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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7138

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Thanks for that Dave, what a complete farce!

Heres a cut n paste from the British Embassy Website:-

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 180 day 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 180 day 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 1-15 days - no ban.
Overstay from 16-90 days - 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 2010
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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7142

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So... what about the passport holders from the 62 other countries - are they just screwed, or is this being reversed for everyone?

What a mess. Some people have the new visas, others don't, some won't, some will, we still have nothing in writing from the Turkish government... blah.
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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7145

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lol so back to square one for the moment...

And on the banning thing... it was a while ago now.. but was over my date (through just not remembering to sort it out) can't remember if it was a visa or my residence actally but then went to get it sorted (get residence) and there was no hint of we might ban you... all that happened was that they took ages finding the bit of paper they used to calculate the fine... took longer actually calculating the fine... in the end I think it was 2 or 300... and I just paid it and got me residence renewed.....
( i guess it might have toughened up since then??)


On a slightly different note... the latest I've heard (from someone who heard it from a rotary club member) is that all Russian nationals will be getting an open visa from about september time.... (no limits??)
and that has sent a small wobble of panic that antalya will be overrun....

so all in all now I think I actually know less than nothing.....
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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7146

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Dammit, you mean Antalya may be overrun with (legal) Russian girls, bugger ;)

How much was a 5 year residency again? :)
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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7147

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Niko, the banning thing only started on the 1st of Jan this year, so yeah, it's fairly recent. I ran over my limit one time a couple of years ago, stupidly thinking that they wouldn't care if I took "90 days" to mean "3 months"... lesson learned: yeah, they do care hahahahaa.
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Re:Visas - Change of wording 9 years 5 months ago #7148

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This wording in the official statement is a bit vague:-
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.

Visa is issued at port of entry but must be applied for before going to Turkey?

Hopefully this is just an oversight or a typo or I think a lot of people will be being turned away at the airport!
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