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TURKEY: Short-term Tourist Residence Permits Limited to One Year

, 10/01/2020

Effective 1 January 2020, short-term tourist residence permits are limited to one year of validity, and cannot be renewed beyond this.

Holders of short-term tourist residence permits (RPs) who wish to stay longer than one year now have to change the purpose of their stay from tourism to another valid purpose, such as family reunion.

This change affects dependent family members of work permit holders.

Until recently, the short-term tourist RP has often been used by dependent family members joining work permit holders in Turkey. The short-term RP for family reunion is not available until the principal applicant has held their work permit for at least one year, and even then is harder to obtain than a short-term tourist RP, so many family members have chosen the short-term tourist RP and have renewed it beyond one year. This is no longer permissible.