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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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


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


279 Responses

  1. Cat

    Hi I just got back from turkey I had overstayed by 10 days on my evisa due to being sick with laryngitis for a week n my apartment was broken into my £ phone n all credit cards were stolen so I was having problems funding my flight home when I went to the airport the passport officer couldn’t speak English he led me someone who could who explained to me I would pay 134 lira fine n be banned for 3 months I showed my police report but they weren’t interested I had only 30 lira in Turkish £ no bank cards as were all stolen but I had English £50 which I offered but he refused it he led me to a room wrote up a report in Turkish which I didn’t understand I was panicking as my flight only had 30 mins before takeoff so I signed it reading it I now understand that have been banned for 5 years surely this can’t be right there was an obvious communication lack between the officer and myself due to the language differences is there anyway I can fix this

    • Cat

      Sorry I forgot to say the girl at the airport who could speak englisgh said I could come back after 3 months and pat the 134 Turkish lira on entry in so confused

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Cat,

      We are very sorry for this unfortunate event. To find a solution to your problem you should check with your local Turkish Embassy. Some embassies can lift bans or give you further informations about your ban and the solutions available to lift the ban.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  2. hi, i would like to ask a question about my overstaying fee, at the same time my passport has worn out. there is no stamp that when i came to istanbul now it’s gone. but i have my new passport with me. So how i’m going to pay my fee??? i have already booked a ticket for go out and come in to istanbul again. but i’m afraid that my old passport doesnt have a stamp when i want to pay the fee

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Venus,

      You should keep both of your passport at your exit of Country. The officers should be able to tell your last entry date based on your passport number. Please be carefull about paying your fee at the exit of territory. If you do not pay your penalty you will not be able to re-enter the Turkish territory, since you will have a ban.
      Please note that at your next entry you will have to make a Residency Permit application in the 10 days following your entry.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  3. Joy

    Hi my Filipino friend was got 10 days tourist visa from Moscow its from sept 8 to sept 18 she wasn’t able to flight yesterday and now she don’t know what to do to get back to Moscow,what will be the process for inquire sir/madam.its lapse 1 day.please I need any advice.THANK YOU

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately if she had her Visa expired she will need to re-apply for a new Visa. She cannot travel to this country untill she has a Visa for it.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  4. i am a Nigerian and i arrived to Turkey Istanbul airport yesterday at the port of arrival they said my visa was fake and they cancelled my visa, please i will like to know the condition of my visa if i bound from entry turkey because i heard from the immigration saying i have been bound i will like to know how many months should i reapply or years will this bound will be off????

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Buhari,

      The authorities at the Airport should have informed you concerning the lenght of the ban or other detail concerning your ban. If you do not know anything about your ban you can check with you local Turkish Embassy to get further information about your ban and other conditions related to your re-entry to the Turkish territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  5. hello




    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Adel,

      Yes you are correct. Your Visa will not be valid since you overstayed one time already. We strongly advice you to apply for a Residency Permit if you are planning to return to Turkey.
      In the case that you stay in Turkey will not exceed 10 days, you might still be subject to a penalty and a Ban.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  6. Hello
    My ikamet expires in a week but i have to go abroad in 2 days,am i allowed to leave the country?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Abdurehim,

      You will be allowed to leave the country however you will have to apply for a new Residency Permit at your entry since your last Residency Permit will have expired.
      We advice you to first apply for an extension of Residency Permit and then leave the country since it would be easier for you to get an extension of REsidency Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  7. Hello,

    I need you advice about my situation.
    I had a work permit until 31 August. My new job forgot to apply on time for a renewal so I left the job because I was afraid of working illegally there.
    I am from France so I have the right to stay here 90 days without visa but doesn’t it work in my situation ?
    I didn’t leave the country by the end of my work permit to re entry with a touristic visa. I am confused. Am I really illegal ?
    Thank you for your help

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Marie,

      No unfortunately, Foreign Citizens whose Work Permit or Residency Permit expires cannot benefit from their Visa exemption. In your case you have to exit the Turkish territory or apply for a Residency Permit within the 10 days after the cancellation of your Work Permit.

      If you did not exit you will be considered as overstaying. In this case you can exit the Turkish territory and re-enter and then apply for a new Residency Permit. Also please note that you will have to pay a penalty at your exit of territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  8. Hi,
    i have a valid residence permit and i applied for one for my wife and my little daughter but unfortunatly they took an appointment for interview on 22nd of November which is very late for my wife as she has to go back to Egypt in one month due to family issues.
    i have two questions here please:

    1-Is is possible to make the appointment earlier? if so how can it be?

    2-if my wife and my daughter couldnot stay to the appointment and there is no possible way to make it earlier, will they pay a fine in the airport for overstaying the visa by one month? and is there visa violation office in Sabiha Airport?

    Thanks in advance,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mohamed,

      You can find the answer to your questions bellow :
      1- Unfortunately a new application at the immigration office can only be made if your Visa is still Valid. Also depending on the crowdness of the İmmigration Office you might not get an earlier date.
      2-Yes if you do not go to the appointment you will have to pay a penalty at your exit of territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Thanks A lot for your reply!

        but just for more confirmation, is there a visa violation office at Sabiha airport? or they have to go to Ataturk airport?

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mr Mohamed,

          Penalty can be paid in every custom and border of Turkey including Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  9. I will fly out of Turkey on the 17th of September
    My residency card expired on the the 9th.
    But I have a German passport and was out of Turkey from March until August. If we are looking at my Visa exemption, by leaving on 17th September, I would not have spent more than 90 days in the last 180 in Turkey.
    My question is, the immigration officials will focus on my residence permit having expired or will they acknowledge i didn’t spend more than 90 days in the last 180 ?
    Am I ok or have I broken the immigration laws ?


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Corto,

      According to the law you are allowed to stay 10 days after the expiration of your Residency Permit. In this case you should not have any problem. Also once the Work Permit or Residency Permit expires you cannot use you Visa exemption or any kind of previous visa untill the time you re-enter the turkish territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

    • Thanks A lot for your reply!

      but just for more confirmation, is there a visa violation office at Sabiha airport? or they have to go to Ataturk airport?

      • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

        Dear Mr Mohamed,

        Penalty can be paid in every custom and border of Turkey including Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

        Best Regards,
        ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  10. Sun


    I have a complicated question for you guys and would appreciate any advice.

    I overstayed my visa free period (90/180) by about 18 days this month as it turned out. I am married to a Turkish woman and my parents are both of Turkish origin, but we live in Australia, I travel on an EU passport that does not require a visa, and I do not have Turkish citizenship. We have been using Turkey as a base in between employment projects in Germany and Switzerland over the past 6 months.

    When I departed Turkey for a short trip last week I paid a fine of 615TL for the 18 day overstay. I returned to Istanbul today and was made to sign a document pledging that I would apply for a residents permit within 10 days. I then went to the office on Vatan Caddesi in Istanbul and was then told that I would not be able to leave Turkey before my residents visa application appointment in October.

    Unfortunately I have cruicial work commitments to attend in Europe next week for three days, and then my wife and I have to return to Australia at the end of September for her residency application.

    I have been informed that I am obliged to remain in Turkey until my appointment date. Should I leave Turkey, even for one day, I would not be permitted to return for at least six months.

    I enquired about applying for citizenship by descent, which is not difficult in itself but I was informed that I require apostilled paperwork from Australia, which I would have to leave Turkey to get hold of. Notwithstanding the military service obligation which still applies to me despite me having done military service in Australia, as Turkey does not recognise non-compulsory service….

    It just keeps getting better…

    I would be all fine with an entry ban for the next six months, except for the fact that my return ticket to Australia departs from Istanbul later this month. I have looked into flying into Istanbul from Germany and transiting in Istanbul Ataturk for 12 hours before taking my Australia bound flight, but this leaves a question of whether I would be allowed to check my bags in (as they might not be automatically transferred from the flight for which a separate ticket was issued. No one can answer the question as to whether the bags can be transferred at the transfer desk, or whether immigration staff will allow me to collect them and check them straight in for the next flight before returning to the transit area.

    Do you know of any loophole that might not be widely known that could help address these issues, or any transit visa category I might be able to apply for just to make my flight after coming back from Germany. I really cannot drop this commitment, as easy as some might think it should be to do…


    Sunny Jim.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Jim,

      I would like to first clarfiy the point that you should apply for Residency Permit within the 10 days allowed to you. In the case that you cannot apply for the Residency Permit during this time you will have to exit the Turkish territory before the end of this time. Also if you apply for a Residency Permit you will have to stay in turkey untill the appointment.
      In both case if you exit the Turkish territory you will get a ban of 6 month or more.

