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 Expat Guide Turkey 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. Hello, I’m South African have have been living in turkey for almost 1 year with out a residence permit. This is due to being stuck in the country thanks to covid. How much do would my fine be and do I have a high chance of being band even when I haven’t been able to travel due to covid ?

  2. Hello, my partner and I have overstayed our tourist visa by 52 days. We are leaving today with private vehicle. Can you advise the penalty for Australians and Canadians for over stay. And if we can not pay, what happens?
    Also, is there any penalty for the vehicle?

  3. Hi expert, I applied for a new resident permit in September 2020 but it never came out. I wish to return to Cameroon; my home country. How much will it cost for the overstayer administration fee (penalty) ? And do i need to pay for any card fee as well? And also what will be my ban period if any at all?

  4. Hello,
    I am a US citizen, I visited Turkey in Jan 14 to Feb 21 for 39 days and visa is until July 12, 2021. Now, I artived in Turkey, May 13, They said I have 52 more days left. What are my options if I want to stay for 90 days from May 14? Do I exit Turkey before my visa expires then reenter to get another 90 days ? Or pay the fine for overstaying?

  5. HI there me and my girlfriend are from the uk , we have overstayed a little over 3 months, we wanted to leave long ago but problems with the pandemic that we couldnt just leave because of closures and quarantine rules prices back in the uk and our place is rented there and countrys have closed for us to just leave and go there as it was normal, we will leave to georgia i guess as soon as possible by flight can we leave during the lockdown here, what will be the fine at the airport calculated as 3 half months overstay, i sure do hope the border control understand us with this because we would like to come back to get residence oneday in the very near future, thank you tom

  6. Greetings,
    I am Tajik citizen. I overstayed recently in Turkey for less than one month. I told the fines and was told not to come back for three months. Now, I must enter Turkey to take PCR test and get the next flight US. The receipt that I was given did not have writings of my banning. This is my situation. Please, I look forward to your response as soon as possible.

  7. Hello please I entered Turkey last year September 24 and stayed till December 08 before leaving and it wasn’t even up 3 months yet but still I was asked to pay a fine at the airport but I didn’t cos there was a guy before me, we came to Turkey the same date and we were leaving together who had same issues but he wasn’t asked to pay any fine so I refused to pay and was given an entry ban for 3 months which expired last month March. So all I want to know is if I can apply again for another Visa to Turkey since the entry ban has expired. And I applied for a resident permit but couldn’t wait to receive it due to a family emergency.

  8. I entered Turkey on 29.03.2021 at 11.00 PM. My visa is valid upto 90 days. On which date, I have to leave the country. Can I leave on 27.06.2021.

  9. Hallo, my name is Khalil and I am from the Netherlands. I would like to apply for a residence permit. But I have a problem, namely that I had overstay and paid a fine. after that I left turkey. Then I came back to Turkey and paid a fine again and filled in a form that within 10 days I have to fill in the residence permit. However I didn’t fill in the resident permit within 10 days and is still want tot get the residence permit? What should I do now? can I Still get it, even its out of the 10 days?

  10. We are an Australian couple who have overstayed our visa by 71 days. We have purchased a property but settlement took a while because it was new and the builder had not finished. We have been free camping in our camper so no address. We have applied for residency and had appointment but will not receive ikamet for a while. We have to be in Bulgaria (crossing tomorrow) to have roadworthy on camper registered under friends company in Bulgaria before it expires. We have not been able to fly home begad of covid. We will pay fine when crossing but need to come back across border next week as we have furniture white guys etc ordered and we need to move in. Immigration said no problem then when we enquired again they said don’t know. This does not help us at all. We do not want to get stuck in Bulgaria with an apartment we just bought in Turkey sitting empty

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