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Can I enter the country without a visa?

Nationals of a different country with refugee or permanent residence status in Ukraine can enter Turkey the same way Ukrainians can.

You should approach the nearest Provincial Directorate for Migration Management in person for registration as soon as possible following your arrival in Turkey. Registration is an important first step for foreigners in Turkey as it forms the legal basis for your stay in Turkey and allows you access to public services and assistance.

Non-Ukrainian refugees who are biometric or ordinary passport holders can stay in Turkey 90 days without a visa.

Pursuant to the applicable legislation, following foreigners are exempt from the visa requirement:

  • Nationals of countries exempted from visas on the basis of treaties to which the Republic of Turkey is a party or a decision of the Council of Ministers.
  • Individuals with a valid residence permit, work permit or a Work Permit Exemption Confirmation Document as of the date of entry to Turkey.
  • Holders of a document that provides exemption from a residence permit within the scope of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
  • Holders of a valid Stamped Passport for Foreigners issued pursuant to Article 18 of Law No. 5682 on Passports (for individuals that are deemed stateless).
  • Individuals having renounced their Turkish citizenship within the scope of Article 28 of the Turkish Citizenship Law.
  • Holders of an Immigrant Certificate issued within the scope of the Settlement Law (applicable to individuals of Turkish ancestry or a connection to the Turkish culture).

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Can I get refugee status in the country?

Under Turkish Law you can either apply for a residence permit (see below) or an international protection status. International protection status encompasses refugee status, conditional refugee status and subsidiary protection status.

Refugee status applies to foreigners who, due to events occurring within European countries, have valid cause to fear that they will suffer oppression in the country of their nationality (or former residence for stateless individuals) for reasons of their race, religion, nationality, social group membership, or political opinion.

Conditional refugee status differs from refugee status by relating to events occurring outside of European countries.

Subsidiary protection on the other hand applies to foreigners that cannot be classified as refugee or conditional refugee and will be subject to a death sentence, torture or inhumane or degrading treatment, or face serious threat for reasons of indiscriminate violence in situations of international or nationwide armed conflict upon return to their country of origin or former habitual residence.

Relevant government authorities will decide which international protection status will be granted upon the examination of your documents. If your international protection application is approved, you will be allowed to stay in Turkey and benefit from certain rights and services.

Applications for refugee status need to be made in person to the relevant governorate.

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How long can I stay in the country?

A visa or a visa exemption enables the holder to stay in Turkey for the duration of the visa/visa exemption, which can be a maximum of 90 days during a 180-days period. Non-Ukrainian refugees who are official or ordinary passport holders can stay in Turkey 90 days without a visa. If, however, the foreign national intends to or must stay in Turkey for longer than the duration permitted by the visa/visa exemption or for longer than 90 days during a 180-days period, they must obtain a residence permit. Residence permits are issued for different periods, depending on the type of the residence permit.

Individuals who apply to have a subsidiary protection are able to stay in Turkey for a year until their applications are concluded. If their applications are accepted, they are able to stay for 3 years until expiration or cancellation of the subsidiary protection.

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