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  1. Overstaying Your Visa Many foreigners have over-stayed a visa, or residence permit, without realizing it. The Turkish government deals with overstays with either a fine and/or a ban from re-entering Turkey. These vary according to the length of the overstay. If you've overstayed for less than ten days, you will be fined when you go to the border gate to leave, but you won't receive re-entry ban. If you have overstayed for more than ten days, you'll be banned from re-entering Turkey for a specified time. Fines Immigration officials at the ports of entry/exit have a chart which dictates fines and re-entry bans, based on the number of days of an overstay. The fine is paid at the immigration desk at the port when you leave Turkey. Re-entry Bans If you don't pay the fine, or if you have overstayed for more than ten days, you will receive a ban with a duration depending on how long you over-stayed. The shortest ban is 90 days. The longest is five years, with a maximum of 10 years in cases where the foreigner is determined to be a threat to public order or safety. Dealing with Border Control Officials Always be polite and respectful to border control officials, especially when you are leaving after an overstay. There have been many cases where the border control official involved has assessed a significantly lower fine, and not banned the traveler at all--even after an overstay for several months. Overstaying your Residence Permit The rules above also apply for overstays of a residence permit. If You Are Still Living in Turkey Unless your overstay is a very long one (especially if it's six months or more), you may be able to go to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), pay the fine, and extend your residence permit. If you haven't overstayed for more than six months, and are told that you need to leave the country and serve a re-entry ban, contact your country's embassy or consulate. There may be a a consular official there who can call someone at the foreigners' bureau and smooth things over, and perhaps get you a lower fine as well. There is no guarantee that it will work, but it has worked in the past for some foreigners. Important! If you have overstayed your visa or residence permit and need to catch a flight at the airport, go early and go through passport control well before your flight. It could take an hour for the immigration officials to calculate your fine or ban, and for you to make payment for it. Then, if you miss your flight, you will have to book and pay for another one. Arrest and Deportation for Long Overstays If you are caught on the street with a significantly long overstay, you will be subject to arrest and deportation. If this is your situation, contact your country's embassy or consulate to make arrangements to turn yourself in, and make arrangements for leaving Turkey. By self-reporting with consular assistance, you can avoid being arrested, jailed, and deported. See Also The 90-in-180-day rule: Citizens of Europe, the UK, and the US can only stay in Turkey for 90 days in any 180-day period. This article covers how it works, and how it is calculated. External Links Calculator of travel days remaining under a Schengen short-stay visa: You can use this calculator by entering how many days you have been in Turkey, to determine how many days remain before you overstay. Schengen Visa 90 Day Calculator for iPhone: A downloadable app which enables you to calculate how many days you can legally stay in Turkey during the validity period of your visa. Check Schengen Visa App for Android: Another app you can use on the go to calculate how many days you can remain in Turkey on your visa.
  2. Hello my case is like this : i entered turkey on 28 Aug 2017 with my Jordanian passport on a 90 Days visa. I applied for an appointment for the residency permit , got it on 29 Nov 2017 i went to the appointment and they requested extra papers from Jordan like bank account balance and a clean criminal record ( that will take 2 months to be issued from the embassy ) the criminal clean record issuance date is 5 Dec 2017 and had all the legal government stamps from Jordan and translated to English. i got the papers today 3 Feb 2018 but I was told that I have only 30 days to get the requested papers and get back to the appointment again but it took 60 days am I considered as an overstayed person ? And what will be the procedure when I get back to the residency office and show them the papers and tell them that it took two months to be issued . Thanks in advance
  3. james


    My residence will expire today but when I went to book for a renewal, they told me that the system is not good and they gave me an application number without print out of details and money. I want to know if I have overstayed by doing that today without a print out.
  4. ElChrispin


