Turkey Visa

A visa for Turkey grants the holder permission to enter and remain within the country for a specified duration. It permits participation in a variety of activities and, depending on the type, work or study as well.

Who Needs a Turkey Visa?

Turkey requires a visa for entry from an extensive roster of nationals of international caliber. Only citizens of nations with amicable diplomatic relations with Turkey are exempt.

Applicants for a visa to Turkey fall into one of two categories:

  • E-visas are available to foreign nationals for tourism and business, while sticker visas are required for all other intents and purposes.
  • Foreign nationals entering Turkey for any purpose must obtain a sticker visa.

Turkish Visa Application

The process of obtaining a visa to enter Turkey will require the completion of various steps. You should ensure that each one is completed accurately and in the designated sequence. Even a minor error can result in the denial of your application, potentially impacting your ability to submit future applications.

Before you begin taking concrete steps, you should familiarize yourself with a few details concerning the application for a Turkey visa in your home country. Ask yourself first whether a visa is absolutely necessary. If so, proceed with the reading of this article for further details.

  1. Determine which type of Turkish visa application you require.
  2. Determine when the appropriate time to apply is.
  3. Determine where to submit your application for a Turkey visa.
  4. Gather the necessary documentation.
  5. Applying materials submitted
  6. Pending processing time

Check what type of Turkish visa you need to apply for

A limited number of Turkish visa types are available for application. The most important information you require is whether an e-visa or sticker visa is acceptable for application.

Note that depending on the reason for your trip to Turkey, you must apply for one of the principal types of Turkish visas listed below:

  • Tourist or business visa for Turkey. Transit, touristic visit, business meeting/commerce, conference/seminar/meeting, festival/fair/exhibition, physical activity, cultural-artistic activity, official visit, or visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are all valid reasons to apply for this visa.
  • Visa for Turkish Education. Applicants who intend to complete an internship, enroll in a course, or pursue other educational objectives in Turkey or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus may submit an application for this visa.
  • Turkey Work Authorization Visa. This visa is available to individuals who are not employed and whose primary objective is to visit Turkey for work-related reasons, academics, athletes, artists, journalists, free zone workers, or for montage and repairman-related purposes.
  • Visas for Others. It is also possible to submit applications for visas that are not specifically mentioned above, including those for the following: archaeological excavation, exploration, documentary, tour operator representative, medical treatment, family unification, accompaniment, freight, or seafarer.

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Check where to submit your Turkey visa application

Submit your Turkish visa application to the consulate or embassy of Turkey in the nation where you currently reside. Turkey has outsourced the visa submission process to a third-party processing center in certain countries where you may be required to submit your application.

In every country in the world, however, processing is the exclusive purview of Turkish embassies and consulates.

Turkey Visa Application Processing

Visa applications for Turkey are processed in accordance with the applicant’s home country. While certain nations ensure a response time of three business days, in others it could take up to fifteen business days on average.

Application processing time for work visas may extend to a maximum of twenty-five business days.

The website from which you initiated your application also provides the capability to monitor its progress.

Turkey Visa Application Processing

The country of origin of the visa application influences the visa application processing time for Turkey. While certain nations ensure a response time of three business days, in others it could take up to fifteen business days on average. The processing of a work visa application may require a minimum of twenty-five business days. The website from which you initiated your application also provides the capability to monitor its progress.

Applying for a Turkish e-Visa

If, however, you require a Turkish eVisa, the application process is considerably more streamlined and straightforward. You need to complete the following steps to get an eVisa for Turkey:.

  1. Go to the Turkish eVisa website and complete the online application form.
  2. Check your email. Within minutes, you must receive an email asking you to confirm that you have started an application for an eVisa. If you do not find this email in your inbox, you have probably received it in your spam folder. Click the link you have received, which will take you back to the eVisa application website.
  3. Pay the fee. You will then need to pay the fee for an eVisa application online at the eVisa application website. Once you pay the fee, the web will tell you that you will receive an email with the eVisa.
  4. Download your e-Visa. You will again receive an email. This will not be the eVisa but rather a button that will take you again to the same website, where you will have to download your eVisa.
  5. Print your e-visa. The Turkish authorities want you to present your e-visa in printed form. Showing the border authorities a version of your e-visa on your phone or other gadgets is not acceptable. The e-visa must be printed.

Turkish Visa Validity

With a Turkish visa, you can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within six months. Note that, depending on your nationality, you will be permitted to remain in Turkey for:

  • Up to 30 days within six months
  • Up to 60 days within six months
  • Up to 90 days within six months
  • Up to 60 days per visit, 90 days within six months
  • Up to 30 days per visit, 90 days within six months

Note that the validity of a visa is the same for e-visa holders and sticker visa holders.


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