Visa for Turkey

Most international travelers need an entry permit to visit Turkey. We explain Turkey's visa types and which countries are exempt from the visa and e-Visa requirements.

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Who needs a visa for Turkey?

If you are planning a trip to Turkey, you will need a visa, an electronic travel authorization, or a complete waiver of all visa requirements.

104 countries are granted the use of the simple e-Visa for traveling to Turkey, while nationals from 42 countries must apply for a proper visa at Turkey's diplomatic missions abroad.

e-Visa for Turkey

An e-Visa is an electronic entry permit that replaces the classic visa issued by Turkish embassies. The key advantages of the online procedure are the speed of the application process as well as the lower costs.

Travelers from eligible e-Visa countries can use the travel permit to stay in Turkey for between 30 and 90 days (depending on their nationality) for tourism or business purposes.

However, some of these e-Visa countries are considered "Conditional." That is, the approval of a Turkey visa is subject to certain conditions. For example, some travelers must be in possession of a visa for the Schengen area, Ireland, the UK, or the USA, or fly with certain airlines in order to be eligible to apply for the Turkish e-Visa.

Hotel reservations and proof of sufficient funds must also be provided by some e-Visa applicants from "conditional" e-Visa countries.

The citizens of the following countries can obtain an e-Visa for Turkey under certain conditions:

e-Visa for Turkey: eligible countries

Afghanistan

Algeria1

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Armenia

Australia

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belgium

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Côte d’Ivoire

Croatia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Grenada

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Hong Kong (BN(O))

India

Iraq

Jamaica

Kenya

Kuwait

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Lithuania

Madagascar

Malawi

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Mozambique

Namibia

Nepal

Netherlands

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine (Palestinian Territories)

Philippines

Portugal

Republic of the Congo

Rwanda

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

São Tomé and Príncipe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

Southern Cyprus

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

USA

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

Individuals applying for an e-Visa to Turkey with an Algerian passport must be younger than 18 or older than 35.

Conditional e-Visa for Turkey: Double visa only

Of all the countries that have e-Visa eligibility for Turkey, some are considered "conditional." That is, travelers must simultaneously hold a valid visa for the Schengen area, the US, Ireland, or the UK. This applies to:

Turkey e-Visa: countries with special conditions

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Bangladesh

Benin

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Côte d'Ivoire

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

India

Iraq

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Pakistan

Palestine

Philippines

Republic of the Congo

Rwanda

São Tomé and Príncipe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Somalia

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Tanzania

Togo

Uganda

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

   

Airlines and airports for conditional Turkey e-Visas

Travelers from "conditional" countries (except Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines) must enter Turkey on an airline that has a protocol with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (e.g., Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and EgyptAir for Egyptian nationals).

In addition, all travelers from "conditional" e-Visa countries must have hotel reservations and sufficient funds for their stay when entering Turkey. The rule of thumb here is $ 50 per day.

Who does not need a visa for Turkey?

Nationals of many countries and regions do not need a visa or an e-Visa to travel to Turkey. Instead, they can enter the country for 30, 60, or 90 days with a valid passport and, in some cases, even with just an ID card. These regions include:

Turkey without visa: eligible citizens

Albania1

Andorra 

Argentina 

Austria 

Azerbaijan

Belarus 

Belgium 

Belize 

Bolivia 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Brazil 

Brunei 

Croatia 

Czech Republic 

Denmark 

Ecuador 

El Salvador 

Estonia 

Finland 

France 

Georgia

Germany 

Greece 

Guatemala 

Honduras 

Hong Kong 

Hungary 

Iceland 

Indonesia 

Iran 

Ireland 

Israel 

Italy 

Japan 

Jordan1

Kazakhstan 

Kosovo1

Kuwait 

Kyrgyzstan 

Latvia 

Lebanon1

Liechtenstein

Lithuania 

Luxembourg 

Macau 

Malaysia 

Malta 

Moldova

Monaco 

Mongolia 

Montenegro 

Morocco 

Netherlands 

New Zealand 

Nicaragua 

North Macedonia 

Northern1 Cyprus

Norway1

Panama 

Paraguay 

Peru 

Poland 

Portugal 

Qatar1

Romania 

Russia2

Saint Kitts and Nevis 

San Marino 

Serbia1

Seychelles 

Singapore 

Slovakia 

Slovenia 

South Korea 

Spain 

Sweden 

Switzerland

Tajikistan 

Thailand 

Trinidad and Tobago 

Tunisia 

Turkmenistan 

Ukraine

United Kingdom1

Uruguay 

Uzbekistan 

Vatican City 

Venezuela 

Travelers from Albania, Serbia, the United Kingdom, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Northern Cyprus, Qatar, and Norway may enter without a visa for tourist purposes only.

Travelers from Russia cannot be journalists and can only stay in Turkey for 60 days if they want to enter without a visa

Age limits for visa-free travel

Travelers from Algeria who are younger than 15 years or older than 65 years and travelers from Libya who are younger than 16 years or older than 55 years are also allowed to travel to Turkey without a visa.

Requirements for Turkish e-Visa

If you want to travel to Turkey on an e-Visa, you must meet additional requirements besides being a citizen of one of the countries approved for e-Visa. These include:

  • You have a passport that is valid for at least 60 days after your arrival in Turkey.
  • You do not plan to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days (or 30 days, depending on your nationality) within the 180-day validity period.
  • You are only traveling to Turkey for tourism or short business errands (different rights depending on the traveler´s citizenship).
  • You are not traveling to Turkey to study, conduct research, or film a documentary.
  • Turkish border officials deem you eligible to enter Turkey on an e-Visa.

