Tourist residence permit in Turkey

Tourist residence permit in Turkey

Short-term residence in Turkey is an ideal solution for those wishing to stay in Turkey for a period longer than the visa or entry stamp obtained. Its type varies according to the reason for stay mentioned in the residency application form, and it is mistakenly called the tourist residence, since tourism is the most common reason for this residence. The information on this page will help you know the required documents and application steps in case you want to submit a residence application for the first time, or an extension of the current residence. In addition to a group of important notes that you must take into account

Required papers for tourist residency in Turkey

Required papers for tourist residency in Turkey
Residence application form (signed by the applicant or his legal representative)
The original copy of the passport (or travel document)
A copy of the passport (or travel document): the pages that contain the applicant’s data + the passport or document number + the date of issuance and expiration of the passport or document + entry and visa stamp (visa)
A tax number, which you can obtain for free from any tax department
4 colored personal photos on a white background, no more than 6 months old
Valid health insurance covering the entire length of stay (click here to get the cost of the insurance contract, children under the age of 18 and the elderly over the age of 65 do not need health insurance)
If the applicant is under the age of 18:
A copy of the family book or family record must be submitted translated by a sworn translator and certified by the notary.
It is indicated in the application form that the applicant is a minor, and the parents or legal guardian sign the application on behalf of the minor
Address verification:
Lease Resident: A copy of the lease contract signed by the applicant, certified by the notary.
In the event that the applicant is not the tenant, a residence document issued by the Population Department of the place of residence must be estimated.
A copy of the application fee payment receipt

Steps to apply for tourist residency in Turkey

Extract all the required documents and prepare them before proceeding to the next step (except for the application form and the fee payment receipt)
Fill out the application form via the Immigration Department’s website in the “first time” section
The site will book an interview appointment at the earliest date, and the place of the interview, date and time will appear on the page (keep this information, it is very important)
Print the application (the site will save the application as an electronic file in PDF format) You can print this file
Gather all the required documents together
Ensure that the documents are complete and that the form is signed by the applicant
Gather all documents into one folder to present them together in the interview (and if the applicants are a family, a separate book must be prepared for each application)
At the interview, you can request an interpreter for free
After accepting the documents from the responsible employee, you will be required to pay the fees at the treasury office (within the same building). When paying the amount, you will get from the treasury employee a receipt. Return this receipt to the first employee and he will give you a document proving the application’s submission and making your status legal until the residence card is issued.


Make sure to submit applications before your visa expires
The passport (or travel document) must be valid for more than 6 months
The interview date issued by the Immigration Department is the applicant’s personal appointment and the date of the interview is very important
Minor applicant is accompanied by parents or legal guardian
Payment of fees is exclusively in cash and in local currency (bank transfers and credit cards are not accepted), so be sure to bring enough cash to pay the application fees for each family member
Ensure that the proof of application document is stamped by the Immigration Department before you leave
The residence card is issued and sent to the address of the applicant via the government mail PTT within 30 to 60 days at most from the date of receiving the documents, and it is valid for one or two years (as mentioned in the application)
In the event that the passport (or travel document) is valid for less than a year, the validity of the residency is the validity of the passport minus 60 days
In the event that the documents are not complete, the employee will inform you immediately of that, or in the event that the Immigration Department requests additional documents after receiving the application, the applicant will be notified via an SMS text message, and in both cases the applicant will be given a 30-day period to submit the additional documents

Some additional documents that the Immigration Department may require

(For first time requests and extension)

A bank account statement proving that the applicant possesses no less than $ 6,000 (or its equivalent) for one year of residency
Sworn translation of the passport (or travel document) with the certification of the translated copy from the notary
A residence document issued by the Population Department to which the place of residence belongs.
Name detail sheet for nationalities
(Egyptian – Jordanian – Palestinian) and is extracted from the consulate of the applicant’s country