Friday 28th April 2017
Today we cycled from Hopa to the Turkish border. We were pushed through the vehicle lanes rather than the pedestrian route and initially thought we were going to get through without a hitch.
Doh! Of course they spotted our expired tourist visa. We were escorted to the police desk. Our passports and visas taken whilst we had to wait in the corridor like naughty children.
After only a ten minute wait I was called forward. I had overstayed my Turkish tourist visa by 28 days. I was offered a fine of 242 Turkish Lira (or 179TL without tax) about 60€ at today’s conversion rate. (We think this is made up of an admin fee + a daily rate for every day over but sadly we don’t know for definite).
I told him I didn’t want to pay so instead the penalty is a 5 year ban from Turkey. I took the ban.
Then Daz was called forward and the process repeated!
All of the above is just a routine to the custom and police staff; there is no unpleasantness whatsoever. If anything the police guard seemed disappointed in my choice and the fact I didn’t want to return to his beautiful country for 5 years!