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|Obtaining a visa to enter Turkey as a visitor|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013|
Below we explain how to get a visa, we show you what one looks like, and we tell you how the rules are being applied.
This article describes the position as we understand it for British citizens wishing to come to Turkey. The rules may differ for other countries.
You must have a valid passport
The cost of a visa
From 10th April 2014, all visas should to be bought online, before you travel
With the new e-visa system you print off your e-visa at home, and bring it with you, together with your passport, to the border checkpoint in Turkey. If you are flying to Turkey, you may have to show that you have your e-Visa at the airport you are flying from. Once you are in Turkey keep your e-Visa document safe - we suggest keeping it with your passport.
You can choose the date that you want the visa to start, but please note that the eVisa website will only allow you to buy your visa up to three months in advance of your travel date. It is possible to buy a second visa whilst your first one is still valid - see below.
Official secure web site
They have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that should tell you everything you need to know. www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info
Please be aware that there are several websites offering Turkish visas at a higher cost than the official website and we would strongly recommend that you use only the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (link above) to obtain your visa.
What does an eVisa look like?
Note the wording of the disclaimer on the eVisa document, (below).
Visa "transition period"
But the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced a so called "transition period", whereby a visa could still be obtained on arrival in Turkey until "some point after the 2014 tourist season".
We spoke to Dalaman Airport in 2015 and they told us that this transition period will continue until such time as they are advised to stop it. We assume this applies to all international airports in Turkey. Who knows if or when this facility will be removed.
However, our advice remains the same - it's better to buy an eVisa online before you travel. It's quick and easy to do. If you don't get on well with completing forms on the internet, get a friend to help you.If you buy your visa at the airport after 10th April 2014 it's going to cost you more: US$30, or 25 euros or £20.
To get a full list of costs for all nationalities, for eVisas bought online in advance, and also at the airport, click on the following link to the MFA web page: Visa costs from 11th April 2014
If a visitor arrives in Turkey without having purchased an e-Visa
At Istanbul airport only there will be 3 options:
At all other airports in Turkey, including our nearest ones, Dalaman and Antalya, there will be only the one option:
Family and group applications
A Group application allows up to 100 people (e.g. tour groups) to apply in one go.
These application types require only one bulk payment at the end of the process.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), has acted on customer feedback to introduce the use of debit cards as a payment method, in addition to credit cards.
Keep the eVisa with you
If you arrive without the paper copy, in theory you should not have a problem on entry, as the information ought to appear on the border Police computer system.
However, the MFA do stress that it is highly advisable to carry your paper copy of the e-Visa, or that an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device be available to show to the immigration officer as proof, in case of problems with the computer systems.
How your eVisa works
The main thing here is that at the point of departure you must not have been in Turkey for more than 90 out of the previous 180 days. See below.
For information, every time you pass through border control, your passport is scanned in to register your date of entry and departure. This way, the authorities can keep track on how many days you have been in the country.
What happens if I exceed 90 days?
If you come to Turkey for long periods, you may want to consider obtaining residency permission. It's not expensive, and the process is not as complicated as you may think. Read the KTLN article on Obtaining Residency.Here is a link to the GOV.UK Turkey page on entry requirements and visas.
Can a new visa be bought before the old one has expired?
Why you may require overlapping visas - an example
eVisa online calculator
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