Applying for a Tourist Visa to Travel to Turkey
Created: January 13, 2020
While some countries are considered "visa-exempt", citizens of many countries are required to apply for a tourist visa before entering Turkey. Fortunately, the process is fairly straight forward.
Here are some things you need to know:
- Prices for Turkish tourist visas vary by nationality, but are always charged in US dollars.
- Visa duration and restrictions also vary by nationality. Most of us are eligible for multiple entry visas that allow us to stay in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days within a 180 period.
- Any citizen from a country which is not visa exempt requires some type of visa to enter Turkey. Young people, old people, children - even babies.
If you are unsure whether you need to apply for a tourist visa to visit Turkey, check with your government's website. Alternatively, follow the steps described below. If, you are visa-exempt, you will be advised after Step 2 and there's nothing further required.
What You'll Need
- Debit or credit card - does NOT need to match the name of the visa applicant
- E-mail address
- Internet access
How to Apply
Type https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ into your computer browser. This will take you to the English-language version of the Turkish government's official visa website.
Unofficial sites replicate the look and feel of the official site, so make sure the site address in your browser window looks exactly like this:
If it doesn't, you're on a non-official site!
When you purchase a visa from a non-official site, you are paying an agent to apply on your behalf (and risk sharing your personal information and banking details with scammers). You have to provide the agent with all the information anyway. Why bother? It's easy enough to apply on your own - and much safer and cheaper to do so!
The visa application process is used to collect information about you - including your citizenship. The first question pertains to the country that issued your passport.
Next, select your planned arrival date in Turkey. (You can apply up to 90 days before you travel.) This is the official start date of your visa.
- If your travel dates change and you arrive later than this date, there is no problem.
- If your dates change and you arrive earlier than this date, you will need to purchase a new visa before being allowed into the country.
Many travellers pick a start date a few days before their anticipated travel dates in case the airline changes their flight times.
Enter personal details EXACTLY as they appear in your passport.
- Include your middle name(s) in the space asking for your given name(s).
- The information about your parents is optional. Feel free to leave it blank. Why give the government something they don't need?
Unfortunately, the system is not very forgiving and providing incorrect information will invalidate your visa. (There are no refunds if you make a mistake.) So check and double-check your details before submitting.
Shortly after submitting, you'll receive an e-mail to complete the payment process.
Open the e-mail from "Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System" and click "APPROVE". A new browser window will open for you to make payment.
Once payment is approved, you'll receive a link to download your visa. You will receive the same link by e-mail. Save the e-mail so you can access your visa if you make another trip to Turkey while it is still valid.
That's it! Enjoy your trip to Turkey!
To Print? Or Not to Print?
Turkish authorities require travellers to carry their passport and a copy of their visa at all times. According to the Turkish government's website, a hard copy (printed version) or soft copy (electronic copy) of the visa is acceptable.
However, some airlines are refusing boarding to people who cannot produce a hard copy (printed version) of their visa before getting on the plane.
Ultimately, the decision to print your visa (or not) is entirely up to you!
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