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Old 05-02-2014, 01:48   #1
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Turkey Visas

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Will be flying to Istanbul in March to sail with friends around the Turkish Coast and Greek Islands. I am travelling on a German passport which gives me 90 days, multiple entry. Does anyone know how strict they are in terms of Visa's? If I leave the country and check into Greece, would I be able to return to Turkey, even if I have already spent 90 days in Turkey?

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Old 05-02-2014, 01:55   #2
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Think you'll have a problem going beyond 90 days in Turkey
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Re: Turkey Visas

I believe you're subject to the same rules as for a Shengen visa, namely you're only allowed 90 days in any 180 (but I defer to any fellow German yachtsman with recent direct knowledge).

What I can confirm is that the Turks are not tolerant even of one day over the 90. On the 91st day of my visitor's visa I was heavily fined at Izmir airport, with the alternative of being banned from entering Turkey for five years.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Margot.
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Re: Turkey Visas

simple stay 90 days then check out of turkey and then come back next day a lot of live aboards in kas duck across to to Kastelorizo Greece and i have done it many times to restart there visa but from 1st of april 2014 if you are arriving by boat you must do it online now i did post a thread on here on it it has the new web site for doing that
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simple stay 90 days then check out of turkey and then come back next day a lot of live aboards in kas duck across to to Kastelorizo Greece and i have done it many times to restart there visa but from 1st of april 2014 if you are arriving by boat you must do it online now i did post a thread on here on it it has the new web site for doing that
That's news to me. While that was true when we were based in Turkey (up to 2011), I understood that Turkey had now applied rules similar to the Shengen visa, limiting any stay on a visitor's (as opposed to a resident's) visa to 90 days in every 180.

Has that now changed?
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That's news to me. While that was true when we were based in Turkey (up to 2011), I understood that Turkey had now applied rules similar to the Shengen visa, limiting any stay on a visitor's (as opposed to a resident's) visa to 90 days in every 180.

Has that now changed?
I can confirm that you are correct and "beneteau-500" is incorrect, as of October 2013. It is 90 days in any 180 days (same as Schengen). The old 1 day out of the country was changed a few years ago, well at least earlier than 2012 when we first arrived.

.... and YES they are very strict, as "Athene" stated earlier, 1 day over and you are in trouble.

Residents visa's are easy to obtain for up to 5 years at a time. We obtained 3 years residents visa last year when our 90 day one was due to expire.

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thats funny i did 76 days and 27 days in 2013 with out any probs
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Re: Turkey Visas

Well, forget about yr past experiences...

With the new regulation, every country and every passport has a different treatment. Unfortunately and strangely this page is not available in english in the Turkish foreign ministry web site.

For germans it reads; all passports ordinary or official, are exempt of visa up to 90 days for each entry. There is no other restriction, hence, I understand that if one leaves before the expiry of 90 days, get a stamp on his passport, next day he/she can come back without visa and stay another 90 days. Again this is for German passports and for other nations it may be different.
For french passport is slightly different, they are exmpted form visa up to 90 days, but it doesn't say another 90 days will start at each entry.
For the US and Australian citizen, it's more complicated..They need a visa and since they cannot get it anymore on their arrival anymore, they cannot go to next greek island and come back a day later to start another 90 days when their 90 days are expired. (remember, germans can do that..)

This is how I read but you may want to check it again.

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Re: Turkey Visas

For visas it looks like you apply, pay and receive online

https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

Information looks straight forward
Visa Information For Foreigners / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs

But i havent tried the site out as i dont need one yet!

Dunno what the fees are...

Btw, Australian and USA visas are multiple entry so you can flit between Greece and Turkey

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Australia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry e-Visas via the website www.evisa.gov.tr.
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Hi! Why would any cruiser stay longer than 3 weeks in one place, let alone 90 days? When I travel, I like to explore pristine areas, not "camp" at anchor. Am I missing something from those who spend 3 months in one country/location?

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Hi! Why would any cruiser stay longer than 3 weeks in one place, let alone 90 days? When I travel, I like to explore pristine areas, not "camp" at anchor. Am I missing something from those who spend 3 months in one country/location?

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Because you have no concept of Turkey.
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Hi! Why would any cruiser stay longer than 3 weeks in one place, let alone 90 days? When I travel, I like to explore pristine areas, not "camp" at anchor. Am I missing something from those who spend 3 months in one country/location?

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Yes you definitely are missing something if you think you can explore a Country in 3 weeks (any European Country, not just Turkey). I would just read a book if I were you, much quicker and definitely cheaper!
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Oh it's Tuesday so it must be Belgium !!

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[QUOTE=Teknav;1461140]Hi! Why would any cruiser stay longer than 3 weeks in one place, let alone 90 days? When I travel, I like to explore pristine areas, not "camp" at anchor. Am I missing something from those who spend 3 months in one country/location?

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Because we're in no hurry?

Being able to soak up the local atmosphere and culture in a country is what it's all about to us. We've spent the last five years in Greece which means that we've just about seen all of the coastline in a leisurely manner, time to move on now.
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