• 60-Day Passport Validity Rule Effective January 1, 2015
  • February 19, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Foreign nationals must have a passport valid for at least 60 days past their allowable visa or work/residence permit duration to enter Turkey, according to an amendment to Turkish immigration law. The new rule is effective January 1, 2015.

    Travelers who do not meet this requirement may not be allowed to enter Turkey after January 1, 2015.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Foreign nationals should carefully check the expiration dates of their passports, visas, work and residence permits or cards to ensure their status does not expire less than 60 days before their passport expiration dates. This may be particularly problematic because historically, the Interior Ministry has issued residence permits valid up to the expiration date of passports.

    Foreign nationals and their dependents whose passports will expire within 60 days of their visa, work or residence permit expiration should apply for a passport extension before departing Turkey.