Turkey is the famous destination for tourists from all over the world. Mostly tourists are coming for Turkish beautiful beach zones with wonderful climate and nature, or for historical, cultural, shopping places where most famous is Istanbul. Some people like Turkey too much and wish to stay here longer than their visa or term of stay (no-visa countries). There are thousands of different reasons why foreigners want to stay in Turkey longer, so our purpose now is to explain better the legal ways to stay in Turkey being tourist by obtaining the Residence permit for tourism (ikamet).
Firstly, lets take a look on the new Law on foreigners and International Protection ( was issued in 2013 and applied from April 2014). According to article 19, Foreigners who would stay in Turkey more than the duration of a visa or a visa exemption or, (in any case) longer than ninety days should obtain a Residence permit (Ikamet izni).
So, by the Article 31, foreigners who want to stay in Turkey longer than their allowed time period, should apply for Short term residence permit for tourism purpose (Turizm amaçlı kısa dönem İkamet izni), in one time that Residence permit (ikamet) can be granted for a term up to 1 year with the right to be extended. Term depends on your insurance expire dates or passport expire dates.
According to the article 32, foreigner is able to obtain Residence permit for tourism purpose (Turizm amaçlı İkamet izni) if can fit next requirements:
– apply for an interview at the police office before visa expired date or before 90 days term finished (for no-visa countries),
– passport should be real and valid min. 60 days more than obtain-to-be Residence permit expire date,
– person should: not cause any danger for social safety and order, not have any restriction for entering to Turkey, not have any sickness dangerous for society, not be involved in any crime in Turkey,
– fit the standards about health and secure, and be covered by general health insurance for all Residence permit term to be,
– have enough financial source for living,
– provide police record paper from the country of foreigner’s citizenship or residence (by request),
– have real address in Turkey to stay for all term of Residence permit.
first application for residence permits after january 1, 2015 suppose to be at Turkish consulate in your country of citizenship or residence, BUT still that system is not working so still you can apply for your touristic type ikamet in Turkey. When it will be any changes – we will let you know about it for sure!!
According to the official website of Migration ministry of Turkey list of required documents suppose to be:
– Application form for Residence Permit ( Ikamet Beyanname Formu, can be downloaded during the online application directly from official website),
– 4 passport size photo,
– Passport (original),
– passport’s photocopy (pages with photo, last entrance date to Turkey and page which shows passport’s expire date),
– bank statement about your financial self support (500$ per month= 6000$ per year for Istanbul, 1000$ per month or 12000$ per year for Antalya area)
Bank statement should be done by opening a bank account at one of the Turkish banks, for a foreigner’s own name. Here is the information how to open an account at Turkish bank for foreigner
– if you have already Residence permit from before, you should provide its original and copy,
– official proof of your Turkish address for all term of obtaining Residence permit:
If you rent a home, you should provide notary stamped Rental agreement and sometimes they ask also DASK sigorta – this is insurance for an apartment in a case of earthquake (you can ask it from your landlord). Here is information how to rent a home for Residence permit application ;
If you will live at hotel, for all time period of your Residence permit you should show reservation paper from it;
If you stay with Turkish citizen, you should show notary stamped undertaking document, that he/she is responsible for you (Turkish “taahütname”,notary stamped paper costs around 50 TL)
Now lets take a look to the procedure of applying for Residence permit step by step:
Residence permit appointment obtaining (Ikamet izni) should be done online before visa expire date, or if there is no visa required – not later than 90 days after entering the country. If you already have Residence permit, you should also apply before its expire date. In every situation your new Residence permit date will be officially started from the date of the appointment obtaining online or personally (or from the expire date of previous Residence permit), and you will stay legally in Turkey till your appointment date, even if your visa or 90 days term was finished.
You will apply for Short term Residence permit (Kısa dönem ikamet izinleri) – stay with the purpose of tourism (Turizm amaçlı kalacaklar).
The first step in application is online randevu date, you can read here: How to obtain a randevu online: step-by-step tutorial . This is the rule for all provinces in Turkey.
Dont forget to print out your ikamet online application form in color
At the appointment date: you will bring your ikamet application form (printed from online application) + required documents and their copies + money to pay fees.. They don’t ask usually any kind of crazy questions In a case if some of the documents are absent, they give up to 30 days to obtain and bring it. Be careful while writing your Turkish address in forms, because they will send your card according to that address and you can take it only personally. Also provide only valid email and phone number.
While making your 2 fees payments dont forget to ask double copy of each payment slips.
Residence permit (ikamet) card will be sent by post office (PTT) for your home address, and foreigner should receive it from courier personally. usually it takes time 1- 2 weeks or more, as they say up to 3 month, but if you wait too long, according to the advice of some foreigners passed that procedure, it can be reasonable to go personally to post office PTT of your district and ask if there is any letter for your name, which can be lost, if there is no your card, can be reasonable to ask more information in your migration office where you applied for card, because sometimes Immigration offices make mistakes in writing address, post courier can not find address, or no one was at home etc. and they send Residence permit card back to police immigration office. After you pass all the way, you will receive a Residence permit (ikamet) card for tourism purpose valid up to 1 year and you can enjoy the beauty of Turkey longer. If you want to share with us your experience, we would be happy to get your comments below. Thank you for reading us 🙂