How to fly to Turkey? Do you need a visa? Medical records? Vaccinations?
You can fly to Turkey by plane or by land transport, while citizens of the post-Soviet space only need a valid passport and a ticket. No medical certificates, vaccinations or visas are required.
How long can you stay in the country without a visa?
It all depends on which country you are a citizen of, each state has its own terms. On average, the period varies from 30 to 90 days.
So, for example, citizens of Kazakhstan and Ukraine can stay in Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days every six months, Russians continuously - only 60 days every six months. To spend another 30 days in Turkey, you need to leave the country and cross the border again. For citizens of Belarus, this is 30 continuous days and no more than 90 days a year.
What is OVERSTAY?
Overstay is a violation of the time of stay in the country, going beyond the time limits that allow a foreign citizen to stay in Turkey. In simple words, the delay in visa-free days.
How is the overstay penalty calculated?
There is a certain algorithm for calculating the overstay penalty, but in practice, in fact, everything is individual, as lucky.
The calculation algorithm is as follows:
For delays up to 10 days:
- For citizens of Russia, the fine is $14;
-For citizens of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan - $50;
-For citizens of Belarus - $18.
Over 10 days up to a month add the cost of the ikamet card - 8$.
What if the delay is more than a month?
For each subsequent month, the following fines are charged, and no matter how many days the legal stay is exceeded, for 32 or 36 days, the fine will be the same:
-For citizens of Russia, the fine is $3;
-For citizens of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan - $10;
-For citizens of Belarus - $5;
Are there any other penalties?
Yes, an administrative fine will be added to this only for citizens of Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan - $36.
Total: the fine consists of the cost of the ikamet + the fine for the first month + the fine for subsequent months + the administrative fine.
When will I be banned from entering Turkey?
• up to three months delay: there is no entry ban when paying a fine;
• 3 to 6 months delay: ban on entry for a period of 1 month upon payment of a fine;
• from 6 months to 1 year: ban for 3 months when paying a fine;
• from 1 to 2 years of delay: a ban for a year when paying a fine;
• from 2 to 3 years: entry ban for a period of 2 years upon payment of a fine;
• over 3 years: ban on entry for a period of 5 years upon payment of a fine.
The decision is made by the immigration officer.
What documents do I need to take with me when moving to Turkey?
You need to keep the originals:
• Diplomas, certificates - for subsequent employment;
• Renew your international passport in express format in your country of residence (an appointment at the consulate in Turkey for many months in advance);
• Driver's license;
• Certificate of marriage/divorce;
• Birth certificate of children;
Most of the documents you will need abroad require Turkish translation and Apostille.
What is APOSTILLE?
Apostille is an international stamp that is placed on the back of a document or issued as an attachment. It has the form of a square seal measuring 9x9 cm. The apostille affixed confirms that the document has official force in any country, including Turkey. The stamp is perpetual and displays all important information.
What documents need to be apostilled in Turkey?
Apostille in Turkey is required on the following documents:
• Birth certificate of children;
• Certificate of marriage/dissolution of marriage;
• A certificate from the state register confirming the maiden name;
• On diplomas, attestations, certificates;
• Certificates of no criminal record;
• Consent to leave a minor child;
• Powers of attorney, etc.
Some documents in the Republic of Turkey cannot be apostilled if the legislation provides for the provision of a notarized copy.
What is KIMLIK?
Kimlik is an identity card in the form of a plastic ID-card. Kimlik looks like a standard biometric document that contains all the personal information and photo of the owner. The validity of this passport is 10 years.
What is ICAME?
Ikamet is a plastic document that confirms the right of a non-resident to legally stay in the country, that is, the right to a residence permit. Ikamet is a temporary document and is issued for a period of 6 months to 2 years with the right to extend.
What gives a residence permit in Turkey?
With a residence permit, the following privileges become available to foreign citizens:
• Registration of insurance and treatment in hospitals of the state;
• Buying a car and acquiring a driver's license on simplified terms;
• Teaching children in public schools;
• Doing business in Turkey legally;
• With certain types of residence permit, it is possible to obtain a Turkish passport.
What types of residence permits exist?
There are two types of Turkish residence permit:
-First: Short term or Kısa Dönem Ikamet İzni.
