Frequently Asked Questions
Most Common Questions
- I am a U.S. citizen. How can I get a tourist visa to visit Turkey?
- I will be visiting Turkey on a cruise ship. Do I need to get a visa?
- What is the new Turkish visa Regulation? What is maximum stay of 90 days within 180 day period?
- What do I need to do if I want to stay longer than 90 days in Turkey?
- What do I need to do if I have overstayed my visa?
- Where can I find country specific information about Turkey?
- How may I register with the U.S. Embassy/ the U.S. Consulate?
- Where can a U.S. citizen check the visa requirements for other countries?
- How can I obtain a certified copy of my U.S. birth certificate?
- I was born in Turkey. How can I obtain a certified copy of my Consular Report of Birth Abroad?
- How can I obtain a certified copy of a Consular Report of Death Abroad?
- How can I get a Citizenship Certificate?
- Can the naturalization ceremony be performed in Turkey?
- I have a document issued in the U.S. Can I get an apostille certificate from the U.S. Embassy or its Consulates?
- How can I get an apostille certificate for a document issued in Turkey for use in the U.S.?
- My U.S. driver’s license expired. Can I renew it at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulates?
- I am a U.S. citizen in Turkey and I want to get married. What should I do?
- How can I register my U.S. divorce decree in Turkey?
- I want to be an American soldier. What should I do?
- I haven’t heard from my relative/friend who is in the U.S. for a long time? Can the U.S. Embassy/ the U.S. Consulate find that person?
- Where can I find the list of lawyers in Turkey?
- Where can I find the list of doctors in Turkey?
- Can I bring my car to Turkey?
- Can my U.S. citizen child benefit from any education aid in Turkey?
- Are there any American schools in Ankara?
- I need to have my fingerprints taken. What should I do?
- How can I find out my Social Security number (SSN)?
- I am turning 62. How can I file for SSA benefits in Turkey?
- Can I use Medicare Part B in Turkey?
- How can I get a record of the years I worked in the U.S.?
- Where can I find my information on how to apply for Turkish Citizenship?
- Where can I find information about voting?
- Where can I find information about filing taxes overseas?
- How much currency / money / monetary instruments can I bring into the U.S.?
As of May 2013, U.S. citizens who wish to visit Turkey for less than 90 days may now obtain Turkish e-visas online or may obtain a tourist visa by presenting a valid U.S. passport at any of Turkey's official ports of entry (airports and borders). A $20 visa fee, payable in cash only, is the only requirement. Please also see the information at the Embassy's visa requirements page.
While you do need to have a passport when traveling overseas, special arrangements are made by the large cruise lines to facilitate their passengers’ shore excursions. These special arrangements eliminate the potential for loss or theft of passengers’ passports while shopping and touring, and eliminate the need for passengers to obtain individual visitor visas from Turkey. U.S. citizens do typically need a visa to enter Turkey, the fee for which is $20 per person, but cruise ship passengers are permitted to come ashore without a visa for day visits by special arrangements.
In short, you may visit Turkey on the day trip from your cruise ship without being in possession of your passport. You may, however, want to carry a photocopy of your passport with you when your passport is being kept for safekeeping by the cruise lines.
Effective February 1, 2012, the Turkish authorities started to implement new regulations allowing a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180 day period.
If you are planning to stay in Turkey more than 90 days within a 180 day period, you must get a Turkish residence permit. In order to obtain a residence permit, please contact the Foreigners Police in your area. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens to not overstay their visas and to maintain valid residency permits at all times. Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residency permits. For more information please click here.
If you wish to stay longer than 90 days in Turkey, you must apply for a residence permit. Please visit Residence Pemit for more information.
Overstaying your visa is taken seriously by the Turkish Authorities. If you overstay your visa, you will be fined upon departure. Fines vary according to the length of time you have overstayed. If you have overstayed and you are fined, you must apply for your next visa at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate overseas before you travel. You may also be banned from re-entering Turkey for a period of time as follows:
- Overstay 1-15 days - no ban.
