Changes to Residency Permit Rules

Changes to Residency  Permit Rules

It seems the Turkish Government has taken drastic action to stem the tide of tourists who opt to stay longer than 90 days.

As of May 16th, 2022, the Directorate of Migration Management announced that 781 neighbourhoods in various provinces would be closed to new residences for foreign nationals. This rule would apply even if the foreigner wanted to purchase a property in one of these closed areas. 

Further closures were announced on July 1st, which was far more extensive, with 1,169 neighbourhood closures.
Turkey has been subjected to a large amount of migration over the past couple of years, and the Government is keen not to create 'ghettos' where the number of foreigners exceeds the local population. Under the new ruling, the number which now must not be exceeded is 20%.
In our area, Antalya has these closed districts: Konyaalti, Dosemealti, and Muratpasa. Here in Alanya we have closures in Mahmutlar, Kargicak, Avsallar and Kestel. The majority of the closures affect Istanbul, and a link has been provided at the bottom of the page for you to check.
The news also states that foreigners with title deeds who live in one of the closed areas should not worry as they will continue to receive residence permit renewals. The Government also stated that there would be no exemptions to this new law other than accepting newborn babies and families that need to be reunited. Additionally, some areas only accept renewal applications for one-year validity on 'tourist status' RPs, which may spread to other locations.

For further information, check the Turkish Government's Twitter feed which is regularly updated, or call the foreigner helpline 157.

To check if your district is one affected by these new rulings, copy the link:

Summer Homes has a dedicated personnel team who can help you when purchasing or renting a property. They have extensive knowledge about the changes in the laws and can guide you during the process.