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.


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.)




























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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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  • 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

99 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting such useful info. I’ve accidently overstayed my Turkish residence permit by 10 days. It was just a silly mistake on my part that I thought my residency was expiring at the end if the month when actually it expired mid-month. Anyway, I immediately booked a trip outside if the country so that I can pay my fine and get a tourist visa when I return to Turkey. My question is: Will a travel ban be applied to me equivalent to the time I overstayed? I wasnt aware of this and I booked a 2 day trip… I appreciated your help and advice.

    • Dear Mr. Taylor,

      İf the penaly will be fully paid by your side in the airport, you can come back to Turkey on the next day. Once you enter Turkey you have 10 days in order to apply for residence permit.

      Thanks and kind regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  2. Hi a Friend of mine has a problem and I will like some help he entered turkey with a transit visa and he was planning to leave after the 5days but unfortunately he had some issues and he couldn’t make it so he overstayed for 1 month 5 days .he want to know if it will be possible for him to register for a school for masters pay for his overstay fine and get a student residence and be legal .

    • Dear Raissa,

      Thanks for your email.

      As your friends has been overstaying in Turkey. I will suggest him to leave the country and pay fine in airport. Once he will return back to his homecountry, he should apply for student visa at the Turkish representative in his own country. Once the visa will be issued he can come back to Turkey for studying.

      Best regards,

      Expat Guide Turkey.

      • Hi dear
        Thanks for your previous reply it was really helpful. Nevertheless I have another question if someone overstays in turkey let’s say for 2 or 3 months and leaves while leaving he pays his fine .can this be a reason for a visa refusal if the person applies for a student visa for France from his home country?and also in case the person gets The Student visa for France and later on want to come back to turkey just as a tourist just for some few weeks will the Turkish embassy grant him the visa.

  3. Greetings,

    Thank you for such an informative and helpful website. I had a question that hopefully you can help me with.

    My family and I were living in Aksaray for 1 year on a 1 year tourist residence permit. When it came time to renew we were not able to renew and exited the country and returned a few days later and were given a 90 day tourist visa. Before our 90 day tourist visa expired we made an appointment in Konya for a student visa for me to learn Turkish and a family visa for my family. My family was rejected because I didn’t have a visa yet and I was rejected a few days later because they said I needed apply for the student vise from inside my country (I am American). We have been given 10 days to establish residency in a new city. We have plans to leave Turkey for New Years and return on January 8th. We had these plans before we were rejected. It appears we will overstay the 10 days by a couple of days. We didn’t make a new appointment because we were told we were not supposed to leave the country if we have an appointment at the Goc office. Here are my questions:

    1. We fly out of Konya to Istanbul and then out of the country. Where will we pay the fine for overstaying?
    2. Do you think we will get a ban from returning?
    3. Do you think we will be allowed back in on Jan 8th to establish residency in another city due to the 90/180?
    4. When we fly back on Jan. 8th can we pay a fine or sign a document saying we are going to establish residency in 10 days somewhere?

    Thank you very much for any help you can give.



  4. Hello, Am from ghana and a student, My resident permit renewal was delayed because i could not obtain my new passport in time. I overstayed for a year before getting the new passport. Can i know how much i am expected to pay(estimation) so i can prepare before i get to the airport to avoid the ban. Thank you

    • Dear Fred,

      Thank you very much for your message.

      As you mentioned correctly in order to get a residence permit, firstly you should leave Turkey and pay a penalty at Customs in airport. We cannot tell you how much it will be excatly the administration fee. My suggestions will be to go to airport in order to check out the amount of fee.

      Thanks and best regards;

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  5. Hi, and thanks for posting this information. We have a bit of a complicated situation…

    We made an appointment for residency (for myself and 2 kids) before our permit expired, but made it a few months out, as recommended by our local foreigners office, to allow for my husband’s renewed work permit to arrive first. At that appointment, they required additional documents from our home country (a police report and apostilles on all documents). Receiving those documents took longer than the allotted 30 day period they gave us, so we were advised to make a new appointment and allow enough time for all the documents to return to us. We were told not to exit the country but that we would have a fine for overstaying and may have to repay the RP fees. So we did this, went to our new appointment, and were told they would not renew our cards because the expiration was too long ago. We were told we have to leave and re-enter Turkey with a new visa and apply for residency again within 10 days of our return.

    I’m naturally frustrated and panicked as we complied with the foreigners office, but still have found ourselves in this situation. So my questions are…

    – Do they determine the amount of days expired based on the original expiry of the old RP cards or the date of our forst appointment/fee payments?
    – Are they still enforcing bans in this type of situation? The Goc Idaresi told us they were not, but my understanding is that the border police issue the penalty, not that office, so I have my doubts.
    – When will we find out what our penalty is? Is it upon exiting Turkey, exiting the country we visit, or attempting to re-enter Turkey?
    – What happens in the event of a ban? We are thinking of visiting Greece by ferry, and I want to be prepared. Would we have to take the next ferry to Greece or be allowed to fly to our home country?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, but I have had difficulty finding answers, and with two young children involved, I don’t want to end up stranded.

