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 Immigration Authority

​​​​​ Göç İdaresi

Entry into Turkey
You can process your entrance and exit procedures using passports or equivalent documents at border gates. Holding a visa, visa exemption, residence permit or work permit will allow you to enter and stay in Turkey. If you fail to obtain a passport or an equivalent document valid for at least 60 days from the end of the period of such permit or exemption, you will not be allowed to enter Turkey.

Visa procedures
If you want to travel to Turkey, you have to obtain an e-visa for your country from www.evisa.gov.tr or obtain a visa for your purpose of visit by applying in person to immigration foreign missions. E-visa is not valid for travels to Turkey for purposes other than tourism and commerce and involves filling out an online form and payment of the visa charge by credit card. For information about eligibility status of countries, see www.evisa.gov.tr or www.mfa.gov.tr

Residence permit
It is compulsory for foreigners who are to stay longer than the period granted by a visa or exemption from it or 90 days to obtain a residence permit. There are different types of residence permit depending on the purpose of the stay. The types of residence permit are short-term residence permit, family residence permit, student residence permit, human trafficking victim permit or humanitarian residence permit. For detailed information about the types of residence permit, you can visit www.goc.gov.tr and www.yimer.gov.tr

Temporary Protection
The Regulation on Temporary Protection issued by the Cabinet Decree no. 2014/6883 dated October 22, 2017 defines the principles of granting the temporary protection status regulated in the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. For detailed information please visit www.goc.gov.tr

International Protection
According to international legal system, a citizen has the right to demand protection from their respective state and the state is liable to protect its citizens. If a state fails to fulfill this obligation, there are alternative mechanisms to offer protection for individuals, which are defined as international protection. This allows a foreigner who is devoid of the protection of their respective state to be protected. In Turkey, international protection includes refugee, conditional refugee and secondary protection statuses. For more information on international protection status, application and evaluation processes, please visit www.goc.gov.tr or call YIMER 157.