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New e-Residence Application System Goes Online in the Republic of Turkey


The Ocean Cruising Club has been advised by the OCC Finike Port Officer Samet Gölgeci that a new online e-Residence system (as of 18-05-2015) makes it easier and faster for foreigners to apply for residence permits and renew online. Renewal procedures are done electronically without going to the Provincial Directorates of Migration Management. A valid mobile number and e-mail address must be provided for validation and notification. This is a welcome development at the start of the cruising season in the Mediterranean.


First applications and applications for transfer between residence permits are received electronically, printed and submitted in hard copy with backup documentation; foreigners are given an appointment for follow-up while the applications are processed. Foreigners must present at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management on the date of the appointment to complete the procedures. The appointments given by the Foreigners’ Departments prior to 18-05-2015 shall be renewed in the system.


For more information, please review the promotional flyer and instructional booklet and visit the website Download the necessary forms and follow the instructions at The information is presented in English.

About the Ocean Cruising Club


The Ocean Cruising Club exists to encourage long-distance sailing in small boats. A Full Member of the OCC must have completed a qualifying voyage of a non-stop port-to-port ocean passage, where the distance between the two ports is not less than 1,000 nautical miles as measured by the shortest practical Great Circle route, as skipper or member of the crew in a vessel of not more than 70ft (21.36 m) LOA; associate members are committed to the achievement of that goal. This standard distinguishes the OCC from all other sailing clubs. It’s not about what you are or who you know, but simply what you have done, that matters. Our membership as a whole has more experience offshore than any other sailing organisation – in the number of circumnavigators, in the range of extraordinary voyages members have completed, and in the number of solo sailors, and female sailors among our ranks. This is what sets us apart from other organisations, even as it draws us together as a group. We bring the spirit of seafaring to our association by always being willing to assist any fellow sailor we meet, either afloat or ashore.

With a central office in the UK, though it has no physical clubhouse, the OCC is, in a way, the “home port” for all of us who have sailed long distances across big oceans. With 48 nationalities and Port Officers in as many countries, we have a more diverse membership and a more international reach than any other sailing organisation. Our Port Officers and Regional Rear Commodores represent the frontline interaction with our existing members and the recruitment of new members.

In 2014, our 60th Anniversary year, more than 1000 members and friends attended OCC events around the world. OCC members have been celebrating with the types of events only OCC members can share - get togethers wherever in the world they happen to be at any given point in time. Some have managed to work their way through multiple events as they cruise with the seasonal flow of currents, others have come by land to join up with those who come by sea. Some have crossed oceans to get there, others have crossed the road. No matter how far, OCC members share a common bond that creates instant friendships in any harbour of the world.



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