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New Turkish Visa Rules – starting February 2012 - Further Updates

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 01, 2012 06:59 PM

Published: 2012-01-01 18:59:12
Countries: Turkey

Posted 1 January 2012 - Clarification on Nationalities the new ruling refers to:
Our thanks to John Ping for the following information.

Despite a mis-translation of the new regulations effective from 01 February 2012 (see below), it now seems that it is business as usual for the majority of countries. Yacht owners may continue to leave Turkey by yacht, ferry or plane to the next country and on their return they can receive a new 90 day visa.

The exceptions to which the 90 days in 180 limit applies are listed below (as confirmed by the Immigration Department in Antalya), however it seems that even this may be reduced, possibly after representations from the countries concerned.

Afganistan
Albania
Brazil
Bulgaria
Brunei
Cameroon
Colombia
Croatia
Djibouti
Estonia
Hungary
Indonesia
Jordan
Kenya
Kosova
Letonia - Latvia
Libia
Lithuania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldavia
Montenegro
Paraguay
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Slovenia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Ukraine
Venezuela

Posted 7 December 2011

Previous information in this report about the costs of a Residents Visa were incorrect. These have now been amended*.

New visa rules for visitors to Turkey are to start on 1st February 2012, before the main tourist season starts.

This ruling comes under Turkish Law No.5683, concerning the Law on Residence and Travel of Foreigners in Turkey. Visitors will only be allowed to stay for up to 90 days only, within a 180 day period.

There are still a few practicalities that require explanation, for example, how and in what circumstances can you renew your visa and for what nationalities this new ruling refers to.

In the meantime, it's business as usual. Even if you get one of the new 90/180 day stickers in your passport, the more favourable, old 90 day rules still apply, until 31st January 2012.

Those who live aboard in marinas can bypass the 90 day tourist restriction by applying for a residency visa, good for the duration of their marina contract. Liveaboards in Marmaris advise that the process to apply for a residents visa there is not expensive or difficult and does not require an agent (see procedure for the application for a residence visa).

*There are 2 payments required:-
(1) A "Log Book" which is valid for 5 visa periods. This costs 149 Turkish Lira
(2) The application fee which varies according to the visa duration, but for example is 270 Turkish Lira for 24 months.

*The visa charges are uniform across Turkey. The Law requires a balance in a Turkish bank account in the applicants name of US$500 per month of the period to be covered by the visa (so for a couple, for a 12 months residents visa, US$12000 would need to be deposited). This is not a charge. This requirement can be avoided if the applicant can produce a pension certificate showing an amount greater than this.

For cruisers planning a summer cruising Turkey next year, it will no longer be possible to just "pop across" to Rhodes to renew the 90 day visa, limiting time in Turkey to just 3 months.

Local liveaboards in Marmaris advise any cruisers spending a long time in Turkey who are concerned about this new ruling to consult first their marina management and ask them to call the authorities and confirm this particular law will go into effect. It is often the case in Turkey that rules/laws get talked about and are issued publicly... then everyone gets all agitated and the rules change or are withdrawn or put on the back burner.

With information from Kalkan Turkish Local News and cruisers Gwen Bylund, Nancy Zapf and John Ping.

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