    • Hello,

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Please find the answers to your questions below;

      1) The amount of days will be based on the original expiration date of the Residence permit card.
      2) İf you pay the full amount of penalty, you can make an entrance to Turkey at any time. İf you failed to pay the administative fine on departure day, in this case you can get a re-entry ban for certain period of time.
      3) You should pay the amount of the penalty at the departure day at Customs in airport.

      İf there will be any questions, please feel free to contact me.

      Thank you and best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey team.

  6. S&L

    I currently reside in Istanbul with a valid work permit. I got married in Ankara last May (2015) to a foreigner. My husband has overstayed his work permit by 2 years. Is there anything we can do to get him a residence permit without leaving Turkey? His home country does not appear on the list above.

    Thank you for your time and attention!

    • Dear Lauren,

      Unfortunately, there is no other ways except of leaving Turkey and pay the administrative fine at Customs in airport. Once he pay the penalty he ca come back to Turkey and apply for residence permit.

      Thanks and best regards,

      Expat Guide Turkey team

  7. Hello,
    I over stayed in Turkey more or less 3 month. I didn’t pay the administrative fine at the airport and I am banded for 5 years… I am in Uganda now and a family wants me for babysitter in Turkey. They send me the documents and I went to Turkish embassy but the work permit fee is 2500 US dolar. It is too much for family also me.
    1- How can I pay the administrative fine in Uganda or Turkish family cam pay for me in Turkey?
    2- Can I take a tourist visa?if I could, when I will arrive to airport and pay the penalty administrative fine at the airport can I enter the Turkey?
    3- Is there another method exist to work in Turkey. One of my friend tol me to take new passport and apply to tourist visa and take the resident permit and then take to work permit?
    Please help me as soon as possible… Thank you very much…

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      hello and welcome
      first of all regarding the banding from re-enter turkey
      if you didn’t had a criminal record in turkey we can make the abroad work permit and our fees is 1000 turkish lira which make about 350 $ but you gonne pay about 1500-2000 turkish lira for 5 years banding fine
      regarding the new passport if you ment not orginal one or orginal with diffrent name and so it’s might be too risk and if the turkish goverment know about it ((it will)) you going to have banding for rest of your life
      if you want to use our services please let the turkish family contact us to explain them what should they do
      hope that i gave you helpful informations…have nice day
      444 7 284

  8. I am a French citizen and therefore do not need a visa and can enter Turkey with a simple ID card.
    I have sojourned 3 times in Turkey this year till Sept. 6, for a mix of business (I am working as a Consultant for the Government in Ankara – who prepared me a letter for the relevant administration) and tourism (Antalya, Kas, Bodrum, etc.), respectively for 41 days, starting in June, 30 days arriving on 12 July (exiting to Bulgaria on 26/7 in the morning and returning the same day in the evening) and 16 days (landing in Ataturk on 22 August).

    During my second trip on July 12, I took out of the shelf my daughter’s passport instead of mine, and therefore had to enter Turkey with my ID card. Since I did not return home meanwhile, I had to do the same when flying back and forth from Istanbul to Sofia in Bulgaria on 26/7. Consequently, there is no stamp left on my passport from my stay from 12 July to 10 August.

    I am now back for a fourth time, starting from 19/9. Tomorrow will be my last day within the 90 days authorised.
    I am planning to apply for a short-term residence permit tomorrow, since I might keep on needing to stay in Turkey till August next year.

    I dont worry much about overstaying by a week till 29/9, considering I risk only a fine.

    However, I am wondering:
    – Should I need to remain in Turkey till my appointment with the Administration: I fear I might be blocked at my return for the appointment -and thus risking to be delayed till January ?
    – How does the border police check the length of my cumulated stays ? Through the entry and exit stamps on my passport (in which case they miss the period I was in the country from 12/7 to 10/8 and I have no problem at all) or through a SIS-like database (PolNet) which calculates a moving cumulated sojourn duration with the 6 months period from the exit date ? (and if so, is the software able to recognise my entering with an ID and with a passport ?)

    Kind regards,


  9. Hello dear expatguide-team,

    hopefully you can provide me with some usefull help regarding my issue…me and my family (all european passport holders except for my wife who is iranian) have entered turkey on June 23rd 2016 (only 7 more days left for RP application. We would like to extend our stay in Istanbul and apply for a short term resident permit (1 year). The problem is that one our paasports is only valid untill April 2017, thus less than one year. What would the procedure be like? If approved by the ministry, would all get one year RP and the one with the soon expiring passport would only attain RP till April 2017? Would you recommend us to return to our home-country renew the passport and then apply within the remaining days of our 90 days/within 180 for a RP?