- Overstay from 16-90 days - banned for up to three months.
- Overstay for more than 90 days i.e. from the 91st day, banned for up to six months.
You can enroll in the SMART Traveler program of the U.S. State Department by clicking here.
You can also download SMART Traveler app by clicking here.
U.S. citizens can check visa requirements for other countries by visiting the U.S. State Department’s web site.
You can obtain a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate from the Vital Statistics office of the state you were born. Click here for the list of Vital Statistics office in the U.S.
You can request a certified copy of your Consular Report of Birth Aboard from the U.S. Department of State. Further information can be found here.
The duplicate Consular Report of Death Aboard (CRODA) can be requested through the U.S. Department of State. Click here for further information.
You can apply for a Citizenship Certificate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The application can only be done in the U.S. For further information please visit the USCIS web site.
The naturalization ceremony can be performed by USCIS-Athens Field Office. Please get in touch with the USCIS office from the numbers below to find out if it will be possible to have it performed in Turkey.
Tel : +30-210-720-2404, or 720-2405
Fax : +30-210-729-4304
E-mail : USCIS.Athens@dhs.gov
You can only get the apostille certification of a U.S. document from the state you got the document. You can find a list of designated competent authorities to get an apostille certification in the U.S. here. You can find additional information about appostille certificates at the State Department’s following website.
The American Embassy in Ankara, the Consulates in Istanbul and Adana or the Izmir Consular Agency is not permitted to perform authentications of official Turkish documents. To obtain an authentication, you may go to the Governor’s office and obtain an apostille certificate. You must have your document translated into English by a sworn translator and notarized by the Turkish notary before taking them for apostille certification. Apostille certificates (documents which have the special Hague Legalization Certificate) are acceptable in all countries where the Hague Treaty is in force (including Turkey and the United States) without need for authentication by any other authority. Apostille certification can be obtained at:
Hukuk İşleri Müdürlüğü
Tel: 0-312-311-8816, ext. 151
Valilik Hukuk Isleri
Hukuk İşleri Müdürlüğü
Tel: 0-322-459-2743 or 459-2288
U.S. driver licenses can only be renewed in the U.S. Please check your state requirements for renewing your license. Each state has different regulations on driver license renewals.
Americans need to get an affidavit of eligibility to marry in Turkey from Consular Services. For information on getting married in Turkey please click here. You have to get that document in person from the consular sections as mentioned in the web page. If you are both a Turkish and an American citizen, you don’t need the affidavit and you can directly apply at a Turkish Marriage Bureau. If you have ever been married before, you need to bring your original divorce decrees.
Depending on where you will get married, please schedule a notarial appointment with Ankara, Istanbul or Adana. If you are in Izmir, you need to get the affidavit in Ankara.
For questions regarding how to get your spouse a visa to go to the U.S. with you, please visit the Immigrant Visa Unit webpages.
A divorce decree obtained from U.S. courts does not automatically annul a marriage that was registered or has taken place in Turkey. Any Turkish citizen involved in such a legal separation should file a suit in Turkey to have the U.S. decree recognized by Turkish courts. The list of attorneys in Turkey.
The followings are needed:
1. A Power of Attorney to a lawyer in Turkey
2. Original copy of the divorce decree
To join the U.S. army, you need to be residing in the United States with a residence permit and green card. It is not possible to apply outside of the United States.
Due to Privacy Act, it is not possible to share the information of U.S. citizens with third parties. You can try searching your relative/friend on the internet. If you are searching this person for legal issues, you can try getting a lawyer in the U.S. who can help you with the search. To find a lawyer in the U.S., click here for American Bar Association’s web site.
You can bring your own car into the country for up to six months. If you wish to keep your car in Turkey for more than six months, you are liable to pay import tax. For more information please visit The Turkish Embassy’s website in Washington, DC.
The education aid is only avaliable in the United States. Unfortunately, the U.S. government doesn’t have any education aid avaliable in Turkey.
Below is a list of the English language schools in Ankara, you can contact them for more information. The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the following institutions. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.
