Residency in Turkey
Currently, visitors entering Turkey on a tourist visa can stay for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period – these days do not have to be consecutive.
All foreign property owners (and long-term renters) are eligible to apply for a Residency Permit. Property owners should be in possession of a title deed and long term renters should possess a notarised rental agreement. Residency allows travel to and from Turkey without any restriction (and visa-free) – these permits are normally valid for 1 year and renewable as long as the holder continues to own or rent property in Turkey.
Documents required for a residency application:
- Completed Application Form.
- Copy of main page of passport and copy of page showing most recent entry into Turkey.
- Copy of Tapu (or notarised rental agreement).
- 2 passport sized (biometric) photographs.
- Valid Private Healthcare Insurance Policy (current cost around 2000 TRY per person depending on age and current health).
Health Insurance is not required if the applicant is 65 years of age or older.
Residency applies both to the property owner (or renter) and the actual property – should the applicant move to a different property during the residency validity period, then the current residency becomes invalid and a new application (pertaining to the new property) should be submitted.
At the time of application, the Immigration Office will advise a time and date for attendance. Once this time and date have been given, the applicant must not leave Turkey until after the new residency permit has been issued.
İf any (foreign) resident resides outside of Turkey for a period of 6 months in 1 year or for 1 year in 5 years, then this is considered a period of interruption and the residency becomes invalid.
NOTE! A residence permit does not give the right to work in Turkey. Special permission must be sought (from the appropriate authority) by the prospective employer).
The procedure for obtaining residency is fairly straight-forward. If there is a need to leave Turkey prior to the permit being issued, then we advise that the applicant grant Power of Attorney to their respective representative prior to departure – this allows the representative to act on the applicant’s behalf in their absence.
The documents to support a residency application vary from country to country – all documents, however, must be notarised by the Public Notary. The currently required documents can be found at: https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/BasvuruIstenenBelgeler.
Those that do not want to consider residency are limited to the amount of time that they can stay in Turkey. For example:
- Citizens of Russia and Ukraine can stay for 60 days in one visit.
- Citizens of most EU countries, all Scandinavian countries, the UK, USA and UAE can stay for 90 days in one visit.
For the majority of applicants (depending on country of origin), the cost of the actual permit is around 200 TRY and all other associated costs amount to around 1.500 TRY.
Residency permits are normally granted within 2-3 weeks of the meeting at the Immigration Office.
Where there is a need to extend the validity period of residency, applications should be made 2 months before the expiry date
How to purchase Property in Alanya, either for Short or Long Term visits
If you are planning to buy a property here and are looking to get the ‘best’ deal, we suggest that you consider buying either ‘off-plan’ or at the early stages of construction. At present, the entry level price for 1 bedroom apartments is around €70.000. All new apartment projects will have excellent on-site facilities such as swimming pool, fitness suite and sauna.
If you want to move forward quickly and would prefer to purchase an apartment that is completed, please note that around 80% of all units (within a project) are sold prior to project completion!
The construction industry is strictly regulated and standards are high – as a result, Turkish contractors are in demand worldwide. In the ‘Top 250 International Contractors’ list, (published annually by the Engineering News Record), Turkey has had the 2nd highest number of companies listed for the 4 year period 2017 – 2020 and the 3rd highest for 2021.
There will also be a number of properties available on the secondary market (re-sales) and some very good bargains can be had here!
Please note that the on-going demand for property in Turkey has had a significant impact upon property prices, particularly in those areas in which foreign purchases are prevalent. In Alanya, for example and in the last couple of years only, property prices have increased by a staggering 80%!