Our Guide to Visiting the Turkish Embassy

Turkish Embassy

Do you need to visit the Turkish embassy, either ahead of your visit to this transcontinental nation or while you’re already there? Fortunately, visiting the embassy should be straightforward, though of course, you may have to travel there depending on where you live or you’re staying.

Armed with the correct information and details of the embassy’s location, address, email, telephone numbers and other details we provide, you’ll find visiting easy-peasy, whatever the reason.

Read on to learn more ahead of your journey to this Middle Eastern republic, or to visit in country!

What Services Does the Embassy for Turkey Provide?

The Turkey embassy provides the following services:

  • Passport and visa renewal or issue.
  • General help and information for your trip.
  • Details on living in Turkey.
  • How to report and process any incidence of crime.
  • Information on healthcare, education, legalities and driving regulations.
  • Emergency travel documentation.
  • Details of English-speaking officials such as lawyers, and other interpreters of different languages if available.
  • Help to contact with family should you be unable to.
  • Document validation (such as notarised legal documents).
  • However, the Turkey embassy cannot provide you with money or pay any outstanding bills. Furthermore, they are unable to interfere or mediate directly in crime cases, as this is the responsibility of the police.

Why Would I Visit My Turkish Consulate?

Some of the services provided by the consulate overlap with those provided by the embassy. Consulates will usually be present in the capital or larger cities of a country. Also, services do vary from location to location.

There should be several consulates in most countries. The consulate’s prime function is to provide assistance for residents or travelling nationals from their homeland.
The reasons to visit your Turkish Consulate General are:

  • Advice regarding business transactions.
  • Renewal of passports or visas.
  • Assistance to expatriates living in Turkey and vice versa in a host nation.
  • Renewing or replacing lost or stolen passports.
  • Aid in obtaining legal or medical advice.
  • Notarising documents.
  • Helpful information on tax returns/tax information and absentee voting.
  • Liaising with next of kin.
  • Registering birth and death certificates, certifying marriages (although they do not conduct marriage ceremonies).
  • Evacuation if there is a crisis.

The Turkish Consulate does not provide assistance in ‘getting out of jail’ should you be arrested. In these instances, the best they can do is to arrange a visit from a member of the consular staff, so that you know that you’re receiving support!

What Else Should I Know About the Turkish Embassy / Consulate?

Embassies and consulates can provide a lot of information regarding aspects of travel to and from the country.

This includes up-to-date health requirements and news, lists of lawyers and translators, and other details, such as how to do business or make investments in Turkey. They can also help you with information on studying abroad.

Whilst most visitors to Turkey enter via air travel, there are many thousands that use the routes by road. The consulate can advise you on the extra documentation needed other than a valid passport and visa, such as:

  • Proof of registration in your name, if you are driving your own vehicle.
  • Licence documents for the vehicle.
  • International driving licence.
  • Insurance for road travel.

These are additional services that they can help you with. Turkey has borders with 8 other countries, so it is essential to know if the driving legislation varies. These 8 countries are Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece and Bulgaria.

Please note, however, that the embassy is not a tourist board, and will not provide information on places to visit, ski resorts or the famous Turkish oil wrestling, their national sport! If you want to know about Turkish delights and historic sites, check our Visit Turkey page.

Can I Apply for a Turkish Embassy Visa?

Better than that, you can apply for a Turkey visa online by completing Byevisa’s application form, if you’re from an eligible country. You must provide your personal information, as well as have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity and 1 blank page for the entry stamp. This saves you the time of visiting the embassy.

If you’re ineligible for the eVisa, then yes, you can apply at the embassy. Also, if you plan to visit Turkey for a reason other than tourism (such as to immigrate or to study there), it’s worth making an appointment with the embassy or consulate in advance. They can provide you with information on longer-term stays in this country, and how to apply.

Can I Make a Turkish Consulate Appointment?

Yes, you can make an appointment online via the official website for the consulate in your country. You can always ring them too, if you prefer dealing with things over the phone.

That said, you may find that the online form differs from one consulate to the next, so be sure to check to give you time to compile all the information you need. Also, it can be worth making your appointment well ahead of when you need it, to be sure it’s given in time!

When the day comes to visit your embassy or consulate, it’s also worth setting off early. This is to ensure that you beat the queues, so that you’re attended on time. This way, you can then get back to planning what you’d like to see in famed cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir or Antalya!

Where Can I Find My Turkish Embassy’s Phone Number and Address?

Here at Byevisa we offer an excellent online directory which is constantly updated with Turkish representations abroad, whether consular services or embassies – click here to visit.

This will provide you with contact details including the address, telephone numbers and email address. Opening hours and closing hours are also listed.

This directory not only provides the contact details for each Turkish embassy or consulate, but also for many other countries worldwide. So, if you need to find out contact information (embassy phone number and address, email if applicable), this is the simplest way. This could be useful if you’re planning a tour of the Eastern Mediterranean or Middle East.

Visiting Turkey is a great way to spend a vacation, so make sure you plan well in advance! Both the embassy and the consulate can help you if you are in doubt.

To find out more ahead of your visit, check our articles on Turkey’s Airports and Where Is Turkey on the Map? We hope you have a wonderful time in the land of Pamukkale’s thermal hot springs, Cappadocia’s hot air balloon rides and Göreme’s cave houses!