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How long can I stay in Turkey?

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It is possible to stay in Turkey for six months, but you will not be able to do so on a tourist visa. Turkey welcomes foreigners of all nationalities to enjoy its delights. Many foreigners stay in Turkey for more than six months because of its food, culture, history, traditions, and natural beauty. Most people live here all year long, either renting or buying. There are, however, restrictions and procedures to follow. Here’s how to apply for a short-term residence visa after coming in on a tourist visa.

A guide to staying longer than six months in Turkey

The validity of your passport

  • A tourist visa lets you stay in Turkey for 90 days out of 180. Therefore, if you want to stay for six months, you need a short-term residence visa. But first, check your passport.
  • You need at least 60 days of validity beyond the visa’s expiration date.
  • You’re applying for a six-month visa, so you need 240 days left on your passport.
  • According to the “European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Council of Europe Member States”, the following nationalities are exempt from this rule: Germany, Belgium, France, Georgia, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Greece.

Proof of where you’re staying

With your application, submit one of these

  • You’ll need your title deeds if you own property. If you own immovable property, you can also get longer permits.
  • Renter’s contract if you’re renting
  • Hotel confirmation if you’re staying there
  • Notarize confirmation from your friends and their spouses if you stay with them.

    Financial Support

    • You must demonstrate that you can support yourself financially during your six-month stay.
    • The proof needs to be apostilled, translated, and notarized if it’s an income like a pension or 1.5x the Turkish minimum wage.

     Short-Term Residence in Turkey

    • Photocopies of passports for the application. At your appointment, you’ll need to present the original.
    • I took four biometric photos against a white background in the last six months
    • If you’re under 65, you need health insurance too. Private policies are accepted.

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    You may be asked to show your travel plans and confirm your hotel reservations if you plan to travel around Turkey during those six months. The school may require confirmation if you’re coming in to take a Turkish language course.
    Because of the density of foreigners, residency applications have been halted in 1169 provinces at the time of publishing.

    Get your Turkish residency application done

    • Go to the Turkish government’s E-Ikamet Goc website and fill out the application.
    • You’ll need to pay the tax office and take proof of payment to your appointment at the local migration office. The PTT Post Office will send you the permit once your residency application is approved.
    • If you don’t make this appointment, your application will be cancelled immediately. Keep in mind that procedures may differ by region. You’ll find out what the costs are when you apply online.

    Is it possible to work in Turkey on a short-term visa?

    • You shouldn’t work because if caught, you’ll lose your visa, get deported, get fined and be banned from reentering Turkey.

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