    Hope to read from you soon,
    best regards


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      hello and welcome
      firs of all i just want to Apology to late comment
      we had a technical problems we couldn’t answer
      now if you stayed in turkey as over stayed you shoud leave the country and came back then you can make a new residence permit
      if you already have one just wish you a good luck
      waiting for your question to answer it

  10. Hello.

    I have two questions.

    1. If I pay a fine for overstaying my visa at the airport, will i be exempt from a re-entry ban?
    I am more concerned with this re-entry ban penalty.

    2. Where should I turn to in order to know the exact amount I will be charged at the airport?
    I was guided to contact border control division in Police department by 159 call centers. Is that tue?

    I appreciate a lot for your help for helpless expats living in Turkey.

    Waiting for your advice.


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      hello and welcome sir
      first of all yes it is right you are gonne pay the fine in the airport
      the police is gonne to account the fine
      second there is nothing to scared about becouse the re-entry ban just if you refused to pay the fine of over staying in turkey
      it was our pleasure to help you

  11. Good day! I am from the philippines, my residence permit expired last august 26, 2016. But i am leaving today 10th of september. Do you know how much it costs for the fine? Also what will they do or say to me? Thank you so much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      regarding the fine fees we can’t know it becouse the police in the airport should account it
      but in case you refused to pay the fine you are gonne be ban for 5 years of coming back again to turkey
      don’t worry thy not gonne say any thing to you 🙂

  12. iam Egyptian and am here in turkey-Izmir for short period work , actually i have a fixed term work permit ,my wife came with me but it visa is accompany and its valid for only 30 days ,how can i extend it for another 3 months after the validity end , and if it over stayed for 3 months what will happens when leave

    • İn order to stay in Turkey for longer period of time, foreigner should apply for short term residence permit. İn case if a foreigner has oversatyed the visa, he/she should pay a fine at the departure day or will be banned from en-entering back to Turkey.

    • Hello,
      İn order to stay in Turkey for longer period of time, foreigner should apply for short term residence permit. İn case if a foreigner has oversatyed the visa, he/she should pay a fine at the departure day or will be banned from en-entering back to Turkey.

      Best regards,

  13. Hello, me and my wife came to Turkey on a 30 days visit visa to appear in an embassy. if we will have to stay one week more after our expiry of visa then will there be any problem? and how much fine we will have to pay?

  14. I am an ERASMUS student, I am in Istanbul since February 2016 and my residence visa expired at the end of June, so before it expired I have lodged an application for extension, because I was admitted to make my second semester at University starting with September. After lodging my application and paying the new fee, I have received appointment for December. All this period I have been leaving in Istanbul and now I want to go to my country in Romania for a few days. What should I do in this regard? I have read on official government website that I need to have my application ratified with a stamp at the Provincial Directorate for Migration Management, but when I got there with my documents they said they have never heard of this method! Plus I was not carefull to print or save the link with the official information and now I cannot find it. Thank you in advance for your reply, Oana

    • Hello dear Oana,

      Thank you very much for your message.

      Regardigng the applicaiton which should be ratified with a stamp at the Migration office, it relates to the application forms which have already been submitted to the İmmigration office on appointment date. As the residency card will be delivered to home later, thus Provincial Directorate for Migration Management provides you with the applicaiton form which is tstamped and signed by officer in orderto leave tcountry without any problems.

      Regarding your issue, you should wait untill appointment date in Turkey or leave Turkey and pay penalty at Customs.


  15. Hello, My question regards an expired visa. I am a United States citizen living in Turkey that will have to apply for a residency permit and I overstayed my visa 31 days. I have came back to the United States as reqired. Do I have to stay in the United States for 90 days or 31 days. No one at the airport security could give me any information and I visited two security stations. Could you possibly help me or direct me to someone that could?

  16. Hi,

    I entered Turkey on 9th August 2016, with a touristic VISA of only 12 days. According to my VISA i have to leave turkey on 20th August 2016, but recently applied for Resident permit and got an appointment of 29th December 2016.

    According to my Business Plan, i was about to leave by 10th September, but now i do not understand, what should i do? either to leave on 20th August 2016, which is the expiry of my current VISA ? Or should i finish my work by 10th September and then leave ?

    What will happen if i leave on 10th September ? before the appointment date 29th December 2016 and after the expiry date 20th August 2016

    I am stuck !!

    Please respond at the earliest.

    Thanks in advance

    • Good day Sir,

      Thanks for your message.

