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

 

907 Comments

  • MJ

    Hello,

    I am a US citizen and I overstayed my visa while waiting for my new residency appointment in Turkey. I didn’t realize that between the time my visa expired to my appointment meant that I would be overstayed and had to leave Turkey temporarily for a couple weeks which is when I found all this out upon arriving at Istanbul Airport. At Istanbul Airport I was told I had to pay a fine, however, I didn’t have enough money on me. I explained I planned to return to Turkey in a couple weeks and had no problem paying then, I was allowed to leave but told I had to step into a Turkish consulate in the US, pay my fine to return to Turkey. They stamped my passport (a regular looking stamp) and I was on my way. However, when I arrived at the Turkish consulate., I told them my story and was told I couldn’t even be seen without an appointment which I had to apply online for. I also needed to provide my passport, a bank statement, reservation for round trip tickets, travelers insurance($160), a passport sized photo, the place/hotel i was staying and a reason for visit. Basically it was like reapplying for a visa all over again. I really don’t have the money to do this whole process…and I am concerned about being able to re-enter for my appointment coming up.

    Basically I want to know if I can just apply for an evisa online and pay the fine upon my arrival back into Turkey. No one told me I was banned or put any funny stamp in my passport.
    I know it’s lengthy story but I wanted to give the full scope, to allow anyone to provide me with any information that I may be missing.
    Please if anyone can explain to me the best way to handle this so I can re-enter Turkey and not be banned or sent back to US. Is there a way I can find out if I am banned before returning?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should follow the procedures as required by Turkish Embassy in order to reenter Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

  • Omar sharabati

    Hello i am from switzerland and i wanted to ask if i could get banned in my case i applied for a residency permit the first time and i had the appointment on 09.01 i came in september 2019 and i already left turkey once without my residency before 3 weeks i had to pay a fine of 800 TL and they told me i would get banned if it happens again so now i must to leave for a very urgent emergency for like 2 weeks maybe and the migration center in fatih istanbul told me i can get the müracet belgesi for 15 days after 1 month after my application so now what can i do ? Paying a fine is not the problem but what would be a big problem in my case the re entry ban because of my studies thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We would recommend not to leave Turkey before receving residence permit card or document allowing you to stay abroad for up to 15 days (müracaat belgesi) if you have overstayed before and entered Turkey conditionally as most probably you would be banned to reenter the country for up to 5 years.

      Kind Regards,

      • sylvia

        Hi: My fiance is in Istanbul since 14/08/2019 on a business trip. His a US citizen. His business didn’t go well. He’s overstayed his Visa and now he has to return to US. What can he do? Is there a amnesty forgiveness form.

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          While leaving Turkey, your fiancee will need to pay a fine for overstaying. Otherwise, he will be banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

          Kind Regards,

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          • Hello there, i overstayed my visa and I’d like to leave Turkey, is it possible to go in another country, or I will have to go back home first, the country I wanna go is free visa

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            Thank you for your comment.

            You are not obliged to go to your home country after you overstayed your visa, after you pay a fine for overstaying, you can go to any country.

            Kind Regards,

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          • Brian

            Hello
            I applied for student residence permit a month ago but I still haven’t gotten my residence permit and my visa will expire in a week. Will I be forced to leave the country if my residence permit is not yet available by next week ?

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            Thank you for your comment.

            As your residence permit has been already submitted, you are allowed to stay in Turkey legally until your card will be issued even if your visa expires in the meantime.

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        • sylvia

          What are the fees my fiance has to pay for overstaying his visa? Its almost 4 months he overstayed?

  • Zaynab

    Hi Admin,
    I am a Nigerian citizen and I entered Turkey on 22/11/2019 with a student visa, I am here for my graduate school. I wanted to do my registrations in order to get a residence permit, but the university insisted I have to wait till this month to write an exam after that I can register. Registrations open on 27/1/2020 and my visa expires on 28/1/2020. I really don’t know what to do.
    i don’t if you could help me with a solution. Am I in trouble?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You must apply online for residence permit before expiration of your visa, which means by 28.01.2020. If you make you application before this date, you will not face any problem.

