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Ken Grubb
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In this article, I'll to teach you how to calculate the cost of your Turkey Residence permit processing fee as well as the other costs associated with becoming a resident of Turkey, including health insurance, notary expenses, biometric photos, and the fee you'll pay if you want to have someone else make your online application and get an immigration appointment for you. So how much does it cost to get a residence permit in Turkey?

A Turkey residence permit costs on average $8.75 US dollars for the first month and $2.60 for each additional month of residence, with a second fee of ₺125 for printing the residence permit card. Those who enter Turkey without a visa must also pay a "single entry fee" of ₺758.90.

Calculating Your Turkey Residence Permit Cost

The Automatic Calculation of the Online Residence Permit Application System

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You'll see the total cost printed near the top of your completed and downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form. In this case, it's for a two-year residence permit, with no one-time entry fee.

When you finish your residence permit registration at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/, the online system will automatically calculate your residence permit fees and give you a total cost. When you download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), the total cost will be printed on the first page. Regardless of what calculations you've made, that is the fee you must pay.

But you can also calculate the cost before you apply for a residence permit.

How to Calculate the Residence Permit Processing Fee

The İkamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Processing Fee) is for reviewing and processing your residence permit application. It's charged according to nationality and is based on the US dollar, so it can be different from person to person and day to day, depending on currency exchange rates. It also varies because there's a fee for each day the residence permit covers in the first month (with a minimum and maximum amount), and then a fixed fee for each additional month.

Insider Tip: Children under age 18 get a 50% discount on the Residence Permit Processing Fee.

Here's how to do the calculation:

  1. Check the tables below to see which group (A through E) your country is in.
  2. Look at the bottom of the table containing your country to see what the fee amounts are for the first month and for each month after the first month. 
 Country Group A
Afghanistan Costa Rica Hungary Mongolia Slovenia
Andorra Croatia Iceland Mozambique Solomon Islands
Angola Cuba Independent Samoa Namibia Somalia
Antigua and Barbuda Democratic Republic of the Congo India Nauru South African Republic
Armenia Djibouti Indonesia New Zealand South Cyprus
Australia Dominica Iran Nicaragua St. Kitts and Nevis
Austria Dominican Republic Italy Niger St. Lucia
Azerbaijan East Timor Jamaica Nigeria St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bahamas El Salvador Kazakhstan North Cyprus Sudan
Bahrain England Kenya North Korea Surinam
Bangladesh Ecuador Kiribati Pakistan Sweden
Barbados Equatorial Guinea Kyrgyzstan Palestine Switzerland
Belize Eritrea Laos Panama Tanzania
Benin Estonia Latvia Papua New Guinea  
Bhutan Eswatini Lebanon Paraguay Thailand
Bolivia Finland Lesotho People's Republic of China Togo
Botswana France Liberia Peru Tonga
Bosnia and Herzegovina Gabon Libya Poland Trinidad and Tobago
Brunei Gambia Liechtenstein Portugal Tuvalu
Bulgaria Georgia Lithuania Qatar Uganda
Burkina Faso Germany Madagascar Rwanda Ukraine
Burundi Ghana Malawi Republic of Palau United Arab Emirates
Cameroon Greece Malaysia Republic of the Congo United States
Canada Grenada Maldives Romania Uruguay
Cape Verde Guatemala Mauritius San Marino Uzbekistan
Central African Republic Guinea Marshall Islands Sao Tome and Principe Vanuatu
Chad Guinea Bissau Mauritania Saudi Arabia Vatican
Chile Guyana Myanmar Senegal Venezuela
Columbia Haiti Mexico Seychelles Vietnam
Comoros Holland Moldova Sierra Leone Yemen
Cook Islands Honduras Monaco Slovakia Zambia

Fee for the First Month

The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $1.00 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $10.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $25.00.

Fee for the Second and Following Months

For each month after the first month, the fee is $5.00.

Country Group B
Albania Israel Mali Oman Tajikistan
Cambodia Japan North Macedonia Philippines  

Fee for the First Month

The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.50 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $5.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $14.00.

Fee for the Second and Following Months

For each month after the first month, the fee is $3.50.

Country Group C
Algeria Belgium Kuwait Malta Spain
Belarus Jordan Luxembourg Singapore Taiwan

Fee for the First Month

The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.40 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $9.00.

Fee for the Second and Following Months

For each month after the first month, the fee is $2.50.

