Travelers from different countries require a visa to enter Turkey. Citizens can either get an electronic visa or can visit their nearest embassy/consulate for a physical visa for Turkey. Tourists meeting the eVisa requirements are given either a single-entry visa or a multiple entry visa, depending upon the nationality that they belong to. The length of stay with the eVisa ranges between 30 to 90 days.
Some people can enter Turkey visa-free for certain days. Russian citizens can stay in Turkey visa-free for about 60 days visa-free. EU citizens can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days without a visa. Like Thailand and Costa Rica, several other nationalities can stay in Turkey for up to 30 days visa-free. In certain situations, one can stay in Turkey for a few hours or so without a visa. You can read the Application Order Form to get detailed information regarding the visa requirements for Turkey.
You can visit your friends or family members living in Turkey. Following a course or making a cruise trip going ashore can be considered as a tourist travel purpose. If you are going on a cruise trip, you can stay in Turkey for 72 hours without a visa.
This includes traveling to Turkey for business purposes like meeting a client, visiting an event or conference, establishing contacts, etc. You can't directly work for a Turkish employer. You need to be officially employed by a company from your own country. However, that company is allowed to be paid by a Turkish organization to allow you to work under them.
The visa fee for Turkey is €49,95 per person. You can also submit an urgent visa application which is granted within 14 minutes of applying and costs an additional fee of €17,50 per person. The Turkish government has higher visa fees for American nationality, which is €20,00 per traveller.
The application form criteria remain the same for any type of Turkish visa. People need to fill out the form manually and sign it at the end. The form needs details of the following:
Visitors need to collect all the necessary documents as soon as they complete the Pre-application process. They need to make sure to meet all the criteria set by the authorities of Turkey..
You need to submit two identical photos of size 5cm × 6cm taken within the last 6 months. The photos should be of sharp focus, high quality, appropriate brightness and contrast without any ink marks and creases. You need to be directly looking into the camera.
You need to submit a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months starting from the day you are applying for the visa. Make sure to keep a blank page with it for the embassy/consulate so that they can affix the sticker visa on it. The embassy will keep the passport during the whole application process. You need to also submit entry/exit stamps or seals of previously obtained visas if you have any.
Even if you plan to spend some days or a month or two, you need to show proof of your staying in the territory of Turkey.
The Turkish authorities need to know that you can support yourself throughout the entire trip. You should have about €50 for a day with you. You can submit the following documents to show your financial proof:
Suppose your host covers your accommodations, including travel and food expenses. In that case, you don't need to meet the criteria of having €50 for a day. You need to submit proof that your host will be covering your expenses.
You need to submit the proof/document of your round-trip flight to Turkey to your embassy/consulate on your appointment day. You will need to show them proof of how you are travelling to reach Turkey and your plans after landing there. You will need to show documents of invitations to events, booked tours, hall tickets, museum tickets, etc.Depending upon your means of transport, other documents like a bus ticket, train ticket, driver's licence, permission to enter Turkey by car or any other means of travel, etc., are accepted as well.
It is necessary to have Travel Health Insurance to have a safe journey to Turkey. The insurance needs to have a minimum coverage of €30,000 and must cover the whole Turkey territory
You need to submit a police clearance certificate or any other relevant certificate issued by the authorities of your country to show that you don't have any criminal records or have not been involved in any criminal activities so far.
Children also need to have their visas while travelling to Turkey. In the application form, you can fill in the parents' passport information, and they need to travel along with them. The documents required are:
You can apply for an online visa to travel to Turkey if you meet all the requirements and have all the necessary documents. eVisa is very easy to apply for and consumes less time and work as compared to applying for a visa offline.
The Turkish government has issued eVisa, which is an electronic authorization without any stamp or label placed needed to visit Turkey. To be eligible, the visitor must:.
To be eligible to get eVisa issued by the Turkish government, the visitor must have:
Turkey's visa policy categorises foreign citizens into 3 groups depending upon their nationality.
Citizens from nationalities like Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Côte D'Ivoire, Eritrea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea, Greek Cypriot Administration, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Iraq, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territory, Republic of Congo, São Tomé and Principi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Senegal, Rwanda, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Namibia, Mexico, Mali, Madagascar, Liberia, Kenya, India, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Central African Republic, Gambia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Benin, Algeria, Burundi, Botswana, and Bahrain can get a single-entry eVisa to stay up to 30 days in Turkey.
Foreigners who are eligible for a single-entry visa need to meet certain criteria:
Travellers from countries like Antigua-Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mauritius, St Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United States of America, Barbados, China, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Maldives, Oman, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates can St Vincent and the Grenadines can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days (30 days in some other cases) provided they also meet the other visa requirements.
Visitors from countries like the EU, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and New Zealand can travel to Turkey for a limited period without eVisa. The visits are of a period of 30 days to 90 days per 180-day period. This criterion varies for different nationalities.
Tourists are permitted to visit Turkey without a visa. But for all other reasons, a valid permit is necessary.
Passport holders from countries like Cuba, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, North Korea, Samoa, Syria, Tuvalu, Tonga, South Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Micronesia, Laos, and Guyana are not eligible to visit Turkey with eVisa as they do not meet the requirements. They need to apply for a traditional visa with the required documents. They can contact the nearest Turkey embassy or consulate to get a visa.
Applicants need to first fill up the eVisa application form and submit the necessary documents to complete the application. The documents are:
Visitors need to keep their valid passport and the Turkish eVisa ready for inspection by the immigrant officials at the border.
You can visit your nearest Turkish embassy/consulate and opt for a physical visa. However, applying for a physical visa takes more time and is more expensive. Make sure to keep all your documents ready beforehand for an online or offline visa.
If you are not in Turkey and your visa expires, you can always apply for a new one. The visa for Turkey is valid for 180 days, and you can stay up to 90 days with this visa. If your 90 days are over, but you still have your 180-days validity, then you can always apply for another visa. You can apply for an unlimited number of visas for Turkey. However, suppose the Turkish immigration services suspect that you are taking advantage of your visa and are living in Turkey. In that case, that might lead to denial for applying for new visas.
Suppose you are in Turkey and your visa expires. In that case, you can always report to the local police and arrange an extension or a residence permit. At the local police, you can also apply for permission to change your travel purpose depending upon the change of the duration of your stay. You can ask them what all requirements are needed in your case.