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Entry Visa regulation changes/no changes (Ankara)

Dear All,
Some of you may have heard about proposed Turkish entry Visa regulation changes regarding the 90 day rule in that you can only stay for up to 90 days in any Protected content . This was supposed to have come into effect as of 16th July Protected content these new regulations have been postponed. Please find below a notice from the British Embassy in Ankara (Note - This also applies to 62 other countries) detailing the postponement of the changes.

A visitor's visa valid for 90 days is issued to British Citizens at the port of entry on payment of £10 (English notes only) . British diplomatic/official passport holders must apply for a visa before travelling to Turkey.

We recently received reports that Turkish immigration procedures for British visitors (and the nationals of 62 other countries) had changed from 14 July. The change meant that British visitors were being issued with visas which were valid for a stay of up to 90 days within a Protected content period. Visitors with this type of visa had to wait until the 181st day before applying for a new visa.

Following these reports, the British Ambassador called on the Turkish Minister of the Interior on 22 July to seek clarification. The Ambassador raised the difficulties that the implementation, without warning, would cause many British people in Turkey, and to the citizens of other countries affected. The Minister said that no change in rules would be taking place.

The Ministry of Interior has now confirmed that the proposed change has been delayed. All ports of entry have been informed and visa procedures will revert to those in place before 14 July. British nationals will once again be able to enter Turkey on 90 day visas.

We are following up with the Ministry of Interior to establish if a new implementation date is proposed and what action, if any, those with Protected content visas need to take. New information will be posted here when we have it.

Staying in Turkey beyond the date of your visa is taken seriously by the Turkish Authorities. If you overstay you will be fined upon departure. Fines vary according to the length of time you overstay. If you overstay and are fined, you must apply for your next visa at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate overseas before you travel. You may also be banned from re-entering Turkey for a period of time as follows:-

Overstay Protected content - no ban.
Overstay from Protected content - banned for up to three months.
Overstay for more than 90 days i.e. from the 91st day, banned for up to six months.
Disclaimer: Please note that this information was provided by the Ministry of the Interior and the Turkish Security Police Directorate (Foreigners Department). Although we do our best to ensure that the content is correct, we cannot take responsibility for Turkey's immigration policy or the application of it. If you have further queries, please contact the relevant Turkish Foreigners Police Department in the area where you reside.

British Consular Services Turkey
26 July Protected content

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