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What is Annotated Visa? Who Can Apply? What Are The Documents Required For Application?

Especially as it has become one of the countries that foreigners frequently visit for tourism and investment purposes, Turkey has had to make various legal arrangements about foreigners in the recent period. Our team is frequently asked questions about visa violations, which is one of the most common situations, and deportation decisions based on various reasons. As a general rule, when a deportation decision is made on foreigners who have not been involved in any crime, these foreigners must pay the fine in cash when leaving the country. Foreigners who do not pay this fine are subject to a ban on entry to Turkey from 3 months to 5 years. Despite this penalty, those who have obtained a valid visa can legally return to Turkey without having to wait for the expiry of their prohibition period. In addition, if foreigners who violate a visa for up to 3 months (not including 3 months) exit spontaneously and pay the administrative fine before being detected by the competent authorities, no entry ban decision is made against them. In addition, if foreigners who violate a visa for more than 3 months pay the administrative fines within the period given to them, they are not faced with an entry ban to Turkey.

What is Annotated Visa and Who Can Apply?

Visas that include expressions such as treatment, family reunification, education, work, official duty, tourism in the purpose section of the visa labels are called legitimate visas. Annotated visa allows foreigners who are banned from entering Turkey to enter the country legally. If foreigners want to come to Turkey, they can apply for a valid visa to the Turkish consulates or embassies in their own country, provided that the reasons for their arrival are taken into account. However, in order to obtain a valid visa, it is mandatory to present a valid and documentable reason. Only in this way can a special purpose valid visa be obtained. For example, if you want to enter Turkey with a work permit, a work permit application must be made by your employer. The documents required for the application are in the form of an application form, a notary sworn translation of the foreigner’s passport, a biometric photograph and official documents documenting the valid visa reason (for example, a work permit application).

Removal of Deport with an Annotated Visa

Foreigners who violate a visa or residence permit during their stay in Turkey are also subject to a deportation decision and a fine. While those who leave by paying this fine are not banned from entering Turkey, foreigners who do not pay this fine are banned from entering the country for 3 months to 5 years. However, foreigners who present a valid and documentable reason after exiting can legally re-enter Turkey by obtaining a valid visa. In addition, foreigners are required to pay the fines incurred due to the violation upon entry into the country. While some deportation penalties can be lifted with a valid visa, some deportation penalties can only be lifted by a court decision.​ In addition, it should be noted that a legally regulated work permit application, etc. If the document does not represent a realistic situation, or more accurately, if the document was taken for false purposes, it is very likely that legal action will be taken against the foreigner.

What are the Documents Required for Application?

1- Documents Required for Work Visa

by the foreigner;

  • Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer),
  • Passport Copy (Translated by a sworn translator),
  • Diploma Copy (Translated by a sworn translator),
  • Reference letter, if applicable (translated by a sworn translator),
  • Copy of Valid Residence Permit for at least 6 months,
  • The original of the current work permit (for a work permit extension application),

By the employer;

  • The balance sheet and profit and loss statement of the institution for the previous year,
  • Turkish Trade Registry Gazette containing the current capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
  • Operating certificate,
  • Document that the company has no unpaid tax debts (can be requested in the application for a work permit extension)

2- Documents Required for Family Reunification Visa

  • The validity period of the passport of a foreign national who will apply for a visa must be at least 6 months.
  • Application form fully filled and signed by the visa applicant
  • 4 biometric photos taken within the last 6 months
  • Marriage certificate/ Family document (required from spouses)

3- Documents Required for Education Visa (Student Residence Permit)

  • Residence Permit Application Form
  • Original and photocopy of passport or substitute document
  • Four (4) photos
  • Statement that he/she has sufficient and regular financial means during his/her stay
  • Student certificate
  • If the person is under the age of 18; A letter of consent to be given by his mother/father or legal representative abroad, and a letter of undertaking to be given by real or legal persons in Turkey, provided that this is stated in the consent letter.
  • Valid health insurance

If you have questions about the annotated visa application, you can send them to us in the comments section.

