Can I renounce my Turkish nationality if I haven’t completed my compulsory military service?

If you wish to renounce your Turkish nationality, but have not completed your compulsory military service, you are required to obtain a deferment or pay an exemption fee. Under Turkish law, Turkish men up to the age of 45 are required to perform military service even if they live outside Turkey or have dual nationality.

Renouncing Turkish nationality if you are under the age of 38

If you are under the age of 38 you can renounce your Turkish nationality without having completed your military service or paid the exemption fee, provided that you were previously granted a deferment. If you wish to renounce your Turkish nationality, you can apply to the . The embassy can also answer any questions you have about deferment or exemption fees for Turkish compulsory military service.

If you are a naturalised Dutch national and have renounced your Turkish nationality, you are no longer required to perform military service under Turkish law.

Renouncing Turkish nationality if you are 38 or older

From the age of 38 you are no longer able to apply for a deferment of your military service. At that point you can only renounce your Turkish nationality if you have completed your military service before the age of 45 or paid the exemption fee.

If you have not completed your military service or paid the exemption fee by the age of 45, you are considered a draft evader and, as such, you are guilty of a criminal offence under Turkish law. You can then no longer renounce your Turkish nationality. The  can provide information about your rights and obligations.

Declared unfit for military service

If you have been declared unfit for military service, you are no longer required to serve.