      Concerning the second part, you will not be allowed to enter the Turkish “soil”, however you will be allowed to pass as “transit” in the airport. You should not have any problem concerning this.

      Concerning loophole, the only thing you can do, is to apply for a Work Permit from abroad. With this work Permit you will be allowed to stay in turkey during the Validity of your Work Permit. For further information about the Work Permit please check our webpage concerning Work Permit in Turkey :

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  11. hello, sir am a Ugandan currently staying in Turkey. if my visa is expired, is there any chance to get a residence permit or a Kimlik? I had a two weeks visa but I have overstayed its no one and a half year, I want to go then come back. I would request for your service

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately if your Visa has expired you will be required to get a new Visa in order to apply for a Residency Permit.
      You will have to pay a penalty Fee at your exit of Country. You will be allowed to re-enter Turkey as long as you pay the penalty.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  12. I have a question. I have a Swedish passport which allowes me to stay in Turkey 90 days in a 180 days period. I just came back to Sweden after overstaying 2 days extra than i was allowed to in Turkey. 92 days in a 180 days period. When i was in the aiport in Turkey before i got on the plane to Sweden i went to some police office and paid a fine. They didnt mention at all how long i had to wait before i could enter turkey again. I tried to ask but they were not speak good english. Anyway, i want to enter Turkey again, very soon. I also plan to apply for ikamet as soon as possible. I have understand i have to be in Turkey to finish the process with Ikamet.
    I read and heard somewhere that i am allowed to go back to Turkey again now, any day, but they will stop me in passport control where i have to sign some paper saying that i have 10 days in Turkey where i have to fix Ikamet in those 10 days. Is that correct?
    Or must i wait 3 months or must i wait until i get more days in September?
    Best regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Mikaela,

      According to the 180/90 days rule you will have to wait for 3 months untill being allowed to re-enter the Turkish Territory. At your next entry of territory you will have 10 days to apply for a Residency Permit since you overstayed once.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Hello,
        My situation is very similar to the previous poster – Mikaela. I spent 76 days in Turkey before returning to the UK. I called the visa helpline in Ankara when I got back to ask about the tourist visa situation. I was given wrong information on this line – they said just to get another tourist visa. I returned to Turkey and when leaving the second time I was told I had overstayed. The second visit was 15 days – a total of 91 days. Clearly an error and not intentional. I left last time on 27 August and would like to return again in about a week from now. The Turkish government website states, entry “may” be allowed if I pledge to apply for residency with 10 days (full quote and link below).
        Would it be wise to make have the residency appointment already made before arrival to show at immigration and are there any other particular supporting documents I should take to make the passport control smoother?
        It seems there is no clear answer to whether or not I will be allowed to enter Turkey as even the government website says I “may” be…
        Thanks for any advice you can offer

        “Is it possible to give temporary flexibility about the rule of “ninety days within a hundred and eighty days” as the residence permit applications cannot be completely received by the consulates yet?
        Foreigners arriving at our border gates after completing the stay duration of 90 days within 180 days in Turkey may be allowed to enter into the country if there is not any other obstacle to the entry and if they pledge to apply to the Foreigners Department in the province where they will stay within ten (10) days to obtain a residence permit as of the date of entry. In this respect, the entry procedures will be initiated within the scope of the general provisions for the foreigners who accept the conditions stated in the standard form handed to them.”

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Sir/Madam,

          Very often Foreign Citizens Overstaying for the first time in Turkey are allowed to go out of the Country and re-enter with the condition to pay the penalty at their exit of territory.

          At the second entry the Foreign Citizens has to sign a document stating they should apply for a Residency Permit if they wish to stay more than 10 days in Turkey. If the foreign citizens overstay a second time they will get an entry ban for a period of 6 month to 5 year.

          Most of the time Foreign citizens are allowed a second entrance. They will not be allowed only if they have a criminal record or any other legal problem.

          You should not worry about not being able to re-enter it will mostly not happen.

          If you wish to get further information about our fees and services please feel free to contact us.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  13. Hello
    I had a travel ban and i had to go to ask for a visa in my country, I want to the consulate and they look like they have no idea about anything, they are extremly rude and the hanged up the phone when I am explaining my case. They sent my documents bcs i asked for a stage visa and they told me that they rejected it fro Turkey. When I asked them what was the name of the organism that rejected, she said she had no idea…I was so surprised I asked, the person who told you that the visa was rejected is from where? police? ministry? and she said she cant give this info because she does not know. At this point I do not know if they actually send my request. I do not speak turkish and I am desperate and extremely worried I need to contact someone in Turkey because I cant trust anymore the people at the embassy. Could you tell me what should I do? She did not give me any explanation why my visa got rejected I have allmy stuff in Turkey my clothe,computer and everything, my boss is waiting for me and none can help me, Do you know what kind I do? Who should I contact? the name od the organism in turkish so I can call and ask myself? please, or can you provide me with a number? It is extremely frustrating bcs I dont speak turkish and they say one thing but in the airport they told me another thing.
    Thank you and I really look forward ur answer

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Since we don’t know the reason of your ban we cannot answer your question precisely. If you wish to get further information about your application you should call the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Due to company policy we cannot provide you the number.

      You should note that depending on the kind of application your case can be transfered to other Ministries (Ex: Ministry of Internal Affairs). Depending on this you will have to contact them to get a more detailled inofmration about your case. Bans can only be lifted by the Consulate of your home country. Other Consulate cannot lift your entry ban.

      Also if your ban is the result of an overstay we can advise your employer to contact us in order to make a Work Permit application. With the Work Permit you will be allowed to re-enter Turkey without any problem.

      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  14. hello I’m an Iranian tourist who came to turkey 4years ago and i overstayed for 9 days in turkey..when I was leaving i was with my mother whom i figured out had cancer and that was the reason of my overstaying in turkey..on the way back to iran they told me to pay the fine at turkish embassey in tehran considering my mothers situation so i came back not paying the fine and when i went to the embassey they told me that the fee must be paid at the border .. here I am now wanting to enter turkey again and I checked my passport the otherday at the border and they told me I should get back when my 5years ban is over… my Question is , how can i lift this entery-ban or how can i pay this fine ? I mean I had a bad situation back then and all my moms medical report are available who died a year ago fighting cancer….can you please help me out?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Omid,

      Unfortunately you can only check your ban status through your local consulate or at the Borders. If you wish to lift the ban you must go to your local Turkish Embassy and check with them about the different procedures possible for the lift. We strongly advise you to go to your local Turkish Embassy and explain and regulate your situation with them.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  15. Sir,

    I submitted my documents for renewal of my Iqama and it’s been 2 weeks that i am waiting for it. How much time takes to renewal of Iqama approval?

    Please give your suitable advise on my question.



    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Abdul,

      The answer for your reneweal application can take up to 3 month.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Hello,
        I was a student and I took Ikamet for the first year and the other 2 years they didnt want to give me Ikamet for no reason, they asked me to leave and come back again, I left and i came back again and I took E-visa because I am Student and I still have 2 more years to finish. I have overstayed for 1 year from the day I departed from Turkey, They banned me for 2 years. Now I got accepted in another Turkish University and in a few days I am going to the Turkish consulate to get An MESRUHATLI VIZE, will they give it to me?

        I’m going back for the purpose of education, I own home and Resturant, I have no criminal record or problems in Turkey.
        I have read on the official website of the Turkish government and it says they should give MESRUHATLI VIZE for the purpose of (EDUCATION- Marriage-work)

        Will they give a visa ?

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mrs Zeina,

          IF you are a student in Turkey and you can prove it you should be able to apply for a stundent residency permit. To lift a ban you should check with your local Consulate. The procedures done by the consulate cannot be checked by any other organisation or person other than the applicant and the Turkish Government. We cannot give any information related to procedures made by consulates.
          However Consulate has the authority to lift bans put on Foreign Citizens. For further information you should contact your local Consulate.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

          • Dear Sir,
            Thank you for your reply.
            Should I apply for mesruhatli Student visa or normal Student Visa?
            while filling in the application to get an appointment in the Turkish consulate I filled in everything, when I got refused when I entered and exit Turkey and the reasons etc.

            I have an acceptance from a Turkish University in Istanbul, so what kind of papers should I apply other than my acceptance letter?

            Kind Regards.

          • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

            Dear Mrs Zeina,

            We advise you to apply for a normal student Visa since you already got a letter of acceptance from a Turkish University. As told Previously, in order to get further about the Consulate requirements you should contact them. Documents required can differ from country to country.