      İf you leave Turkey before your visa is expired, you will not face any administrative fine at airport. İf you decide to overstay visa, you should pay the fine or will be banned to return back to Turkey.

      Kind regards,

  17. Hello there, thank you for this blog it is very useful but I do have a query of my own which I hope you can help with.

    1) My current residence permit for Turkey expires on the 9th Sep 2016
    2) I am currently in the UK (UK National) and fly out to Turkey on August 1st 2016
    3) I plan to relocate to the UK by the end of September start of October (its not clear as I have so many things to sort out)
    4) Since I have personal reasons to continue to come and go to Turkey I cannot risk being banned from the country
    5) I do not wish to apply for the extension of my ikamet izin as I believe its a lengthy process which just wastes money and time and I do not need it as I will stay another 1-2 months max. They probably won’t even see my application during this time.
    6) I plan to over stay by 30-40 days

    Could you please let me know, what I would be expecting at the border control? Please also advise what you think is a better option.

    Thank you for your help

  18. Hey my dad’s future wife came to Turkey a year ago and overstayed for a month after her tourist visa expired , they asked her to pay a fee at the airport for overstaying but unfortunately her credit card wasn’t working at that time , they have banned her from entering turkey for 5 years , so now how can she come back im worried about my father living all by himself what is the procedure everything must have a solution …

  19. Thanks for your great site and service.

    My residence permit expires in August. I have already (in July) applied for a permanent residence permit (having lived here for eight years). I have been given a randevu for the permanent residence permit in January.

    My question is can I stay here legally until the date of my randevu, and can I go abroad and back in the interim?

    Many thanks.

  20. Hello. Thank you for the amazingly helpful article. However I failed to do the calculations for the over staying fee. I hope you can help me.

    I and my financé, both from Iran, stayed in Turkey for a period of 50 days a month ago. We went back to Iran and was there for about a month (this adds up to 80 out of 180 days). Now we are back in Turkey for another 50-day stay.

    I have three questions actually:

    1. Is this subject to re-entry ban?
    2. How much will the fee be for each of us?
    3. We heard a rumer about a 75 day period of allowance for staying. Is it true? Is there a different time period than the 90 day for Iranians?

    (And just for showing good faith in the word of law, we are applying for a residence permit very soon, but let’s imagine we are not and we will have to pay the fee.)

    Thank youso much in advance.

  21. hello i have a big problem i have been deported at the border of turkey for 5 years and i could not pay in time. but i can pay fine now if its possible.A big reason is that my husband is in prison now and i worry i need to go to turkey to visit him.please i need help what can i do for going back to turkey may i pay now? please answer my qustion thank you in advance

  22. Hi,
    I missed my flight 12th december 3015…and overstayed in Istanbul by 48hrs only(duration of stay was 5 days but visa was till valid for 90days)I couldn’t pay the penalty so I later learned I had gotten a 5yr bann .what can I do to have the bann lifted. Ave tried applying visa to travel again but they can’t process coz of the bann.
    Kindly advice.

  23. Hello
    M’y Name Is adam from Morocco. I was in turkey as a tourist and i stayed more than 3 months and they deport me in 2014 and i signed à paper giriş. Yasaği for 2 years
    Now im asking if it Is possible to go back there after 2years and i need à lawyer to go back there ?
    Please help me

  24. I’m due to go to turkey 29th June but I currently have a visa that runs out the 6th of July but in planning to stay from June until September all within my 90/180 days as I’ve only used 10 up in May can I buy a new visa before I leave on the 29th and they scan that one at the airport will it bring up the old visa or new overlapping one? If it brings up the old one I may have to do a trip to Rhodes for the day for a new visa

  25. Hello Sir/Mdm,

    I am currently a Malaysian exchange student in Turkey. Far Malaysian nationals, we can stay up to 3 months in Turkey without residence permit. I have overstayed over 3 months now without residence permit due to some complications. Now i would like to know how much fine i need to pay and where can i pay them. The period of my overstay is 40 days. Thank you so much and i will be awaiting for your reply.


