Overstayed Turkish Tourist visa – 28th April 2017

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!

 

5 thoughts on “Overstayed Turkish Tourist visa – 28th April 2017

  1. With the direction Turkey is heading politically then I am sure you don’t want to return as long as Erdogan is in power.

    • Lee, politically Turkey ain’t in a good place now but for our 4 months we were met with open arms, generosity and exuberance. We took the ban because they’re stupid enough to offer a choice and because we hope to be in the rest of the world for those 5 years.

  2. I also overstayed my Turkish visa and was treated very cordially at the Iranian border. It never occurred to me that refusal to pay the fine was an option, so I just paid it, but I’m glad I did so as I love Turkey and it would be a shame not to be allowed back for five years.

    • Hi Jonathan. We loved Turkey too. An incredible country with such generous people. We accepted the ban because we think it’ll take us 5 years (at least) to do the rest of the world. Also when a country imposes such a stupid rule, what can you do? We weren’t allowed to pay and extend our visa so they should enforce the fine, not offer choices.

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