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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

 

761 Comments

  • Katherine

    Hi. I have a short term student residence permit that is valid until 28th of June, but I’m flying back home on the 1st of July. What is the procedure or fine to be paid is this case that i need to overstay for these 3 extra days?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You will need to pay a small fine at the airport, the officers will inform you about the exact amount according to your nationality.

      Best Regards,

  • Anna

    Hi!
    I am from American and have been living in Turkey for a little over a year now and I have a RP. My RP expired on May 1, 2019 and I have currently been living the past 4 days on an expired RP. I am moving back to the States on June 15 and don’t want to apply for another RP as I don’t have plans to move back for one year.
    I bought an e-visa online just in case. But I am wondering,
    1. Can I travel INSIDE Turkey with my expired RP? just give my RP, my passport and my e-visa.
    2. Can I travel outside of Turkey within 15 days and pay the fine and then return on my e-visa one or two days later?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your stay in Turkey is considered as illegal and you may be deported if you do not leave Turkey and re-enter the country to activate your e-visa. You are also not supposed to travel within Turkey before your visa will be valid.

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      • Raylee

        Thank you so much for this information!
        One more question…
        1. Am I able to go to a Greek Island and come back the following day and just pay the fine and activate my e-visa? Or is there a certain amount of days that I have to be out of the country?

        I am planning a trip to a Greek Island for this Saturday and that will be exactly 10 days since my PR expired. I will be okay leaving and re-entering?

        Thanks again!

        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Raylee,

          As you will overstay your residence permit, you should stay abroad for the period of time, which is equal with visa regulation for your type of passport (mostly 90 days if you entered Turkey on 90/180 days visa). Otherwise while re-entering the country, you might be asked to sign the document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon your arrival to Turkey.

          Best Regards,

  • William

    Hi!
    I overstayed my student visa in 2015 (by about 29 days) and was unable to pay the fine when leaving Turkey. Does this mean that I cannot reenter Turkey until 2020? Will I still have to pay a fine when I go back to Turkey?

    Thank you,
    William

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you were banned to re-enter Turkey, officers should have informed you about duration of entry ban while leaving Turkey. You should contact Turkish Embassy/Consulate if you are not sure about your status. You will not need to pay the fine during your next visit in Turkey.

      Best Regards,

  • Lastborn

    Good morning sir.
    Please I want to know how long do I have to wait after applying for Turkish residence permit.
    I mean the processing duration?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Evaluation procedures last up to 90 days.

      Best Regards,

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  • NWABIAGO

    Good morning I have 2 questions.
    Firstly : I’m coming to Turkey with one month sportsman Visa .
    Am I eligible to apply for Residence permit?

    Secondly: if I eventually get residence permit and I want to go back how long should I stay outside turkey before coming back again

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you can provide Immigration Office with documents confirming your admission into sports fedaration or club within Turkey, you are eligible for residence permit application. You can leave Turkey and come back with no need to obtain new visa as long as your residence permit will be valid. After expiration of your residence permit, you should stay abroad for a period of time depending on visa regulations for your nationality.

      Kind Regards,

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  • mha

    hello, I’m a student here in turkey and planning to go to middle east next week and my student permit it will be expired 5 months and 23 days before I will come back to turkey. I asking this question because some of my friends told me that I need to come back to turkey 6 months before the expiration date of my RP.
    thank you very much

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no restrictions regarding leaving or entering Turkey before the expiration date of your residence permit. You can enter the country as long as your permit is valid, even if just one day is left.

      Best Regards,

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  • James Smith

    My work permit was cancelled İn December 2018. I was not in Turkey at that time and my employee did not inform me the actually date it was cancelled.
    I applied for residence permit with all the necessary documents needed. After two months the application was cancelled with the reason i failed to apply with 10days after it was cancelled. Do i have the right to appeal. ı think its unfair, i work legally, pay tax, no criminal records and even have credit card debts to pay.
    i need help concerning this matter and if they reject my petition. Will be ask to pay a fine at the airport or will be ban.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is highly possible that you made a conditional entry to Turkey and you were supposed to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival. You will need to pay a fine at the airport while leaving Turkey and if you will, it is unlikely that you would be banned to re-enter the country. However, final decision on the fine will be taken by customs at the airport.

