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All About Turkey Visas
Do you need a Turkey visa? If so, perhaps you’re already planning your holiday to the top tourist sites, including the world-famous Hagia Sophia basilica in Istanbul, the spellbinding ruins of the Roman city of Ephesus, or the jaw-dropping rocky valleys of Cappadocia.
Of course, wherever in Turkey you’re picturing yourself in the near future, depending on your nationality, you’ll need a Turkey visa to enter the country. So in this article, we’ll see what you need to obtain Turkish travel authorisation, and how long your pass allows you to stay there as a visitor.
Fortunately, these days you can enter the country for your vacation with what’s called an Electronic Visa (eVisa). The Turkish Republic launched this system in April 2013, to modernise its way of doing things.
The advantage of the eVisa is that, with Byevisa, you apply online and receive your travel authorisation in your email inbox. So you save yourself the time and hassle of having to visit your nearest Turkish embassy or consulate to apply.
Then, you simply print your travel pass to show to Turkey’s airport and customs officials when you arrive in the country. We recommend that you keep a copy of your Turkey eVisa safe at all times, perhaps by printing a spare to keep in your hotel room.
eVisa for Turkey Application Process
The citizens of over 90 countries are eligible to apply for Turkish electronic travel authorisation.
If your passport is from one of around 30 countries, including the United States, Australia and Canada, the eVisa is all you need to enter this Eastern Mediterranean nation famed as a bridge between Europe and Asia. These nations are:
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates
However, if you’re a citizen of 60 or so other countries, you’ll need extra documentation to be allowed to enter. For example, this documentation includes having a valid visa or residence permit from the Schengen Area, United States, United Kingdom or Ireland. These countries are:
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe
Depending on your nationality, you’ll be eligible for either a 30-day Single-Entry visa, a 90-day Single-Entry pass or a 30-day Multiple-Entry travel authorisation, to the land of famed foods including baklava, shish kebab and döner.
To find out both which visa you’re eligible for as an applicant, and whether you’ll need extra documentation to enter, please consult Byevisa’s country checker tool.
Alternatively, please see the ‘eVisa Turkey Requirements and Eligibility’ section below.
Regardless of whether you require additional paperwork to obtain a Turkey eVisa, you’ll also need a passport that remains valid at least 60 days after you intend to exit Turkey.
For example, let’s say that you obtain a 30-day Turkish pass, to see Istanbul, Ankara and breathtaking Pamukkale. In this case, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days (30-day visa + 60 days extra) from the initial date that you intend to enter as a traveller.
A Turkish eVisa is valid for 180 days after issue. So regardless of whether you’re eligible for a 30-day or 90-day travel pass, this gives you some flexibility about when to enter the country.
Also, Turkey’s eVisa is only valid for tourist and short business trips such as attending a conference or seeing the sights. You’ll need a different pass to visit for alternative motives, such as studying in Istanbul or Ankara, finding permanent work or immigrating.
Lastly, citizens of the European Union (except Cyprus and Latvia), New Zealand, and 53 other countries are eligible to enter Turkey without a visa. Your visit can last from 30 to 90 days depending on your nationality. To see if this applies to you, and how long you can visit for, please consult Byevisa’s country checker tool.
Please note that, as of March 2nd 2020, citizens of the following countries are also exempt from needing travel authorisation to enter Turkey for tourism. This applies to 90-day visits every 180 days (6 months):
- United Kingdom
eVisa Turkey Requirements and Eligibility
To obtain a Turkey visa online, you’ll just need the following:
- A current passport that’s valid for at least 60 days from when you’ll exit. Also, you’re obliged to keep your passport with you at all times while you’re visiting the Eurasian republic (or another form of legal ID).
- At least 1 blank page in your passport. Turkey’s immigration officers will stamp your passport when you enter and exit, so you need enough space for this.
- Supporting documentation for some nationalities, such as a visa or residence permit from the Schengen Area, United States, United Kingdom or Ireland. To find out if this applies to you, consult Byevisa’s online country checker.
Also, please bear the following in mind:
- If you must supply a supporting document, it should be valid for at least as long as you’re visiting the country.
- You don’t need a visa for Turkey if you stay within the international transit area.
- If you’re arriving at a seaport, for example on a cruise, you don’t need a visa so long as your stay in the Mediterranean nation is under 72 hours (3 days). However, if you’re flying into the country to start your cruise there, you do need authorisation.
- All Turkey’s Electronic Visas are valid for 180 days (6 months) from the issue date. However, depending on your nationality, your pass will be Single or Multiple Entry. Single Entry means that you can enter only once, while Multiple Entry means that you can enter and exit repeatedly while your travel pass remains valid.
- To receive a Multiple-Entry eVisa, you must be one of the following nationalities: American (United States), Antiguan, Armenian, Australian, Austrian, Bahamian (Bahamas), Bahraini, Barbadian, Barbudan, Belgian, British (United Kingdom), Canadian, Croatian, Dominican, Dutch, Emirati (United Arab Emirates), Estonian, Grenadian, Haitian, Hongkonger, Irish, Jamaican, Kuwaiti, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maldivian, Maltese, Mauritian, Omani, Polish, Portuguese, Saint Lucian, Saudi Arabian, South African, Spanish, Vincentians (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).
- To stay in Turkey for longer than your eVisa’s validity period, you must visit the nearest Provincial Directorate of Migration Management to apply for a residence permit. Alternatively, to apply for a new travel pass you must first leave the country to do so.
- If you’re visiting from a country at risk of yellow fever, you need to be vaccinated first. To check, visit the World Health Organisation’s website.
- You’ll need to apply for separate Turkey tourist visas for all the people you’re travelling with. This includes your children, who’ll each need separate authorisation. This is the case even if your children are listed on your passport, as the adult.
Turkey Visa Form and Documents
To apply for an eVisa with Byevisa is simple and only takes a few minutes.
1. Select your nationality from the list of options and where you’re travelling to (in this case, Turkey). You’ll see whether you’re eligible for a Turkey eVisa, and if you’re required to provide additional documentation. For example, if you’re from the US then you’re immediately eligible, although if you’re from Afghanistan, you need supporting paperwork.
2. Once you’ve selected your nationality, you’ll also see: (1) how much your Turkish travel pass will cost, (2) Byevisa’s fee to process your application on your behalf, saving you the time and hassle (3) how fast you can obtain your pass with our service.
3. Click ‘Apply Now’ to go to the next page, where you enter your personal information like:
- Your email address, so we can send you your authorisation.
- Your intended entry and exit dates.
- A contact number.
- Your first name, middle name if applicable and last name.
- Your gender.
- Your nationality, as it appears in your passport.
- Your birthday.
- The country where you were born.
- The country where you reside.
- Your passport number.
- Your passport issue date and expiry date.
- The eVisa you’re applying for.
4. Once you’ve entered your personal information, choose which Byevisa service you require. Depending on how fast you need your travel document, we offer:
- Standard service.
- Rapid service (available soon).
- Highly Rapid service (available soon).
Our processing fee is higher for our faster services. How much you pay for each of these services depends on your nationality, as we’ve explained above. The advantage of Byevisa’s service is that you don’t have to apply for your eVisa yourself, saving you the time and effort!
5. Then you pay for your Turkey tourist visa application. Just enter the following details:
- Your name as it appears on your debit or credit card.
- Your debit or credit card number.
- Your debit or credit card’s expiry month and year.
- The 3-digit CVC security code on the back of your card.
Alternatively, it is possible to pay by PayPal.
6. Please keep in mind that depending on your nationality, you may have to provide some supporting information, such as:
- Your residence permit or visa from the Schengen Zone, US, UK or Ireland.
- The country that issued your residence permit or visa.
- The number of your supporting document.
- The expiry date of your visa or residence permit (if permanent, leave blank).
- You may be asked to confirm that you have a valid supporting document.
- You may be asked to confirm if your passport is valid for the length of your stay.
- You may be asked to confirm that you have proof of a return ticket, hotel reservation, and at least 50 USD for each day that you’re visiting Turkey.
- You may be asked to confirm that you’re travelling for a tourist or short business trip.
- You may be asked to confirm that you comply with all the criteria listed above.
7. Lastly, please note that if you intend to visit beyond your eVisa’s 180-day validity period, we can pause your application, so that your travel pass is valid for when you exit the country.
For example, if you apply for your travel pass on July 1st and it’s issued the same day, it will be valid until January 1st. However if you intend to visit Turkey for 90 days starting, for example, from November 1st, then your 180-day visa will expire before you finish your trip.
In this case, even if you start applying on July 1st, we can pause your application until September 1st, to ensure that your eVisa’s validity period extends to the end of your trip.
Visa for Turkey Status Check
With Byevisa, there is a convenient way to check the status of your travel document.
Select the correct section at the top of this page. You are able to discover:
- Whether your application has been approved.
- Whether it’s yet to be processed (pending).
- Your visa’s initial date and expiry date, as well as how many days it remains valid for.
- Whether your pass has been rejected, and why if we know.
Please bear in mind that how long your eVisa takes to process will depend on the Byevisa service you’ve selected. For example, if you’re a Brit travelling to Turkey who’s selected our Highly Rapid service, you can expect to receive your authorisation in just 30 minutes (available soon).
How Much Is a Turkey eVisa?
The Turkey visa fee depends on your nationality. So to find out how much is your pass, enter your nationality in the checker tool.
In addition, Byevisa charges a processing fee to handle your application, to save you the time and effort of doing so for yourself. How much we charge depends on how fast you require your visa. Our Standard processing fee costs USD 25.00. Our Rapid and Highly Rapid services will be available soon.
More Turkey Visa Questions and Information
Please find below an FAQ section with more handy information related to applying for a Turkey visa. We’ve tried to address as many relevant points as we can, to give you peace of mind.