Country Group D
Ethiopia Hong Kong Micronesia South Korea Russian Federation

Fee for the First Month

The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.30 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $7.00.

Fee for the Second and Following Months

For each month after the first month, the fee is $1.50.

Country Group E
Egypt Iraq Ivory Coast Montenegro Morocco
Tunisia        

Fee for the First Month

The fee for the first month is the Turkish lira equivalent of $.20 (US dollar) per day. The minimum fee for the first month is $4.00. The maximum fee for the first month is $5.00.

Fee for the Second and Following Months

For each month after the first month, the fee is $.50.

Calculation for Adults

First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months) = Total Fee

Calculation for Children (Under Age 18)

First Month Fee + (Number of Additional Months x Fee for Additional Months ÷2) = Total Fee for Children

Convert the Residence Permit Application Fee to Turkish Lira

Remember, the Residence Permit Application Fee is in US dollars. So go to your favorite online currency converter (I use Oanda.com), and convert it to Turkish Lira. Here's a link to Oanda.com.

https://www.oanda.com/

It won't be exact because currency prices fluctuate, and also vary from place to place. But it will give you a close approximation of what the cost will be in Turkish Lira.

Add the Kart Bedeli (Card Printing Fee):

The card printing fee is always the same. There are no discounts. So take the total cost of the Residence Permit Application fee and add ₺125.

That's your final amount, unless you entered Turkey without a visa.

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If You Entered Turkey Without a Visa

Turkey has visa-free entry agreements with various countries. If your country is one of them, you can enter Turkey with your national ID card. Unfortunately, these visa-free entry agreements only apply to entering the country for tourism. Because you want to live in Turkey, you'll have to pay a one-time Tek Giriş Harcı (Single-entry Fee). This fee is always the same. There are no discounts.

So, if you entered Turkey without a visa, add ₺758.90 to your total cost.

Insider Tip: the single-entry fee is paid at the time of your appointment, on the direction of the immigration specialist who interviews you, or in advance at a bank using a special payment code (see Paying Residence Permit Fees at a Participating Bank, below).

You can instantly learn if you're from a country with a visa-free entry agreement using the e-Visa website. Just complete the first part of the e-visa application. It doesn't result in your applying for an e-visa, it just tells you if you can get one or not or if you can enter with your ID card.

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If you don't need a visa to enter Turkey, you'll see this message when you try to apply for an e-visa. Unfortunately, it also means that you'll have to pay a one-time single-entry fee when you apply for a residence permit.

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How to Learn if You Can Enter Turkey Without a Visa

  1. Go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
  2. Click "Apply."
  3. Select your country, the type of passport (or other travel document) you have, and enter the security verification text, and click "Save and Continue."

The system will tell you if you need a visa or if you can enter Turkey with your ID card. It will also tell you if can get an e-visa, or if you must get a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate.

Insider Tip: If you're thinking you can avoid the single-entry fee by buying an e-visa even though you don't need one, well, it doesn't work that way. When you use the e-Visa website and enter your country name, the e-visa system won't let you buy an e-visa. It will tell you to enter with your ID card. So you'll have to pay the single-entry fee when you apply for your residence permit. There's no way around it.

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The Turkish Tax Number

A Turkish tax number is a government-issued number used to positively identify people or businesses when they do business with each other or with the Turkish government. Foreigners wanting to get a residence permit in Turkey must first get a tax number, either online or from a tax office, to pay the residence permit fees.

If you're applying for a Turkey residence permit the first time, you'll need to get a vergi kimlik numarası (tax identification number) to pay the fees for your residence permit. You can get one easily, and for free. All you need is your passport.

Insider Tip: After you get your Turkey residence permit, you'll have a yabancı kimlik numerası (foreigner identification number, or YKN) printed on the front of your residence permit card. You can then use your foreigner identification number instead of your tax number.

How to Get a Turkish Tax Number Online

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Here's the link you need on Turkey's virtual tax office to get a tax number.
  1. Go to the Turkish Tax Office website, here: https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp
  2. Near the center of the page, click Yabancılar İçin Potansiye Vergi Kimlik Numarası (Potential Tax Identification Number for Foreigners). See the image above.
  3. Fill out the form, enter the security code in the box provided, and click Tamam (OK).