            Best Regards,
            ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  16. Ali


    I have a friend from Colombia had an appointment for residence permit in Turkey ..

    she couldn’t complete her application because the residence fee was 200 lira higher than she had, so the interviewer told her you can come back after the holiday (Bayram) to complete your application … she asked him , if she can go to Georgia for one week and come back

    Would be any problem?… he said no, you can just show them your residence application, and he didn’t mention even about that she has to pay a fine of overstaying at the airport ..

    She went to the airport and they asked for 650 fine of overstaying… she didn’t expect that and showed them the residence application and she hasn’t had enough money to pay the fine, and asked if she can leave and come back after one week ,they say yes you can don’t worry you can pass ..

    After all she came back to Turkish airport they cancelled her Internship Visa visa and banned for 5 years to enter Turkey..

    She came back to Georgia and went to Turkish consultant they couldn’t help her

    Now she will go back to the Turkish Embassy in Colombia ..

    Is it possible to lift the ban from there?

    Thank you in advance..

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Ali,

      The ban can be lift by the Turkish Consulate in Columbia. The problem your friend encountered is mostly due to misunderstanding. Foreign applicant does not have the right to exit the Turkish territory untill the Residency Permit application is finished.

      We strongly advise you to check again with the consulate in order to get further information.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  17. Hello
    am so happy that i found this website and am aking for help,i have been in turkey for 1year 9 months and i dont have permit
    and the kind of visa that i turkey was transit,and i was go back to my country and did not have complete money to pay my flight so some one to come to istanbul he will help me pay the flight/when i arrival he said he does not have money and heard to remain in turkey and now i have made 1 yr 9 months.and i dont want to have ban in my passport cause i want to have access to re enter turkey so i wanted to know if there is any thing i can do so,i cant get ban in my passport
    and also get stay cause i intend to remain in turkey

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I order to be able to re-enter Turkey you will have to pay a penalty at your exit of country. The penalty will be directly calculated at your exit of Country.
      Unfortunately there is no other solution for you.
      You should note that the penalty is calculated upon many factors such as your nationality and overstay time.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  18. Hello,

    first of all, thank you very much for this useful and informative webpage.

    I have obtained a 30 day visa for Turkey and am planning on overstaying 15 days.
    How much will I approx. have to pay at the airport and do I have to worry about an entry ban etc.?

    Thank you in advance!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      We cannot tell the exact amount of the penalty however it should not be more than a couple of hundreds of Turkish Lira.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  19. hello dear , i would like to ask you what kind of ban or penalty i might get as i am overstay around 22 month , i had a residence tourist visa and i couldnt renew it so i had all this period as overstay , am lost with many opinions i got as am already worry if i can travel or not! my question is how much it could be as a fine , and if i cannot pay the fine at airport can i travel or not ? am worry to be arrested at airport or something like this.
    thanks in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mike,

      If you have overstayed for 22 months in Turkey you might get a fine of more than a thousand of Turkish Lira. We cannot tell the exact ammount since it directly calculated at the customs.
      You will have to pay the fine at your exit of territory, otherwise you will note be able to get a new Visa in order to re-enter Turkey. Please note that customs only accept only in Cash and no debit Card.
      In the case you do not pay your penalty you might get an entry ban from 3 month up to 5 years. You do not have to worry you will not be put in Jail or arrested.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team,

      • I’m Swedish and overstayed 2 1/2 years before I left in December 2013. I had been to Turkey many times before that, and always kept to the 90 day rule (I don’t need a visa to enter) I paid 1363 TL at the airport for my 2.5 year overstay, and was given a 3 month ‘ban’ – same as if I had left after 90 days. Much cheaper and easier than applying for a residence permit, with health insurance and God knows what else!!

        • Sorry – that should be December 2015!

  20. Dear,
    My family got zyrait visit visa for istanbul for 15 days. Do you know how can they extend it
    Also are they allowed to start residence permit with visit visa? And will waiting for the appointment make them trouble?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Foreign Citizens coming to Turkey with a visit Visa are allowed to apply for a family residency permit. Please note that if an application for a short term touristic residency permit is made, it might get rejected.
      Waiting for the appointment will not be a problem even if their visa expire. However the application must be done BEFORE the expiration of the residency permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team,

  21. Can you please advise approx. How much the fine and admin fee cost for overstaying 1month? Also would my friend be able to use my credit card for payment with my authorisation. Thanking you in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Nicola,

      The penalty for overstaying in Turkey is calculated at the cutoms by the officers. We cannot tell the ammount you will have to pay. However the ammount you will be asked to pay should not be more than a couple of hundred of Turkish Lira.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  22. Hi,

    My tourist visa is expiring the day after tomorrow, at which time I have booked a flight out of Turkey

    However a family member now wants to visit and requested I stay a few more days with them, which means if I decide to overstay it will be 4 days

    According to your info I’m due to pay a minor fine but otherwise will be in the clear. However I cannot find any sources from the Turkish government online or here to confirm this.

    Will staying a few more days adversely affect my ability to come here for tourism in the future? Or will I be able to obtain tourist visas in the future

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Foude,

      If you overstay in Turkey for a couple of days and you pay you penalty at your exit you will be able to re-enter Turkey on a touristic Visa. However if you overstay a second time you might not be able to get a touristic Visa.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  23. Hello,

    My name is Amjad and I am a syrian sculptor. I have been in Turkey for 2 years now and I have a “kimlik”, which makes me legal here but I can’t re-enter Turkey once I leave it. The immigration office said that they could not transform it into a residency permit, that I had to leave the country (and give back my kimlik -given only once) and try to get a visa instead, from which I could potentially have more chance to get a residency permit in Turkey.

    The thing is that my wife is french, and she lives and work as a teacher in a University. I am currently expecting a french visa, that would allow me to leave Turkey and do my visa application to come back to Turkey to live with her, so a visa for family unification purpose. Are the chances to obtain it high?

    Do you have any advice or information on this matter, or another suggestion to help me also get a residency permit after this 90 days visa in Turkey?
    Also, I am working non officially in an art school as a sculptor, and I might do exhibitions soon. If the director of the school invites me for work or art fair, could it be helpful for the residency permit?

    Thank you so much for your time and answers,


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Amjad,

      If you can apply at your re-entry of the Turkish territory with a touristic Visa you will be able to apply for a family residency permit. According to the Turkish law foreign citizen wishin to apply for a family reisdnecy permit must have a valid Visa with touristic purpose. In the case that you get an invitation from an organisation or person you will get a visitor Visa which will not allow you to apply for a family residency permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  24. To Whom It May Concern,

    Six months ago when I was in Afghanistan, my family had an appointment with the immigration office about the residence permit. They went to the immigration office exactly on their appointment date, but their documents were not complete so the immigration office told them to complete their documents and revisit the stated office after a month.

    Since I was not with my family, they could not prepare the requested documents in one month and they missed their second appointment. After six months, I am in Turkey now. I want to get their residence permit. Would you please tell me what should I do?

    Your rapid reply will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Arian Kam

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Arian,

      Unfortunately if your family did not provided the required document in the time given by the immigration office they will mostly need to re-apply for a residency permit and will mostly be considered to have overstayed.

      If they have been overstaying they will need to leave the contry and re-enter with a valid touristic visa and then apply for a residency permit. Please note that since they are mostly in overtaying position, they will have to pay a penalty at their exit of territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  25. Hi,
    I have student ikamet valid until September. I will be graduating in this month and will be leaving Turkey in July. I have heard that they cancel the ikamet as soon as one graduates and its compulsory to leave Turkey within 2 weeks. My ikamet says that its valid till 17 September. I mean is it not weird, if such rules exist, that I cannot be sure when they will cancel the ikamet. Also, do they send any email or text message that you have graduated and now you have two weeks to leave? Please send any government site link where I can know about such rules.
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      According to the law related to the immigration of foreign citizen, students who grauate from Turkey have to leave the Turkish territory within 10 days of their graduation. The graduation date is the one given to the immigration office by your school. To know the exact date of your graduation you should check with your school. In other word you residency permit will not be valid until september.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  26. #comment-3716
    Is owning a house count for nothing?
    how long can i overstay in turkey? can i over stay for 2 or 3 years?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mostafa,

      You “can” overstay in Turkey for an indefinite ammount of time. However if you overstay you will have to pay a fine at your exit of country and also you might get deported.
      The fact that you own a house does affect you residency permit application, however as metionned bellow the passport is mandatory for the application.
      In order to apply for a humanitarian residence permit you should prove that your life is in danger in your home country. Bu this kind of residency is very different.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  27. hello
    i’m Egyptian and I’ve been living in turkey for 3 years now with legal short residence permit that i have been renewing every year.
    my current residence permit will expire in about 2 months so is my passport
    i tried to renew my passport but the Egyptian government refuses until i go back and serve 5 years in the army
    i’m a student in a Turkish university (sabahattin zaim) 2nd year so going back to waste 5 years of my life will destroy my future
    is there is any thing that can be done to renew my residence permit without renewing my passport?
    i own i house in turkey if this can help

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mostafa,

      Unfortunately you are required to get a valid passport if you wish to apply for a residency permit in Turkey. However to get a bette answer to your question, you should go to the immigration office and check if they can make an exception.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  28. I am a libyan national, I plan to spend the 2017 summer holiday in Turkey, i have a one year multiple tourist visa with 30 Day stay.
    i already have a return flights which makes me overstay by 11 days. meaning i will be staying 40 Days instead of 30 Days.
    Do i have to pay a fine, how much?
    Although i have a multiple entry visa, Do i have to obtain a new visa because I overstayed?
    Many thanks in advance!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Fatimah,

      Yes you will have to pay a fine since you will be overstaying. You should pay the fine at your exit of country. Also you will have to apply and get a new visa in order to enter the Turkish territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  29. Hello!
    I came to turkey on 31st December 2016, I applied to residence by march, 27th and had my interview 2 weeks later.