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  • sani

    Hello, I am Japanese national. I got banned on border gates as I could not pay the fine. ( I was on 10 days conditional entry visa and was asked to apply for ikamet. I applied for student ikamet actually but the university later told that they are not starting the language course so i should leave turkey and not take ikamet anymore and thatswhy i was leaving without finalizing ikamet process. But the border police asked me that i cant leave without getting ikamet and asked fine but I couldnt pay that time, i explained also that its the university asked me to leave but he didnt listen and banned me for 3 years i think).I want to go to Turkey again. My passport is Japanese that normally dont need visa. I want to ask should i apply for visa at the embassy in this case? Is it the normal process to apply? and as I will not be in Japan, can I apply from any Turkish embassy or only from Turkish embassy in Japan? By the way, is there any other way to lift the ban, like through the lawyers? Thank you for your help.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As we do not know the details of your case, you should contact nearest Turkish Consulate/Embassy to get information about your current status.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Mutebi Emmanuel

    Hello admin,
    Thanks for your feedbacks, my question: Am in turkey already, with fair/exhibition visa, and am likely to get a scholarship to study a masters program, can I get residence permit even when I have a different visa
    ??

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to obtain residence permit on basis of fair/exhibition visa. If you would get enrolled into university in Turkey, you will be eligible for student visa and after entering Turkey with this kind of visa, you can obtain student residence permit.

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  • ibrahim

    hello. im korean. i came here 3.5 months ago and i applied for student visa a month ago.i wanted to go Dubai for trip. so i went to goc idaresi for ikamet izin bilgi and they said that i have to pain fine of 300tl for overstaying 15 days. is it okay if i just leave the country and come back after 3 weeks.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you pay a fine for overstaying in Turkey while leaving, you will be eligible to reenter the country with new visa. If you have already applied for residence permit, you can obtain from Directorate of Migration a document allowing you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days without consequences after your application will be approved in the system and before receiving residence permit card.

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  • Larisa

    Hello,

    My name is Larisa, I overstayed my visa with 2 months. I am a lebanese citizen. I want to leave turkey in the next days.Do you know if I will be allowed to have a connection flight from istanbul? Now I am living in ankara and the best way to travel is connection from Istanbul.
    As well do you know how much the fees can be?

    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you will pay the fine for overstaying and show the customs your flight tickets to Lebanon, you should not face a problem regarding connection flight. According to official fine rates, you shold pay approximately 60 USD for overstaying for 2 months in Turkey. Please, be informed that final decision on amount of fine will be taken by the customs at the airport and it might differ from the official rates.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Saba

    Hello,
    Im currently a student in Istanbul and had a student visa when I came to Turkey(September). After 2 months, I received my residence permit (November) which expires this January. My Question is: I want to stay 1-2 months longer in Istanbul for touristic purposes, can I leave Turkey when my residency expired and reenter Turkey with an EVisa (even though I had a visa before?!)
    Thanks

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you leave Turkey before expiration of your residence permit, you will be eligible to obtain new visa and reenter the country.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Jawwad muhammad khan

    I have to ask i miss my appoinment yesterday now my resident permit expire on 6 nov 2019 if i will not pay fine they will deport me without fine

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If, for any reason, you aould not pay the fine for overstaying, you may be deported and banned to reenter Turkey for up to five years.

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  • Serife Yucel

    Hi I’m a Turkish and Australian citizen however my children are only Australian. I got my daughter a 3month visa and she is in turkey at the moment. Her father who resides in turkey and also a Turkish citizen has applied for my childrens Turkish citizenships and waiting for the process. İf my daughter hasn’t still become a citizen by the time her viza runs out what does she need to do. She is only 13 and she traveled by her self. I’m hoping she can stay until she gets her citizenship even after her viza might run out?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should apply for daughter’s residence permit before her visa expires. This way your daughter will be allowed to stay in Turkey legally until Turkish Citizenship application will be approved.