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  • lucia ali mlambo

    i have to go back to my home for the summer and my RP expires on 1 sept while um coming back on 5 september .Will it be a big problem,will i have to pay a fine

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you overstay in Turkey for 4 days, you will need to pay a small fine while leaving the country. Please, be informed that the final decision on the exact amount would be taken by the customs at the airport.

      Best Regards,

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  • Ashley

    Hi
    I overstayed on my e-visa by about 30days and paid a fine at the border when leaving turkey. The police said nothing about conditions of re-entry or if I’d been banned from returning to turkey. If I want to return soon can I just buy another e-visa?
    Thanks for your help

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would be banned to re-enter Turkey, officers at the boarder must inform you about this fact. As you paid the fine and did not receive any notice regarding entry ban, there should be no problem to re-enter the country.

      Kind regards,

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  • albert

    Hello, I am an erasmus student from romania at Marmara University, and I have some problems applying for resident permit.
    My 90 days ends on 05 of may 2019, but I have to stay in Turkey untill the end of June. Do you think that if I cross the border for a couples of hours to BG or GR, those 90days are gonna be renewed? Otherwise, what should I expect as worst case scenario?
    Thank you in advance!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you leave Turkey and re-enter the country before another 90 days pass, most probably you will make conditional entry and will be obliged to apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival. If you would not fulfill this condition, your stay in Turkey would be considered as overstaying your visa. You will then have to pay the fine while leaving the country.

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  • Ana

    Hi! Thank you so much for the information you’re providing, you’re the first website that I’ve read that actually clarifies this situation!

    My question is, my tourist visa ends on the 12th of April, but I’m only leaving on the 18th of May (already bought a ticket back to Portugal, since I’m Portuguese). My mother is coming to visit from the 10th to the 18th of May, and we were hoping to spend 2 days in Cappadocia. My problem is, since my stay will already be illegal by that time, do you think that is possible to take a domestic flight showing only my Portuguese ID card, without them noticing at the airport that I am overstaying my stay in Turkey, or is it too risky?

    Best regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It will be required to show your passport at the airport and if the fact that you are staying in Turkey illegaly would be noticed, most probably you would get deported and might be banned to re-enter Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

  • Jesus

    Hi, My wife has a recidence permit and is expiered on 20th of March, and we have to stay one more month due to my job, is it possible to go out from Turkey Thru Cesme via Ferry to a greek island, and come back with E-Visa ? we have planned to go out on the 22nd, so it will be just 2 days of overstay.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you leave Turkey after residence permit expiration date and come back earlier than visa regulations for your nationality allows you to (for most countries it is 90 days), most probably your wife would be asked on the boarder to sign a document stating that she will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival. If the application would not be lodged within this period of time and finalized, your wife’s stay in Turkey would be considered as overstaying. In this case she would need to pay the fine while leaving the country and might be banned to re-enter Turkey for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Reed

    My girlfriend over stayed her tourist visa by over 15 days at the very least. She messaged me yesterday that she was being taken to a station for her expired visa and has no replied to me back yet. Is she being deported? she doesnt have means to leave the country otherwise, and is an american citizen. what happened to her? what do i do?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If your girlfriend was caught without valid visa, there is possibility that she is being deported. If you are within Turkey, you can call 157. If not, you should contact the Turkish Embassy.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Angie Ayhan

    Hi my daughter and granddaughter came from UK to visit August 2018 after death of father on an evisa and have overstayed. They intend leaving in June 2019. İn UK they will be homeless as her sister and myself live here and are re married to TC. She has been offered work if she wishes to return which would mean my granddaughter aged ten can go to school here too. She will be alone in UK, a single parent that has no contact with her expertise the father of my granddaughter. I’d like her to remain here. She obviously faces a fine for overstay, any ideas how much and could she apply for a work visa from UK to return and re-enter. Does she face a ban from returning. Help and advice appreciated.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your daughter and granddaughter should pay a fine for overstaying while leaving Turkey. If no entry ban would be implied, they can come back to Turkey after obtaining new visa and then apply for residence permit or application for work permit can be done by the employer before your daughter’s arrival to Turkey. You can see the amount of fines in our article:
      The consequences of overstaying in Turkey

      Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from official amounts.