    Today, 12/06/2017, still i didn’t get my residence permit yet.

    The issue is that :
    – I applied for 3 months residence only and not a full year
    – Why 3 months only ? because my passport is valid only until August 2017!! so I need to go back to my country to renew it!!

    What I can do is this case? when shall I book my flight ? do I need to get any document from any Turkish administration to travel without future ban.. ? Will I pay any penalties at Turkish borders?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance…

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Levent,

      As i understand the immigration office provided you with a 3 month residency permit only. The residency permit will be issued to you according to the expiration date of your passport, they will give it the most at 2 month until the expiration of the passport. In order to get a new residency permit you will have to extend your passport.

      If you had a residency permit of 3 month from the 27th of March, it should expire the 27th of June. However we cannot confirm the expiratiıon date exactly. The officer should have told you at your appointment.

      In this case you have to get a new passport and then apply for a new residency permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  30. I have a question regarding the 90/180 rule. I have been traveling back and forth Turkey since October 2015 and I understood (probably wrongly) that I should start calculate the 180 days from the very first time I entered the country. By doing so, I never had any problem and I never overstayed in the country. Now I am facing the problem and using a calculator online I realised that my overstaying is starting tomorrow. Is the 180 days calculation renewing itself every year?
    I came first time in Turkey in October 2015 and I always calculated 180 days by having the renewing time in October and April. I was wrong. So now, I can leave the country in the next days, pay the fee for the days I overstayed but my 180 days allowance will end on the 28th of June. That means I cannot come back here until that date? Or for the fact that I leave the country and I pay the fee I can come back the day after?

    I am a self employed and I am trying to find a way to live here. Any way I can get a residence permit? I would attend also a Turkish course if possible and helps.

    Thank you very much for your help

    • Dear Ms. Valentina,

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      In order to start new 180 days period of time, foreigner should leave the country and enter on basis of new issued e-visa. If your visa is already expired, you should leave the country and pay the administrative fine at the airport on your departure day. By getting new evisa you may come back to Turkey and apply for residence permit, which allows you to leave the country and come back at any time.
      Our company may assist you with the residence pemrit application procedure. İf you are interested in our service, please feel free free to contact us by 444 7 284
      Best regards,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  31. Sam

    Hello, my student resident permit expires on 2nd of June but because of exams at University I have to overstay and return about 8 days later. When I return and I firstly have Turkish domestic flight then international flight, where I need to pay the fine?

    • Dear Sam,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The administrative fıne will be paid at the Customs at international flight.

  32. I want to know how much is the fine for overstaying in Turkey?
    I overstayed here around 10 months! I am in short of money now, so I should know how much I should pay in border. because I dont want to be deported and get 5 years ban. So need to know almost exact fine amount . is it more than 1000 TL? (nationality . Iranian)

  33. I stayed in turkey 8 month with one month electronic visa
    And i paid 480 tl fine for overstaying
    Last month i went to sabiha gokçen airport and they said to me: you are banned from entring turkey
    My code is ç 141
    What is that how can i enter to turkey
    Please help me

    • Dear Jan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Did the officer at Customs informed the banned period of time? The only way to come to Turkey is to wait while the ban will be removed or get new visa from the Turkish Consulate in your hoemcountry.

      Best regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  34. I overstayed 37 days while being in Turkey. I always stayed less than 90 days on one single entry, but in the last 6 months I passed the 90 day limit (although this is not stated like that on the eVisa-website, and I was not aware of this rule). On exiting the country last week I had to pay 145 TL due to this overstay. I would like to fly back in a few days and then apply for a residence permit.
    Do you know if they would let me back in? I can show that I have paid the fine and I also got a new eVisa. The Turkish consulate told me I should re-apply for a visum through them, which will take one month (!). I really need to fly back as soon as possible.
    What’s the best I can do? Should I fly back and hope for re-entry?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      If you paid your penalty at your exit of territory and you were able to get a new e-Visa you should be able to enter the Turkish territory without any problem if you don’t have any entry ban.
      To check if you have an entry ban you should check with your local Turkish Consulate. In this case you will have to apply for a Visa from the consulate.

      Our advice would be to first check with your local Turkish Consulate and then if don’t have a ban apply for an e-Visa.

      Best regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Hello my residence permit will expire the 1st of July bit my flight ticket to turn back to my country is on the 7th of July will I have to pay for overstaying?
        Thank you

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Sir/Madam,

          Yes you will have to pay a small penalty at your exit of territory.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

          • Do you know how much I will have to pay for 6days of overstaying

          • Hello,

            The fee is calculated at the Customs on the departure day in airport. İt will not exceed 250 TL.


  35. Hi

    My tourist visa ended on April 11th, 2017. Now i am taking care my resident permit and just got a randevu on May 9th and now i am on process to finish all for the resident permit because the officer give me time 1 month after the randevu date. My question is on June 22nd i got to go back to my country (i need to join the graduation ceremony in my university), but i wonder when i pass the passport control gate will i pay for the overstay penalty or i just show to the officer that i already take care my resident permit (even it might be not yet done and still randevu)?
    And also if i already pay for the resident permit before i fly back to my country, when i come back again to turkey should i apply again a resident permit? What kind of visa i made for me to come back again to turkey? Will i get banned to re-entering turkey?

    I hope there will be answers for my questions.
    Thank you so much.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Tania,

      Our suggestions will be to complete missign documents before the deadline and get a temporary residence permit paper which allows you to leave the country for 15 days. İn case if you leave the country before submitting missing documents to the immigration office, in this case you should pay the administrative fine and leave the country, get a new touristic visa to Turkey and re apply for residence permit again.
      The decision of banning your entrence will be taken by Customs on your departure day. You can ask the Customs officer on your leaving day

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Hi
        Thank you for the answers

        I want to ask again
        What does it mean by get a paper for a temporary residence permit which allows me to leave the country for 15 days?
        Does it mean i only got 15 days to stay in my country before i back again to turkey?
        Or does it mean i got a 15 days in turkey before i have to go back to my country?
        Anyway for the ban subject, to get to know i banned or not does it only depends on the custom officer in turkish airport? Or i will get informed if i am banned from visa system when i apply visa again from my country?

        Thanks again for the help

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mrs Tania,

          The 15 days document mean that you can stay 15 days outside of Turkey. If you pass this period of time your residence permit might get cancelled.

          If you get a ban you should be warned by the officer at the Airport. You can aslo check if you have an entry ban at your local Turkish consulate.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

          • Hi
            Thanks again for the answers

            Actually my residence permit is on process now, i only have to add sigorta and go to noter to make a statement letter that i live here with my fiance. But my flight to back to my country is on 22 June.
            Is it possible for me to finish my residence permit before my flight?
            And if my residence permit already finish before 22 June, will i easily and free go inside-outside turkey without visa (because maybe i got a turkish identity card or something from residence permit)?

            Thank you

          • Dear Tania,

            If you complete all missing documents before your flight, in this case the officer of İmmigration office will provide you with the temporary residence permit, which allows you to stay outside of Turkey for 15 days. İf you dont prepare missing documents untill the flight, you should pay the administrative fine at the airport. After getting a new visa, you may come back to Turkey.

            Thank you,
            ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  36. My residency permit runs out today but i leave to go back to my home country in 9 days, as this is within 10 days and Im leaving will I get fined? Also I plan to come back on e visa and will likely apply for new residence permit will there be a problem?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Jane,

      If you have overstayed or you wil be overstaying in turkey you will have to pay a penalty at your exit of territory.