Issued in such cases as:
• Visiting the republic for tourism purposes;
• Buying a home;
• Marriage with a Turkish citizen;
• Family reunification;
• Education in one of the universities of the country;
• Passage of treatment in Turkey;
• Official employment;
• Humanitarian reasons.
-And second: Long-term or Uzun Dönem Ikamet İzni.
This type of residence permit is issued to those who have lived on a permanent basis within the country for at least 8 years. At the same time, over the past 5 years, in total, they have not stayed outside the state for more than 365 days or more than 180 days a year abroad.
What residence permit is now easier and more likely to get?
To date, the easiest and surest way to obtain a residence permit is to purchase a home worth from $75,000 in large cities and from $50,000 in small towns, that is, obtaining a residence permit by TAPU.
What documents are needed to apply for a TAPU residence permit (that is, when buying a home)?
For registration you will need:
• Medical insurance from any private Turkish insurance company for foreigners;
• Biometric photos on Ikamet, 4 pieces;
• Foreign passport and copies of the international passport. The main page and the page with the stamp of entry into Turkey.
Must be notarized:
• Turkish phone number;
• Receipts for card payment and state duty. They are made at any tax office by number after completing the Ikamet questionnaire on the website;
• Questionnaire in printed form;
• Turkish TIN;
• Original and copy of TAPU;
• Information about the state of real estate from the Cadastral Chamber;
• Extract from the cadastral register (numeration).
Is it possible to apply for a residence permit remotely without being in Turkey?
No. First you need to come to Turkey, buy an apartment, collect the necessary package of documents and then apply for a residence permit in person.
When buying a property with a lower company, we issue a residence permit as a gift.
Do the Turkish authorities check foreigners for residence at the address indicated when obtaining or renewing a residence permit?
Yes, they check on a regular basis, as part of checking compliance with the rule of mandatory address registration of foreign citizens.
Therefore, a foreigner is obliged to live at the address of his apartment in Turkey or at the address indicated in the lease agreement if you are obtaining a tourist residence permit.
It is necessary to notify the migration service about moving to a new address within two weeks, then there will be no problems.
How and how often are audits carried out?
Employees of the migration department can personally visit the specified address at any time, and can also interview neighbors. The detection of a violation may be followed by a fine or even the cancellation of a residence permit.
Where is the best place to live in Turkey? Which city to live in?
You can explore this issue in detail by watching our YouTube episode "The Best City to Live in Turkey".
If you are interested in districts opened under a residence permit, then you need to check the list of microdistricts (mahalle) that have reached the quota and are already closed.
How much should an apartment cost to get Turkish citizenship?
The appraised value of the property must be at least $400,000.
Can my family get Turkish citizenship?
Yes. You, your spouse and your children under the age of 18 can apply for Turkish citizenship.
Can I purchase multiple properties totaling $400,000?
Yes. But all objects must pass under one contract of sale.
How long does the citizenship process take?
-Based on the latest data, the period for consideration of documents is from 6 months to a year.
Can I get Turkish citizenship by buying a commercial property with a rental guarantee?
You can purchase any type of real estate:
• New building
• Commercial real estate.
In this case, the previous owner must be a Turkish citizen. And the object has not previously been acquired for citizenship, it must be built, commissioned and ready for settlement.2
I don't have time to come to Turkey. How can I get Turkish citizenship?
This can be done while in another country by providing a power of attorney to a qualified lawyer in Turkey. There is such a lawyer in the staff of our company.
How many people can apply for citizenship based on TAPU?
Citizenship can be obtained not only by the owner of the property, but also by his relatives of the 1st degree of kinship (children under 18 of the spouse)
Do I have to give up my current citizenship when I get Turkish citizenship?
It depends on the legislation in your country. Turkey does not require you to renounce your citizenship, but some states require you to renounce your primary citizenship when obtaining a second one.
The process of obtaining citizenship can take from 6 to 12 months. Can I get a residence permit during this process?
Yes. On the basis of obtaining citizenship, you and your family members receive a residence permit.
Can I become a Turkish citizen as a stateless person?
Yes. With a property purchase of at least $400,000, you can apply for Turkish citizenship. In this case, it is necessary to present a document confirming the status of a stateless person (travel document issued by the UN).