    Please l overstayed for months in turkey within 2014-2015 but upon exiting...l payed my fine .. l asked the immigration officer if l was banned and he said no ... please l want to return .. is this possible
  5. Hello, I spent 76 days in Turkey starting early May before returning to the UK. I called the visa helpline in Ankara when I got back to ask about the tourist visa situation. I was given wrong information on this line - they said just to get another tourist visa. I returned to Turkey and when leaving the second time I was told I had overstayed. The second visit was 15 days - a total of 91 days. Clearly an error and not intentional. I left last time on 27 August and would like to return again in about a week from now. The Turkish government website states, entry "may" be allowed if I pledge to apply for residency with 10 days (full quote and link below). Would it be wise to make have the residency appointment already made before arrival to show at immigration and are there any other particular supporting documents I should take to make the passport control smoother? It seems there is no clear answer to whether or not I will be allowed to enter Turkey as even the government website says I "may" be... Thanks for any advice you can offer! Alex "Is it possible to give temporary flexibility about the rule of “ninety days within a hundred and eighty days” as the residence permit applications cannot be completely received by the consulates yet? Foreigners arriving at our border gates after completing the stay duration of 90 days within 180 days in Turkey may be allowed to enter into the country if there is not any other obstacle to the entry and if they pledge to apply to the Foreigners Department in the province where they will stay within ten (10) days to obtain a residence permit as of the date of entry. In this respect, the entry procedures will be initiated within the scope of the general provisions for the foreigners who accept the conditions stated in the standard form handed to them."
  6. This is a little bit of a crazy happening. I arrived in Turkey 4 years ago. I had a job at a school in istanbul and they did not offer a work visa. That was fine with me. I thought I would only stay one year. then after two years I moved to İzmir. my visa was to be renewed but ı did not have the funds to do it, so I let it lapse. My thought was that I would save the cash and leave for some time and then come back after a year or so. now the visa is over by two years and I am working as a private teacher and money is low. as in so low that some days I cant afford to eat. I had a friend that moved to izmir and we took a flat together. Now that the school year has ended , he left without paying me back for the 3 months rent I paid and he also didnt pay for the June rent. the landlord was sympathetic to the situation but now it is July and I still owe for June and now July. so here are my questions. 1. about the rent... is there a way that I can legally extend my time to pay? I mean should I have a friend explain in Turkish to them that I have lost most of my students due to the summer and ask them to let me pay like as much as I can each week? what are your thoughts on that working? they are very nice ppl... 2. seeing as how I have no family back in the states ( raised in foster homes and set out on my own a few years back) I have no one to ask for money help to get out of here... so could I like go to the embasy and tell them that I have overstayed and they send me back to the US? will they allow me to take my things with me? will I be arrested? could I ever come back to Turkey if I do this? thanks in advance for the help even though it is bad all around and I am at a loss every day on what to do
  7. im ahmed from egypt i visited turkey last year and i have been there for 57 days from 15/7/2016 till 11/9/2016 but my visa was for 30 days only as visit type , in airport i was so late for my flight to egypt and i traveled without paying fine 90 tl , i applied for new visa last feb and i got it normally at 2/2/2017 , i went there but at ataturk airport they told me u have ban , u should go bk to cairo and apply again for SPECIAL not normal visa to remove ban then u can come back again , i applied quickly and i didn’t prepare my papers well , so after 1 month i got that i’m rejected , so now what can i do , it so deep humanity situation bcz i have long love story with my turkish girlfriend and we have to live together and start our life i need to know solution also how can i know duration of ban , ONLY 27 DAYS overstaying , also today i complete 9 months ban
  8. Hi I am looking for a bit of help. So I came to Turkey in 2012. I got my first rp and then my second one with no problems. on my 3rd rp I got caught in the new system and had a 2 day overstay. the police at the station told me to just go to Bulgaria for 24 hours and then come back and do the new apointment within 10 days. so off I went. I had a fine of 400 lira for just 2 days. I have heard that it depends on the mood of the people for the amount. there was a kid in front of me who had stayed 2 months and got the same amount. maybe the difference was that I wanted to come back and he was just leaving for good.. idk. so I got back and got the new permit. then i started to work at a school that said they got the permit for me. well i never really checked on it as i was really liked at the school and everything was fine. I resigned with the school and again they said they will handle the permits. I was happy to not have to deal with it. Now I need to leave in may because my daughter will graduate university back in america and I went to ask for the permits and all papers as they knew at the start of the year that I would go in May and return about 10 days later. They told me that they never got the permit because I never gave them my rp. Come to learn they also did not do it last year. SO at this point I am overstayed by 19 months. I know there will be a huge fine which I dont think I can pay so I have decided to go home and work for a year or so. I read here that bans can be up to five years. I also read that someone can apply to the Turkish Foreign Department back in the US and ay the fine and have the ban lifted. So I had decided to do that. But last evening I read that if someone has overstayed 2 times that they will be banned forever. Is this true? I need someone who knows this for sure and not a guess. Can anyone hel me on this ? Or tell me what I need to do in order to be able to come back to Turkey after about one year? Thanks in advance
  9. Im a student in ankara i have overstayed my ikamet for 3 month and 2 weeks now. I failed to pay my university fees a semester ago and i could not renew my ikamet my school refused to give me the required documents. But then i managed to pay for the next semester but when i was going to renew my ikamet and pay the fine they told me that i can not because my ikamet is no longer available and i have to go back to my country and get a visa and than come back and get a new ikamet . I just wanted to know with these new rules if i will be banned , I understand about the fines and i will pay them. And i also wanted to know if i can pay the fine. In ankara airport when leaving or in instanbul because my flight is from ankara to instanbul and than my country
  10. I'm a U.S. citizen. I overstayed my residency permit by almost 6 months. It will be 6 months this week. when i went to renew I was told about the new health insurance policy and I was planning on leaving a lot sooner but got delayed. At the time the fine was cheaper than buying insurance and new permit but now I don't know. I want to leave and come back on a 90 day tourist visa but I can't find out how much the fine is. I have read on forums some people don't get fined, others different amounts. It seems up to the discretion of who's working customs. I'm thinking if it's going to be a lot I might as well renew my residency permit. If I renew the residency permit BEFORE i leave will there still be a fine? Trying to find the cheapest route. Also, will i get a ban? I don't want to leave and have all my stuff in Turkey and not be able to get back. I've called U.S. embassy in Turkey, no luck there. Anyone know?
  11. hermeneut

