Short term residence permit (ikamet) for tourist in Turkey

Turkey’s short term residence permit is the ideal solution for those wishing to stay in Turkey for a short period of a year or two. The main reason for the residence permit is to give a legally chance for those who want to study the Turkish market or stay for tourism purpose for a longer time.

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) for tourism purpose.

“Foreigners who would stay in Turkey beyond the duration of a visa or a visa exemption or, [in any case] longer than ninety days should obtain a residence permit.”

Important Note: You cannot apply for a residence permit if you have exceeded the legal period of your stay in Turkey.

Documents Required for Short term Residence Permit

To obtain a residence permit in Turkey, you must prepare the following papers:

  • Residence Permit Appointment (We take it for you whether you are inside or outside Turkey).
  • To have valid private health insurance (Insurance cost vary by the Insurance company and age so please contact us for more information) Knowing that Over 65’s & under 18 are exempt.
  • A notarized and certified lease in Turkey for not less than one year. Short-term contracts are not accepted.
  • a photocopy of passport or passport substitute (the pages which are processed with the pages over which there are identity information and photo)
  • four photos (Biometric)
  • A bank statement showing $ 6,000 in the account but a bank statement is not a prerequisite. It is entirely up to the immigration officer and it is sometimes overlooked.

The benefit of residence permit in Turkey

The acquisition of short term Residence Permit in Turkey is a prerequisite for those wishing to stay in Turkey, where most transactions in Turkey need a legal residency.

For example, to rent an apartment and convert the lease and the bills to your name you must have a residency.

And it is suitable for those who visit Turkey periodically and do not want to obtain a visa every time they enter the country; Short term Residence Permit allows them to come and leave Turkey without a visa during the period allowed in the permit.

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