Tourist eVisa for Turkey

Updated 2014-05-23 15:24

Historically, the Tourist Visa was a stamp, obtained at your point of entry into Turkey, but there's a new online e-Visa application process in place.

REALLY IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIP: There's only one official website to buy your e-Visa, but many other un-offical websites that charge you more. So only buy your visitors visa at:

This page is for informational purpose only, please visit the Republic of Turkey's Visa website for more information.

If you're arriving at Bodrum Airport, and DON'T have an eVisa, you'll need to line up in the Entry Visa line to buy your Visa Sticker. BUT sticker cost has increased ' and will cost you £20 Cash (~$33, whereas the eVisa is only $20)

By Mid-April there will be changes to the eVisa process:

  • You'll be able to use your debit card
  • You can apply for a Family Visa (maximum 10 people) or Group Visa (maximum of 100 people) ' which should simplify the application process if you're traveling with others
  • There are many other website popping up, offering to source your visa and a higher charge ' don't do it! Log onto the official website, and get it at the real cost.

What is an Turkey e-Visa?

An e-Visa is an entry visa which allows you to enter Turkey.

It replaces 'sticker'- and 'stamp-type' visas formerly issued at the border crossing.

Each traveler must obtain a separate e-Visa, including infants and kids. (Even though kids/infants may be included in their parent's passports)

#1 Apply: Turkey e-Visa Application Process

Apply on-line by entering all the required information (your e-Visa and Passport information needs to match)

Apply via the website (this link will take you to the official Republic of Turkey website.

Your passport must be valid at least for 6 months by the time you enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there might be some additional requirements to be met. You will be informed of these after you select your nationality and travel dates.

(Detailed steps on how to apply for an e-Visa are shown below)

#2 Make Payment: Turkey e-Visa Payment

Payment can be made via Mastercard or Visa credit/debit card.

Visa Fee is $20

e-Visa fee is only offered in USD .You don't have to have a USD account. An equivalent amount in your local currency will be deducted from your account.

#3 Download: Receiving your Turkey e-Visa

After you make payment, the link to download your e-Visa will be e-mailed to you.

Print it out to show to airport officials and customs officers when you are entering and existing Turkey

Carry it with you at all times during the travel.

Additional Information

Inform the Support Desk (via 'Contact Form' under 'Contact Us' section on main page) in case of any suspended or unsuccessful transaction throughout the whole application procedure.

Once e-Visa is processed, none of the information on it can be changed. It is your responsibility to secure that information on e-Visa is exactly the same with the information on your passport.

Turkey e-Visa Application Step by Step

1. Complete the Nationality Screen

Your Nationality (in case your wondering the UK is listed under United Kingdom)

Select the type of document your using to travel (e.g. Passport)

2. Complete the Date of Arrival Screen

Type the date that you plan to enter Turkey to the related field.

The validity period of your e-Visa will begin as of the date you entered Turkey.

Please note that validity period is different than the period of stay. The period of stay cannot be more than 90 days for single entry.

(If you wish to stay more than 90 days, you must apply to local Police Departments for residence permit.)

Additional notes about length of stay:

If you overstay your visa, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a certain period of time.

E-visa system does not inform you of the number of days you stay in Turkey. It is your responsibility to make sure that you do not overstay your visa.

3. Complete the Personal Information Screen

After you've selected the submit and save button, a pop up screen will ask you to Verify your Information, and this gives you another chance to review all of your entries.

4. Verify your Information

After you have verified your information and clicked 'Verify'. You will see the confirmation screen.

5. You will see a Confirmation of Completed window

6. Confirm Your Application

You will receive a confirmation email, and you need to click the APPROVE button within 1 hour, your application will be cancelled.

6. Pay for and Receive your e-Visa

When you click on the Approve button you will be returned to the e-Visa website to complete the payment process.

If your e-Visa application is not completed within 48 hours, it will be deleted from the system. In these cases, you will need to make a new application.

Once your payment has been processed, you will see a screen confirming 'Your Application has been Successfully completed', with a link to Download your e-Visa (pdf)

A link to download your e-Visa will also be emailed to you.

Don't forget you need to print this out and take it with you when you travel to Turkey.

I hope all of this information has provided you with a clear overview of the end to end process when applying for an e-Visa for Turkey.

Information were sourced from the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website.

This page is provided for reference purposes using images from the Republic of Turkey's website. If you have any questions about your e-Visa application, please contact them for help or advice.

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