    overstay abroad

    hi to all, I have one question. I got my residence permit after 3 days. That's great. I will be staying in Istanbul for one year, but during this time I am going to spend more then 120 days outside Turkey. How they count how many days I was outside Turkey? If they count, what will happen when I reach f. E. 130th day, and I am coming back to Istanbul? Will they not allow me to go inside? What are your experience and suggestions for the case like this? TIA
  12. Iyaa

    Overstay Penalties

    dear mr. ken i've been overstay about 1. 5 months in istanbul. i came here on february 10, 2016 with E_visa and when i want to make an appointment to get my residence permit. my application. has been avoid they told me it was late. one month i havent any valid permit. so, if i overstayed here without permit till 1 or 2 years. i will get a banned and high penalty to pay? or 2nd options is i comeback to my country for example, i back on 26 and come back to turkey again on 27. can i do that? or theres ban for me to leave turkey for couple of week or month'? i dont know what should i do right now.. :'()
  13. ceymi

    Very Long Overstay

    hi... i need help. my situation is very terrible and confusing. 6 years ago my Mom got married to a turkish man. she decided to take me from my country and i applied a student visa. when i arrived to turkey i enrolled myself to a Turkish Class and i got 1 month class. after we went to yabancılar şubesi to apply student permit. after 15 days they issued me just 30 days student permit and i have to do the same process to extend my student permit. then after we got some financial problem and i stopped enrolling in class. when my student permit expiıred i stayed maybe 4 years without any permit and one day the time my mom decided to fix everything again we went back to yabancılar and i pay fines and they gave me 7 days to exit turkey. but i didnt exit turkey coz my mother needed me so much she is getting sick that time and im affraid to leave her. now i continue my life here in day i lost my passport and my expired student permit and my life just flashed before me... im doomed i told myself. it the worst day in my life. now i got my new passport back. i have 6 months relationship with a turkish man and we want to marry. what do i have to do? im confuse and have no idea what to do first. if i pay my fines and exit turkey is there a chance i can come back again? for how long they will ban me?
  14. anyword will do