Bilkent Laboratory and International School (BLIS) +90-312-290-5361/2, www.bups.bilkent.edu.tr
British Embassy School Ankara (BESA) +90-312-468-6563, http://www.besaturkey.org/
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) +90-312-287-2532, http://www.anka-ehs.eu.dodea.edu/
OASIS International School +90-312-285-7524, http://www.oisankara.org/
Kids International Pre-School (KIPS) +90-312-466-4640, http://www.kipspreschool.com/
We do not take fingerprints at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. You need to get the fingerprint cards from the requesting authority in the U.S. and go to the Foreigner’s Police Department (Yabancılar Polisi) of the Security Directorate of the city that you live in Turkey with the finger print cards and have the Turkish police take your fingerprints. That is the procedure followed to take fingerprints for FBI security checks in Turkey.
In order to learn your Social Security number (SSN), please provide us with the below information:
Name, Surname, Date of birth, Place of birth, Mother’s name and maiden name, father’s name and surname, address and telephone number
We will forward your inquiry to Athens Federal Benefits Unit. After we receive your SSN from Athens Federal Benefits Unit, you need to come to the Embassy to learn your SSN.
You need to send the above information to Istanbul, Adana or Izmir, if you are in their consular district.
You can apply online 3 months before you turn age 62.
You can apply for your benefits at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate s in Adana or Istanbul or at the U.S. Consular agency by giving a signed statement (contact Istanbul, Adana and Izmir). If you are in Ankara Consular district, please fax us a signed statement explaining you want to file for benefits at +90-312-466-5684. Your claim will be forwarded to Athens Federal Benefits Unit as there isn’t any Social Security Administration office in Turkey. For more information please visit the Social Security Administration site.
Please also include a copy of your passport. Your signed statement should include:
-Your full name
-Date of birth
-Contact information: address and telephone number
-Answers to the below questions:
-Are you currently working? Yes___No___
-Are you married? Yes ___ (if yes, your date of marriage _________) No___
-Do you have children who are:
Under age 18____
Between 18 & 19 and still in high school____
Any age, becoming severely disabled before age 22____
None of the above____
-Did you serve in the US military? (active duty)
No____ Yes ____ (From Month/Year ____________ to Month/Year _____________)
If Yes, please show service number:_______
-Are you receiving a foreign pension?
No____ Yes ____ If yes, since what date?_______________
Source of pention _______________ and Amount ________.
Medicare Part B can only be used in the U.S. The monthly premium is about $99.90. If you don’t think of going back to the U.S., you can cancel the payment for Medicare Part B. However; if you want to reenroll, you need to pay higher premiums and you can only enroll again in January/February/March of every year. For more information you can visit Medicare website.
You need to fill out SSA-7050 to get your Social Security earning information. After you get this form, you either need to have it notarized at the Turkish Embassy or its Consulates in the U.S. or have an Apostille Certification from the U.S. before you can submit it to the Turkish Social Security Office (SGK).
You can find information on how to apply for Turkish Citizenship at the below websites:
To file taxes overseas, you can refer to IRS Publication 54 and U.S. Tax Information for Overseas Americans. You can also consult an attorney to get information about filing taxes overseas. The list of attorneys in Turkey.
There is no limit on the amount of money that can be taken out of or brought into the United States. However, if a person or persons traveling together and filing a joint declaration (CBP Form 6059-B) have $10,000 or more in currency or negotiable monetary instruments, they must fill out a "Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments" FinCEN 105 (former CF 4790).
If assistance is required, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer can help with filling out the form.
Please be aware, if persons traveling together have $10,000 or more, they cannot divide the currency between each other to avoid declaring the currency.
For example, if one person is carrying $5,000 and the other has $6,000, they have a total of $11, 000 in their possession and must report it on a FinCEN 105. If a person or family fails to declare their monetary instruments in amounts of over $10,000, their monetary instrument(s) may be subject to forfeiture and could result to civil and criminal penalties.
The FinCEN 105 can be obtained prior to traveling or when going through CBP.
You can find further information at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.