In new guidance for foreign passport-holders entering Turkey, passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country before 31 December 2014.

That is to say that a traveller leaving Turkey on 20 August 2014 for example should hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 October 2014.

As from 1 January 2015 passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country.

For example, a traveller with a visa expiry date of 20 May 2015 must hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 July 2015.

Travellers without the required period of validity on passports will regrettably not be allowed entry into Turkey due to this new legal regulation.

So keep an eye on your passport renewal date and renew earlier to avoid any difficulties. Passports can be renewed up to 9 months before they expire with the balance carried over to the new passport.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’m going to Rhodes in May and would like to make a same day return trip to Fethiye. Do I need a visa ? Cheers

  2. Trying to reach tourist office with a couple of questions and all going well until tried to make sense of the security code at the bottom. Hate to be constantly rejected !!! Try it out. do I need 3D glasses or is there some simple way we mortal’s don’t understand. Never seen such a complicated mix of ‘stuff’. Don’t they actually want to receive ‘contact’ ? Really, change of format has to be considered. If anyone sorts out the ‘quiz’ then would be interested in the conclusion.
    Looking forward to our trip out this month. New experience in new spot…looks lovely.

  3. In the http://www.fethiyetimes.com/expat-zone/visas/12234-new-passport-guidelines-for-turkey-announced.html information page of the website, the passport validity requirements is to some degree not wholly accurate and may be misleading. From January 1st 2015 One’s passport must be valid for 60 days beyond the intended period of stay and not necessarily 60 days beyond the period covered by the visa. Your example takes the worst case scenario of someone obtaining a visa and not using it until mid-term, 90 days in, and then staying 90 days until the very last day of the visa’s validity. The passport only needs to be valid for 60 days beyond “the duration of stay”. So if, as most people do, you travel on the first day of your visa term, you only need to have a passport validity of 90 + 60 days(150 days). If you only stay 30 days on the first trip then you have 60 days remaining on your “duration of stay” allowance for subsequent trips and the next time you enter Turkey on the same visa your passport needs to be valid for 60 + 60 days and so on. Under the current guidance a reader might feel they need to renew their passport earlier than necessary and could jeopardise a spontaneous trip decided upon at the last minute whereas in fact, at the beginning of a visa, a passport only needs validity for 150 days(5 months). This is given as an example on the Turkish Government(Ministry of Foreign Affairs) website as follows verbatim:- Example A: In order to enter Turkey having a visa with 90 days “duration of stay”, foreigners should hold a passport/travel document valid at least for an additional 60 days which totals to 150 days (90 days + 60 days/5 months) of validity at the time of entrance. It might be useful to direct readers to this at http://www.mfa.gov.tr/passport-validity-requirements-while-entering-turkey-in-accordance-with-law-on-foreigners-and-international-protection.en.mfa Best wishes, Roy Conchie

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