up to 3 months so if you would not be able to stay in Turkey until you receive the residence permit card, you would still need to pay the fine for overstaying your visa.

      Kind Regards

  • Maraya

    Hello,
    I have been going in and out of Turkey during the last 6 months, so I didn’t calculate my days correctly and ended up surprised when officers told me I overstayed 4 days. The problem was I wasn’t prepared for this, didn’t carry cash with me and the ATM there wasn’t working so I failed to pay the fine. As a result 5 years ban was imposed. My question is what can I do now to go back to Turkey?
    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After the ban was imposed, there are two ways to cancel it:
      1. Within 15 days you have a right to file a court case to remove the ban
      2. İf you fulfill requirements to apply for another kind of visa than touristic, for example education or visa for treatment purposes, and it would be granted, the ban can be cancelled.

      Best Regards

  • Kennedy

    am at Turkish Cyprus from west Africa and visited with visitors visa, was given 30 days but have stayed 2 months more but plan to go back now, will i be allowed to travel back without the fine? how much should i budget for the fine? please wish to get your helpful reply

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      We do not have informations about the fines in Cyprus as it might differ from the ones in Republic of Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  • PB

    Thanks for your help and response. My visa expired 7 months ago and I am an American. About how much will I need to pay when I leave the country?

  • Aman

    I past two years in Turkey illegal but when I back to my country passport control police submit my passport copy and out pass copy.
    But no fingers and no lenses.
    Did I am able for applying a visa?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you were banned to re-enter Turkey, the officer at the aiport must inform you about this fact. İf you are not sure if you are allowed to enter Turkey, you should contact Turkish Consulate in your country.

      Kind Regards,

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  • toyin

    Good day sir/ma,

    Reading through all the comments here, i am still confused in some area…I am a foreign national from West Africa state and have overstayed in Turkey going to 3years + without valid visa nor resident permit at the time of my stay in Turkey which i know have breach the 90/180days rule.

    I know am going to pay the fine at the airport in which i dont know how much which will becalculated for me, i have no criminal record during my stayed as well.

    My question is; the last time i asked an immigration officer at the airport, if someone overstayed and he pay for the administrative fine. is there any possibility that the person can still return to Turkey with new visa…his respond was, yes, the person can return to turkey with new visa if he pay for the adminsitrative fine and without banned for a specific period provided he has a valid visa to enter the country back.

    the reason why iasked this question above was that; i saw a friend to the airport upon leaving Turkey and he has overstayd and i asked the immigration officer if he can return back to turkey he said yes why not that there is no problem.

    if this is the case, will i be given a form to sign that on exiting Turkey that i will apply for resident permit within 10days after entry into the country or

    upon arrival, the border police will make me sign the form declaring I will apply for a residence permit within 10 days.

    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İf you pay the fine at the airport there should be no problem to come back to Turkey after a certain period of time defined by visa requirements for your country. İf you would get deported or banned to re-enter Turkey, the officer at the airport must inform you about this fact while leaving the country. İf you would not get banned to re-enter Turkey, you might be asked to sign the document declaring that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival.

      Best Regards,

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  • PB

    I have overstayed my tourist visa by 7 months. I missed my deadline to apply for a residence permit and have waited until a convenient time to leave the country. Can you please give me an idea of the fines I will have to pay? Will I be required to pay in lira or US dollars?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      The amount depends on your nationality. You can pay in both – USD or TL.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Walid

    Hello,
    I have overstayed in Turkey 3 months after my Visa expired, actually I tried to get residence permit but I couldn’t and I heard that I can pay plenty in Istanbul Airport, So could you please help where I can find exactly the place should I pay the fine in the Airport and if is there any method can I pay this fine rather than paying in Istanbul airport as I have only 1:45 min?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should ask the information desk so there you will get most clear information of where you need to pay. The fine can be payed only at the airport, if it is possible you should arrive there earlier to be sure that you have enough time.

      Best Regards

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      • Is the information desk you’re referring to in the international side of Atatürk Airport? Will they know the amount of the fees and do they generally have an English speaker working there?

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Yes, you can pay the fine in international part of any airport, usually there is an English speaker who will inform you about the details

  • Donnie

    Hello,

    My wife, due to a bunch of problems with her passport and the delays in the system, couldn’t apply to get her residence permit renewed on time. Now they told her she has to leave the country in 10 days and we are not sure if/when she will be allowed back, or if the fee is going to start from the moment her permit expired or if it is going to start from the 10-day grace period they gave her after rejecting her application. When is it supposed to start? Can she be banned from re-entering Turkey?

    Best.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The fee would be calculated starting from the date your wife’s residence permit has expired. İf she will pay the fee, there would be no reason to get deported or banned. The time after which your wife can come back to Turkey depends on her nationality and visa system. For example, for nationals of countries, for which visa is granted for 90 days within 180 days, it is possible to come back with new visa after 90 days passes.

      Best Regards,

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      • Donnie

        Thanks a lot for your reply. She doesn’t require a visa to come to Turkey and it has happened before, also because of lack of information, so we paid and she could get back in without a problem.

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