      If you are planning to come back to Turkey you will have to pay the penalty in order to be able to re-apply for a Visa. If you don’t pay the penalty you will not be able to get a new visa at your next entry of territory. Also you might be asked to apply for a residency permit within 10 days at your next entry of territory if you have overstayed one time in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  37. im ahmed from egypt
    i visited turkey last year and i have been there for 57 days but my visa was for 30 days only as visit type , in airport i was so late and i traveled without paying fine 90 tl , i applied for new visa last feb and i got it normally , i went there but at ataturk airport they told me u have ban , u should go bk to cairo and apply again for SPECIAL not normal visa to remove ban then u can come back again , i applied quickly and i didn’t prepare my papers well , so after 1 month i got that i’m rejected ,
    so now what can i do ,
    it so deep humanity situation bcz i have long love story with my turkish girlfriend and we have to live together and start our life
    i need to know solution also how can i know duration of ban , ONLY 27 DAYS overstaying

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Ahmed,

      In order to get further information about your ban you should check with your local consulate. Since you have a temporary ban we cannot do anything you must check with the possible solution with your local consulate.

      You also check if your girlfriend can send you a letter of invitation for you. This might also be a solution for you but as told you above you should first check with your local consulate.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  38. Cj

    I arrived in Turkey on March 2, 2017 and my flight departure back to the United States (I am American) is on June 15th, how much would i have to pay in fines to leave the country without a ban? Also, is there a way i can extend my visa duration to cover the additional 15 days i will be in the country?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      You cannot extend your Visa duration once you are in Turkey. In order to be able to stay longer in Turkey you must apply for a Residency Permit. Also we cannot tell anything concerning the penalty you will have to pay at your exit since they are directly calculated at the customs. However it should not be more than a couple of hundreds of Turkish Liras.

      Best REgards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  39. Hello.
    I have a certain issue and i am looking for some help.
    I am currently in Turkey for 3 years and my visa has been expired for more then 2 years. I am planning on taking care of everything ofc now seeing i wanna stay here normally with my Turkish girlfriend
    The issue i am having currently is that my house owner started creating problems and he wants to kick me out even though i have a contract signed under my own name. The issue being there is water coming in everywhere and i don’t wanna pay rent ( or at least a normal discount ) until this issue is resolved bu the home owner. I am thinking of going to the police because they are threatening to change the locks and throw everything on the street along with my 2 cats and resolve this issue as it might otherwise get out of hand and also speak to a lawyer.
    My question then is what will happen if they find out i overstayed my visa? Will they do anything or just give me a warning like you mentioned to someone before me? Saying the police will only hand out a warning?

    Hoping you are able to answer this question soon seeing i only have 3 days left before they are planning to throw me out even though i have my rights with a contract.

    Greets Simon

  40. hello i wrote before about my issue that i was give a 7 days visa to turkey and on the six day i have to come back to my country i don’t understand why i was giving 7 days but all i need now is to go back to turkey can i still use the visa or how can i get a E-visa for my self i will love to go back.

  41. I have been to turkey on a tourist visa but i was giving 7 days i don’t understand so on the six day i have to go back to my country how can i go back to turkey because i will like to go back and get a work permit. please help me out on this.

  42. I am American and my husband is Syrian. We had known each other for a few years and decided to meet in Istanbul in August 2013 and get married.
    My husband has been living there ever since while we wait for his US visa to be approved and my disabled daughter and i have been to Istanbul to spend time with him five times already.
    We have been renting a home in my husband’s name for the past two years and the rental agency was going to add my name to the lease when i returned this time.
    We have been working as independent journalists since 2015 and my daughter and i also have a monthly income from the US that only requires us being in the US for an in person assessment every six months so we were coming back to Turkey for 5 months this time and i was going to apply for a residency permit for both of us soon after arriving.
    My husband spoke to an insurance agency about obtaining the required health insurance for my daughter and i and they were just waiting for us to bring in our passports and sign the paperwork.
    We also have had two Turkish bank accounts since 2013, I was bringing our Turkish marriage license and proof of income showing we are able to support ourselves while there. I even printed out a form from the my local State Police stating i have no criminal record in the US.
    I had read on the official Turkish website that families of those living in Turkey under Protected Status as my Syrian husband is qualify for residency permits as well.
    We though we had all our bases covered but the airline agent at the airport here in the US would not let my daughter and i board the flight to Turkey because she said our stay was too long.
    I was under the impression that i could apply for residency as soon as i arrived and that the fact that our return to the US exceeded the initial 90 day entrance visa did not matter as long as we obtained a residency permit.
    Am i wrong or was she wrong in preventing us from taking the flight?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Ruhtanne,

      As i understand from your comment you were not allowed to board a flight to turkey because you hadn’t a residency permit, am i correct ?

      According to the Turkish Visa Law if you enter Turkey with an e-Visa you can stay in Turkey for at most 90 days in a 180 day period. this mean that you have to stay outside of Turkey for 90 days during this 180 day period. For example if you had an e-Visa and you enter Turkey in January you can stay in Turkey until April and then you must exit the Turkish territory. You will have to wait 90 days abroad in order to be allowed to re-enter Turkey. the days on the e-visa doesn’t have to be consecutive. This mean you can stay 1 month in Turkey and go abroad and you will still be able to re-enter Turkey for 60 days. This might be the reason you were not allowed to board the flight.

      Concerning the residency permit, you are allowed to apply for the Turkish residency permit as long as you enter Turkey legally. You not have any problem at your next enter of territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  43. Hi, my wife & son’s one-year ikamets expired on April 10.
    We will fly to England on April 17 & return on April 23. We will pay the fine before passport control.
    We will only stay in Turkey 2.5 months after our return.
    Can I obtain 3-month e-visas (& print) before our departure?
    Thanks for your help!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kevin,

      You might be able to get an e-Visa for your wife and son. You have 10 days to exit the country after the expiration date and this mostly will not be any problem for you or your family. However you should note that the officers at the customs might ask you to pay the penalty.
      You cannot get an e-visa during your Stay in Turkey, you will be able to apply for the e-Visa once you exited the Turkish territory. Also you should note that the at your net entry of territory the officers at the custom might ask you to apply for a residency permit within the 10 days of your enter.

      Best regards,
      ExpatguideTurkey Team

  44. hi.
    I have been studying in Turkey for the last 4 years with a valid resident permit but it will expire 1 months before my graduation , so
    I when to ask for an extension of my Ikamet they asked me to either leave the country and come back for a new visa or stay until my
    graduation and pays penalty when I will be leaving.

    my question is in the period I will be overstaying in turkey without valid ikamet (resident permit) is my bank account will be shout down? will I have any problem graduating? I mean getting my diploma? or any kind of trouble?

    thank you.
    my regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Henry,

      If your residency permit hasn’t expire yet you should be able to apply for an extension. However if you are considered overstaying you will have to re-enter the Turkish territory in order to apply for a new residency permit.

      In the case you are overstaying your bank account will not be closed. However your graduation process will be handle by your school, and in order to get more detailled information about this subject you should check with your school management and explain them your case.

      The only main trouble you will have for overstaying is you will have to pay for a penalty at your exit of territory and it is mandatory in order to be able to re-apply for a new residency permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  45. good day…
    can i leave t-Turkey without my residence permit? actuall i lost my ikamet and i have to travel soon (mostly i wont come back) and my ikamet is valid till the end of 2017… now i just want to fınd out ıf can leave the contry without it

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      If you lost your ikamet card you should go to the nearest immigration office and apply for a new card stating you lost your previous one. It might be problematic at your exit of territory, officers might require to you to show your card. The immigration office can provide you with a document showing the informations on your ikamet card and a prrof that you have a residency permit. We cannot state clearly if you can or cannot leave Turkey without your residency card since it depend on the officer checkin your informations at the customs.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  46. Hello dear sir or madam.
    I am an American and I have a clothing business so I go to Istanbul almost every month.
    So a month ago when I was leaving turkey the immigration said that I have over stayed for 15 days so I paid the panilty and I asked them if there wouldn’t be any problem for my next trip coming back , they said no you are fine.
    So after a month I came back to Istanbul but unfortunately I did not have a empty visa pages in my passport so the officer said go to the immigration they might use your last visa. So when I gave my passport they called someone else and took me to their office and asked me that you have over stayed I said yes only 15 days and I paid the panilty. So they took me to the other office and asked me to sign some papers I said what is it. They did not respond much so the next thing they took me next to gate and I said what’s going on they said you will be deported after maybe five minutes I was inside airplane and back to Dubai. So when I was back I went to turkish embassy to asked what’s next. After they checked my passport they said they have not find anything to stop you from going back so they could not suggest me anything. so I don’t really know what to do now cause my kids are living in istanbul and I have a bought a home there too so really don’t know what to do or where to get an exact information regarding this matter cause I don’t want to get to any other deportation or any kind a problems.

    Thank you so much if kindly let me know what to do next. Appreciated best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Basir,

      Once you have been overstaying for one time, at you second enter of territory you will have to apply for a residency permit within 10 days. Most of the time a paper is given at you at the airport stating you have to apply for a residency permit in 10 days of your enter. You case is very unfortunate and can be considered special. For more detailed information you should check with you local consulate or embassy to check if you any ban from territory. If you have any ban you have to figure out a solution with the embassy they can provide you with special Visa. Also since you already have a home in Turkey and you can provide this as a proof they will mostly find a solution. However this decision is up to the embassy or consulate.
      If you don’t have any ban then you will be able to re-enter Turkey and you will have to apply for a residency permit.
      It look like they have been a big misunderstanding in your case and the immigration office thought you overstayed for a second time.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  47. Hi, I entered turkey in sep 2016 and applied for residency. I got residency that is going to expire in 1 jul 2017. My education is also finishing within 1 july 2017. However i want remain here for 3 or 4 months as a tourist to visit and see different cities of turkey. What options availablr to be.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      You will have to apply for a new residency permit in order to stay longer in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  48. Hi!
    Thx a lot for the provided information!
    I would like to overstay my Visa for 6 or 7days. As I learned now, the only thing that’s gonna happen is that i’ll have to pay a panalty at the airport, is that correct? Nobody knows the amount right?

    Also what if police is checking my Residence Permit during my “overstay-time”?

    Is there any chance to lenghten my residence permit for this short amount of time?
    thx a lot!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr David,

      Unfortunately the extension for the Visa is not possible and the you cannot have a residency permit for a couple of day.
      If the police check you residency permit and you are overstaying the police will only warn you that you are overstaying.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  49. hello thank you very much for all your assistance . please i will like to ask for some one who overstayed with a student visa for up to 1 year. and payed his penalty when exiting , will he be banned from re entering turkey ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Tonny,

      If the foreign citizen has paid the penalty at the exit of Turkey they should be able to get a second Visa for Turkey. However at their second enter in Turkey they might be requested to apply for a Residency permit within 10 days.
      Our company can process the application for the residency permit if they enter Turkey with a valid visa.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  50. Hi

    I came to Istanbul with tourist visa to do an exam here, my allowed duration of stay is only one month ( during 3 months period) .

    Before my visa expired, I applied for short term residence permit and got appointment on May.

    Actually, I am planning to travel back to my country before this appointment date because I only need until the end of April to do some exams and go home.

    I know that I have to pay penalty in the airport if I did not reach my appointment ,

    1- how much the expected amount of this penalty ( the expected duration of over stay is around 50 days) , is it around 120 or 150 TL ??

    2- If I paid this penalty at the Air port and went home, what are the future consequences if I want to come to Turkey again in the future ?

    Thank you very much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Adnan,

      The best advice we can give is to stay until the appointment and get your residency permit and then go to your home country.

      Unfortunately we cannot calculate your penalty it will be calculated at your exit at the customs.

      If you are planning to re-enter Turkey you must pay your penalty at your exit, otherwise you will not be able to get a new Visa. If you pay the penalty you will be able to get a new Visa. However at your second enter in Turkey you might be required to apply for a residency permit, which you should apply within 10 days of your arrival.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  51. Hey dear
    First of all I would like to thank you for your help,

    I have a question please, I overstayed in Turkey for 20 days after my residence permit expired and I have to go back to my country Algeria and comeback again and my question is can I be banned to enter to Turkey again and also I am going to take some documents with me to apply for work permit from Algeria in the Turkish Embassy.

    Thank you so much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mohammed,

      As long as you pay the penalty when you exit Turkey you will be able to re-enter Turkey. However the second time you enter Turkey you might be required to apply for a residency permit within 10 days.
      If you will apply for a work permit from abroad, as long as you pay the penalty t your exit you shouldn’t have any problem.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team,

  52. Please i came to turkey 3 year ago with tourist visa and the I didn’t do residence am married with a Turkish woman now and when I was doing my family residence paper..they asked me to go my country and come back before they can give me…so am asking if I go how long will it take me to come back and is there any thing I should know please help me

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Randy,

      Since you are overstaying in Turkey the only possibility for you is to go back in your home country and get a Visa from there. You should also pay the penalty at your exit of Turkey.
      You can come back to Turkey as soon as you get a Visa. Once you get a Visa you can apply for a Residency Permit in Turkey.
      I should lso state that since you overstayed for 3 years your penalty might be expensive.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  53. hello i overstayed 11 months and they blocked me for 1 year from turkey now i asked counsolate what i may do and they gave me a process to unblock myself through invitation lettre but i dont know how many chanches i have to get it. what do u think? how can u advice me thanks a lot

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs İlaria,

      In order to get a more accurate answer concerning your case you should check with the nearest Turkish consulate to you. We cannot say anything about the possibility for you to get a Visa since these procedures are undertaken by the consulate. Our best advice for you would be to get in touch with the consulate.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  54. hello,

    Can you answear me to one quastıon please? I get married with one turkish citizen here in Turkey and I want to apply for residence permit because i have turistic visa in this momentand soon this will expire. My question is what form i should complete? family one or for short term?

    thank you very much.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Elena,

      If you are legally married with a Turkish citizen you can apply for a Family Residency Permit. This applcation would be easier and faster for you.

      Our company offer Residency Permit consultancy services. We can make the application in your name if youw wish.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  55. Hi
    I have an entry ban for 6 months 5 month of which has passed. At the same time, I got my work visa from Turkish Embassy in Tehran. Can I enter Turkey before the end of six month ban with visa in my hand?

    all the best


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Said,

      If you received the work Visa stamp on your passport in the Turkish Embassy you will be allowed to enter Turkey. Moreover, to get a more accurate answer about this subject you should check with the Turkish embassy in your home country.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  56. hello its really important my mom got 3month ban from turkey for overstaying she have a new visa from the embassy and the 3momth are passed but if thete is any way to confirm that she can enter just in case cuz they already sent her back 1 time sont want risk it she is sick and she cant do the 6hours waiting

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Victor,

      Under normal circumstances Visa are only granted when ban are lifted or any other reason of inadmissibility have ended.
      However in order to get a more accurate answer of your status you should check with the Turkish Consulate or Embassy at your home Country. You will be able to get the clearest answer and more information from there.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  57. i over stayed and i’m back in one week, the offficers gave me a paper in the airport to apply for residence permit again within 10 days , in the website of the ministry , what are the steps that i should follow ? I FOUND tow links , I LODHGEI AN APPLICATION FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE FIRST TIME or I LODGE A TRANSFER APPLICATION FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT ? which one please help ! thank you !

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      In order to apply for the residency permit you must fullfil some requirement we already listed on our website. You can find more information on our webpage concerning residence permit.
      We are assuming it is your first residency in Turkey, this is why we are advicing you to apply for a short term residency permit.

      Best Regards,

  58. hello

    i had tomer kurs residence permit which i got it from ankara. then i moved to istanbul 3 month ago. due to some issues i didnt inform that i have changed my address. what should i do? do i have to pay huge penalty? how much is it per month? is there any other consequences?

    • by the way my residence permit is still valid . i just didnt inform my address has changed

      • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

        Dear Mrs Fateme,

        Since your residency permit is still valid you won’t have any penalty to pay. According to the law, you have to inform the change of adress in the 20 days following the change of adress. Our advice would be to infor the immigration of this change in adress as it was recent.

        Best Regard,
        ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

        • Thanks for your reply. But my problem is i moved about 3 months ago. I mean 20 days is passed long time ago. 🙁 i had to inform the police long time ago and i didnt. What would be my penalty? Is there a chance of deport?

          • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

            Dear Mrs Fateme,

            We understand your case, and the best advice we can give is to inform the immigration as you moved just recently.

