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Document And Entity Information (USD $)
In Millions, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Mar. 15, 2012
Jun. 30, 2011
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2011    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name TRANSATLANTIC PETROLEUM LTD.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001092289    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   366,534,449  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Public Float     $ 361.3