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I am staying in Turkey on a tourist residence permit (ikamet). I've been told that it's forbidden to work in Turkey on tourist residence permit. I am starting a remote job for an American company soon. My questions are:

  1. Is it legal, according to Turkey laws, to work for a foreign company remotely while on tourist residence permit?
  2. If it's illegal, will I get into trouble if I get my salary to a Turkish bank account?
  3. If it's illegal, will I get into trouble if I get my salary not on a Turkish bank account?
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  • @Willeke so far I've been in Turkey for 3 weeks. I plan to stay here for something between 6 months and 2 years. Soon I will get a tourist residence permit (ikamet) for 6 months. When these 6 months end, I will be able to renew it.
    – CrabMan
    Mar 25 at 14:02
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    According to mondaq.com/turkey/work-visas/1088062/… Turkish immigration regulations are silent on the topic of remote working for an overseas employer and it remains as one of the grey areas in Turkish immigration practice.
    – Traveller
    Mar 25 at 23:44
  • did you get a clear answer on this and how are you proceeding now?
    – d33
    Jun 13 at 8:08
  • @d33 see my newly written answer.
    – CrabMan
    Jun 13 at 9:48

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I'm local.

I don't think there is any harm or illegality in working in a foreign country by the way (even remotely).

A few years ago, I heard that a tourist asks him for a residence permit because he wants to open a bank account, and when he wants to get a residence permit, they ask him for a bank account. So, we have an infinite loop in that case. I hope they fixed that already.

For example, this law firm page says, if you want to open a bank account, bank will ask;

  • Your passport
  • Residence (ikamet) address
  • Tax number or if you have residence permit your ID
  • Mobile phone number (I think Turkish number)

Last but not least, these are really complicated subjects. I strongly recommend to get information from legal authorities.

Further reading: Foreigners and international protection law

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After reading some more sources, I learned that there is no clear answer to item 1 "Is it legal, according to Turkey laws, to work for a foreign company remotely while on tourist residence permit?". This is a gray area, there are no official documents or anything like that giving an answer. As for "Will I get into trouble if I get my salary to a Turkish bank account?", I've learned that in practice, the Turkish banks and the Turkish government don't care as long as you get less than $4000 (or its equivalent in another currency) per month sent to your Turkish bank accounts.

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