Ata Kurumsal

Ata Institutional Consulting is a leading consultancy company in its field, with expert personnel, with 12 years of experience, providing residence permit, work permit, Turkish citizenship consultancy and corporate consultancy services to foreigners. Ata Instiutional Consultancy


  1. Please i want to know if E-visa can be count as Annotated visa?

    Please how can i know the Duration of my Banned??

  2. hi respected sir.. i have been working as process engineer having valid work permit in turkey for last four year. i came here in 2018 with my wife. my wife got residence permit in 2018 and 2019. but due to corona in 2020 my work permit approval got delayed and i couldn’t apply for her residence card. she over stay here more that one year. 4 month before i sent her back to my country and again applied for her visa. Now she have a valid Turkish visa. can she now come back to turkey? Still ban period didn’t finished. how i can confirm its an annotated visa any entry ban has been removed.

  3. Thanks for this post. I overstayed my visa and paid my penalty before leaving. I was also given a 5year ban because I was arrested by the police for overstaying my visa.

    With this information, I feel like I can apply for an annotated visa using work permit because I paid the fine completely at the airport before leaving.

    Is there a special process to apply or same regular work visa application process. I left Turkey for more than 6 months now.

    1. Hello, there is no special process, but they need to decide whether your purpose is to work or just to log in.

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? ExpatGuideTurkey would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our page.

  4. Please i want to know if E-Visa can be used to enter Turkey when your banned is still exist?

    Please how can i know the Duration of my Banned??

  5. Hello, i am from indonesia. I had banned to enter turkey from 26-01-2021 to 26-01-2022. It is end already. I plan to come to turkey and pay my fine at the border. Can i come directly to turkey with free visa that apply for indonesian citizen or i need to apply visa to turkish embassy in my country?

  6. Please help I’m married with my turkish partner we have 5 children I had overgone my visa by 6 years I left by my own choice because I was told to apply for a visa once I returned to the UK.I’m trying now to pay my fine now but not sure how to!!! I have phoned the turkish consulate they have told me to phone numbers in turkey I’m getting no help from anybody.Pease help im getting desperate as my children are missing their father. 😢

    1. Hello,

      We would advice your husband to contact visa violation office at airport in order to get a detailed information in regards of penalty payment on behalf of you.

      Thank you,

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? ExpatGuideTurkey would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our webpage:

  7. Hello dear,I have ban for 6 month cause I didn’t pay the fees and it pass 4 month I’ve applied for student visa and I got rejected and I want to enter turkey cause I have university so does it effect if I apply for annotated visa and how can I apply for it

    1. Hello,

      Annotated visas could be applied for such purposes as treatment, family reunification, education and work. However the application for annotated visa cannot guarantee you that it could be approved.Ministry of Foreign and İnterior Affairs will evaluate your application and take a decision.

      Thank you,

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? ExpatGuideTurkey would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our webpage:

  8. Hello I have 3 months entry ban to Turkey for violation of visa and my resident permit was cancelled. I paid the fine and i have been asked not to enter Turkey for next three months. I have a 1 year multiple entries visa ( valid till 10-03-2022) i got resident permit and my resident permit was canceled can i go to Turkey on same visa after my 3 months ban ended? Or should I apply for new visa? Is my current visa is in valid?

    1. Hello,

      As you have a multiple entries visa, you can use it for entries and exits until March 2022.

      Thank you,

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? ExpatGuideTurkey would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our webpage:

      1. Hi I will like to know if you are giving a ban in the period of 5 years starting from the year 2020 do the immigration take your fingerprint at the passport violation center to impose the ban.

        Thanks and will greatly await a response

  9. Hello I have 3 months entry and I get my student visa can I enter in Turkey before entry ban finished

    1. Hello,

      In case if you get your student visa from Turkish Consulate of your home country, you can enter to Turkey.

      Thank you,

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? ExpatGuideTurkey would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our page.

    1. Hello,

      You can check with the Turkish Consulate of your home country or in case if you are in Turkey then during the departure day at the passport control of airport.

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Ata Institutional Consuntancy would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our page.

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