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A Turkish visa allows entry and stay in Türkiye for a specific period of time.It allows you to perform a number of activities and, depending on the type, even to study or work.Some visas even allow you to apply for a residence permit in Türkiye and stay in Türkiye for at least a year.According to visa guide
There is a long list of nationals from around the world who require a Turkish visa to enter the country.Only citizens of countries with good diplomatic relations with Türkiye are exempt.
People who need a visa to enter Turkey are divided into two groups:
Additionally, certain categories are exempt from both goups.See our detailed article on who needs a visa to enter Türkiye, with a full list of all these categories and exemptions.
There are several types of Türkiye visas that you can apply for.
Note that depending on the purpose of your trip to Turkey, you will need to choose one of the following main Turkey visa types:
Turkey Tourist/Business Visa.
You can apply for this visa if the main purpose of your trip to Turkey is transit, sightseeing, business/trade conference, conference/seminar/meeting, festival/meeting markets/exhibitions, sports activities, etc.or visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Turkish Education Visa .
You can apply for this visa if the main purpose of the application is to complete an internship, course or other educational purposes in Turkey or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Working visa for Türkiye.
You can apply for this visa if the main purpose of your trip to Turkey is to work or if you are an academic, athlete, artist, free zone worker, journalist in Turkey or for editing and reporting purposes.
You can also apply for other visas that do not belong to the above lists, such as: for archaeological excavations, for exploration purposes, for documentary purposes, for executive representatives tour, for medical treatment purposes, for accompanying, for family reunion purposes, for transporting goods or for sailors.
To apply for a Turkish visa, you need to submit some necessary documents on the day of the interview.
These documents are a very important part of the application process, so you must collect each document according to the criteria and specifications set by the Turkish authorities.
Depending on the type of visa you are applying for and sometimes your nationality, you will need to submit additional documents.
You will have to pay a special Turkish visa application fee when you apply.
The fees for issuing a stamped visa for Türkiye and issuing an e-visa are different.
Depending on your nationality, Turkish e-visa application fees range from €14 to €71.
On the other hand, Turkish visa application fees for visas with stickers start from as low as €117, as high as €180, for most nationalities.
However, citizens of some other countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, may have to pay higher visa fees, up to €465.
Turkish authorities recommend that you apply for a visa with a Turkish sticker at least one month before your trip.This will allow you to avoid possible inconvenience caused by delays in processing your request.
However, you can submit your application no earlier than 60 days before your intended date of departure to Türkiye.
Processing of Türkiye visa application depends on the country you are applying from.While in some countries you can expect a response within three days, in others the average time can be around 15 business days.
When applying for a work visa, processing your application may take 25 working days.
You can track your application status on the same website where you started your application.
With a Turkish visa, you can stay in Türkiye for a maximum of 90 days within a six-month period.Note that depending on your nationality, you will be allowed to stay in Türkiye for the duration:
If you are in Türkiye intending to work or study, you must register with your nearest local police station upon arrival in Turkey.
Note that if you want to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit from the Provincial Migration Administration.People in Türkiye with tourist or business visas cannot apply for a residence permit.
According to Turkish law, visitors wishing to enter Turkey must carry a passport valid for at least 60 days beyond the “period of stay” of the visa, exemption visa or residence permit.
You can enter Turkey with a Schengen visa under certain conditions:
You can enter Turkey with a US visa under certain conditions, like those listed above for entering Turkey with a Schengen visa.
No, this is not the case because the validity period of the e-Visa starts from the date stated in your application.
You are allowed to enter Türkiye on any day during this period.
All travelers requiring a Turkish visa must have adequate Turkish travel insurance.