VISA INFORMATION FOR TURKEY
A min. 6 months valid passport with a valid visa is one of the requirements for Turkey entry that can be obtained on arrival at international airports when you pass through the customs formalities. However, to beat the queue and any other hassle; we recommend that you get your visa online before arrival which costs lower and less time!
How to Obtain Your Turkish Evisa Online
Looking to obtain your Turkish Evisa online? The electronic visa procedure makes it easy to apply from the original sticker visa protocol.
Turkey is one of the most visited countries in the world, with a record of approximately 40 million tourists visiting the country in the first ten months of 2018. The government of Turkey decided to make visa acquisition a hundred times simpler by introducing e-visas!
Electronic visas (E-visa) mean no more queues, you get to fill the application online and you receive your visa via an email download.
Are you looking to obtain your Turkish e-visa online? The electronic visa procedure makes it easy to apply from the original sticker visa protocol. Here are steps to acquiring the e-visa.
The e-visa can only be applied in the official government's portal. This means that if anyone tries to redirect you to a different site, it’s a possible scam! (see below in detail)
The first step is to visit the official website to begin the process.
Note that this site is secure, so you can include as much information as required. No information is shared with any third parties, and no one can interfere with your application process.
Once the site loads, you’ll see three different buttons, including apply, make the payment, and download buttons. This makes it quite convenient for you to pause your application and get back to it later at either step.
As a first time applicant, click the “#1 Apply” button which will lead you to the “New Application” page.
As you begin the application, you’ll be required to submit your country information by clicking on the selection box. In case you have dual citizenship, select the country under the passport or ID you plan to use for the application.
Not all countries are eligible for e-visa application; some have to apply from the embassy or consulate while others may not require a visa to enter Turkey. To know which category your country of application lies, check out this detailed list.
Continue to select your travel document. Don't just choose any, use the given checklist to know what document they allow you to use during an application. After this, fill in the verification code as seen in the box keeping in mind capital and small letters, then save and continue.
On this page, you’ve to select your date of arrival in Turkey. To be safe, avoid typing the dates and instead, click the calendar icon to select the date. The site will also show you the validity period according to your country.
Your period of stay can be less than the validity period but not more unless you have a residency permit. Without this permit, you risk being deported or banned from re-entering Turkey in the future.
The next page contains requirements for individuals to enter Turkey. There are about six check-boxes that you need to check out before moving to the next step of the application.
Some of the Requirements Include:
- Evidence of return ticket and hotel booking
- Traveling for tourism or business
- Having valid supporting documents
- Passport valid for at least six months
- Round-trip ticket with certain airlines including Turkish Airlines
*You can easily place these tentative bookings online and then contact us once you complete the whole process for the travel planning!
Once you check all the boxes, the proceeding button will appear; save and continue with the application. Beware not to check a table without actually having the documents stated. In case you lack one of the requirements, pause the application, acquire the required document then get back to applying.
If you pass the criteria section, head on to fill your personal information. On this page, have at hand your travel document to ensure each detail you type into the boxes, matches those in your travel document. However, disregard hyphens and full stops when filling data.
Some of the details required include your full name, date, and place of birth, parents' names, passport number, email address, and the like. All fields are mandatory. Remember to click on the calendar icon on each date field to select the exact date due to differences in date formats.
In case you’re applying for your whole family, click the button "Add a New person" after filling your details. The first application will be considered the principal applicant.
When you click save and continue, a notification will pop up. Confirm all the details you’ve filled and click the “Verify” button. In case you see an error, click “Edit” to rectify. You can ask a family member to help verify all the information given according to your passport for accuracy.
Once you’ve verified all the information, a message will be shown reading, “Your Application Has Been Successfully Completed.”
Rush to your email. At this point, your application has been submitted and is awaiting your confirmation. Due to fraud and hacking activities, the system sends a link to your email for you to click on and confirm that you applied for an e-visa.
If the email is not in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder, then move it to inbox. Also, refresh the page to receive new emails. Click on the link given which will redirect you back to the portal. In case you did not get the email, hit the "Resend Email" button on the portal.
Now it’s time to make payment to complete the application process. The portal will show you the amount to pay, so you know how much they’ll slice out of your account. You’ll also see the types of payment methods the application allows.
In the field spaces, type in your payment card information and click "Make Payment."
Once your payment is approved, you’ll receive an email with a download link. Also, the portal will automatically direct you to a page with two buttons:
- Download your e-visa
- Payment Invoice
Click the download button to acquire your e-visa in PDF format. Save this document(s) because you’ll need to print it out. If you want a copy of the payment invoice, tap the second button, and it's ready for print out. They’ll generate the invoice under the name of the first applicant.
Beware of the Scam: The Unofficial E-Visa Online Websites!
We were noticed about these websites by one of our travelers who got confused that why the E-Visa website was based in Spain. She continued the steps anyway and realized the charging fee was 69 $ instead of 30 $ and she stopped for a moment.
After we were told the story, we realized that what these websites simply do is to follow the same steps as the official website do, charge a service of 69 $ per Visa and then fill in the official E-Visa form online on behalf of these travelers who could easily get their Visa on the official website following the same steps already!
Clever, is not it?
Here, you can see they have been displaying Google Ads for some of the keywords people search on Google and then get clicks through the Ads and BINGO!
Moreover, the first domain www.turkey-e-visas.org seems pretty legit with its .org extension since some countries use .org domains officially as well.
Finally, the safety of the credit card information shared on these websites is also a big question mark!
BEWARE! and spread the word to warn anyone traveling to Turkey!
Sticker Visa vs. Electronic Visa (E-Visa) Online
As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa replaces “sticker visa” which is issued at the border crossings on arrival. Applicants just need to log in for e-visa online at by providing the requirements and requested information, (after the application is approved) make the online payment and download their e-visa which literally saves time on arrival.
Important Note: Please carry printed copies of your electronic visas to avoid any risk of being turned away at the departure gate.
TURKEY VISA FEES (AS OF MAY 2014)
|CITIZENS OF||E-VISA||AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL|
|Australia||60 $||70 $/ 50 € / 45 £|
|Canada||60 $||70 $/ 50 € / 45 £|
|Indonesia||25 $||35 $ / 27 € / 22 £|
|Mexico||-||30 $ / 25 € / 20 £|
|Qatar||28 $||30 $ / 25 € / 20 £|
|Saudi Arabi||60 $||60 $ / 45 € / 35 £|
|USA||20 $||30 $ / 25 € / 20 £|
|**Fees can only be paid in cash!|
*Turkey will lift visa restrictions for tourists from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the U.K. as of 2nd March 2020. The new visa-free regime will allow entry for up to 90 days per 180-day period.
Hong Kong, India, and countries not listed above; please have a read at Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the required information.
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