The consequences of overstaying in Turkey

Update : 03.09.2015 Overstaying in Turkey might occur in three possible ways; A foreign national, might overstay a visa; or might breach the 90 in 180 days rule during his/her stay in Turkey, or might continue to stay in Turkey without renewing his/her residence permit after its expiry period.

90 in any 180 Days Rule In compliance with the Decision of the Council of Ministers dated 10.10.2011, No: 2011/2306, starting from 01 February 2012, total duration of stay of foreigners who visit Turkey as tourists cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. Foreigners, who are intending to stay in Turkey longer than mentioned period (90 days in 180 days period), are required to apply for residence permit.

An overstayer, in all mentioned circumstances, will be subject to administrative fine and as well as might be barred to re-enter Turkey lawfully for a fixed term.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

In case of overstaying tourist visa (or breaching 90/180 days rule)  or exceeding validity period of residence permit, foreigners will be subject to administrative fines.   According to Law on Duties no: 492 section 6, failing to apply for residence permit or failing to renew the existing one, does not prevent collection of the fees for overstayed period. Administrative fine may vary according to the nationality of the foreigner. This fee is calculated on the basis of double amount of existing permit fee charges. In addition to the permit fees, if applicable, administrative fine may include residence permit card fee  and single entry visa fee.  (For details permit fees page.)

LIST A LIST B LIST C LIST D LIST E
2015 RESIDENCE PERMIT FEES OTHER COUNTRIES Albania

Philippines

Israel

Japan

Cambodia

Macedonia

Mali

Oman

Tajikistan

Belgium

Belarus

Algeria

Spain

Kuwait

Jordan

Luxemb.

Malta

Singapore

Taiwan

Ethiopia

South Korea

Hong Kong

Micronesia

Russia

Morocco

Ivory Coast

Iraq

Montenegro

Egypt

Tunisia

Serbia

Fiji

Norway

Chile

K. Marino

DAILY FEES 1  $ 0.5 $ 0.4 $ 0.3 $ 0.2 $ 13,30 TL
MINIMUM  MAXIMUM 10-25 $ 5-14 $ 4-9 $ 3-7 $ 2-5 $ 24,80-126,70 TL
FIRST MONTH 25 $ 14 $ 9 $ 7 $ 5 $ 126,70 TL
REMAINING MONTHS 5 $ 3.5 $ 2.5 $ 1.5 $ 0.5 $ 84,20TL

RE – ENTRY BAN FOR OVERSTAYING IN TURKEY

An entry ban is imposed to the foreign nationals who are staying in Turkey illegally when they don’t have valid visa or a valid residence permit.

In case of an overstay of less than 10 days, no entry ban will be imposed.  Moreover “entry ban order will not be issued against the foreigners who exceed the duration of visa, visa exemption or residence permit for more than ten days and arrive at the border gates to exit before a removal decision is taken against them. However, the foreigners who violate the mentioned durations of visa, visa exemption, work permit or residence permit will pay a fine.” (For more information you may consult to the  Ministry of Interior Directorate General  of Migraion Management –Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigners.)

The Length of ban is approximately corresponds to the length of overstayed period.  Notification about the entry ban period and the administrative fine is issued at the border gates.  In case of failing to pay imposed administrative fine, a foreign national might be barred to enter Turkey for five years period.

Maximum duration of an entry ban to Turkey is five years. “The entry ban to Turkey for foreigners whose visa or residence permit has expired and who has applied to the governorates to exit from Turkey before their situation is established by the competent authorities upon which a removal decision has been taken, shall not exceed one year.” (Art.9/4  Law no 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection)

Entry ban might be lifted in case the overstayed person applies to the Turkish missions abroad for the relevant type of visa. Applications are forwarded to the Turkish Ministry of Interior for approval and the visa can be issued upon the affirmative instructions of the Ministry.

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RELATED LEGISLATION

  • For Entry Ban, you may consult to Articles 9 and 10, for new deportation rules you may consult to the second part (section 4) of the Law no.6458.
  • For the interpretation of the Law no.6458,you may consult to the official page of Directorate General of the Migration Management. Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigner

 

930 Comments

  • Jay

    Hello,

    Firstly, thank you for making all this information available — it’s really helpful.