  26. Hi there,

    I have aquestion requiring the re-entry after the permit expires. I am from Slovakia and at the moment Im having a year residence permit due middle of month june. After that i will become a touris again as i wont be extending my permit visa. My question is, that how long after my residence permit visa expires i can entry Turkey again. Is there any regulations of being back a tourist after my visa expiration or can i entry Turkey anytime again of course applying the 90 days of 180 days rule?One week after my expiration of my residance visa permit I would like to travel back to Turkey for a few days. So I would like to know what i should expect from the check points at the airport ( dont mean the check- ins about the tickes but the actuall entrance to country in the airport ).b kindly waiting for the response.
    Best regards,


  27. Hello Good Morning

    Hope you all are right

    I am from afghanistan and i overstay more than 6 month in turkey, and now i dont know how much they are going to charge me, if you please let me know how much they are going to charge for me and what i should do next

    Thanks for your nice answer in advance

  28. Dear assistant that helps.
    my 2 children have overstayed in turkey for 1 year.
    i came with them , and left them there with their mother ( syrian) that does not need a visa.

    now i have to bring them back to UK as mother is travelling europe seeking refugee status. my kids are british, i dont want to pay fine.
    as they are 16 and other 13. will they be permitted to leave turkey without paying ban just by taking a flight straight to UK.
    again dont want to pay the fines and they will travel alone

  29. Hi,

    I have been in Turkey since september 2014. I had a student resident permit my first year (sept 2014 – sep 2015).
    The second year I began the procedure at september 2015, but by jaunary 2016 they did not give me a new one. Because of last fall semester I did study. Thus, they refused to give me a new resident permit. But now I am studying my Master.

    My question is: I want to go back to my country (Rep. Congo) on next vaccation (june 2016). Will I face a re-entry ban even if I should pay the fine? If yes, how long it can be? Because I have not finished my Master yet.

    Thank you.
    I waiting for your answer.

  30. My resident permit expired for four months so I was ask to go it of the country and come back in again… Which I did but at the airport I paid a fine of 270tl which I did… When I came back, I was given a paper at the airport which was saying that I should go and make my ikamet within ten, unfortunately for me I didn’t read the paper, so I went to make my resident permit after ten days and now they are saying I will have to go out again. I will be going back to my country in June, will I be banned from turkey??? I am from nigeria and a student

  31. Hi if anyone can help me I wud be so happy I am from England and over stayed my visa by 3 months when I left turkey I did not pay a fine as I never had the money 1 was given 5 year ban and was not able to travel back I have had a baby and want to go back to see his dad and let baby be with family but I’m baned what sud I do to go back I really don’t no so far I’m waiting one year but I can’t wait 4 more I want to see my family and show my baby to his dad I traveled and paid for my flights but they just keep sending me back to the UK so what can I Don please help

  32. hi..
    iam east african. i entered Turkey with a bussiness visa in november of 2015. and now its april of 2016, 6 months later and iam still here!! i was very reluctant when it came to applying for a residence permit because i really did not like this place much in the begining, so i thought i would stay for a couple of months and ask for deportation when the time came for me to leave. at that point i did not mind a five year ban.. about two months ago i moved from istabul to izmir.i met some realy nice people and also got a really good job. now i want to apply for my residence permit.. but it seems alittle too late. i guess my question is is ıt possible for me to get a residence and work permit after over staying for three months? or do i have to return to my home country, get a new visa and come back? please help.. any one with any answers?

    • Hello Ms. Sophie,

      Thank you for your message.
      First of all, yes, you should leave the country and pay a penalty at the airport for overstayed period of time. Later you can come back to Turkey and apply for residence permit at the Immigration office. If you failed to pay the administrative fine, you can get a re-entry ban.
      Regarding work permit, it is possible to apply for work permit from your homecountry and enter to Turkey on the basis of work permit. The detailed information could be found here

      Best regards,


  33. hello

    Im from Iraq , and i have canceled my resident permit, i have overstayed in turkey for 38 days , and im planning to leave trukey not by plane , but by the Bus , so will i be banned from re-entring Turkey??

    • Hello Sir,

      Thank you for your message.
      In case if you pay a penalty at the Customs border for the overstayed days, then you won’t be banned from re-entering Turkey.

      Kind regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  34. Me and my wife made visa run from Georgia to Turkey and we were on Turkish side just 5 minutes and then went back, but Turkish officer didn’t put stamp in our Passports, we are planning to travel in Turkey soon and we found suspicious that we don’t have exiting stamp and we’ve been to Turkish embassy today, they told that we still “stay in Turkey” by their computer and they can’t help us, so “overstay” is about 7 month already, but we are not in Turkey and does anybody know what will happen when we will try to enter Turkey again?

  35. Tom

    I am leavening turkey next week I will have overstayed my tourists visa by 27 days I tried to apply for a resident permit but could get all of my paper work together in time I think that the laws might have changed on what penalty I will have to pay at the airport I’m just trying to figure out how much cash to bring and how much time to allow for at the airport does anyone know thanks

  36. ABB


    I have a small problem that I am finding hard to get my head around and was wondering if could ask some advice.

    I have an e-vise that I purchased on 2 Dec 2015 that leasts until 29 May 2016. I believed that I could stay in the country for 90days. However for coming back and forth into Turkey over about 3 months, I arrived on the 4 February and when I tried to leave on 6 March (31 days) I got stopped at customs and told that I had violated my visa by 1 day and had to pay a fine. I was so shaken up by being stopped I didn’t even think about my visa being supposedly valid for 90 days. Or is that not true? do you have to leave the country every 30 days even with a 90 day visa??