      Kind Regards,

  • Dana

    Hi,

    I just wanted to check about my E visa- I just purchased my second one on the 4th of January 2020 and entered the country on the 6th of January – currently here. I purchased my second visa two days after my very first e visa expired and then came to Turkey. I just wanted to confirm that if the system let me buy a new visa then I shouldn’t have any issues leaving the country? To clarify, I bought my first visa on the 3rd of July 2019 and then I went to Turkey for just 5 days from July 7th- 12th and did not return the rest of that visa. I just know these visas are complicated and I wanted to make sure I didn’t break any rules!

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Visa regulations depend on your nationality. If for your nationality period of stay is 90 days within 180 days and you spent in Turkey less than 90 days within the validity period of your visa, you are allowed to obtain a new visa whenever the previous one is expired and reenter the country on this basis.

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  • Siphethumusa Shabangu

    I’m a Zimbabwean with a 6 months visa so I entered turkey on the 23 of December but my visa will be expiring on the 20 of January 2020 now my question is since I’ve already overstayed by less than 10 days and I want to live because I didn’t notice that my visa only allows me to be in the country for only 10days will I be in trouble by the immigration

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you overstayed your visa for a short period of time and will leave the country during upcoming days, you will need to pay a fine for overstaying while leaving Turkey. If you pay the fine, there would be no other consequences of your overstay.

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  • Pepper

    Hello,
    I am a German citizen in Turkey, I have a residence permit that expires on January 24th 2020. My returning flight is on February 1st, which is within the ten days after expiry.
    However I have planned a trip to Georgia from the 21th to 28th of January, which means my residence permit will expire during my trip. My question is whether I can reenter Turkey with an expired residence permit within those ten days of allowed overstay.
    Kind regards,

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As your residence permit will expire while you would be outside of Turkey, you will need new visa in order to reenter the country.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Amirul

    Hi, I’m Student here currently studying in ODTU and probably finishing my study this month (January). I have a question, my residence permit (Ikamet) is expired on 1st of January and It is better to extend or pay the bill?, I’m trying to extend it, but the appointment might come late January or even February and I have appointment on 8th of January to go to Istanbul (I’m Living in Ankara), It is save for me to travel when the residence permit is expired?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would apply for extension of your residence permit and as long as your application would be already lodged in the system while travelling, you should have your application form with you so you would not face any problems while travelling within Turkey.

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  • Ann nguyen

    I have a question. My fiancé is currently stuck at Istanbul airport due to his overstayed visa. He had submitted the work document to the immigration office inside the airport but have not heard anything back from them for almost a week. What should he do? Go to the embassy?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your fiance should contact Embassy/Consulate in Turkey for help in his case.

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  • Mariam

    Hello,

    I am a British citizen with a tourist residency which expires on 10th January 2020. I have booked an appointment but the only availability is in March 2020. If I overstay will this cause me any issues? Or is it best to leave the country and come back on a tourist visa? Thanks

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As your application is already lodged in the system, you are allowed to stay in Turkey legally until receiving the result of your application even if your visa has already expired.

      Kind Regards,

      • Mariam

        Thank you for your reply. What happens if I leave before my visa appointment for renewal and cancel my appointment? Will they ban me and fine me? Thanks for your help.

  • Bechem

    Hello

    Please I want to find out if one can still do a residence permit even after your visa have expired with over 4months of overstay. And if yes then how much will it cost to do it

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      It is not possible to obtain residence permit after your visa has already expired. You need to leave Turkey and reenter the country with new visa to be eligible for residence permit application.

