90 day visa sticker confusion
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 8:50 AM Last Post By: swampeastmike
Nov 16, 2012 10:28 AM
90 day visa sticker confusionAre the visa stickers (US passport) good for 90 day multi entry in a 180 day period? I've got 2 in my passport and the older one seems to indicate that although it is from last year.
My last sticker was purchased Aug 10 this year and Monday Nov. 19 I've got a 7 hour layover in IST so was hoping to leave the airport without purchasing another visa.
Nov 16, 2012 10:33 AM
1Yes that should be fine.You can stay a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period,so your August 10th visa still has some life on it.
Are you finally returning home?You seem to have been around Europe for ages :) come back soon!
Nov 16, 2012 10:41 AM
2Hi Jeanette. Thanks! The funny thing is it doesn't say anything on this year's sticker about the 180 days which is clearly written on last year's.
Anyway, I'll probably just head to Aksaray. I meant to tell you ages ago that I stayed there for one night a couple of months ago at the Grand Ergün Hotel for 40TL in my own decent room with a bathroom, free WiFi in the lobby, and breakfast. It was super convenient - right at the metro stop. I asked you for a hotel rec. in that area so if anyone asks... There was also a great restaurant close by. I put the Macedonia bus info in my trip report on my blog.
I'm not going home just yet. I did 4 great weeks in the Balkans after IST, then Rome and Sicily for a couple of weeks, will have been in Tunisia for 2 weeks before heading to Israel Monday for 2+ weeks.
You can subscribe to the blog if you're interested in reading the non-Turkey TRs.
Thanks again for all your help.
Nov 16, 2012 11:01 AM
3Here's the text from the visa stamp received this year:
"Multiple entry visa valid for a intended stay of no more than 90 days per period 180 days. Duration begins on the day of entry to Turkey. Holder has no right to work."
All other Turkish visa stamps in my passport read:
"Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days duration. Begins on the day of entry to Turkey. Holder has no right to work."
Nov 16, 2012 11:03 AM
Nov 16, 2012 12:10 PM
Nov 17, 2012 6:51 AM
6Now that I've read what's been going on in Israel, I'm thinking of skipping it. My ticket transits through IST out and back and the airline will let me simply skip the IST-TLV-IST segments so I could stay in Turkey for ~2 weeks.
Thing is, I spent a month there last year and almost another month this year so not sure what I would do especially this time of year. Mainly interested in sun and not cold temperatures. Suggestions greatly appreciated.
Nov 17, 2012 7:13 AM
7Well we are starting to run out of sunshine here but there is still some to be found long the south coast.So you could fly down to Antalya and explore the coast from there thro' Anamur,Silifke,Mersin,Adana and then down into Hatay(still safe there despite the hoo haa with Syria).Maybe then head up into Gaziantep(side trip to Birecik and lovely Halfeti?) and fly back to Istanbul from there.
Alternatively you could fly over to Cyprus for the 2 weeks,weather is still nice there......
Or do some of the south coast as far as Mersin and then take the ferry from nearby Taşuncu over to North Cyprus....
We don't let you go so easily :)
Nov 17, 2012 9:22 AM
Nov 19, 2012 1:21 PM
9To follow up... I arrived in IST several hours ago and had to buy a new visa sticker. The one I purchased today was not the same as the one I purchased in August which did not have the 180 day specification. Today's was the same as last year - 90 days total entry within 180 days.
The only thing I can think of is that the 90/180 visas were purchased in IST and the 90 day one off visa was purchased at a land border with Georgia at Sarp.
Mike - do you remember where you got your different visas?
Nov 19, 2012 2:15 PM
10Back to the itinerary for a moment - I'm going to spend 2 nights in IST then another Dec 2. And Nov 22 and 23 in Antalya so I've only got 8 days before I'll take a night bus back to IST Dec 1 probably from Adana (are there night buses from Mersin?). Are 8 days enough for Anamur, Silifke, Kizkalesi, Mersin? Anything else I could squeeze in?
Nov 19, 2012 11:03 PM
11I think the visa issue could be due to the change that was made,i.e.from 90 days to 90 days in 180 days.Some of the smaller border gates(such as Sarp) will still have been using up the old style stickers:)
When this new plan was first put into operation it was then postponed which meant that some visitors were being issued with one type and others with the type and that caused similar confusion last year.
8 days is enough for that section of the coast.From Silifke you could take a bus inland to Mut,a very scenic ride to a very scenic area,and visit the Alahan Monastery there.Here's some info on it-
Buses Mersin >>Istanbul-
arrives Ist. 10.00.
Nov 20, 2012 7:52 AM
Nov 21, 2012 8:21 AM
13The US Embassy just sent me a note as we signed up for Turkey travel issues with the flare up on the border, and it was related to new travel requirements as of Jan 1, 2013, Americans need a full page free for a Turkey stamp/Visa, due to overstay/extents ion issues I guess. So keep this in mind...
Nov 21, 2012 8:45 AM
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