    So the plot thickens. I then left to the UK for a week and returned to Turkey on the 14 March (7 days later). I again got stopped at passport control on my way into Turkey and the police threatened to send me back to the UK. I told them I had a flight booked to leave Turkey (5 days later) and they gave me a 10 day resident permit saying that I had to apply for a resident permit in the next 10 days otherwise I would be banned from entry Turkey again.
    Is this true or do I only need to stay out of Turkey for 3 months?

    I am very confused about whether I even violated my visa in the first place or whether it did not come up on their system about my previous arrival date AND if it is even necessary to apply for a resident permit as I do not need to be in Turkey for the next 3 months?

    Thank you in advanced

  37. I will be 6 months overstay on march 23. I will exit on 22 and take an appointment to get new working visa will there be no problem for me to get a new working visa. I will work with the same employer we just forgotten the renuewal date of my working permit and i cant renue it anymore. What is the eaning of re entry ban? Is it when u pay the pine u can have the re entry?

  38. Turkey shown the country doesn’t care for foreigners, although tourism is a huge industry in the country. The former long stay ‘Blue book’ no longer available, maximum long stay is maximum one year, I’m a 90 days cathegory, when I decided stay in Turkey, on average, 6-9 months yearly, you could apply for five YEARS stay! Plus, even worse, if you get the maximim one year stay, you must be in Turkey, minimum 9 months out of twelve! Like a hostage or prisoner, if not complying, the state can withdraw your 1 year visa permit, no pay-back, and you told to leave the country, your permission canceled!

    I decided to leave this country permanently, not only they start being not-welcome to foreigners, the security is hazardous, prices rises, and the islamic religion is affecting the society more and more. Never Turkey for me again, I settled in far Asia country, where they know how to treat their guests very well.

  39. Hello everyone.
    I’ve got a little problem in hand and I would really appreciate some advice.

    My wife and I got our one-year tourist residence permits in September 2014. Later in February, we had to travel to Yemen for a month or two but ended up staying for 121 days because the the airport was bombarded and there was no way in or out till later in June when we finally made it back to Turkey. September came and we sent our papers to renew the residence permits. Then a couple of weeks ago, they called us from the ‘yabancılar şubesi’ saying that there was a problem. It turned out that staying out of Turkey was only allowed for 120 days and that I had overstayed one day more than I should have. And because of that, they asked me to leave and re-enter the country and apply for a new residence permit.

    But here’s the problem with that:
    1. Before I traveled out of Turkey in February, I paid the ‘yabancılar şubesi’ a visit to ask them exactly how long I was allowed to stay out and they said six months–not four.
    2. Returning to Yemen is not an option given how there’s a war going on there. If we go there, we might never be able to get out again–this is provided that I actually find an airline insane enough to take us to Yemen.
    3. Almost all the other countries that I might afford to go to require visas that take way too much time and money to process. Not to mention the ticket money.
    4. If we somehow managed to leave Turkey, we would have to pay a fine for overstaying. Our residence permit expired in September, and this in turn means that a fine is due for October, November, and December. And possibly even January. And since a fine has to be paid, we may not be allowed into the country for the same amount of time that we overstayed. That means, wherever we go, we need a visa to that country, tickets to go there, cash to stay alive for at least 3.5 months, and a ticket to return to Turkey–supposing that the Turks grant the visa hassle-free.
    5. We are neither rich or free enough to do all these things.

    There are a few more reasons that I can write as well, but I guess I’ve made my point.
    So please, can someone adivse what to do next?

    ~Distraught Foreigner

    • go to northern cyprus for 1 day or 2. They accept almost any nationalities visa-free

    • Slam,
      I have got to the same problem, can you explain what did you do and what happened next? How did you manage to exit and come back?

  40. MM

    Hello! I need your help, please, let me know if you’ve heard of situation like mine.
    I’m from Poland and I overstayed my IKAMET validity (9 days only), I used to work legally with worker’s visa and residence permit.

    Now I’m planning to go to Turkey as a tourist, for Polish there is still a must to have a touristic visa, and there are two options of buying it: e-visa or on-arrival at the airport. I wanted to issue e-visa and I had a problem while doing that so i called embassy and i got the information that I got a ban for entering Turkey (noone informed me while leaving country), and the only possibility for me of going there is applying for special visa (more than 4 weeks waiting). My friends who used to work with me, left Turkey at the same day, with the same validity dates of documents and they didnt have any problems with issueing e-visa and reentering Turkey. They just paid some fine at the airport police while arriving…

    My question is if it would be possible to buy on-arrival visa and enter Turkey. I’m more than sure that they will stop me at the airport but i still have hope that it will be possible to explain this situation at the airport police… Finally 9 days is not a crime. But i’m afraid as well that noone is going to talk with me because I got this ban. 🙁

    Please, helppp!