The officials could place other conditions on you during the online application process and entry, depending on your nationality. These include:

  • Your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your entry.
  • You have a hotel reservation in Turkey.
  • You have a return or onward flight ticket.
  • You have sufficient funds for your stay in Turkey and your return or onward travel (rule of thumb: $ 50 per day).
  • You have a valid entry permit for the country you want to return to or continue your travel after your e-Visa for Turkey expires.
  • Nationals from "conditional" e-Visa countries: You are flying with an airline that is approved for e-Visa travelers from your country.

Turkey visa for children

Each person traveling with you to Turkey requires a separate e-Visa. Thus, you must also submit an application for all children accompanying you.

This works easiest via a family request, where you can add up to ten members in the online application. For this, all family members must have the same nationality and travel to Turkey for the same reason.

Apply for an e-Visa for Turkey

Applying for your e-Visa for Turkey will take between ten and fifteen minutes on the e-Visa application page of our partner iVisa. Please have your passport, your personal data, including your home address, the names of your parents, and a valid email address ready. In the case of a group application, you will also need all this data from your fellow travelers.

Fill out the application form truthfully and check your information again before sending it. Especially with regard to your passport data, you have to be precise because, in case of discrepancies in the name or the passport number, you will not be able to enter the country despite an approved e-Visa.

You will receive an email with your reference number. Keep this number and a copy of your confirmation in your travel documents.

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How long is an e-Visa visa for Turkey valid?

An e-Visa for Turkey is valid for 180 days but not longer than the end of the validity of your passport. Within these six months, you can enter Turkey for 90 days (or 30 days, depending on nationality) at a time.

Please note that the date of entry indicated in your e-Visa application is binding. If the date of your entry changes subsequently, you must submit a new application.

What am I allowed to do in Turkey with the e-Visa?

With an approved e-Visa, you may vacation in Turkey, visit friends and relatives, and conduct business (e.g., attend meetings and conferences).

Note, however, that you may not pursue professional employment or study in Turkey. For this purpose, you would need a work visa or student visa.

e-Visa for Turkey rejected: What now?

If your Turkish e-Visa has been rejected, you may not be told why. Most often, the causes are spelling mistakes, number errors in the application, or insufficient passport validity. Also, suspicion of planned illegal immigration or endangerment can be a reason for e-Visa rejection.

If you suspect the reason for your rejection to be an error, you can fix it and reapply no sooner than 24 hours after the rejection. However, if the reason might be in your biography, you should rather apply for a classic visa at the embassy or consulate instead of making a new e-Visa application.

Entering Turkey: What to consider?

At the Turkish border, the responsible border officials will take a close look at you and check the data from your e-Visa application once again. Depending on your nationality and personal appearance, you may be required to provide additional documents upon entry.

To be on the safe side, have the following documents ready:

  • Your passport
  • A printout of your e-Visa approval
  • Your hotel reservation or proof of your first accommodation
  • Your return or onward tickets
  • Proof of sufficient funds (e.g., bank statement)
  • For business trips: invitation letters from companies or confirmation of conference attendance
  • The approved visa for the country to which you intend to return or continue your journey

The border official makes the final decision about your entry into Turkey. Therefore, keep a calm attitude during the interview and answer directly and truthfully.

Follow entry regulations

Please observe the current entry regulations when entering Turkey, including all safety instructions.

Follow the import regulations

Find out about the exact import regulations for Turkey before you enter the country.

Turkey visa FAQ

Do you have further questions about the Turkey visa? Then you will find answers in our FAQ:

You should apply for an e-Visa for Turkey at least 48 hours before your trip. However, it is even safer if you apply right after booking your flight and hotel.

Once approved, an e-Visa for Turkey is valid for a total of 180 days from the date you specify as your start date. The last day of validity of your e-Visa must also be the latest day you leave Turkey.

If you notice before your trip that your e-Visa will no longer be valid beyond the duration of your stay in Turkey, then you must apply for a new e-Visa before your trip

If you are a national of one of the countries exempted from the e-Visa requirement, you can enter Turkey with a passport or (depending on your nationality) even an identity card. More than 100 other countries are furthermore exempt from the classical visa requirement and participate in the e-Visa program, which allows their citizens to travel to Turkey visa-free as well, but with a simple electronic travel authorization.

If you are traveling to Turkey on an e-Visa, you are not allowed to pursue any professional employment there. You will need a purpose-built visa approved by the Turkish embassy for anything beyond tourist or short business trips.

You are not allowed to study in Turkey with an e-Visa. If you plan to attend an educational institution in Turkey, then you must apply for a student visa at the Turkish embassy. You can get more information about the available visa categories for Turkey on the Turkish government website.

If the e-Visa for private and business trips to Turkey is not enough for you because you are planning a longer stay, you can choose between different visa categories offered by the Turkish embassy. These include:

  • Student visa for visiting educational institutions and internships
  • Work visa for all professionals, including athletes, crafters, and journalists
  • Special visas in various categories, e.g., for archeological excursions or medical travel

Whenever you travel to Turkey, make sure to stick to the purpose of your visa to avoid any hassle with the Turkish authorities.

If you are only making a stopover in Turkey and will not be leaving the airport's transit area, then you do not need a transit visa. Otherwise, please apply for an e-Visa or visa.