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  • Har

    My tourist visa got expired.. 15days overstay is there.. So where to pay fine in airport.. Can you suggest

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After arriving to the airport you should directly go to the information desk and you will be informed there about further procedures.

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  • Prince

    Hello

    Yesterday (March 4, 2019) I got my Tourist Visa. then the embassy put 7 days duration in my passport, but I will stay for 10 days. my question is do I have fine because I have 3 days overstay.

    thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For overstaying 3 days in Turkey, a small fine can be implied. Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Vivi

    Hi,
    If I overstayed with an expired residence permit but managed to re-enter Turkey with e visa, is it possible to apply for a new residence permit?
    Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you re-entered Turkey with new visa, you are allowed to apply for residence permit. However, if you entered Turkey conditionally and signed a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival, you are only allowed to apply before mentioned 10 days pass.

      Kind Regards,

  • John

    Thank you for you answer.
    I have one additional question. I happened to have a dual citizenship. Will I be able to enter Turkey, this time with my other passport with no problems?
    I haven’t traveled anywhere on the other passport so I should be practically able to start over as a citizen of different county with no previous record, is that correct?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      Even if you would manage to enter Turkey with another passport, it would not be legal to use another document in order to avoid consequences of overstaying in Turkey.

      Kind regards,

  • John

    Hello, I’m from the USA. I didn’t realize that I was supposed to stay only 90 days within the duration of my e-visa which was 180 days. It was an honest misunderstanding on my part. Upon leaving Turkey I was surprised when the customs wanted me to pay a fee for overstaying. However, I paid it on the spot and considered it solved. When I returned back to Turkey 5 days later on a new 180 days e-visa I was let in, but I didn’t notice the fine print on the accept form saying that I’m permitted to entry Turkey if I fulfill the condition of applying for residence permit within 10 days which I missed and was not aware of. And now I also realized it’s counted from the day of departure, not according to e-visa duration. So, I have another two problems (Not applying for residence permit on time and overstaying for the second time – because just now I found out ). It’s been all just unfortunate circumstance that I didn’t realize. I’m really afraid now of the consequences and appreciate any advise you can give me. Thank you very much.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, as you overstayed the limit of ten days, you can not apply for residence permit anymore. You are supposed to leave Turkey as soon as possible and pay the fine again. However, for second overstaying the entry ban can be implied. The final decision on the consequences will be taken by the customs at the airport.

      Kind regards,

      • John

        Thank you for you answer.
        I have one additional question. I happened to have a dual citizenship. Will I be able to enter Turkey, this time with my other passport with no problems?
        I haven’t traveled anywhere on the other passport so I should be practically able to start over as a citizen of different county with no previous record, is that correct?

  • Catalin

    Hi
    I have a question ,my RP(rezidence permit)expires on marh3/2019,i allready applied for a new one 11.02.2019,i want to travel to my home (Romania),but my flight is on 08.03.2019,so this RP will expire and the new one takes 90 days .
    Can i leave turkey and come back after 15 days ?
    What do i have to do /pay?
    i went today to the residence permit office and they could not issue a paper to leave because the papers where not yet in the system.my old papers are there .
    Can you please help me with this ?

    i went to take this document that allows me to leave 15 days but i am not in the system yet and i am leaving on 8.03.2019 and my old residence expires 03.03.2019,can i leave ,i have to pay a fine?i can came back with a visa or something?

