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Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Aug. 10, 2012
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name TRANSATLANTIC PETROLEUM LTD.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001092289  
Document Type 10-Q/A  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2012  
Amendment Flag false  
Amendment Description On August 14, 2012, TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (the “Company”) filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012 (the “Form 10-Q”). The purpose of this Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q/A for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012 (this “Amendment No. 1”) is to furnish Exhibit 101 to the Form 10-Q. Exhibit 101 consists of the following materials from the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 12, 2012, as amended by this Amendment No. 1, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011; (ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Equity for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012; (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; and (v) Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   368,167,826