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Turkey Residence


Foreigners who come to Turkey with a Tourist Visa can stay up to 90 days within 180 days without obtaining a residence permit. However, foreigners who want to stay longer than this period must obtain a residence permit according to their purpose of stay.

A residence permit enables you to live in Turkey, study, work, get tax numbers, and open a bank account.

Who Needs a Turkey Residence Permit

Every person that moves to Turkey with the intention to remain in the country for more than three months needs to get a Turkey Residence Permit upon arrival. Without a residence permit, your stay in Turkey will be considered illegal.

You will be exempt from this requirement if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have a “registration certificate” for international protection applications.

  • You are exempt from a residence permit pursuant to reciprocal or multilateral conventions to which the Republic of Turkey is also a party.

  • You are a diplomacy or consulate officer that holds office in Turkey.

  • You work for representative offices of international establishments in Turkey.

  • You have a valid work permit.

  • Your identity card contains one of the following tags:

    • “international protection applicant”

    • “international protection status”

    • “statelessness”


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