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Turkey Residence Permit: What to Do if It's Lost or Stolen


Ken Grubb

A man worries about his lost or stolen residence permit.

If your residence permit is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police immediately and file a report. Then take a copy of the police report to the immigration office. You won't need an appointment.

Take the following to the immigration office:

  1. A copy of the police report.
  2. Two biometric photos
  3. Your passport and a copy of your passport, including the identifying information and photo pages, and the page with the most recent entry stamp.
  4. A copy of the residence permit that was lost or stolen, if you have one (it is always a good idea to take a photo or scan of your residence permit and save it in case you need it).

Fees for the Replacement of a Residence Permit

You'll have to pay a fee to have your new residence permit card printed. For 2021, the fee is ₺125.

You'll also have to pay half of the residence permit processing fee. The full fee is in US dollars (but paid in Turkish Lira) and varies according to your nationality and the current foreign exchange rate. It's calculated when your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) is created at the end of the online application process and printed at the bottom of the first page. Because of daily changes in the value of the Turkish Lira and the US dollar, the fee you pay will vary, but at least you'll have a rough idea of what it will be.

Delivery of Your New Residence Permit

Once your residence permit replacement application is accepted and your new card is printed, the immigration office will send it to you by registered mail.

If Your Residence Permit is Lost or Stolen While Outside of Turkey

If you're in another country and your residence permit is lost or stolen, you'll still be allowed to re-enter Turkey without buying an e-visa. Just explain the situation to the immigration control officer as you show them your passport. Using your passport number, They'll see that you're listed as a resident in their system. After you enter Turkey, go to a police station and report the theft or loss, get a copy of the police report, and follow the rest of the instructions above.

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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