How to Get a Turkish Tax Number at a Tax Office

You can go to any tax office, but you can find one near you using Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/. Search for your local tax office by using the name of your ilçe (district), and the key phrase vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll then see the nearest tax office marked on the map.

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How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees

Once you have a tax number, you can pay the residence permit fees online, at a tax office, at a participating bank, or at the immigration office cashier, if it has one.

There are three ways to pay your Turkey residence permit fees. You can pay:

  • Using the tax office website
  • At tax office
  • At a participating bank
  • At a cashier at the immigration office (if there is one).

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How to Pay the Turkey Residence Permit Fees Online Using the Tax Office Website

1. Go to https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/tvd_side/main.jsp. It's the same website where you can get your tax number as described above.

Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards)

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To pay your residence permit fees online, look for this link on Turkey's online tax office website.

2. Near the center of the page, click Harç ve Değerli Kağıt Bedeli Ödeme (Payment of fees and "valuable paper," which refers to identification cards).

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The link to the section exclusively used for paying residence permit fees.

A pop-up screen will appear. Click Göç İdaresi İkamet Tezkeresi Harç Ödeme (Immigration Administration Residence Permit Fee Payment)

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Find this number at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and enter it into the online residence permit fee payment form.

3. Enter your residence permit registration number, which is printed at the top of your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form, and the Güvenlik Kodu (Security Code) in the box provided.

4. Click Sorgula (Query).

This will take you to a page where you can pay with a Turkish credit card, but only if your credit card is issued by a government-owned bank like Vakıfbank, Ziraat Bank, or Halkbank. There's also an option to pay with a foreign credit card.

Insider Tip: I tried paying my residence permit fees online. When I used a Turkish credit card, it was rejected because my Turkish bank wasn't a government-owned bank. Then I tried to pay with my foreign Visa card, issued by a U.S. bank. It was also rejected--not by my bank, but by the online fee payment system. I finally gave up. If you can't pay online, use one of the other payment methods below.

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How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Tax Office

You can go to any Turkish tax office and pay your residence permit fees. Just take the first page of your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form, your passport, and enough Turkish Lira to pay the fees.

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How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at a Participating Bank

You can pay your residence permit fees at certain banks, including Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank, or Halk Bank. Take your passport and the first page of your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form. You'll need a payment code for each fee you pay.

Turkey Residence Permit Fee Payment Codes

  • İkamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Processing Fee): 9233
  • Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207
  • Tek Giriş Vize Harcı (Single-Entry Fee):  758.90*

*The Single-Entry Fee can only be paid at a bank or during your appointment at an immigration office vezne (cashier).

Insider Tip: The payment codes are only used by banks. You won't need them if you pay online, at a tax office, or at an immigration office cashier.

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How to Pay Your Turkey Residence Permit Fees at the Immigration Office

A cashier where residence permit fees are paid.

When you pay your residence permit fees at a tax office or any other government facility, look for the "vezne," which means "cashier."

The offices of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) in provincial city centers which have the same name as the province, such as Izmir (the city) and Antalya (the city) have a co-located vezne (cashier) which is run by the tax office. It's usually in the same building. But branch offices, such as those in various districts of Istanbul, or in towns with a large foreign population, may not have one. In those cases, you'll have to go to another building, somewhere else in town, and pay the fees there.

Paying the Fees Before Your Appointment

It's best if you can go to the immigration office, say, 45 minutes before your appointment, to pay your fees before your interview. Just find the cashier, show the clerk your downloaded and printed Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport or current residence permit, and pay in cash.

Paying the Fees During Your Appointment

But let's say you're applying for a two-year residence permit but you're unsure if the immigration specialist will give you the full two years. They may only give you one year. This is often the case for first-time applications, especially in Istanbul.

If that's your situation, you can wait for the immigration specialist, at the end of your interview, to decide how long they're going to give you a residence permit for. Then go and pay for the amount of time they tell you and return with the receipt.

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Keep a Copy of Your Residence Permit Fee Payment Receipts

You'll need your fee payment receipt to add to your residence permit application package. And there's another reason you might need it—for traveling outside of Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card.

Receipts Are Required for Travel Outside of Turkey and Reentry

If you've applied for a Turkey Residence Permit and your current visa or residence permit is expired, you must get the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) from the immigration office to travel outside of Turkey and return without a visa. The Residence Permit Application Document allows you to be outside of Turkey for up to 15 days and then reenter, provided you have your passport and a copy of the receipts showing you've paid the fees for your residence permit.

