Thursday, December 26, 2013

NEW VISA REGULATIONS: 90-DAY STAY IN A 180-DAY PERIOD

Effective February 1, 2012, the Turkish authorities implemented new regulations allowing a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180 day period.  The new regulation will not make any changes to the visa requirements for travel to Turkey but it will affect how long U.S. citizens can remain in Turkey.  The new regulation affects all foreigners who travel to Turkey, whether they travel with a tourist visa obtained at a Turkish Consulate or buy a tourist visa stamp at an airport or other port of entry or are exempt from getting tourist visas.

If you are planning to stay in Turkey more than 90 days within a 180 day period, you must get a Turkish residence permit. In order to obtain a residence permit, please contact the Foreigners Police in your area.  The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens to not overstay their visas and to maintain valid residency permits at all times.  Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residency permits.

Holders of official and diplomatic passports on official business must obtain a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate before arrival in Turkey.

All travelers planning to stay more than three months for any purpose are required to obtain a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate. Such travelers must also apply for a residence permit within the first month of their arrival in Turkey.  This includes anyone who plans to spend more than three months doing research, studying, or working in Turkey.

The Embassy is unable to provide any information regarding the renewal or extension of Turkish visas or residence permits. Holders of these documents are encouraged to contact Turkish authorities.

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