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Foreign sailors arriving in Turkey

Foreign sailors arriving in Turkey  on their own yacht are now eligible for resident permits.


Residence Permits are available for periods starting from 90 days up to 5 years. They are also multiple entry, however departure and entry dates continue to be stamped in your passport.


A recently law allows a foreigner who is the owner of a yacht, his/her immediate family and crew to obtain longer term Residence Permits, on condition that they have a fully paid and uninterrupted contract to keep their yacht in a marina for at least the length of time of the Residence Permit application. The maximum permitted period on first application is 2 years. Longer periods up to 5 years are possible on subsequent application. You should seek the assistance of the marina when making your application.

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