  41. Me


    I’m a Masters student from Morocco living in Turkey and my student residence permit expired 15 days ago. I’m planning to start the renewing procedure tomorow as early as possible. How deeply in trouble am I ? will I simply pay a fine or do I have to leave and come back or something ? please give me an answer back.

    Thank you so much !

  42. Meg

    My Ikamet expires Dec 10. I am leaving Turkey Dec 16 for the US. How soon can I obtain a tourist visa to return to Turkey after my departure? Thanks!

    • Thank you very much for your email.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via If you don’t find answers to your questıons in our e-book, please contact us.
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey

  43. I have overstayed my residency 2 months. Will I get a re entry ban at airport as I leave next week to England

    • Thank you very much for your email.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via If you don’t find answers to your questıons in our e-book, please contact us.
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey

  44. I have overstayed my resident permit for 1 month. i had problems when trying to renew it. can i still renew it. i do not want to leave turkey now. thanks

  45. My visa will be expired on the 21st of October but I have already applied for residence permit and I have an appointment on the 13th of Novembre. Am I supposed to pay for the days that I will stay after my visa will be expired? Will there be any probelm to get a residence permit as I am only a tourist in Turkey and not seeking business or education?
    Can you please help me and reply to my questions.
    Thanks in advance

    • Thank you very much for your email.
      You can find up-to-date information and answers on the questions regarding the immigration formalities and procedures in Turkey in our Practical Guide. The e-book can be purchased via
      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey.

  46. Ac

    Do children fall under the rule? 3yo / 1yo. Children are Canadian, their mother is Turkish.

  47. Hey,

    After my 90 days expired I made an appointment for Residence Visa which gave me an extra 3 months in Turkey until my appointment. When I went to yabancılar şube müdürlüğü in Fatih they told me I had applied with the old system and was told to apply again using the new system. I did that and now I have an extra 3 months here until my appointment in November. I was wondering can I leave the country? I had the money to show for the first appointment however the second appointment I ran out of cash and I wanna go home. When I go to the airport will there be a problem?

    Also when I pay the fine will they put some weird stamp on my passport that shows I overstayed? This may cause some problems when I want to apply for visas in the future.

    • Hello Mr. Gamal,

      Thank you very much for your message. Foreigner applicants can legally reside in Turkey with application form until the appointment date. However having an appointment does not grant any right to enter into or exit from the Turkey. Once the application is submitted on the appontment date and after having signed and stamped Residence Permit Application Document, foreigners might exit from and re-enter into Turkey within 15 days.
      If you have any other questions, please send us an email:

      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey

  48. Hi,
    I missed my appointment for renewal of my residence permit. This week I am going back home. I am overstaying for already 25 days now. I am planning to pay the penalty and wish to comeback again anytime soon. I may ask if they will impose a ban for my re entry or I can comeback anytime?

    Thanks for the heads up.

    • Hello Angie,
      Thank you very much for your message. In order to leave the country without getting re-entry ban, you should go through some procedures. For further information, you can contact us by phone 444 7 284 or email:

      Best regards,
      Expat Guide Turkey

  49. I over stayed for 1 and half years in Turkey,they charged me for 666TL and i paid i am my country i have spent 2 months in my country already and i want to go back to Turkey in few days time because i was approved of a cable visa,will i have any problem while entering??Please i need help

    • You have already paid your overstaying fine that is why there won’t be any problems while entering Turkey. You should remember to apply for residence permit within 10 days of your arrival in Turkey

    • Hey, which country are you from? I’m from Egypt and i overstayed my visa for 3 years. If your country from the same category as me i might be able to estimate my overstay fine. And if anybody here can help me get an estimate of how much it will be, i would highly appreciate it.

      This is my email.

    • What is your nationality?

  50. Ana

    I overstayed 3 days, was asked to pay over 100TL and I couldn’t pay it and they banned me for 5 years…

    Is this normal?!

    • Bob

      Wait so basically you have an option if you should pay or not. If u do not pay u may still leave but like in ur case banned for 5 years….did i get it right?

      • No immigration can stop you going back to your own country. It’s against human rights. If you don’t want to/can’t effort to pay the fine then all they can do is put a ban on your re-entrance. This can be up to 5 years. The ban period is mostly depends on the officer who is dealing with you at the time. Explaining your situation and being polite helps.

    • No! That is very harsh, unless they had some other reasons or you just bumped into a officer who is going trough midlife crisis.

  51. hello
    i need help i overstay here and i want to know if i can make permits visa or i have to back to my country im from morocco

  52. Juditu

    Hi, I am planning to overstay my tourist visa for 20 days. My country is listed in group A. Can someone tell me what to expect regarding to fines to pay during departure?

    • So, how did you stay longer than your visa date? And if so, how many days and how much did they charge u?

  53. Nicole

    Hi all im 3 months overstay in Turkey and after one month wanna go back to my country so after one month will be totally four months im overstay in Turkey I want to know how much and where I have to pay the penalty CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH THIS PLS im a first time here don’t know anything Thanks an advance

    • Hi Nicol,

      Since the new rules applied in May this year, foreigners has to pay their fine on their departure rather then arrival. If not paid then you will receive an re-entry ban. To find out about the amount of fine needs to be paid, you can call 157. Make sure you have your passport/resident permit is with you. They will ask questions about the last entry etc.. to calculate the exact amount of days you have over stayed.

      All the best,

  54. Derr


    I am currently overstaying in Turkey and I have 2 questions:

    The total amount of my stay here in Turkey on the day I will exit the country will be 183 days. This includes the legally 90 days provided. Am I overstaying for the total days minus 90 days or does it count as an 183 days overstay? (in other words, when you overstay, do they count the entire period spent within the country as overstay or only the remaining days beyond the visa limit?)

    My most important question is about the actual fine to be paid. Do you pay it at the officer’s desk when he will be stamping your passport or do you go to a different office for that? Is it possible to pay in EURO or USD instead of TL? I am asking to make sure that I will have enough time to pay the fine and make it to my flight on time.

    Thank you in advance for responses.


  55. Arthur

    Hey! A friend from Italy overstayed and the first day costed him 400TL. Then it increases but very slowly (450TL for 8 days, and about 530TL for one month). But it depends maybe on how lucky you are and who is the person that does the check-out at the border.

    He checked on official websites and said it is not very clear…

  56. sameer

    I overstayed 7 month how much I I pay fine and I am.from Pakistan and after pay fine i get deported or get ban to enter turkey ..thanks in advance

  57. kC

    i came with business visa and applied for resident permite. after paying for insurance, get my tax ,then i was denied because i booked on anksary instead of Ankara. i overstay for 5 months plus . on the departure i payed 257Tl as fine. how long will i stay to apply another visa

  58. lauren

    Hi,I came to turkey oct 13 and was 7months pregnant at the time I planed to stay a while and return before my visa ended to have my baby,I left the uk due to domestic voilence and thearts from my chilrens father and a ticket to turkey was cheap at the time,I ended up staying in turkey and having my baby it was a home birth,then due to money situation and a new born the time flew by now its dec 14 I’m wondering what the prodcedure is for me and my two children to return one has no passport or papers,and the amount of money I wil have to pay and I’m hearing now in the uk if u stay in turkey for a long time u get questioned when u land in uk if u are involved in terrorism,is this true please any replys welcome thank you

  59. sanna

    Am in violation of residence in Turkey 10/10/2013 and I want to know if I put in exclusion period for how much months ! Also Am ready to pay the fine…

    I did not know the topic of 180 days additions calculated after the end of statutory period just now through your site web ..

    In waiting your answer accept Sir/Mme my big thanks.

  60. Abayomi

    Good day

    Please i Overstayed for 2years And i want to know if i can pay the fine, then go to my home country to apply for another Visa Immediately Without Any ban to stay in my country ?

  61. jennifer baran

    I left turkey last november and had unknowingly overstayed by 5 days due to 2 different trips and not reakuse the 90 days in 180 rule. I recieved a fine which I couldnt pay at the time so I git a t year ban. How can I go back now? If I pay the fine when I arrive will that be the end of it? Thanks 🙂

    • jennifer baran

      Sorry for typos! I got a 5 year ban as I did not realise tge visa rule.

  62. becky

    My husband turkish I overstayed my visa for 5 years I had a £1500 visa fine however I payed it and got a six month visa from turkish embassy London. But it expired this year in july. So now im wondering if im able to travel on a E visa online?

  63. Student

    Im making Erasmus Staj in Turkey. Lenght is 3 months. I didnt make residence permit so how many liras i will pay exiting country? My country i
    in list A.

  64. L&M

    I overstayed by 10 months and received a 257tl fine and a 6 month ban. Worked out cheaper than paying for residency again!!

    • gemma

      I overstayed by eleven months, I was not fined on departure and this was seven years ago I have been accepted online for an evisa, will they fine me on entering

      • myla


        I has been overstayed in istanbul for 9 months. I want to get married with turkish soon. Can somebody tell me how it can be done without leaving turkey.

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