Traveling to Turkey has never been more complicated, thanks to a recent diplomatic dust-up between the United States and this sometimes ally. The US suspended non-immigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey following the arrest of a consulate employee in October, which prompted Turkey to halt visa services in the U.S.
Today the two countries agreed to resume full reciprocal visa services.
Which doesn’t mean you should run down to the nearest Turkish embassy to get a visa. We suggest you go online and get an e-visa from the e-Visa application system prior to arrival, it’s quick, easy and cheap and will save you a lot of trouble. Important note: In the past, nationals eligible for an e-visa could obtain a visa on arrival at the border in emergency situations. Travelers must now obtain a visa prior to arriving in Turkey. No exceptions will be made.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Turkish e-Visa?
A: e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within Turkey. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at Turkish missions and at the ports of entry. You will be informed that your application has been completed successfully by e-mail with approval letter. Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-Visa on their system. However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa copy with you 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.
Q: What do I need to make an application?
A: You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. 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.
Q: When do I need to apply for an e-Visa?
A: You may be submitted at any time prior to enter Turkey. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that e-Visa applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel.
Q: How long does it take to be approved?
A: Mostly, it informs you the approval notification in 12 hours, but some applicants are required to submit supporting documents which makes it take much longer than expected. Should your application is not approved in time, check it again in 72 hours through clicking Find Your Visa tap to confirm if your application is finalized.
Q: Am I required to apply a visa if I’m transiting through Turkey?
A: You are not required to have an e-Visa if you stay in the airport less than 72 hours.
Q: Do I need an e-Visa if I am on a cruise ship?
A: According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection which entered into force on 11th April 2014, those foreigners who arrive at sea ports and intend to visit the seaport city or nearby provinces for touristic purpose are exempt from visa provided that their stay does not exceed seventy two (72) hours.
Q: How long can I stay In Turkey while on a e-Visa authorization?
A You can stay in Turkey for a maximum of 180 days on each visit. After your e-Visa is granted you are able to enter and leave Turkey as many times as you need to during 12 months period, from the date the e-Visa is granted or until the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earlier.
Q: I am planning a holiday for more than 180 days in Turkey. What should I do?
A: If you wish to stay in Turkey longer than your e-Visa permits, you must apply at local Police Station for a residence permit. If you overstay your visa, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a specific period of time.
Q: Do age restrictions apply?
A No. Eligible passport holders of all ages can apply for an Turkish e-Visa.
Q: My child is included in my passport. Do I need to make a separate e-Visa application for her/him?
A: Yes. Kindly use her/his ID information and your passport information in the application.
Q: What if I have mistakes in my application?
A: You should be very careful when you put your personal details. After you finish the filling the forms, you have an opportunity to review all the details you have provided and can change the wrong information. If you find any mistakes after your visa is approved, you are charged an additional amount for the re-processing.
Note: If your visa information do not match with your passport details, you might experience delays when boarding your aircraft or be refused enter Unites States.
Q: Do I need to enter Turkey on the exact date specified in my application?
A: No. The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Turkey on any date within this period.
Q: I have lost my Turkish e-Visa details, do I need to re-apply?
A: If you have applied for your Turkish e-Visa through our website, you are always free to contact us to retrieve your Authorization form for free of charge.
Q: What should I do if the information on my passport has changed?
A: If you obtain a new passport, you must re-apply for your Turkish e-Visa and pay the associated fees. The previous Authorization will becomes invalid. Before you submit your application you will be given the opportunity to double check all data you filled in, so please take the time to check it carefully to prevent any problems later.
Q: Which countries don’t need a Visa to enter?
A: Holders of passports for more than 78 countries do not need a visa to Turkey, they can get a stamp on their passport at the airport for up to 90 days. Citizens of France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland can enter Turkey with their National Identity Cards, they don’t need to carry passport.
Below is the list of countries who don’t need a visa to Turkey and can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days during any 180 days period, they’ll simply need to show their passport at the immigration for entry stamp:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago