Recently, we are increasingly faced with a question from clients about how to buy an apartment in Alanya and not move out every few months?

Does having an apartment in Alanya or Turkey automatically entitle you to a residence permit? Below is a summary of the residence permit (residence permit).

Foreigners wishing to stay in Turkey longer than the allowed visa-free regime must apply to the migration service to obtain a residence permit.

The Migration Service provides a “Residence Permit for Foreigners” in order to legally stay in Turkey.

A residence permit is a document that allows you to legally live in Turkey from 1 to 2 years without leaving. Ikamet can be issued for a year or two – it depends on you. Then it can be extended as many times as you like. It is impossible to work on such a residence permit in the country, it is illegal and threatens with deportation (but you can separately obtain a work permit). The document is a plastic card – it is called ikamet (ikamet).

Foreigners with a valid residence permit, during the period of validity of the permit, can enter and leave the country with a valid document without any restrictions.

Owning real estate in Turkey makes it easier to obtain a residence permit, but does not give the right to receive it automatically. In other words, if you have an apartment in Alanya (or another part of Turkey), it will be easier for you to get a residence permit than just renting a property. For property owners in Turkey, a residence permit is issued for long-term residence (at least 1 year).

Types of residence permits in Turkey:

Short-term for 6-12 months (for property owners, tourists arriving for treatment, researchers); Family (issued for no more than two years); Student (for the period of study); For refugees; Permanent (issued on an indefinite basis to those who have lived in Turkey for more than eight years);

The following documents are required to obtain a temporary residence permit:

A completed and printed application form on the website of the migration service; Medical insurance (issued for 1 or 2 years, depends on how long you plan to apply for ikamet); 4 photos; Tapu and its copy (for property owners); Individual taxpayer number and its copy (issued at the tax office of Alanya in 15-20 minutes); Passport and copy of the first page; Solvency confirmation; Lease agreement certified by a notary (for rented accommodation); Receipt of payment of the state fee (paid at the tax office); An existing ikamet and its copy (if you are applying for an extension);

*In individual cases, an additional package of documents is required.


If the term of your ikamet has expired, then the applicant has the right to stay in the country until the date of the interview at the Migration Service. But it is forbidden to travel outside Turkey before submitting documents. After submitting documents for ikamet (residence permit) to the Migration Service, the applicant has the right to leave Turkey for up to 15 days, but at the same time taking a permit document from an officer of the Migration Service in advance.

After successful submission of documents to the Migration Service, your ikamet will be sent to you by mail to the indicated permanent address of residence. As a rule, it takes from 1 to 3 months.

For more detailed information on how to obtain a residence permit (Ikamet) in Turkey, contact Ayvazoglu Homes specialists on our website.