            Best Regards,
            ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  59. Jk

    I am a student student here in Turkey for 2yrs now. My ikamet expires on the 4th of March, I have started the application but I have not chosen a date for my interview because passport was renewed and I am suppose to receive it by mail. However, I am not sure about the arrival date. How long do I have to wait without penalty after my resident permit expires? What do I do in the eventuality?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      In the past you had 10 days after the expiration of your residency permit to re-apply. However new legislation have changed this and because of these changes you have to apply before the expiration of you current residency permit. Our advice would be to go to the immigration office and check with them what you can do about your case.
      We advice you to do it urgently to not be in an overstayed status.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  60. am a Kenyan working in turkey my question is how long can i stay in turkey after my working visa is cancelled?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Heisen,

      Before the 23 January of 2017 foreign citizen whose work permit expire or is cancelled were allowed to apply for a residency permit in the next 10 days of the cancelation or the expiration of there work permit. Howver, since the 23 of january 2017 the immigration put in force a new regulation stating that foreign citizen whose work permit were cancelled or expired after this date were not allowed to apply for a residency permit. Also you are allowed to leave Turkey in the next 10 days of the expiration or cancellation of your work permit without having to pay any penalty.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  61. Hi please i need your help i came to turkey with a student visa but i came late to my school . so my school said they can not give me a student certificate now for my residence permit , that i have to wait till May when they will be having their next intake and then i have to reapply . but i need a residence permit that can cover me till that May . i applied to tomer program so i can use their document to obtain a residence permit . but they rejected it . i have also gone there with my university acceptance latter but they also rejected it .
    i am a little bit confused on what to do because my appointment date have passed . should i wait till that May and then reapply. and if i do that what will be my overstay penalty. please what will you advice me to do ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      If your Visa has expired and you didn’t went to the appointment, unfortunately you will be considered to have overstayed from the last day of your Visa. You will have to pay a penalty at the customs. This penalty is defined by officer at the custom.
      In your case you should have applied for a short term toursitic Visa to be able to stay in Turkey an then re-apply for a Student Visa. Unfortunately, since you are considered overstaying in Turkey right now you can’t apply for any residency permit, you will be allowed to do it only when you re-enter Turkey legally.

      We trully hope you will find a solution.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  62. Hi. I was searching about long overstays in Turkey and came across this page. I read where the expat team made the following comment…..’As i understand, you overstayed 2 time in Turkey and both time you paid the penalty at your exit.
    Unfortunately, in most case, after the second overstay Visa isn’t given to foreigners.’ posted as a reply on Feb 16, 2017…..
    ı am super curious as to where that info came from.. I have read tons of ages and never seen anything like that written. I looked on another page and asked about a long overstay of 19 months and was told that I would get a huge fine and a ban but bans are 5 years unless you have made some huge problems while in Turkey.

    Can you please tell us where the ‘Unfortunately, in most case, after the second overstay Visa isn’t given to foreigners.’ info is from? This can help many people and maybe not scare the daylights out of someone.



    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Shelly,

      Since 2015, foreign nationnal overstaying in Turkey have to Pay fine in order to have the right to re-enter in Turkey. This fine is calculated according to the nationality, the dureation of the overstay and other factors. The fines are calculated at the airport or custom by police officers.

      Once the foreigner has paid its at the Customes in airport he is allowed to enter back to Turkey but with the condition of making a residence permit application within first 10 days. İn case if the foreigner doesnt make a residence permit application within these 10 days and again overstayed his visa, on the leaving day he will be agained fined and also banned to re-enter to Turkey for certain period of time.

      All of the informations on this website given by our team are reliable. These informations are based on the legal procedure as well as our personnal experience. Sometime the law isn’t specific enough to explain how it will be applied thus make the application of law ambigious. These ambiguity and new rules might be applied by specifical Governmental Institution which won’t be published in official statements but can only be experienced. I hope this clarify your questions.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  63. I have just one day overstay in Turkey. what would like to know how much i am going to pay?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mohamed,

      Unfortunately we can’t tell you how much you will have to pay exactly. However you haven’t overstayed for a long period o time so you will have to pay only a very small amount of penalty.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  64. Hi.

    My name is Kabir and i am from afghanistan, i have a question and your answer will be appreciated . we entered turkey in 22 oct 2016 about 3 months ago with tourist visas which was valid for 30 days during its validity we applied to unhcr as asylum and we moved to a province which unhcr told us , here we got our foreign kimilik which is issued from valilik of this province. now my parents want to apply for ikamet to stay anywhere they want to stay in turkey . now my question is that will turkey gov will issue ikamet for them although their visas are expired and they are overstayed more than 3 months ? ( in this period they had a residence permit which is foreign kimilik ) thanks in advance for the answer 🙂

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kabir,

      As i understand you are legally staying in Turkey with a internationnal protection residency, however your parents applied for a touristic residency permit.
      According to the law to get a residency permit in Turkey Foreigners must have a legal residency in Turkey, this mean at least a Visa first. If your parents has overstayed in Turkey nothing can be done for them, they must first exist and re-enter Turkey to apply for a residency permit.
      Since we didn’t understand exactly the kind of residency your parents got (Foreign Kimlik ?), we would like you to send us the photo of these kimlik so we can answer your inquiry more accuratly, and give you the best answer possible for your case.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Dear Sir/madam

        Thanks a lot for the reply. this foreign kimilik is a temporary residency card which is issued from the valilik of this province. and it is a legal residency card. I could not attached the photo of it and i could not find any email through which i can send you its photo. kindly let me know how to send you the photo of it.

        • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Mr Kabir,

          You can send your documents to the mail :
          We hope to be able to provide you help.

          Best regards,
          Expat Guide Turkey Team.

          • Hi,

            Thanks a lot for the response , I sent the photo through email to the address you mentioned above and waiting for the reply.

  65. hello , i’m from egypt and i visited turkey last summer as visit visa , i stayed overstaying for 27 days , police in sabiha airport told me ” u have tp pay 90 tl now or u can pay ot when u get visa and come again ” , i agreed to pay when i will come again ,
    i applied for second visa last month and i got it i didn’t tell them that i overstaying without paying , and they give me normal visa i traveled there and in ataturk airport they told me ” u have ban ” , and i traveled bk to egypt ,
    note : i went to embassy to asked them to remove this ban they told me apply for new visa and write paper to embassy that asked to remove this ban

    my question : what the suitable step to take visa and remove ban ?

    • Hi Ahmed Ali,
      What kind of visa did you apply the second time? And how long was the ban?


  66. Dear sir or madam,

    My duration of stay in turkey is 90 days I become overstay 21 days and on departure I paid penalty on my re-enter police give me a letter to sign that I should apply in 10 days for residence permit but I could not and after 20 days on my second departure I paid penalty again, can I re-enter to turkey to get another 10 days to applying for residence permit,

    kind regards


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mustafa,

      As i understand, you overstayed 2 time in Turkey and both time you paid the penalty at your exit.
      Unfortunately, in most case, after the second overstay Visa isn’t given to foreigners. To get more information about your case you should go to the turkish Consulat in Egypt, and ask there for a Visa, not an e-Visa. If the consulat provide you with a Visa, then once you re-enter Turkey you will be able to apply for a residency permit. If you can’t get the Visa from the Consulat, you won’t be able to enter Turkey and thus won’t be able to apply for a residency permit.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  67. Hello,
    first of all thanks for this valuable website,

    I have already valid visa and on my departure I become overstay I paid the penalty, on my re-enter police give me a letter for 10 days and I could not apply for residence permit in these days, on my departure I paid penalty again and now I don not know can I re-enter again to get another 10 days with this visa to apply for residence permit or not.

    kind regards,


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Osman,

      As i understand, you overstayed 2 time in Turkey and both time you paid the penalty at your exit.
      Unfortunately, in most case, after the second overstay Visa isn’t given to foreigners. To get more information about your case you should go to the turkish Consulat in Egypt, and ask there for a Visa, not an e-Visa. If the consulat provide you with a Visa, then once you re-enter Turkey you will be able to apply for a residency permit. If you can’t get the Visa from the Consulat, you won’t be able to enter Turkey and thus won’t be able to apply for a residency permit.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  68. Dear sir or madam

    I become overstay and on departure I paid penalty on my re-enter to turkey the police give me a letter for 10 days but I could not apply for ikamat and on my departure I paid again penalty now I don not know that can I re-enter to turkey to get 10 days for apply ikamat or not please help me I appreciate a lot.

    best regards


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mustafa,

      As i understand, you overstayed 2 time in Turkey and both time you paid the penalty at your exit.
      Unfortunately, in most case, after the second overstay Visa isn’t given to foreigners. To get more information about your case you should go to the turkish Consulat in Egypt, and ask there for a Visa, not an e-Visa. If the consulat provide you with a Visa, then once you re-enter Turkey you will be able to apply for a residency permit. If you can’t get the Visa from the Consulat, you won’t be able to enter Turkey and thus won’t be able to apply for a residency permit.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  69. Ikamet expired – returning with new e-visa?