      Kind Regards,

  • My resident permit expires on 24 January 2020 some how I can not book my appointment for extension, I visit immigration officers they said I can apply now after the expiry date on my card within 10 days? And I m pragnant can’t travel?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit can be extended the earliest two months before the expiration date and the latest 10 days after the expiration of your current residence permit.

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  • Mahmoud

    I have come to Istanbul on 29 Sep. 2019, applied for 1 year residency , had an appointment on 29 Nov. 2019, and waiting for the Ikamet permission.
    Question can i leave turkey on 29 Dec. for ten days? and return on 8 Jan. 2020? Or should I stay in Turkey until I receive the residency permission? Your advise please, I have an Israeli passport.
    Many Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would obtain a document allowing you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days from Immigration Office, you are allowed to go abroad for this period of time even if you would not receive your residence permit card by this time.

      Kind Regards,

  • Anoshia zehra

    My name is anohia zehra I came here as a student in turkey I applied my residence permit but some problem is there in my kimlic my visa expired n I m living 4 month in turkey so I leave this country so what should I pay and how much fines

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Amount of fine depends on your nationality. You can see the official amounts of fines in chart provided in the article. Please, be informed that the final decision on the amount will be taken by the customs at the airport and it can differ from the official amounts.

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  • Rauf

    Hello
    I’m a Pakistani citizen and I entered Turkey on 18th september 2019 with a 8 Days visa. I plan to stay until february 2020, so I applied for short term touristic residence permit. I have submitted my documents on 13th november 2019 and I am now waiting to obtain the residence permit (which can take up to 90 days) i want to back home emergency?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you have already submitted application file, you are allowed to obtain a document from Directorate of Migration, which allows you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and come back without obtaining new visa.

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  • Jereme Sanders

    Hello, I have applied for the family resident visa as I am married to a Turkish citizen. The appointment they gave me is on February 2nd but my 90 days for my touristic visa will be finished in the middle of this month. Am I allowed to stay in the country as long as I have a copy of my appointment and my passport with me or do I need to leave the country and return for my appointment? I keep getting conflicting information so I don’t know what to believe.

    Thanks so much!

    Jereme Sanders

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Because your application is lodged in the system, you can stay in Turkey legally until receiving the result of application.

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  • Katinka Meier

    Hello
    I’m a Swiss citizen and I entered Turkey on 13th september 2019 with a 3 month visa. I plan to stay until february 2020, so I applied for short term touristic residence permit. I have submitted my documents on 28th november 2019 and I am now waiting to obtain the residence permit (which can take up to 90 days). I want to travel to Switzerland for Christmas holidays between 22nd December 2019 and 11th January 2020. The problem is, that I will probably not receive the residence permit before I leave and accordingly, I will not be able to enter Turkey after the holidays in January. As far as I understood, at the border a “conditional entry” can be issued, requiring to apply for residence permit within 10 days after the conditional entry. Is it guaranteed, that the conditional entry will be given, or is there a risk to be sent back to my country from the airport?
    Best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      As you have already attended the appointment, you have a right to obtain a document from Immigration Office, which allows you to leave Turkey for up to days while waiting for result of your residence permit application.

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      • Katinka Meier

        Hello,
        Thank you for your answer.
        How long is the travel document from Immagration Office valid? I will stay 3 weeks abroad from Turkey, I think this is longer than this travel document allows.
        Best regards

  • KPhelps

    Hello!
    I’ve applied for residency and it’s processing, but has not been approved or denied yet. My family has bought me a ticket to visit them in Germany next week, but Migration office has told me I have to wait until the approval of my residency. Is there a way I could pay my “overstay” fine (it would be day 97, son just 7 days over) and come back and get a visa on arrival or submit for an E-Visa? I’ll only be in Germany for a week.
    Thanks!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After the appointment date, Immigration Office can provide you with the document allowing you to leave Turkey for up to 15 days and you should not face any problem while leaving or re-entering Turkey. Otherwise, you should wait until your residence permit card will be issued in order to avoid cancellation of your current application.

      Kind Regards,

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