Turkey e-Visa Frequently Asked Questions

What steps are required to acquire a Turkey e-Visa?

Turkey e-Visas are issued under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The Turkey electronic visa system helps travelers, travel agents, airlines and others apply for Turkey visa. In Turkey, the applicant can key in the data of their passport into the e-Visa system.

Subsequently, the information is vetted through other departmental data sources to ascertain its accuracy and authenticated nature. The e-Visa will be digitally linked to the applicant's passport when it is accepted. Upon rejection of the application, the appellant is referred to a neighboring Turkish embassy or mission.

Before departing you must also ensure that you carry some extra hard copies of your Turkish e-Visa copies in case the terminals at the immigration break down.

What countries form the OECD?

OECD is composed of several nationalities in the world such as Australia, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Israel, Belgium, Iceland, Canada, Hungary, Chile, Germany, Finland, Colombia, France, Costa Rica, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, and Greece. This entails the involvement of these countries in activities that promote economic cooperation as well as development.

Can you use international passport instead of Turkey e-Visa to enter Turkey?

For the mentioned listed nations, citizens do not require Turkey e-Visa if they want to get into Turkey.

  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • Greece
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Belgium
  • Georgia
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Ukraine
  • Malta
  • Switzerland

Citizens of non-listed countries need a valid Turkey e-Visa to enter.

What should be the validity of supporting documents?

While applying for Turkey e-Visa, the guidelines for the validity of supporting documents stipulate those documents (visas or residence permits) must be valid at this very moment when you reach the Turkish border. Therefore, valid unentered single visas will be accepted provided that their date covers the date when you enter Turkey.

One also needs to make clear that visas in issue are not included in the valid documents coming from the non-OECD and non-Schengen countries. Readers who wish to learn more should visit the Turkey e-Visa homepage for more details.

Which countries are allowed to make visa application submissions for Turkey e-Visa?

Citizens of these countries/territories with stamped passports can apply for a visa before arriving in Turkey at the cost of $. These nationalities usually stay for 90 days within any six-month period. It allows visitors to enter Turkey twice within a period of 180 days.

Eligible Countries are –

Conditional Turkey e-Visa is:
There are some conditions but the single entry Turkey visa online for passport holders from the below mentioned countries allows a stay of 30 days.

Conditions are –
Either of these two criteria must be met by applicants from any of the above countries. - Be in possession of a genuine visa (tourist visa) obtained from among European countries under the Schengen Area, the UK or the U.S.
- Have a work and residence permit issued from any Schengen country, Ireland, US or UK.
These include e-Visas (e-Note) or e-Residence permits.

What should you do if you don’t have a Schengen visa?

If you have no Schengen or OECD issued visas with you, then you may require details about how the Turkey government call center enables online application for such visas. You could also decide to make a visa application at the closest Turkish Embassy in your region.

Could one use their e-Visa to work in the country?

It should be noted that a Turkish Electronic visa is only suitable for tourists or businesspeople and cannot be used to work in the country. You have to get a regular visa from your local Turkish embassy if you wish to either work or study in Turkey.

When should you apply for a Turkey e-Visa in advance?

Turkey Visa Application is processed not earlier than three months before your planned departure. All submissions made before then will be placed on hold until further notice, after which you will receive another communication informing you about the standing of your application.

How long does my Turkish e-Visa stay valid?

Usually, a Turkey e-Visa is valid for 6 months from the time you arrive into Turkey. Nevertheless, it should be remembered that the precise length of time may depend upon your citizenship. There should be specific details about the validity of the e-Visa during the application process and in the table where they are categorized for nationalities.

How does one go about requesting a Turkey visa extension?