    My wife and I arrived in Turkey on tourist visas in March and applied for Short Term Touristic Ikamets. Because of extended processing times due to COVID, our Visas are now 3 months expired, and we’ve just learned we will need to provide a notarised rental agreement for 12 months in order to get our Ikamet approved. (We inculded a letter from our AirBNB host in our application, but they have told us it is not enough.)

    We do not want to get a rental agreement, as the whole point of us being here was to travel around the country… so now we think we would prefer to leave Turkey and come back next year on another tourist visa for further travel.

    So this is my question — If we do not submit the lease agreement in the 30 day period they’ve given us to supply the additional documents, will our application be automatically rejected, and does that mean we will receive a 10 day grace-period to leave turkey without overstay fines or penalties?

    Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you do not provide required documents to Immigration Office within 30 days your application will be cancelled. Although you submitted residence permit application, if you leave Turkey before receiving residence permit card or the application will be cancelled/rejected you need to pay a fine for overstaying. Once the penalty will be paid while leaving Turkey you should not be banned to reenter the coutry. Otherwise the entry ban for up to five years can be issued.

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  • Oria

    Hi,
    I overstayed one turkey during Covid 19 and re-entered again snd was given 10 days to apply for residence permit. I applied but still on exit from Turkey I was handed told to 460tl in admin fines.

    I stupidly followed another person in front of me who said he didn’t have the cash on him and was told that he could pay when he returns after 3 months.

    So I also said I don’t have cash on me. They handed me with a paper banning me from entering turkey for 3 months… until 2nd Nov 2020!

    Now what happens when I re-enter? The paper I was handed does not mention anything about payment of fine but stipulates that “all provisions in respect to preliminary permission decision stemming from non payment of admin fine are reserved irrespective of the expiration of the entry ban.

    Please kindly advise, if it would still possible to make the payment may be through a friend at the airport or at Turkish consulate generals?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If there is any valid reason for you to reenter Turkey before end of the entry ban, you should contact Turkish consulate in your home country in order to receive information if you can obtain a visa to enter Turkey. However if you applied for residence permit and did not receive residence permit card before leaving Turkey your application should be cancelled and you can not apply for the same type of permit within 6 months upon the cancellation.

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  • Solomon Chibuike

    İ have been in since February 2014 without resident permit and l want leave the country by November 2020, how much will i pay for over stay? Also can I pay the money in my country before applying for visa to come back to Turkey?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Amount of fine for overstaying depends on your nationality and will be calculated by the customs at the boarder while leaving Turkey. If for any reason you refuse or can not pay the fine you will be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years. Fine can be only paid on the boarder while leaving the country.

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  • Jessica

    Hello,
    I applied for short term residency in April with the reason for Turkish learning. But it has been rejected because I didn’t enter the country with a langue learning visa. Now I have to leave within 10 days, but I also received a job offer. Is it for sure that I will be banned for three months? If I get a work visa, can I come back even if I was banned?
    Thank you.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If the fine for overstaying applies to your case and you pay the fine you should not be banned to reenter Turkey. In this case, after you leave Turkey your future employer must apply for your work permit and you will need to submit required documents in Turkish Consulate in your home country. Once the application is approved you will receive work visa in the consulate so you will be allowed to enter Turkey on this basis.

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  • Lena

    Hello, I’m from Colombia. For the moment I can not fly back to Colombia because the airport is closed probably until November. I applied for renewal in March and I just got a message saying “Sonuçlandırıldı. İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğüne müracaat edilmesi gerekmektedir”. I’m afraid the permit was rejected. In this case, can I exit Turkey within 10 days, come back as a tourist and stay for 3 months more? Or if I choose to overstay until the airport opens in Colombia, will I be fined and not allowed to enter?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      According to announcement of Directorate of Migration published on 15.06.2020, foreigners who overstay in Turkey due to Covid-19 should not be fined under condition that they leave Turkey within 30 days from the date since transportation to their home country is possible. You can find the announcement in link below:
      https://en.goc.gov.tr/statement-regarding-the-foreigners-who-could-not-exit-from-turkey-due-to-the-pandemic
      You should also confirm your status with Directorate of Migration.
      If your application has been rejected and you leave Turkey you should stay abroad for at least three months before reentering Turkey.

