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As of July 14, 2010, new visa regulations took effect whereby holders of certain passports (including UK passports) receive a visa valid "for up to 90 days in any 180-day period," with validity beginning on the date of first entry.
If you're coming to Turkey for a short tour of, say, a few weeks, and not returning to Turkey in the near future, this restriction would not affect you. But if you come to Turkey for long periods (several months) frequently, you may be affected.
Apparently, the new regulations are meant to restrict foreigners who are, in effect, living in Turkey for part of the year but have not applied for a residence permit as required. For example, in the past a foreigner who has purchased a villa in Turkey could enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa, and at the end of 90 days travel to Greece for a day or two, then return to Turkey and receive a new 90-day visa. In effect, this foreigner would be living in Turkey for six months without a residence permit.
Under the new regulations, this will not be possible. After the 90-day visa validity period passes, the foreigner will have to leave Turkey and not return until an additional 90 days have passed; or the foreigner will have to apply for and receive a Turkish residence permit.
• Have CASH (US dollars, euros or, for UK passport holders, pounds sterling) in exact change to pay for your visa when you enter Turkey. No travelers checks, no credit cards. Ten pounds Sterling.
• The term "official passports" covers diplomatic, service, special and official passports. You probably have an "ordinary" passport unless you're going to Turkey on diplomatic, military or other official business. Visa rules for official passports may differ from those for ordinary passports. (Here's how to get a U.S. Passport fast.) passport
All foreigners who need visas may apply for them to Turkish diplomatic missions. If you do this, apply at least a month before your departure date for Turkey. But if you're a citizen of one of those countries allowed to get a visa for cash at the border (click here), why spend time filling out forms months in advance?
• Foreigners who intend to shoot documentary films, to conduct research, or to do archeological excavation, should apply for special permission in advance from the Turkish authorities.
• Visa requirements for truck drivers may be different. Contact a Turkish consulate.
If in doubt, check it out! www.turkishconsulate.o...p?PageID=2
- Forum Leader - Turkey
The 90 days in any 180 days rule has been suspended and the normal 90 day visas have been restored.
This doesn't mean that it will not be re-introduced at a later date.
The matter is being (probably already has been) drawn to the attention of the UK Foreign Office with a view to being resolved on a permanent basis.
Shortly prior to introduction of the "revised" visit visa, residence permit costs almost doubled. Current charges are £40 for the first month and £30 for subsequent months and are supposedly reciprocal with the UK although this is also being challenged. Charges are converted to Turkish Lira at the government exchange rate on the day of application.
The maximum period that can be applied for is 5 years which puts the cost of living in Turkey at £1,810 per person.
If recently published details (in Hurriyet Daily English newspaper) are correct, there will also be a charge of Turkish Lira 182 per month (per family) for compulsory Health Insurance (covers state hospitals only) from 1st October 2010 although there is some confusion about it's introduction as no official statement has apparently yet been made.
If the charge IS introduced, the cost of a couple living in Turkey for 5 years will be £8,120 pounds at current exchange rates.
My wife goes to our appt in Alanya for 2 months in Feb then back every 2 months of the year will this affect her our will she only be able to go every 6 months.
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