Residence Permit

The consequences of overstaying in Turkey


Update : 03.09.2015 Overstaying in Turkey might occur in three possible ways; A foreign national, might overstay a visa; or might breach the 90 in 180 days rule during his/her stay in Turkey, or might continue to stay in Turkey without renewing his/her residence permit after its expiry period.

90 in any 180 Days Rule In compliance with the Decision of the Council of Ministers dated 10.10.2011, No: 2011/2306, starting from 01 February 2012, total duration of stay of foreigners who visit Turkey as tourists cannot exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. Foreigners, who are intending to stay in Turkey longer than mentioned period (90 days in 180 days period), are required to apply for residence permit.

An overstayer, in all mentioned circumstances, will be subject to administrative fine and as well as might be barred to re-enter Turkey lawfully for a fixed term.


In case of overstaying tourist visa (or breaching 90/180 days rule)  or exceeding validity period of residence permit, foreigners will be subject to administrative fines.   According to Law on Duties no: 492 section 6, failing to apply for residence permit or failing to renew the existing one, does not prevent collection of the fees for overstayed period. Administrative fine may vary according to the nationality of the foreigner. This fee is calculated on the basis of double amount of existing permit fee charges. In addition to the permit fees, if applicable, administrative fine may include residence permit card fee  and single entry visa fee.  (For details permit fees page.)

2015 RESIDENCE PERMIT FEESOTHER COUNTRIESAlbaniaPhilippinesIsraelJapanCambodiaMacedoniaMaliOmanTajikistanBelgiumBelarusAlgeriaSpainKuwaitJordanLuxemb.MaltaSingaporeTaiwanEthiopiaSouth KoreaHong KongMicronesiaRussiaMoroccoIvory CoastIraqMontenegroEgyptTunisiaSerbiaFijiNorwayChileK. Marino
DAILY FEES1  $0.5 $0.4 $0.3 $0.2 $13,30 TL
MINIMUM  MAXIMUM10-25 $5-14 $4-9 $3-7 $2-5 $24,80-126,70 TL
FIRST MONTH25 $14 $9 $7 $5 $126,70 TL
REMAINING MONTHS5 $3.5 $2.5 $1.5 $0.5 $84,20TL


An entry ban is imposed to the foreign nationals who are staying in Turkey illegally when they don’t have valid visa or a valid residence permit.

In case of an overstay of less than 10 days, no entry ban will be imposed.  Moreover “entry ban order will not be issued against the foreigners who exceed the duration of visa, visa exemption or residence permit for more than ten days and arrive at the border gates to exit before a removal decision is taken against them. However, the foreigners who violate the mentioned durations of visa, visa exemption, work permit or residence permit will pay a fine.” (For more information you may consult to the  Ministry of Interior Directorate General  of Migraion Management –Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigners.)

The Length of ban is approximately corresponds to the length of overstayed period.  Notification about the entry ban period and the administrative fine is issued at the border gates.  In case of failing to pay imposed administrative fine, a foreign national might be barred to enter Turkey for five years period.

Maximum duration of an entry ban to Turkey is five years. “The entry ban to Turkey for foreigners whose visa or residence permit has expired and who has applied to the governorates to exit from Turkey before their situation is established by the competent authorities upon which a removal decision has been taken, shall not exceed one year.” (Art.9/4  Law no 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection)

Entry ban might be lifted in case the overstayed person applies to the Turkish missions abroad for the relevant type of visa. Applications are forwarded to the Turkish Ministry of Interior for approval and the visa can be issued upon the affirmative instructions of the Ministry.

Please consider that the website you have visited contains general information only, not legal advice. Although Expatuci Relocation has taken great care in compiling the content of Expat Guide publication and Expat Guide Turkey website,we cannot guarantee that all information is accurate and complete.


  • For Entry Ban, you may consult to Articles 9 and 10, for new deportation rules you may consult to the second part (section 4) of the Law no.6458.
  • For the interpretation of the Law no.6458,you may consult to the official page of Directorate General of the Migration Management. Frequently Asked Questions about Foreigner

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  1. Hey,
    I had to apply for a resident permit extention but ended up overstaying for 6 month because I got scammed in the process, I know I will need to pay a fine but will I also be banned to re-enter the country after paying my fine or not?

  2. Hello,
    I have overstayed my student resident permit by 3 years, when I pay my overstay fines do I still get entry ban

  3. Hello i want to travel back home next and it will be 3years of over stay. I want to pay in fine of over stay. What period will be given for re entering Turkey. Thanks

  4. hello
    I overstayed with my daughter and husband in turkey for 2 months but we applied already for a tourist ikamet but no answer was given yet. I travelled from tukery with my daughter urgently becase my dad died and payed the fine at the border lines. but while i am in Lebanon i recieved that my ikamet and my daughter ikamet are rejected because we are outside turkey. Now i want to get back to turkey with my daughter. Can i enter and re apply for the residence permit?

  5. Hello,

    I overstayed for about 7 months in Turkey and I was banned for 3 months (I came yesterday 06.03.2021).
    I have a job offer would it be ok if I got back to turkey 2 weeks after my ban during this covid 19 issue… Or will they ban me again for up to 5 years?
    Many thanks in advance

  6. I am a Police officer from The Gambia. I came to Turkey at the request of the Turkish Embassy in Banjul for officers to attend a Police Chief’s training and Non-thesis Master’s at the Police Academy in Golbasi since December 2020. When the COVID19 stated, we were asked to leave the academy till further notice. Funnily my first permit got expired in August and by December i stated renewing it and finally got enrolled in December 23,2020 but having waited for two months i decided to go to the immigration office to enquire only to be told i was rejected and i should leave the country and reapply for visa. It sounds really crazy that i face such harassment and regretted even coming to Turkey but as it stands i don’t know what to do as i came to Turkey through diplomatic protocol and i cannot just go with 10 days.
    Please advice on the step i can take.

  7. Hi,my visa date ends in 20 days however I applied for ikamat and it has been approved positively but I still haven’t gotten my card yet. On website it says it’s on printing stage. If it doesn’t come in the 20 days will it be considered overstaying?

  8. Hello…I have overstayed by 20 days due to sickness from food poisoning…I took some medicine from pharmacy but still not well ..i would like to go to hospital but concerned about overstay status….will this be a problem as would have to provide passport for treatment.

  9. Hello,
    I want to apply for renewal of my residence permit, because i should stay because of school until March, but for some reason e-ikamet website ask me instead of reason for stay the legal representative which I dont have any in turkey.. Do you have some tutorial how to extend residence permit please?

  10. Please i am a student in North Cyprus and i came in October 2020 and i want to withdraw my admission and go back to Nigeria but the stamp on my passport has expired with less than 2 months. Do i have any problems leaving the country without doing the permit

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