    URGENT! Please help! I overstayed

    Hi all, I am an Indian student doing my research internship in an university in Izmir. I came to Turkey on May 4, 2014. My visa validity was from April 16 to May 16, 2014(visa type: research). So I had gone to the police station near Konak, Izmir on May 9,2014 to get a Residence Permit. But I was told that the visa rule has changed and now for a research internship, the visa is valid for 3 months. So I need not to get the residence permit and I can stay in Turkey with this visa for 3 months. Though they didn't give me anything in written and when I asked they said that everyone knows about the change in visa rule and so I need not to worry Yesterday, to inquire some other queries, I went to same police station and I was appalled to hear that there is no such change in visa rule and my visa had expired on 16 May. No one was ready to talk beyond this. They told me that I will have to pay the penalty on the airport. Please suggest me what can I do now.I have only 2 weeks remaining. I am in contact with the Indian Embassy in Turkey and they told me that they will write a formal letter to Foreign Ministry of Turkey explaining this situation.I have also informed my hosting professor. I was afraid of this situation from a long time, and also to get the rules confirmed,I had sent a mail to a head officer of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affair on 18 May, but till date I haven't got the reply. I am not able to find the visa rule for research internship on the internet. In this condition, How will I know my visa is valid or not? Also the police officer told me that I have to pay about 250 lira as penalty but on the internet I am finding a varying penalty charge and some are exceptionally high. Is it possible that I can pay my penalty in the police station and get something in written as an official proof of paying penalty to show at airport. Also do I have an option to get banned for few years if i don't pay the fine amount. In that case, I think that the ban option is good for me. No doubt I have had a great time in Turkey and people are also very good, but due to this screwed system, I would not be disappointed if they don't let me come again. Do you think this will be good idea? Will the ban mark on my passport hinder me from getting visa of other countries like US, UK? what worst could happen if I don't have the money to pay as the fine on the airport? Thank you for help.
  15. Hi Friends, I need an important help on my further visa. I have been in Turkey two years back on work visa. I was working for a company out there and it was an IT project. The visa duration was for a year but the project got finished soon (in 5-6 months). The company who sponsored me had to cancel my permit since the work was finished however I had the password + resident permit (which was valid for a year). I got some other assignment there itself and consulted friends lawyer about that. He told you can still work for a year. After 3 months that assignment was over (i.e. after total approx 8-9 months stay in turkey) I decided to go back to India. When I was at airport I was told that you have been over stayed and they charged me approx 70 to 100 lira and banned me for a month. During those three months of another assignment, I was worried about the same thing and I informed my new employer to reapply for my work visa but he avoided and lied to me that he already did so (I have those emails too). I would have gone to visa department but my mistake I want to understand will it cause issue to my next UK visa?If yes, any chance I can avoid it?Is this logged in central db. Can UK embassy track this?Do I have to mention it in visa form?
  16. Hi everybody, I have a problem and I search help for find a solution, soon if it's possible !! I am french, I was coming in Turkey with my Identity card, so when I have ask, 2 months later for make a Ikamet, of course, they say me, no you need a passeport. I go Ankara make it, I wait, 1 month. I am in trouble, I have a overstaying for few days. They say me, if you want make a Ikamet, go out and come back, pay the fine, and ask for make Ikamet. But I was not sure, because the french consulat say me I have to wait 3 months for come back..... I start to become anxious, I don't know who belive, I have a rent home every months, a dog here adopted in the country, a lot of stuff, my job depend of here too (but not directly), and I want live here..... So, I wait, I search solutions..... I don't really find, I am now a long time in a big deal, overstaying 2 months next month..... I ask Istanbul buro for foreign of the website, they answer me, go out and come back, if you pay the fine, you can after make your Ikamet, they give you ten days for make it, without ban or problems ?? Can I trust ?? Did I need a avocat ?? Did I need a help from French Ambassade ?? I am really lost, but if I go out, (I really want and need my Ikamet :/) and have to stay 3 months outside, it's not possible for me, really, I want pay all, I want make all good, but I can't actually go out, so I stay and go out when I can wait a time ban if no solutions, but I really hope and think solutions is possible, I don't know what to do. If I can go out one day and turn back, and have my ten days for make all, it's really what I need/want, or better, pay in the country, don't go out. It's hard I am so sad :/. I am in Izmir. Thanks for help and sorry if my english is not very good !!
  17. Hey guys My 90 day visa is coming to an end soon. I really would like to stay for about 5-6 days after this. I had been thinking about applying for the ikamet. Or... maybe I could just pay the fine. I have researched this topic a bit, and it seems the fines vary widely. At the low end of the scale, I have seen fines for just 100TL, or even nothing... However, if the fine could be anything like 200euro/500TL and above... I don't think I would chance it. That's just too much. So - any guesses as to how much a 5 day overstay, on average, might cost? (including fluttering my eyelashes innocently at passport control...) Also, I definitely want to return about 90 days later, so i'm hoping the overstay wouldn't affect that or incur any sort of ban (assuming I pay on the spot). Thanks as always guys
  18. Hi I am a EU citizen who can stay in Turkey for 90 days whitout a visa, last year i got a 1 year RP which is due to expire this summer.Can i stay 3 month in turkey after my RP is expired?
  19. Hello everyone! I overstayed in Turkey by less than a month on my residence permit while my student visa was still valid in July. I tried to pay the fine at the airport when leaving and the airport police told me I didn't have a fine to pay and I would have no problem to re-enter. I then tried to re-enter and apply for the e-visa two months ago and was refused it, and I didn't know why. I sent my paper application into the embassy in Ottawa and I found out I was on Turkey's forbidden list because of not paying the fine THAT I TRIED TO PAY. Anyway, after a long time I got permission from the minister of foreign affairs to re-enter Turkey and pay my fine. So now I have the visa, and I am flying out on Tuesday and I'm just really nervous - does anyone know what the procedure is like for re-entering and paying? How long it will take? Can you do it right at the passport desk? Thanks so much for any input!
  20. ArendseGulloev

