A tourist visa is a compulsory entry visa, which is required when visiting Turkey.
It would appear there has been a ‘quiet’ update to the previous 90/180-day visa entry. (Previous 90/180 day visa rule: This was calculated on your arrival date to Turkey)
New 90/180 visa rule : This is calculated on your departure date from Turkey
YellAli has received no official correspondence regarding the new rule (as yet) from either the British Consulate or Turkish Consulate.
(Please note : This does not mean it has not already been officially enforced)
However the new rules have already been fully adopted by boarder control points across Turkey, since the 18th of October 2013.
New rules explained
On the surface these new rules appear quite difficult to understand, but in reality they are not so complicated. It is just a case of ‘counting backwards’ when calculating how many days you have stayed in Turkey.
Tourist visa rule; One can not exceed 90 days in Turkey within the previous 180 days from the date of their departure.
How to calculate the 90/180 day visa?
Important note to remember - Always count backwards from the date you leave Turkey (Your departure date)
When you depart from Turkey, count back 180 days (it doesn’t matter if this includes x2 separate visa periods) – and count how many days spent in turkey during that period. As long as your days spent do not exceed 90 days you will be fine.
Why has this come into effect?
Turkey is keeping inline with current Schengen visa rules, which where also adopted by 25 other European countries. (please click here to read more about Schengen visa rules)
When was this implemented?
The amended law; No: 5683 was proposed in October 2011 :
(Official source: resmi gazete - in Turkish) and adopted on the 18th of October 2013
Please see the below extract from the Turkish government resmi gazete (Law No: 5683)
Turkish: “süre…vize muafiyet süresi veya vizede belirtilen kalış süresi yeterli ise yabancının Türkiye'den çıktığı gün itibarıyla önceki 180 gün zarfında 90 gün olarak uygulanır”.
Translation: "duration is calculated, (if the visa exemption period or visa period is sufficient) as 90 days within the previous 180 days from their date of departure".
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What will happen if I overstay 90 days?
Overstaying a visa in Turkey will result in either a fine or ban from entering Turkey for a period of time.
When my 90 days is finished, can I purchase another visa and come back?
No, a tourist visa only allows you 90 full days entry into Turkey out of every 180 full days. Meaning you cannot visit again for another 90 days. (This rule was fully enforced on the 31st of January 2012)
Always remember it is a maximum of 90 days in every 180 days.
The days not used will 'roll over'. (meaning can roll over to a new visa)
Think 'what is my intended departure date from Turkey' and start counting back over a 180 day period. If you have spent a total of 90 days then you cannot re-enter for another 90 days. If you haven't reached 90 days, then you can return to Turkey for your remaining days.
When I visit Turkey can I buy another tourist visa even though my existing visa hasn’t expired?
Yes, you can purchase multiple visas. But remember this will not entitle you to extra days; this will only carry over from your existing visa date.
What does this all mean?
Generally, this will not affect the average holidaymaker, but for those who frequently travel to Turkey for many months at a time, you will be affected. You might consider purchasing a Turkish residency permit.
Can I apply for a tourist visa online?
Yes please see:- evisa.gov.tr
Why hasn’t this been publicized?
This appears to have been ‘snuck in’ under the radar and unfortunately has caught quite a few holidaymakers out who genuinely thought they where within the 90-day period.
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