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  • Sonil

    Hello
    Im an afghan student in turkey. I left turkey on 1st of July and came to Afghanistan. Now i cant go back to turkey because the flights from afghanistan to turkey is canceled till 5 September. The problem is my turkish residence permit will be expired on 25th of august and I cannot extend the residence permit from here. Now I have no idea how am i gonna go back to turkey with an expired residence permit. Do i have to issue for a visa to enter turkey?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you meet the criteria for extension of residence permit and will not be able to reenter Turkey before expiration of your current permit, you will need to submit new application once you enter the country. In this case you will need to obtain visa to reenter Turkey. Please, be informed that if you are currently holder of touristic residence permit you can not reapply for the same kind of permit unless the purpose of stay is other than tourism. Touristic residence permit can be obtained for up to one year only once within every two years.

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  • mike

    Hello. I was renewing my childs residency permit and it was denied because my name is not on her birth certificate. They asked for proof that she is my child and now I have to go london in order to sort this matter out. Is she considered to have overstayed her visa? It expired on july 07th but we made a proper ikamet appointment and then was denied.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Once the residence permit application is denied, time spent in Turkey after expiration of visa/previous residence permit is taken under consideratin as the period of overstaying. Currently foreigners, who leave Turkey within 30 days from date when flights to their home country are possible do not have to pay the fine. Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine if applies will be taken by the customs at the airport.

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  • Sofia Bocheva

    Hello I am a bulgarian citizen and I overstayed for 3 months. How much is the fee I would have to pay on the borders and will I be banned for entering Turkey ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Official amount of fee applying to Bulgarian citizens for overstaying in Turkey for three months is 70 USD. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts. Foreigners who pay the fine for overstaying if applies should not be banned to reenter Turkey. However, currently foreigners who overstayed in Turkey due to Covid-19 do not have to pay the fine under condition that they leave Turkey within 30 days after flights to their home country are opened.

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  • Eman

    Hello.
    I’m a Canadian student in Turkey and my residence permit expired 10 days ago,

    If I leave the country now and pay the fees, can I re-enter immediately with a new visa? or do I have to spend some time out of Turkey before being allowed back in? Will I face an entry ban?

    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you pay a fine for overstaying, you will not be banned to reenter Turkey. However, as your residence permit has already expired you should stay abroad for at least three months in order to reenter the country. If you enter Turkey earlier you can face a problem on a boarder and most probably would enter the country conditionally, which means that you must apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

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  • Rachel

    Hi I have 2 questions. What are rhe overstay fines for Canadian citizens? And second what happens if touristic residency permit is rejected? Still have to pay overstay fines or just have to leave country within 10 days? Thank you very much.

  • Ayse

    I am graduated from master’s degree in Turkey in mid june, but my residence permit is valid until mid September. If I would leave the country do I need to pay penalty? I wouldn’t be able to leave anyway, the flights to my countrtiy started in 1st of August. I need to return to country in september to start my phd education and make a new student visa.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Currently foreigners who overstay in Turkey due to Covid-19 do not have to pay the fine under condition that they exit Turkey within 30 days from the date when flights to their home country start. If you are not planning to stay in Turkey longer than until expiration date of your residence permit you will not face any problems while leaving the country.

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      • Anna

        Hello, how much will they charge daily, weekly, and monthly if you decide to overstay after your country reopens its doors?

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Amount of fine depends on your nationality and is counted as double amount of residence permit fee. You can see amount of daily and monthly residence permit fees according to nationalities in chart provided in the article above. Please, be informed that final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

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  • Fred

    Hi if I have overstayed more than 6 month and for almost 7 month? Can I still come back to Turkey after 3 month or will it be a 6 month ban, then?

    Best regards

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you pay a fine for overstaying while leaving the country and will not be informed about entry ban you can reenter Turkey after 3 months. If you enter the country earlier you can face problems on the boarder and most probably would be allowed to enter conditionally, which means that you must apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

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  • Aisha

    Hi, I am married to a Turkish citizen and I overstayed my tourist visa. I exited turkey on 12/02/2020 and I payed my fine and they said I am not allowed to go in the country for 3 months. I am in the U.K. now and I have applied for my residence permit. I am waiting for my appointment date. I am thinking of going back to turkey on 10/08/2020 of this month. Will I get stopped at the airport?? Will there be a problem?? Will I be allowed in the country ??

  • Nis

    Hi!