To initiate the process for a visa extension in Turkey, you need to follow these steps:

  • Visit the immigration office, police station, or embassy: Visa extension is accessible on site at the country’s authorities.
  • Provide reasons for extension: You will explain the reasons why you chose to extend your stay during the application process. Your motivations will be assessed by the local authorities depending on your eligibility for an extension.
  • Nationality considerations: Your visa extension will depend on the type, conditions of which include the approval of their terms or otherwise depending on the country of origin.
  • Visa type and initial purpose: Extension has different procedures depending on the type of Turkish Visa held and whether it was issued as an endorsement of the original reason for visiting.
However, it should be noted that most persons holding Turkish visas cannot apply online for visa extensions. This means therefore that one must visit the local immigration office, police station or embassy to begin the extension process. However, always check with the appropriate authority for the right and recent information about the process of extending a visa since the process may change.

What does the Turkish e-Visa look like?

Turkey e-Visa is emailed as a PDF file to the email address provided in the Turkey e-Visa Application form

Turkey eVisa Photo

Can one obtain a visa on arrival?

A visa upon arrival can be obtained though there are too many crowds and potential delays at the border. Therefore, we recommend our clients apply for a visa online to avoid such troubles.

Is there a risk in using this site to obtain an electronic visa of Turkey?

To begin with, our website has already been assisting tourists for years now, since 2002. Moreover, the Turkish government acknowledges and accepts applications that are processed by independent third-party service agents who specialize in a particular area of expertise.

We acquire information that is sufficient for application processing and ensure that the data is used solely for that reason. We also do not share your data with external parties, and our payment gateway meets international standards for safety.

Our website has testimonials from our satisfied customers about the services we provide.

In that case, I need to know what I do without a visa from any OECD member country. However, if you do not have a visa from any OECD member state or Canada (excluding the United States of America) you should talk to the Turkey government call-center (toll free 1800) for further assistance with submitting your e-visa request.

Do I need a visa to transit via Turkey?

Transit visa is not required if there are no border crossings and staying within the transit lounge of the airport itself. Nevertheless, when leaving the airport you need to acquire a visa for Turkey.

Must I come into Turkey at a specific time indicated in my application form?

No, the visa starts being valid from the date you mentioned in your application. Hence, you can enter Turkey at any time within a specified period.

At the time of writing, I will be on a 15- hour layover in Turkey and would love to spend it in a hotel. Is a visa required?

If indeed your idea entails going away from the Turkish airport and proceeding to a residence, then a visa must be obtained first. However, if you decide to stay at the airport’s transit lounge, you do not need a visa.

Will my electronic visa allow my children to enter Turkey?

No, every person visiting a country needing a Turkish e-visas should pay their price as well. Use your child’s passport data when submitting for his/her e-visa. It is applicable regardless of age. You can apply online or go to your nearest Turkish embassy if you do not have your child’s passport and get the right visa.

My Turkey’s visa is not printer friendly. What should I do?

In case of any problem at the time of issuing your Turkey visa, we are able to send it back in another format that does not require printing. Please also reach our customer service using online chat or email for additional help. You can also visit our site and learn more about the Turkey e-Visa.

I hold a resident permit in Turkey. Should I get a visa?

It is advisable to consult with your local Turkish Embassy if you have a residence permit for Turkey to get more information. In addition, note that we do grant only tourist visas.

If my passport is valid for less than 6 months, can I apply for a Turkish tourist visa online?

Typically, your passport must be valid for no less than six months after your entrance date. A travel visa can be applied only when an individual’s passport expires no sooner than six months before the planned arrival date. Please note, however, that for more specific details relating to your case in particular contact should be made with your local Turkish Embassy.

What is the Turkey e-Visa, single or multiple inputs?

Depending on whether you are a single type of entry for the Turkish e-Visa or the type of entry required for your particular country. See our web for information on an appropriate entry type for your country.

Am I eligible to get this visa if my reason for visiting Turkey is archaeological research?

No, tourism visa only. You are required to get a permit from the Turkish authorities prior to entering the country if you intend to carry out research or work at any of the archaeological sites within the country.

What is the best way of extending my stay in this country?

When already within Turkey, the correct application process is to file for a residence permit in any nearby police station. Having overstayed on your Turkey visa can attract hefty fines or even be made to leave the country by either being banned or deported.