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Turkey Digital Nomad Visa Guide. How to be a Digital Nomad in Turkey?

The Turkey Digital Nomad Visa is designed for remote workers seeking to live and work in Turkey. Many countries now have Digital Nomad Visas, and the Turkish version is very appealing.

Digital nomads are a special kind of travelers who don’t just work remotely, but also have the freedom to explore the world. They’re not tied down by a specific job or location. Instead, they choose their travel destinations based on their lifestyle and expectations.

If you are a digital nomad, if you do not like to work in one office during long time, Turkey has some great options to offer.

1-Turkey Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

If you want to apply for a Turkey digital nomad visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements.

  • Least has a monthly income of 3,000 USD or 36,000 USD annually. (Documents demonstrating a satisfactory and appropriate financial situation three bank statements confirming the applicants' monthly income of at least USD 3000)
  • Your age must be between 21 and 55
  • Document proving that you are a university graduate
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Turkey
  • Remote work or remote independent contract with a company. The company should not be located in Turkey.
  • Biometric photo

2-Citizens of which countries can apply for Turkey’s digital nomad visa?

  • Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for the Digital Nomad Visa to Turkey;

France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, United Kingdom, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus.

3-Overview of the new Turkey Digital Nomad Visa program

  • A Digital Nomad can easily apply for a Digital Nomad Visa by going to Turkey Visa center/consulate with the Digital Nomad Identification Certificate 
  • You can acquire Digital Nomad Identification Certificate by uploading documents to the platform proving that you are a Digital Nomad between the ages of 21–55
  • Authorities will review the submitted documents to determine the applicant’s eligibility as Digital Nomad
  • If the documents are sufficient, a Digital Nomad Identification Certificate will be assigned to the applicant
  • Then you can apply for a Digital Nomad Visa at Turkey Visa center/consulate with designated Digital Nomad Identification Certificate and other required documents
  • If the applicant is already in Turkey, they can apply for a residence permit online at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr ​​after receiving the Digital Nomad Identification Certificate from the system.
  • Foreigners applying for a residence permit must be present at the Provincial Migration Management Offices on the appointment date and time.

4-How To Apply for Digital Nomad Visa Turkey: Step-by-Step Guide

  • To apply for a Turkey Digital Nomad Visa Identification Certificate, firstly you are required to sign up to the platform. (https://digitalnomads.goturkiye.com)
  • Then you are expected to access your account to upload the following documents scanned versions:

1- To have a travel document/passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Turkey
2- Diploma or Certification of Degree document showing that you are a university graduate
3- Document showing that the applicant works in the Digital Nomad field;
 a) Contract, if the applicant working within the company (except companies located in Turkey)
 b) If the applicant is self-employed, the business contract between the applicant and the company (except companies located in Turkey)
4- Biometric photo
5- Document proving that the applicant has a monthly income of 3,000 USD or 36,000 USD annually.

5-Do digital nomads pay taxes in Turkey?

  • Depending on how long you’re planning to stay in Turkey, you might have to pay taxes here. If you live in Turkey for more than 183 days a year, you’ll need to be a tax resident. 
  • But don’t worry! There are some great tax advantages for remote workers in Turkey that you can not find in many other countries.

6-Tax advantages for digital nomads in Turkey

  • If you’re a digital nomad who provides engineering, software development, design, or data analytics services from Turkey to abroad, you’re in luck! There is a significant tax exemption for you.
  • Only %20 of your income is subject to income tax. So according to your income, your tax payments will not be over %2 or %3 of your yearly income

7-Opening a Turkish bank account with a digital nomad visa

  • Opening a local bank account is another essential step for Digital Nomads moving to Turkey. 
  • You can open a bank account after getting your digital nomad visa
  • Although a few Turkish banks offer the convenience of online account opening, the majority typically mandate in-person visits for banking applications, necessitating a trip to a local branch.

8-Best Destinations for Digital Nomads in Turkey

  • İstanbul, Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya, and Fethiye are the most appealing places but besides these places, Turkey has unique cities must see like Cappadocia or Pamukkale

In summary, Turkey’s Digital Nomad Visa is a great opportunity for people who work remotely and want to explore Turkey. The application process is easy, and as long as you meet the requirements, you can enjoy living and working in Turkey hassle-free. Plus, Turkey offers tax benefits for remote workers, making it even more appealing. Whether you prefer the lively streets of Istanbul or the relaxing beaches of Bodrum, Turkey has something for every digital nomad.


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