Change To The Visa Rules For Brits In Turkey – An Update

An important news update:

Many British people in Turkey have been wondering about the changes to the visa rules and it appeared everything was going to be definite. A 180 day visa which entitled the visitor to a stay of 90 days. Well, it’s like the Fethiye McDonald’s saga we wrote many a blog post about a while back – will it be one? Won’t it be one?

We never posted about the visa changes as even the British Embassy hadn’t had the changes confirmed in writing. Plus, it wouldn’t have affected us until December…and we thought a lot can change between now and December. Well, it’s happened sooner than we thought.

We’ve just checked on the British Embassy website again and it appears the original 90 day visa, entitling you to a stay of 90 days, still stands and the plans to change it have been postponed. We know nationals of other countries were affected by these potential changes so please check your own embassy’s website for any updates.

All part of the fun of living in Turkey!

Further update 05/08/2010:

The British Embassy in Ankara have just re-updated their page on the new Turkish Visa rules with further important information regarding the 90/180 day visa situation. In particular, it reconfirms that the old style visa system of 90 day visas still currently applies – even for people who have been issued with the 180 day Turkish visa in their passports. It also states that the Turkish Foreign Ministry and UK officials will hold talks this autumn on the whole question of visas and residence permits. Please read the full text about the Turkish Visa rules from the British Embassy here.

Update 2013:
All tourist visas issued to British nationals on entry to Turkey are now 90/180 Day Visas. This means your visa is valid for 180 days and during that 180 days, you are allowed to stay in the country for any 90 days. If you need to stay longer, particularly in Fethiye, it’s very easy to get advice and apply for residency in Turkey.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Hi. Have just returned from 2 week holiday and the visa stamp I have in my passport is of the new type i.e. clearly states 90 days in 180 days.

  2. Hi, thanks for your comment. Yes, the new visas were already being issued and many passports already have them in. This post is an update to that because it appears the decision has been postponed and in the meantime, the 90 day visa stamps will be issued again (according the British Embassy website).

  3. Donna Schwarz-Nielsen says

    I went to Rhodes last week and on re-entry to Fethiye received the standard visa/stamp even though there was a tour guide there asking if people were aware of the new rules…seems like she needn’t have bothered. 😛

  4. That’s a funny one Donna. 🙂 Bet it confused a few people too! Thanks for commenting on the blog.

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