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Turkey Residence Permit Fees for 2021


An image of Turkish money representing the fees involved for a residence permit in Turkey. When you apply for a residence permit in Turkey (first-time applications and extensions), there are three fees you may have to pay to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM). Which ones you pay depends on your nationality, according to whatever international agreement your country has with Turkey, or whether you entered Turkey with or without a visa. Here are the fees:

  1. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): This fee is for the printing of your residence permit card. Everyone pays this fee, regardless of nationality. For 2021, it's ₺125. The payment code for this fee is 9207.
  2. Tek Giriş Vize Harcı (Single Entry Visa Fee): This fee only applies to citizens of countries who have legally entered Turkey without a visa. For 2021, this fee is ₺758.90. Don't pay this fee in advance—you'll pay it during your residence permit interview. If you need it, the payment code for this fee is 9234.
  3. Ikamet Harç Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): This fee varies according to nationality. It's usually in Turkish Lira but based on the US dollar, so the exact amount will also vary according to exchange rates. The payment code for this fee is 9233.

Note: In any case, when you complete your online application, the system will calculate the exact fees you need to pay. They'll be printed near the bottom of the first page of your application.

Note: You'll only need the above payment codes if you pay the fees at a bank (see below for participating banks). You won't need them if you pay online or at a tax office.

The fee amount you'll pay depends on which group your country is in, according to the agreement the Turkish government has with them. It also depends on how much time you want to stay in Turkey with your residence permit. Check the tables below to see which group (A through E) your country is in. Then look at the bottom of the table to see how the fee is calculated. There is one fee for the first month, then another fee for the second and following months. 

 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.

50 Percent Discount for Children

Children are charged 50% of the residence permit fee, but the full fee for printing the residence permit card and the single entry fee (if it must be paid).

Fees Are Printed on Your Residence Permit Registration Form

When you download and print your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), you'll see the fee amounts printed at the bottom of the first page. Wherever you pay the fees, take the Residence Permit Registration Form with you and show it to the cashier.

One-time Entry Fee for Visa-free Countries

Turkey has a visa-free entry agreement with the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Kosovo, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Turkmenistan.

If you're a citizen of one of these countries, you can enter Turkey without a visa. But when you apply for your residence permit, you'll pay a Single Visa Entry Fee (see above) in addition to the card fee and the residence permit fee. The Single Visa Entry Fee is a one-time fee for first-time applications. You'll pay it when you go to your residence permit appointment.

You'll Need a Tax Number

If you're applying for the first time, you'll need to get a Vergi Numarası (Tax Number). You can get one at any vergi dairesi (tax office). Each district in Turkey has one.

You can find your local tax office using Google Maps. For example, if you live in the district of Muratpaşa, in Antalya, search for muratpaşa vergi dairesi, and you'll see where it is.

The process is simple and fast. You go to the tax office with your passport and take a number. Tell the clerk you need a tax number. They'll enter your passport information into their system and give you a tax number for free. Later, when you get your residence permit and your Yabancı Kimlik Numarası (Foreigner Identification Number, or YKN), you can use that in place of your tax number.

Where and How to Pay the Fees

Paying Online

At the end of the application process, you'll have the option to pay the fees online with your credit card. As of this writing, the online payment system doesn't always work. If it doesn't work for you, then pay the fees at a tax office or a participating bank.

If you're successful at paying online, see "Getting a Receipt if You Pay Online" below.

Paying at a Participating Bank

The following banks accept residence permit fee payments:

  • VakıfBank
  • ZiraatBank
  • Halkbank

To pay at a bank, you'll need your passport, the printout of the residence permit application, and the payment code(s) provided at the beginning of this guide.

Paying at a Tax Office

To pay at a tax office, have your passport, and your printed residence permit application with you. If you want, you get your tax number and then pay the fees during the same visit.

Paying at a DGMM Cashier

The main provincial DGMM offices will have a vezne (cashier), or there'll be one nearby. If you plan to pay at a provincial DGMM office, go at least 30 minutes early in case there's a line. If you pay before your appointment time, you can give the fee payment receipts to the immigration officer when they interview you. You can also pay after the interview and return with the receipts, but it's easier if you get it done before the interview.

District DGMM offices (not located in a provincial government complex) may not have a cashier, so in this case, you should pay ahead of time at a tax office or bank.

Get and Keep Your Receipts

Getting a Receipt if You Pay Online

If you've paid online, the online system won't give you a receipt because your payment is in the system. Not having the receipt(s) could be a problem if you need to leave the country after your appointment and before you receive your residence permit card.

If You Must Leave Turkey After Your Appointment, but Before Your Card Arrives, You'll Need the Fee Payment Receipts

If your previous residence permit or visa is expired, or if you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey, you can still leave Turkey for up to 15 days and return as long as you've gone to your appointment and have the İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) they give you at the end of your appointment. This document is an A4 sheet of paper with your photo and personal information, which serves as a temporary residence permit until your residence permit card comes in the mail. If you must leave Turkey, you can be out of the country for 15 days and return without a visa, but you must have your Residence Permit Application Document and the receipts showing you've paid the fees.

To get your receipt(s), go to:

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

Fill out the form and submit it, and you'll have a receipt you can download and print. If this doesn't work, ask the immigration officer for the receipt(s) during your interview.

Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning after your appointment but before you receive your residence permit card.

Getting a Receipt if You Pay at a Tax Office or Bank

If you pay at a tax office or a bank, you'll get an original and copies of the fee payment receipts. Give the original to the DGMM when you go to your interview.

As mentioned above, keep a copy of these receipts in case you must leave Turkey and return.

Residence Permit Fee Refunds

If you've paid for a longer duration of a residence permit than you've received, for example, if you paid for a two-year residence permit and only got one year, or if your application was rejected, you can get a refund. But you'll need a Turkish bank account for the Turkish government to send it to you.

Learn more about getting a refund of your residence permit fees.

Assistance and Support

Residence Permit Application Assistance: With this service, a representative of Mertsel Insurance completes your online application and gets an appointment for you within 24 hours. They help you get the documents you need for your application package, and also provide insurance policies for residence permits.

Foreigner Communications Center Help Line: The DGMM also has a helpline you can call with any questions you might have. Just call 157 from any telephone in Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, you can call it at +90 312 157 1122. Be sure to have your passport, application number, and your visa information ready.

Turkey Central Residence Permit Forums: Do you have a question? Search our residence permit forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic.


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