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What is the Procedure in Turkey for Paying an Overstay Fine at the Airport?

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I would like to know the procedure for paying an overstay fine at the airport. I would be living from Bodrum going to Istanbul and then to the US. I can not do online check-in so I have to go wait at the counter which sometimes opens only a short time before the flight. I am worried I might miss my flight if I have to wait at the counter, wait at passport control, wait in another area to pay the fine in Bodrum. My layover is 4.5 hours in Istanbul so I would have time. Can someone please enlighten me as to where I will have to do this- Bodrum or Istanbul? And the procedure for it? My overstay is will be less than 15 days if that matters. Thank you

 

 

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Your fine would be paid at the airport where you leave the country, so it would be Istanbul. You should go early just in case. Go to the security office and let them know you need to pay your fine. I haven't done this before and I haven't heard or read anything about the exact procedures so I hope you will give us some feedback when you go through it.

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  • 10 months later...

Hello...question about overstay. If you pay the fine on departure can you return using the V84 conditional entry for residency permit application at the border or is this not applicable for overstays over a certain period of time  ?

 

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Ok..thank you for the reply.  Would a ban be automatic depending on length of overstay, or is that at the discretion of the immigration officials ?  In addition, would you be advised if a ban were made by a stamp in passport  ?

 

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According to the immigration office website, a ban can be imposed if the overstay is over ten days. The ban starts at 30 days, then goes to 90 days, then can be for up to five years for serious overstays.

The border officials seem to have discretion on whether or not to impose a ban. I have heard of cases where a foreigner had gotten unruly with the border officials and received a ban, and also of foreigners who were very nice and apologetic, and explained their situation, and received no ban when they should have received one. So by all means be nice to the border officials and explain your situation.

I've never heard of anything being put in anyone's passport about being banned. Nobody has reported such a thing. Besides, it would be unnecessary anyway, because they would be able to see from your passport number that you were banned.

I wrote an article about overstays, fines and bans here:

I hope that is of some help.

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 I overstayed my visa in 2017 (I forget by how long) the reason being that I had contracted the particularly bad influenza that was about then and ended up in hospital in Istanbul for a few days. I was out of hospital before I was due to return to the UK but the consultant managing my treatment said that I would not be fit enough to fly for about a month. He gave me a letter to show to the authorities at the airport to say that I had not been fit to fly. I did not have to pay any fines.

I probably should have waited longer before flying as the lower pressure on the aircraft coupled with my still elevated  blood pressure caused severe migraines.

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