Originally Posted by atheneoflymington
AN URGENT UPDATE:
We have just learned that from next year citizens of countries that require a 90-day tourist visa to enter Turkey (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Hong Kong (Only BNO-British National Overseas passport holders), Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UK and USA) will not be able to re-enter Turkey after the expiry of their visa for at least a further 90 days. This means e.g. that yachts can no longer cross to Greece and come back within 24 hours to obtain a new visa - they will have to stay out of Turkey for at least 90 days.
I will try to post information on the exact date this new rule comes in as soon as possible. Meanwhile, it is yet another example of the increasing bureaucracy that is sadly making Turkey a less and less attractive place for owners with the above passports to base a yacht.
UPDATE 1 FEB 2012
FROM BRITISH EMBSSY WEBSITE
Changes to Tourist Visas for British Nationals
Since 2010, Turkish visit visas issued at arrival ports state that they are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.
Up to 31 January 2012, this rule has not been enforced by the Turkish immigration authorities, who were operating a flexible interpretation of the requirement.
However, from 1 February 2012, the new visa rules will be fully enforced, and you will only be able to stay in Turkey for a total of 90 days in every 180. We had approached the Turkish Authorities to see if this implementation date could be delayed but unfortunately, it could not.
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days after 1February, you should either enquire about longer stay visas from your nearest Turkish Embassy before departure, or if in Turkey, you should enquire at your local Foreigners Police Department (Yabancilar Sube) before 90 days expires. If you stay in Turkey for long periods of time, it may be worth considering obtaining a residence permit.
Be careful not to overstay the 90 day period. Overstaying is taken very seriously by the Turkish Authorities. As is current practice, those who overstay the 90 day limit could be fined, detained, deported and banned from re-entering Turkey.
Apparently there has to be a 1 day gap between the start of a new 90 day in 180 days visa.
Would seem to create problems for long term cruisers.