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

 

415 Comments

  • Sharon

    Hi I have overstayed for 7 years.
    I want to return to the uk
    What will happen to me if I try to leave as I am worried they will arrest or detain me
    I am really worried as it been on my mind for years. Thanks in adVance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The final decision on the amount of the penalty at the airport is made by the officer. It should be about 7000TL. If you do not pay the penalty, you will be deported and you will be banned from entering Turkey for 5 years.

      Kind Regards

  • Janet batty

    I applied for short term residence visa have my interview date may 17 but have to return home as my daughter is Olli know I must pay a fine how long will they ban me for just over 1 month over my date thanx in advance

  • Donna

    Hello I saw the residence. Permit overstay penalty chart
    But I have read it depends on the officer at airport. So which one is the truth as I have overstayed and need to leave

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It is true. The final decision on the amount of the penalty for exceeding the stay is made by the officer at the airport.

      Kind Regards

  • Rana

    I overstay my residence permit very long period is there a chance I could apply to exit the country try at the immigration office or do I have to go strait passport control at airport

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Rana,

      Thank you for your comment.

      In such a situation you will have to pay a penalty at the airport in cash. The final decision on the amount of the penalty is made by the officer at the airport. If for some reason you will not be able to pay a penalty, you may be banned from entering Turkey for as long as five years.

      Kind Regards

  • Anama

    Can I leave turkey after overstaying for years
    Will they arrest or detain me ?
    What if I can’t pay a fine?
    And how much would a fine be for every year by the way I’m English

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Anama,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Of course you can leave Turkey. You will have to pay a fine at the airport in cash. If you do not do it, you may be prohibited from entering Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards

  • Henry

    Can I be arrested or jailed for a long residence permit overstay. I’m worried
    Thanks

  • Henry

    Hey I’ve overstayed my rp for 6 years can I leave turkey? I’ve heard about penalty but I don’t think i would be able to pay it if it was loads of money

    Thankyou

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, you will have to pay a penalty at the airport in cash. The amount of the penalty depends on the officer on the border. If for some reason you will not be able to pay a penalty, you will not be allowed to enter Turkey.

      Kind Regards

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