So be sure to keep your receipts in case you need to travel before you receive your residence permit card.

How to Get a Fee Receipt Online

If you've lost your receipt, you may be able to get one online. Go to:

https://spos.gib.gov.tr/Spos/Sorgu

Fill out the form with what information you have (some of the fields are optional) and submit it, and you'll have a receipt you can download and print.

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Other Costs Associated with Getting a Turkey Residence Permit

Besides the Residence Permit Application Fee, Card Printing Fee, and Single-entry Fee (if you entered Turkey without a visa), you will also have the following associated costs:

Cost of Four Biometric Photos

You can get your photos taken at any photo studio for around ₺25.

Cost of Health Insurance

Your cost for the required health insurance policy will be charged according to your age, as follows:

Turkey Residence Permit Health Insurance Cost by Age
Age 18-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 55-60 61-64
Cost ₺250

₺260

₺280 ₺300 ₺350 ₺400 ₺450 ₺500 ₺650 ₺750

These are estimates. All of the health insurance policies for residence permits cover the same minimum government requirements, yet different insurance companies charge different prices for them. So it's a good idea to shop around or go through an insurance broker who can get prices from multiple companies, such as Mertsel Insurance (see below for more information).

You can also buy Turkish private health insurance policies which cover more than the government minimums. They can cover anything you want, and of course, the more coverage you want, the more it will cost.

Insider Tip: If you buy a private health insurance policy that isn't one of the typical policies for residence permits but which meets or exceeds the government requirements, it must have the following statement on the policy:

Turkish:

İşbu poliçe 10.05.2016 tarih ve 16 sayılı vize ve ikamet izni taleplerinde yaptırılacak özel sağlık sigortalarına ilişkin genelgede belirlenen asgari teminat yapısını kapsamaktadır.

English:

This policy covers the minimum coverage for the general health insurance for private health insurances to be made on visa and residence permit requests dated 10.05.2016.

Policies issued specifically for residence permits already have this statement on them.

Note: Health insurance isn't required for those under 18 or over 65 years of age.

Cost of a Notarized Copy of Your Rental Contract

A notary sign in Turkey.

To find a notary, you can just go into town and look for a sign like this.

The cost of a notarized copy of a rental contract in Turkey is ₺140.

If you later buy a property, you'll submit your tapu (property title deed) instead of a rental contract. A property title deed doesn't need a notarized copy. You can just bring your property title deed and a regular copy to your residence permit application appointment.

Cost of Foreign Document Legalization (If Required)

If foreign documents are required for your residence permit, such as a marriage certificate or criminal record from your home country (these are not usually required), you must pay to

  1. Have your home country government send the document(s) to you (if you don't already have them).
  2. Send the document(s) to your country's office which issues apostilles (an apostille certifies the document as genuine) and have the document and apostille sent back to you.
  3. Have the document(s) and apostille translated by a sworn translator and notarized.

Each country which is a member of the International Apostille Convention lists their prices for an apostille here:

https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/authorities1/?cid=41

If your country isn't on the list, it means it's not a member of the Apostille Convention. Contact your country's embassy in Turkey or search the internet for your government office which legalizes documents.

Cost of Foreign Document and Apostille Translation

After you receive the foreign document and apostille from your home country, you must have both translated into Turkish by a sworn translator, and the translation stamped by a notary.

The cost of a sworn translation will depend on the language, number of pages, and the complexity of the document. For a one-page document in English, expect to pay at least ₺80.

For the notary stamp on the translation (the translator will do this), expect to pay around ₺160.

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Paid Residence Permit Application Services

If you want to pay a company to apply for your residence permit for you, they'll do the online application for you, get you a verified appointment with the immigration office. and send you the Residence Permit Registration Form to add to your application package.

They can also get you a tax number and health insurance, and advise you as you collect the other documents you need.

Prices for paid residence permit application services vary widely. Some are absolute scams, charging thousands of dollars. For a typical residence permit application done by application service (not including getting you a tax number or health insurance), expect to pay around ₺600.

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Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance

Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel shops for prices health insurance policies from various insurance companies to get the best price, and charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer.

Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will also:

  • Get you a tax number
  • Create your health insurance policy
  • Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form
  • Book your appointment at the immigration office and
  • Send you the documents for your application package

Mertsel will also assist you in collecting any other documents you need for your application.

You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below:

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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