    Fines for overstay

    I have lived 4 months in Istanbul as an Erasmus student. Now however, the semester is almost over and I would like to travel home. I have a very late residence appointment as there were no free appointments earlier in the semester. i am therefore thinking maybe to leave the country before the appointment. But I cannot find any information on how big the fines are in the airport for overstay. I will have overstayed a bit less than one month when the semester is over and i will be able to leave. My question is therefore if you know how big these fines are, and how much I might be charged for leaving? thanks for your help Arendse
  21. Hello!I got a problem.I should be staying in Istanbul for 107 days.. least my plane tickets say so. I booked before informing and since I needed to stay that much. Now I see that's a problem and it doesn't seem worth going through all the RP procedure for such a short overstay (just17days).I find it difficult to find clear information (government's website is the worst situation I believe) and probably is a common thing in this matters, but procedures look long and difficult, not to mention expensive.. The easiest solution might appear to go on a 17 days trip to Greek Island or Thessaloniki, at least one wouldn't use money and time in burocracy but in relax.. Although it would have been useful to me, to stay all those 107 days, but well.. Isn't there a shorter permit than the usual 3 or 6 months ones, the expenses of which seem worthless to take for such a short overstay?Thanks for your attention, and nice website!
  22. IstanbulWhiteboy

    Overstayed visa, how long is the ban?

    a friend of mine said she overstayed her visa by 2 years before returning to the UK and asked me how she can find out how long she's banned from getting a new visa. this was 3 years ago. anybody know?