Visa and Residence Permit


  European ID card holders and citizens of some countries are exempt from visa to enter Turkey (contact the Turkish Consular at your home country to get information). However, it is obliged to apply for residence permit to stay more than 90 days in Turkey and the applicants must hold a valid passport. In order to prevent any problems they might have, the incoming students are required to submit a valid passport copy in their online Erasmus application. In other words, the ID card is not a valid document type for Erasmus application.


Turkish citizens (holders of Turkish ID/ Turkish passport / Mavi Kart) do not apply either for visa or residence permit. If you are a Turkish citizen, please upload the copy of your Turkish ID / passport.



Exchange students are advised to acquaint themselves with the necessary formalities in connection with their entry to and residence in Turkey. Students can find travel information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Consular Procedures of Republic of Turkey. If you need further information, please contact the foreign representation (embassy/consulate) of Turkey in your home country. See here for the contact data of the relevant foreign representation.

Some exchange students who are citizens of EU/EEA countries might require a visa for Turkey.

Please note that special conditions of visa/residence may apply non-EU/EEA country citizens, even if they have a residence permit from a European country.

Turkish citizens living abroad and holders of Mavi Kart only require a valid passport or ID card to enter Turkey. They do not apply either for visa or residence permit.

Please note that incoming students are responsible for applying for a visa themselves. Erasmus Office is not involved in the application process. As processing a visa application may take a long time, you are advised to file your application as soon as possible.

You might need your acceptance letter to apply for your visa. You will receive your letter after your application is approved by the relevant academic department at YTU.


Residence Permit

Those who stay in Turkey for more than three months (90 days) are obliged to apply for a residence permit. The obligation to register for residence permit applies for all students, regardless of their citizenship.

The responsible governmental organisation for residence permit is the Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management. The website of the Directorate is

All rules, regulations, and deadlines are set by the Directorate. The evaluation of the student files are made by the Directorate and the decision is given by them.


Registration Procedure

The residence permit application has two steps:

1. Online application at

2. Document submission  to YTU by regular post

The online application has to be conducted within a month of your arrival in Turkey!


Required Documents

The required documents for residence permit application may differ from student to student because of their citizenship or special conditions. You may be asked by the Migration Office to submit further documents. However, basically, students are required to submit the following documents – originals and/or copies:

- Application Form (generated by the website upon completing the application) 

- Valid passport (with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the duration of stay)

- Passport photos

- Confirmation of admission by the university (to be provided by Erasmus Office)

- Proof of adequate health insurance cover

- Proof of sufficient financial means

- Proof of dwelling address

- Application submission form

- Payment of the administrative fee (approx. 100 - subject to change each year)



The submission of the files of the students to the Directorate are handled by the Student Affairs Unit at YTU. The Erasmus office is not included in this procedure.

Detailed information about the online application, required documents, document submission procedure, and the file tracker can be found on the website of the YTU Student Affairs

For further infomation and explanations about the documents, please visit the website of the Directorate (you can change the language of the page on the top right corner)


Students can always dial 1-5-7 for the call centre of the Directorate for further infomation and their questions.





last update on 04.08.2021 by Asena Dogru