    My 6 month Ikamet expired in December, and I applied for a 2 year renewal in Mersin. Because I will not live in Mersin now, I would like to cancel my application, leave Turkey for a day, and return with a new e-visa, then re-apply in Ankara where I will live. I have one question:

    1-Can I pay a fine, leave Turkey and return the next day with an e-visa?

    I’m afraid they will tell me to stay outside for 90 days.

    Thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Jonathan,

      To answer your question, yes you can pay your fine and re-enter in Turkey but this can be a problem in some cases.
      As if you don’t got to the appointment you will be considered to have overstayed from the last day you stayed legally in Turkey. You should consider this point. For this you should first cancel your application and then, as you said, get abroad and re-enter with a Visa in Turkey and apply for a Residency Permit in Ankara.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  70. hi I’m an Iranian tourist who went to turkey on 29.11.2012 and returned to iran on 8.03.2013 wich will equal to 99 days of staying in turkey.when i was returning to iran by train in iran turkey border , they told me to pay a fine the next time i intended to enter turkey….I wanted to know the penalties and consequences of this 9 days of overstaying for me..I want to travel to turkey a few months from now that will be 4 years and 7 months since last i left turkey..would you please help me with this? pleaseee

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Ashkan,

      The penalty fine MUST be paid when you get abroad of Turkey. If you haven’t paid the fine you might be forbidden to enter the Turkish Territory for a temporary time. The lenght of this ban depend on the time of overstay and other factors and will be told you at the custom.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  71. Hi ExpatGuideTurkey team,

    thank you for all the useful information.

    I am right now in the situation that I entered Turkey in the beginning of September with a tourist visa, applied for a residence permit that is valid from 01.10.2016 until 01.02.2017 and left in the middle of January. I am planning to visit friends around mid-end of February and I am now not sure if I can enter again, since I don’t know if the days of the residence permit count as visa days and therefore I don’t have any of my 90 days of tourist visa left (and would overstay though).

    If you have any information/clue about this, I would be grateful if you could help me out on this.

    Best Regards,

    • Dear Nicky,

      As I understood you were staying in Turkey on residence permit and left the country when your residency was valid yet. As your residence permit has already been expired you can come back to Turkey on the basis of evisa and stay here for 90 days within 180 days.

      Thank you and kidn regards,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

    • Hı dear, I overstay in turkey and on departure i paid the penalty after two month I ‘re enter and police give me a letter that I should apply for residents permit in 10 days but I couldn’t and again on my departure I paid the penalty please let me know can I can give the letter for 10 days to apply for residents permit bcz I have one year valid visa multiple

      • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

        Dear Sir/Madam,

        If you didn’t applied for a residency permit the second time you might be banned from entering Turkey for a certain amount of time. In order to get a more accurate answer for your cvase you should check with the nearest consulate to you.
        In most case the second time you enter Turkey you have 10 days to apply for the residency permit, if you fail to this you cannot get a third Visa. However as i told you it is better for you to get in touch with the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy to you in order to get more accurate information about your case.

        Best Regards,
        ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  72. Hi, I am Hakimah, student from Malaysia. I am joining student exchange programme in Turkey for almost 5 months. I already applied and had my ikamet. However, it will expire on 25 Jan 2017. During that times, I already being outside from Turkey which is London and I will return back to Turkey on 26 January. In my case, will there be problem for me to enter Turkey?
    And my second question, after I return back to Turkey from London, I will stay a week in Turkey before my flight back to Malaysia. During that times, my ikamet has already expired. So, can I travel in Turkey and taking domestic flight? And if there is problem for me to exit Turkey, what can I do? Thank you in advance

    • Dear Mr. Hakimah,

      Thank you very much for your message and sorry for delayed answer.

      Once you leave Turkey and your residence permit is expired, you can come back to Turkey only on the basis of visa. You can take domestic flights in Turkey.

      Thank you,

  73. Hi, I am American and I was given a three month ban for overstaying in Turkey. I want to return as soon as possible, my three months are over soon. Can I just print a new visa and return? What do I have to do to enter the country when my ban is over?

    • Hello Amie,

      Thanks for your message.

      Once the re-entry ban will be over, you can get a new e-visa and come back to Turkey. İf you plan to stay here for more than 90 days, my suggestions will be to apply for short term residence permit.

      Thanks and best wishes,

      • Hello I wonder if you could help me? In November last year I over stayed my visa as a result and mess up with my flight. I was left with no money and unable to pay my fine and the airport and banned for 5 years. I have been told many things from being able to go to my local Turkish enbassay and pay a fine and be able to go back and then also been told I have to apply for a Turkish residency visa. I need answers please also if I have to apply does anyone have answers to how Much money I have to have in my bank account. Many thanks

  74. i wont to know what to do now because my passport has expired with my residence permit and i have overstay for 7 months..i will be going coming month..if i pay my overstay…do i have have any problem of coming to turkey

    • Dear Madam/ Sir,

      As you have overstayed for 7 months, you should pay the administrative fine on departure day in airport and come back to Turkey on the next day. (Please keep the receipt until next coming to Turkey!)

  75. Hello, I found this website very useful so I want to describe my problem.

    I entered in Turkey on 19 July 2016 with my family.

    I have a work vista until december 2018 and I have applyed for resident permit visas for the other member of the family. Two children 9-7 years old and a new bord (1 year now).

    I obtained the visa for my 9 years old son, then i went to the randevu meeting yesterday 18 january. I discovered that my wife’s meeting was cancelled and fixed on 26 december (I think because an error made by my company). So she miss the appointment. For her I took another randevu meeting on 24 march.

    The others two children was okay.

    Now. The officer told my wife to leave the country pay the penalty and come back in Turkey even the day after.

    I would like to ask:

    Is this the correct procedure?

    When my wife is out she wil be able to come back?

    The police at airport told me that she need to have the V84 form. Do you know that form?

    Please let me know because with the new born cildren the situation is now critical.

    Many thanks


    • I did this, along with my adult son. It didn’t help anything at all except we had to pay fines. Came back to Istanbul from Kos, Greece and we were in the same boat. Ours had been expired maybe only a few months. Any longer and you are in trouble. I worry about that late appointment for your wife. This happened to my son. I had made a mistake and chose “family” for the online application and appointment because I thought the appointment would be for both of us. It was not. It was only for me. I got the appointment and my permit card. We went online and got another appointment for my son several months later. When he went, they told him not possible for a resident permit card and he must leave the country and they didn’t know the penalty. They also gave him a paper that we couldn’t read. My advice is not to leave the country unless you are prepared to take the risk of not being readmitted. We got lucky. I don’t know at which point they will not let you back into the country. I know when we reentered in Bodrum, they gave us a hard time and I was worried about them letting us back in. I rent an apartment here in Istanbul and everything I own is here along with my life.

    • Dear Mr. Alberto,

      That is correct, once the visa has been expired you cannot get a new appointment date for your wife. The only way is to leave the country, pay the penalty and come back on the basis of new visa. Once she enter back to Turkey, she should apply for residence permit within 10 days.


  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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.



    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear William,

      We appologise fo the late reply.
      To answer your question :
      1- You will pay the fine at the customs, in Istanbul, when you are living the country.
      2-We don’t think you will get a ban if you pay your penalty.
      3-The 90/180 day rule might result in problems to get a Visa, but since we don’t know exactly your time spent in Turkey we can’t answer this quaetion accuratly.
      4-There is no actual document you can sign at the Airport stating you will get back for residency permit in Turkey. Residency Permit are the subjet of immigration offices only.

      Best Regard,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  79. 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

  80. 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.

      • Good day sir please I will want to ask a few questions I enter into turkey with transit and I apply for the resident permit only for me to be told I can not apply with a transit visa on the day of my appointment and I was given 10days to leave the country and I left in the 7 day on my way out I was given a fine to pay and I did I want to return February ending back to turkey I do not know if they will give me a ban after paying the fine they just stamp me out help me with answer

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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,


  84. 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

  85. 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

  86. 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 🙂

  87. 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,

  88. 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?

  89. 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.


  90. 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?

  91. 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,

  92. 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

  93. 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 …

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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.

  98. 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

  99. 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

  100. 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.


  101. 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,


  102. 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

  103. 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

  104. 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.

  105. 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

  106. 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

  107. 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,


  108. 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

  109. 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?

  110. 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

  111. 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

  112. 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?

  113. 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.

  114. 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?

  115. 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!

  116. 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 !

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. 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.

  121. Ac

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

  122. 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

  123. 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

  124. 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?

  125. 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.

  126. 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

  127. 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?

  128. 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,

  129. 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.


  130. 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…

  131. 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

  132. 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

  133. 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

  134. 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.

  135. 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 ?

  136. 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.

  137. 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?

  138. 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.

  139. 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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