  • Catalin

    Hi
    I have a question ,my RP(rezidence permit)expires on marh3/2019,i allready applied for a new one 11.02.2019,i want to travel to my home (Romania),but my flight is on 08.03.2019,so this RP will expire and the new one takes 90 days .
    Can i leave turkey and come back after 15 days ?
    What do i have to do /pay?
    i went today to the rezidence permit office and they could not issue a paper to leave because the papers where not yet in the system.my old papers are there .
    Can you please help me with this ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can ask for the document allowing you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days after the appointment when your new data will be in the system.

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  • Danish

    Dear Sir/Bey,
    Thanks for helping all the expat concerns so promptly.

    I work in turkey on work permit, One of my friend is a traveller blogger, he arrived Turkey in May 2018 by tourist visa for 30days and he applied for RP but appointment was in mid july 2018, all the procedures was successfully completed including paying resident fee but after 1-1.5 months. The online status was changed as “please visit immigration office blah blah” when we visited Immigration office in fatih göç idaresi randevu they stated that his tourist visa was expired just after applying for RP and he should leave county to follow the same procedure to apply RP card and also the tax money or fee paid was not refunded

    therefore he started overstaying and continue to go around turkey as travel blogging now it’s almost 9 months and if he overstay for 1.5 year or 2 year and exit Turkey by paying requested penalty. can he travel back to turkey after 6 months cooling period ?

    Looking forward for your response on penalty for 1.5 or 2 years and can travel back after 6months?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of the fine depends on your friend’s nationality. You can check the approximate amounts in the chart above. Please, be informed that the final decision on the fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it might differ from the official amounts. If your friend pays a fine for overstaying while leaving the country and entry ban would not be implied, he can come back to Turkey after 6 months.

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    • Danish

      Thanks for the kind response.

      Addition to the comment, his nationality is Indian and other one is Chinese
      a) What could be the Approx total fine for these nationalities for overstay of 1.5 year and 2 year?

      b) Overstay fine is as per latest policy from Turkey Immigration?

      c) If fine is paid while exit, can they return to turkey after 6 months cooling period?

      Please clarify!.

  • faris

    hello , i renewed my residence permit in 3 January and i left turkey 2 weeks after even before receiving my ID card , and i have been out of Turkey for more than weeks now . can i go back to turkey without the residence permit card ? And how can i know if the new card is issued even though my turkish number which i gave to the immigration office is not working ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You will need a new visa to enter Turkey again. However, if your residence permit was issued while you were abroad and you have not picked up residence permit card on time, it might be cancelled by now. After arrival to Turkey you should contact Immigration Office, where you applied for residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

  • maya

    Hello,
    I left turkey 4 days after my residence permit expired, which was the 7th of February 2019
    I was told that if i leave the country and then come back the normal free 90 days of stay will start again. it it true ? cause I need to come back to turkey for 2 more weeks
    Hope you can help.
    best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can come back to Turkey after obtaining new visa. However, be informed that if 3 months since your RP expiration date would not pass before your next entrance to Turkey, on the boarder you might be asked to sign a document stating that you will apply for residence permit within 10 days upon arrival.

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  • Hi there. Thank you for helping people with giving them advice in regards to their overstayed visa in turkey. I experienced this myself as well. I went to turkey in March 2018 to visit my family through E-Visa which is only for 30 days. However, I ended up staying for 2 months. When I was leaving turkey, I did pay the fines and the officer told me that if I come back to turkey within one year, I can only stay for 15 days. I will be going back to turkey in March (which is before completing that one year in order to stay more than 15 days) and planning to stay for 45 days this time. Would you please tell me what would happen this time. Also, I am going to Ankara and I have a connecting flight in Istanbul, would they stamp entry on my passport in Istanbul or in Ankara, and vice versa. Thank you for your help in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Ahmad,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would overstay in Turkey again, you might be banned to re-enter the country for up to 5 years. If you are planning to stay longer than your visa allows you to, you are supposed to apply for residence permit in Turkey. However, be informed that the application can last up to 2 months and you are not supposed to leave Turkey before procedures would be completed.

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