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Knowledge Bank » Legal Matters » British Passports


Passport requirements for entering Turkey PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014
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PassportsIn January 2016 the British Consulate updated their advice concerning passport requirements when entering Turkey.

We are not clear whether the rules have actually changed or if this is simply some additional clarification for UK citizens.  (Note: Different rules may apply to citizens of other nations).

Prompted by this update from the British Consulate in Turkey, KTLN has checked with the official Turkish government web site and we set out below the old advice and our understanding of the current position.  Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Passport validity - the very old rules - pre January 2015

  • Foreign visitors (visa holders) and foreign residents (ikamet/permit holders):  Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey and have at least 3 months validity from the date you are leaving Turkey. 

Passport validity - the advice from January 2015 to December 2015

  • Foreign visitors (eVisa holders):  Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 60 days beyond the expiry date of your eVisa.
  • Foreign residents (ikamet/permit holders): Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 60 days beyond the expiry date of your residence permission.  

Passport validity - the current rules - from January 2016

  • Foreign visitors (eVisa holders) and foreign residents (ikamet/permit holders):  Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey AND have an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the "duration of stay" of your eVisa or residence permit. 

Example: In order to enter Turkey having a visa with 90 days “duration of stay”, foreigners should hold a travel document valid at least for an additional 60 days which totals to 150 days (90 days + 60 days) of validity at the time of entrance.

Travellers without the required period of validity on passports will not be allowed entry into Turkey.

One more thing
Please also bear in mind that passports must also have at least one fully blank page for entry/exit stamps.

If you turn up without the required space in your passport, the Turkish authorities should in theory issue an ‘Entry-Exit form’ and put your entry/exit stamps on there.  However, we don't recommend relying on this.  At the very least it's going to hold you up. 

To read our guide on obtaining an eVisa, click here.

 

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