    If I overstay my visa by 6 months(2 month cause of No flights/corona) and If I pay my fine, when can I return to Turkey?

    After 3 months and then I get a new Tourist Visa 90/120? Yes?

    But if I return after 1 month, then I have to apply for a permit stay, within 10 days, even if I overstay 6 month?

    Kind Regards

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      If you pay a fine for overstaying you are allowed to reenter Turkey after staying abroad for at least three months. If you enter the country earlier, you can face a problem on the boarder and most probably you would enter Turkey conditionally and will be obliged to submit residence permit application within 10 days upon your arrival.

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  • haoua

    hi i overstayed in turkey for personal reasons with my parents. my visa expired in march. and now im staying illegaly what should i do im from algeria and if i go to algeria how much time should i stay there to return to turkey ?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Those, who overstayed their visa in Turkey due to Covid-19 do not need to pay a fine under condition that they leave the country within 30 days after flights to their home country are opened. After overstaying your visa you should spend at least three months abroad in order to reenter Turkey with new visa. If you enter the country earlier you can face a problem on the boarder or enter the country conditionally, which means that you will be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival.

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  • Aisha

    Hi, I am married to a Turkish citizen and I overstayed my tourist visa. I exited turkey on 12/02/2020 and I payed my fine and they said I am not allowed to go in the country for 3 months. I am in the U.K. now and I have applied for my residence permit. I am waiting for my appointment date. I am thinking of going back to turkey on 12/08/2020 next month. Will I get stopped at the airport?? Will there be a problem?? Will I be allowed in the country ??

  • Danielle ODwyer

    I recently got back from turkey to the UK July 11th of course due to Corona I overstayed my visa, which was due to end July 2nd, when would I be allowed to enter turkey again I have a flight booked August 16th will I be allowed to go because of course it wasn’t my fault Corona prevented me from getting home after my one weeks holiday. Please help no one is replying to emails from consulates.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As you overstayed your visa you should stay abroad for three months before reentering Turkey. If you enter the country earlier you can face problems at the airport. In most cases foreigners who enter Turkey before three months passes are entering Turkey conditionally and must apply for residence permit within 10 days upon their arrival. In this case you must stay within the country until receiving residence permit card, otherwise you can be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

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  • Hauwa

    Hello thank you for all the information you’ve given, it’s been really helpful. I just need a little clarification for my situation. So my e-visa expired in April and I haven’t been able to leave the country because of the Pandemic, I’m supposed to be schooling in Milan and the have only been available recently and I plan to go back soon. Are there any consequences I’ll have to face?
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Foreigners, who overstayed their visa because to being unable to leave Turkey due to Covid-19 do not need to pay the fine under condition that they leave Turkey within 30 days after flight to their home country is possible.

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      • Hauwa

        Okay thank a lot for that info! Just one more clarification. So since I’m well within those 30 days and I’m planning to leave Turkey on the 10th, would you advise that once I’m at the airport I go straight to passport control or do you think I have to stop by immigration/visa violation first of all?
        Thank you

  • Ebubekir

    Hello,
    In October 2017 i visited turkey and stayed 4 months – till Feb 2018 – (for an Exchange program) under student visa. But unfortunately I didn’t issue a resident permit at that time and I wasn’t aware of the 90 days in 180 days, so before my 90 days visa expires I left the country and came back again with new visa expecting that it will be again 90 days.

    When I was leaving the country I informed that I overstay for some days.. and I paid 70 tl fine.

    So does this makes me ban from Turkey if I want to apply for visa now?

    Regards,

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      As you paid the fine and were not informed about entry ban, you are allowed to reenter Turkey with new visa.

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      • Graham King

        My wife is Latvian, is it correct that she can only stay for 30 days at a time in Turkey, upto a maximum of 90 days in each 180 days?

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Citizens of Latvia, who are ordinary passport holders are exempt from visa requirement for their travels up to 30 (thirty) days.

          Kind Regards,

  • Zeina Odeh

    Hello, I am in Turkey right now but my residence permit is expiring soon, but I have a Jordanian passport, which allows me to stay in Turkey for 90 days. Do I still have to pay a fine if I stay after my residence permit expires?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Currently due to Covid-19 foreigners who overstay their visa or residence permit do not pay the fine for overstay under condition that they leave Turkey within 30 days after flights to their home country will be possible.

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