Turkey visa

Turkey visa

Traveling to Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is a popular travel destination for tourism, business, education, medical and other purposes.

Depending on your nationality and the type of Turkish visa you are applying for, certain foreign nationals are exempt from a Turkish visa, while others are eligible to travel to Turkey and obtain a Turkish visa-on-arrival. All other foreign nationals must apply for a Turkish sticker visa before traveling to Turkey, or, if eligible, can apply online for a Turkish e-Visa. 

Turkey visa types

If you are a foreign national who is required to obtain a Turkish sticker visa prior to traveling to Turkey, you must apply for the appropriate Turkey visa based on your purpose for traveling to Turkey. The Turkey visa types are: 

TOURIST/BUSINESSPERSON

  • Touristic Visit
  • Single Transit
  • Double Transit
  • Business Meeting/Commerce
  • Conference/Seminar/Meeting
  • Festival/Fair/Exhibition
  • Sportive Activity
  • Cultural Artistic Activity
  • Official Visit
  • Visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

OFFICIAL VISA

  • Assigned for duty
  • Courier

STUDENT – EDUCATION VISA

  • Internship Visa
  • Internship ERASMUS
  • Internship AISEC
  • Turkish Language Course Purpose
  • Course Purpose
  • Education Purpose
  • Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

WORKING VISA

  • Employment Purpose/Special Employment Purpose
  • Assigned Lecturers/Academics
  • Assigned Sportsperson
  • Assigned Artists
  • Assigned Free Zone Workers
  • Assigned Journalists
  • Montage and Repairman Purposes

OTHER VISAS

  • Archaeological Excavation, Exploration Purpose
  • Documentary Purpose
  • Tour Operator Representative
  • Medical Treatment Purposes
  • Accompaniment Purpose
  • Family Unification Purpose
  • Freight Visa
  • Seafarer Visa

Turkey visa requirements

The following items are required to apply for Turkish visas:

Passport

Valid for at least 60 days after departure date, with one blank page for official use

Ticket

A round trip or onward ticket

Personal photo

A recent biometric passport photo, on white background, size 50x60mm

Financial proof

Proof of financial means during stay in Turkey (and of invitee if applicant invited by a Turkish resident)

Application form 

A completed and signed Turkey visa application form

Accommodation

Hotel reservation or invitation letter

Income

Documents attesting to the income status of the applicant 

Medical insurance

Proof of medical insurance coverage

Some types of Turkish visas have additional requirements than those listed above. Accordingly, you are advised to check the information requirements for the specific Turkish visa type you are applying for.

Turkey visa application

Foreign nationals required to apply for a Turkish sticker visa or Turkey e-Visa must follow these steps:

Turkish Sticker visa

Turkey sticker visas can now be pre-applied for online, but if internet connection does not permit, the application process can be initiated directly through a Turkish embassy or representation office. 

  1. Apply online for Turkey visa

    • Fill out and submit application online
    • Upload required documents
    • Book appointment

  2. Attend your appointment at the Turkish embassy or representation office

    • Submit your visa application and required documents
    • Pay visa fee

  3. Wait for your Turkey visa decision

    • If approved, pick up Turkey visa from the Turkish embassy or representation office where you applied
    • Verify that all information is correct and matches your passport

Note: During the process, some applicants may be directed to the Turkey e-Visa System, allowing them to complete the entire process online, instead of attending an appointment in person.

Turkish e-Visa

Eligible foreign nationals from over 50 countries can apply for the Turkey e-Visa.

  1. Apply online for Turkish e-Visa

  2. Pay Turkey e-Visa fee

  3. Receive Turkey e-Visa online

Where to apply for Turkey visa

Turkish Sticker Visa

Foreign nationals required to apply for a Turkey sticker visa should pre-apply through the Pre-Application System of Turkish Sticker Visa and then will complete the application process at their nearest Turkish embassy or representation office. If internet connection does not permit, applicants can sidestep the pre-application step and apply directly at their nearest Turkish embassy or representation office. During the pre-application process, some foreign nationals, who meet the requirements, may be eligible to continue the process online.

Turkish e-Visa

Nationals of over 50 countries are eligible to apply online for a Tukey e-Visa. 

Turkey visa processing time

The Turkey e-Visa process is finalized within days, while the Turkey sticker visa process takes around 15 days for tourist and business visas, and 25 days for student and work visas. In all cases, you are advised to start the application process early, in case of delays.

Turkey visa FAQ

How many types of Turkish visas are there?

There are five types of Turkish visas:
• Tourist/Businessperson
• Official
• Student/Education
• Working
• Other visas

What type of visa is needed for travel to Turkey?

The five Turkish visa types define the traveler's intended purpose for travel to Turkey. Depending on whether the travel is for tourism, official duty, education, employment, or another specific purpose, the Turkey visa applicant will apply for the appropriate Turkish visa type.

Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey as a tourist?

Depending on your nationality, certain foreign nationals are exempt from a visa or can travel to Turkey and obtain a visa-on-arrival. All others must apply for a Turkish sticker visa, or, if eligible, a Turkish e-Visa. Click here to check your nationality status.

How do I get a visa to travel to Turkey?

Depending on your nationality and the intended purpose of your trip, certain foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for a Turkish e-Visa online, while others must apply for a Turkish sticker visa. 

Can I apply for a Turkish visa online?

Foreign nationals from over 50 countries are eligible to apply online for a Turkish e-Visa.

What are the documents required for a Turkey visa?

The documents required for a Turkish sticker visa include: a valid passport, two passport photos, a completed and signed Turkish Visa application form, an onward airline ticket, proof of financial means during stay in Turkey, certified proof of occupation, proof of accommodation, medical insurance coverage. 
The documents required for a Turkish e-Visa include: a valid passport, a valid email address, and a credit/debit card to pay the Turkey visa fee. Please note that some nationals are required to present additional documents while applying for a Turkish e-Visa online.

How long does a Turkey visa take to process?

The Turkey e-Visa online application is a fast process, yet you are advised to apply at least 48 hours before your trip. The Turkey sticker visa process takes more time, and you are advised to apply at least one month before travel.  In all cases, it is recommended to start the application process early, in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Who needs a Turkey visa?

Depending on nationality and the type of Turkish visa being applied for, certain foreign nationals do not require a Turkish visa, while others require a Turkish visa before traveling to Turkey. 

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