Obtaining Turkey Visas Frequently Asked Questions:
Entry to Turkey
Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. However, short- notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you are advised to check access locally. Direct, scheduled passenger flights between Turkey and most countries resumed on 11 June.
All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
Testing / screening on arrival
All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test – see here for details) for coronavirus.
In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19.
You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from traveling.
Regular entry requirements
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you don’t abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.
If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
Check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. You may need to apply for Turkey Visas from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel or using the e-Visa service as explained below
The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Traveling with children
If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.
What can you do in three minutes?
You can get your Turkey visas online in just three minutes for your upcoming trip to Turkey. No longer documents list to collect is needed. No visits to the consulate are necessary. No stressful waiting in visa lines will bother you. All you need is your travel document and a valid credit or debit card. The Turkish e-Visa is brought to you by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
What is an e-Visa?
The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. This system allows visitors traveling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online (www.evisa.gov.tr), in approximately three minutes.
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within Turkey.
The e-Visa is an alternative to Turkey Visas issued at Turkish missions and at the ports of entry.
- It is possible to obtain e-Visa 7/24 at everywhere with internet connection. The applicants can obtain their visa after they fill in the necessary information concerning their identity, passport and travel dates and pay visa fee online.
- Please note that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. For other purposes, such as work and study, visas are given by Turkish Embassies or Consulates.
- The term “official passports” covers diplomatic, service, special and official passports.
- You are kindly advised to have a travel document/passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of your arrival in Turkey.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues efforts to strengthen the e-Visa system and to better enable foreign nationals to easily obtain their visas.
- Applicants obtain their visas electronically after entering required information and making payments by a credit or debit card (Master-card, Visa or UnionPay).
- The link to download your e-Visa is given on the final step where you will be informed that your application has been completed successfully.
- In addition, the same link to download your e-Visa will be emailed to you.
- Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-Visa on their system.
- However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa with you either as a soft copy (tablet PC, smart phone, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure on their system.
- As in the case of other visas, respective Turkish officials at the ports of entry reserves the right to deny entry into Turkey to a holder of an e-Visa without any explanation.
What do I need for my e-Visa application?
In accordance with the article 7.1b of “the Law on Foreigners and International Protection” no.6458, foreigners wishing to enter Turkey must carry a passport or a travel document as a substitute for passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of their visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements. You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates.
What are the advantages of e-Visa?
An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it saves time that you would otherwise spend on Turkey Visas applications at Turkish missions or at the ports of entry into Turkey (if you are eligible).
Who is eligible for e-Visa?
Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for the e-Visa provided that they meet required criteria. To find out these criteria, go to Main Page, click on Apply button and select your Country of Travel and Type of Travel Document.
Do I need to enter Turkey on the exact date specified in my application?
If my travel dates change, can I apply for e-Visa amendment for change of date?
The Republic of Turkey does not sell, rent or otherwise use for commercial purposes any personal information entered in the e-Visa Application System to third parties. Any information obtained at each stage of the application and the e-Visa issued at the end of the process are stored in high security systems. The applicant bears full responsibility for the safety of the soft and hard copies of the e-Visa. The applicant bears again full responsibility of this information should it fall into the hands of third parties.
The barcode on the e-Visa stores applicant’s information in an encrypted and electronically signed form, designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Access to the content of the barcode is solely provided to the institutions authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The applicant bears full responsibility for any inconvenience that may result from barcode alterations or forgery caused by the applicant.
Do I need to obtain a separate e-Visa for people accompanying me?
Can I get a refund if I do not use my e-Visa?
Can I obtain a multiple-entry e-Visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, you will obtain a multiple-entry e-Visa:
Are there any restrictions on airline companies to fly to Turkey?
The citizens of the countries listed below are required to travel with an airline company which signed a protocol with the Turkish Foreign Ministry. At present, the airline companies that signed this protocol are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air and Atlasglobal Airlines.
The information on my e-Visa does not fully match the information on my travel document. Can I enter Turkey with this e-Visa?
I would like to stay in Turkey for a period of time longer than the e-visa permits. What should I do?
If you wish to stay in Turkey longer than your e-Visa permits, you must apply at the nearest Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for a residence permit.
Please note that an e-Visa is granted only for tourism and trade purposes. Application for other types of Turkey Visas (work visa, student visa etc.) are required to be submitted at Turkish Embassies or Consulates.
If you overstay your Turkey Visas, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a specific period of time.
Are credit card payments made on the e-Visa web page secure?
I have realized that some of the information that I provided in the e-Visa application requires correction. What should I do?
I have completed my application. When will I obtain my e-Visa?
I am notified by the system that my e-Visa application cannot be processed. What should I do?
If my e-Visa application is denied, will my payment be refunded?
How long before my travel date should I apply for e-Visa?
I have applied for Turkey Visas at a Turkish mission (Embassy’s Consular Section or Consulate General) and wish to be updated on my application. Can I send a request for an update from the e-Visa Support Desk?
I have realized that some information on my e-Visa does not match the information on my travel document. I know that my e-Visa is invalid. Can I get a refund?
I do not want to apply for an e-Visa. Can I get a visa on arrival?
Yes. If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below and you meet the required criteria, you can obtain a visa on arrival. Kindly visit the Ministry’s website (www.mfa.gov.tr) to learn more about these requirements.
I do not have a credit card or debit card. Is there any other way of e-Visa fee payment?
I cannot make a payment. What should I do?
In the “Personal Information” section there is no place for a middle name. Where should I enter my middle name?
I want the address on my payment receipt to be different than the address on my e-Visa application. Is this possible?
What does the CVV / CVC / CVC2 number mean?
Do I need an e-Visa if I am on a cruise ship?
My child is included in my passport. Do I need to make a separate e-Visa application for her/him?
What are the criteria for the validity of my supporting document (visa or residence permit from Schengen or from US, UK and Ireland)?
Can the citizens of all the countries eligible for e-Visa obtain a visa on arrival?
No. While the citizens of the countries listed below can obtain an e-Visa, they are not eligible for Turkey Visas on arrival.
How much is an e-Visa fee?
How long will my e-Visa be valid for?
Do I have to obtain Turkey Visas if I do not leave the international transit area?
For how many people can I create a family application?
Are there any criteria for family applications?
How does a family application work?
For how many people can I create a group application?
Are there any criteria for group applications?
How does a group application work?
Why is there a service fee fo Turkey Visas?
The duration of 90-day-stay on my e-Visa expired and I have come back to my country timely. How many days should be passed until I reapply?
May I apply for a new e-Visa while I am in Turkey?
|f you overstay your Turkey Visas, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a specific period of time.