September 24, 2022

If you want to enter Turkey, you should know that there are 40 countries whose citizens have access to a Turkish electronic visa. You don’t need to take a trip to the Turkish embassy just to apply for a visa if you belong to one of those countries. If you want to know if you’re one eligible for this visa, you can use iVisas electronic visa checker.

But while you do that process, we will answer the most frequent questions around the Internet related to this visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

WHICH COUNTRIES ARE PART OF THE OECD (ORGANIZATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT)?

Countries who are OECD members include:

AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CANADA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, ICELAND, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAPAN, KOREA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MEXICO, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES

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I HAVE MY NATIONAL ID. CAN I ENTER TURKEY WITH IT INSTEAD OF PASSPORT?

Here is a list of all the countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national IDs.

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Georgia
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Ukraine
  • Greece

If your country is not listed above then you will have to use a Passport. Get more info here.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VALIDITY OF THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT?

The Turkey eVisa requirements for the validity of supporting documents, such as a visa or residence permit from Schengen or OECD member countries, is that it should be still valid by the time you enter Turkey.

Previously used or unused single-entry visas are accepted as long as their validity date covers your entry date to Turkey.

Please note that e-Visas of other countries are not accepted as a supporting document.

You can see more information related to this Turkey Visa FAQ in this link.

I DO NOT HAVE A SCHENGEN VISA, WHAT NOW?

If you do not have a visa from a Schengen country OR any of the OECD countries, then you need to contact a Turkey Government call center for more info regarding your online visa application options.

Alternatively, you can also apply for your visa at your nearest Turkey Embassy.

  • U.S.A: +1 202 612 67 00
  • Canada: +1 613 789 40 44
  • United Kingdom: +44 20 73 93 02 02
  • Netherlands: +31 70 302 31 00
  • Austria: +43 (01) 877 71 810
  • Germany: +030/896 802 11
  • France: +33 1 53 92 71 11
  • For other countries: +90 (850) 390-2884

CAN I WORK IN TURKEY WITH THE E-VISA?

No, the Turkey eVisa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Work and studying in Turkey requires a regular visa issued by your local Turkish Embassy.

HOW EARLY CAN I APPLY FOR THE TURKEY E-VISA?

The requirement for a Turkish eVisa is that you can only apply up to 3 months before your departure date.

We can not process your visa before that period so what we normally do is send out an automatic email reminder to say that your order is placed on hold.

For more information, please visit our website.

HOW LONG IS MY TURKISH E-VISA VALID FOR?

The Turkey e-visa is typically valid for 180 days after arrival (the validity will also depend on your current nationality.)

Exact validity can be found on the application process or the table here.

HOW DO I KNOW MY TURKEY E-VISA IS OFFICIAL?

We are a specialized service provider issuing official Turkey eVisas since 2013.

HOW DOES A TURKEY E-VISA WORK?

Turkish eVisas are issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.

Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the Turkey eVisa system to process an e-Visa. We enter the information contained in the applicant’s passport into the Turkey eVisa system- The eVisa system deals with departmental systems to check the applicant’s details. Following these checks, the service provider is advised of the outcome of the Turkey eVisa application.

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If a Turkey eVisa is granted, it is linked electronically to the applicant’s passport. If a denied message is received instead, the service provider refers the applicant to the nearest Turkish embassy or mission.

The Turkey eVisa is electronically linked to your passport and is accessible to the Department of Foreign Affairs. We strongly recommend travelers print a copy of their Turkish eVisa in case there is a problem with the computer terminals at the immigration office upon arrival.

WHAT DOES THE TURKISH EVISA LOOK LIKE?

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CAN I GET A VISA ON ARRIVAL?

Yes, we suggest that you get a visa online though as the queue at the border can be long and result in a lot of delays.

IS THIS WEBSITE SECURE TO APPLY FOR THE TURKISH E-VISA ONLINE?

Yes. We have been helping thousands of travelers since 2002 and the Government of Turkey Visa for US Citizens fully accepts applications processed by specialized third parties like us.

Only the data required to process your application will be collected and it will be used only for this purpose, we do not share any of your data with third parties. Our payment gateway has also been designed following international standards.

See here what our customers say about our service.

I DO NOT HAVE AN OECD VISA, WHAT NOW?

If you do not have a visa from any of the OECD countries, then you need to contact a Turkey Government call centers for more info regarding your online visa application options:

  • U.S.A: +1 202 612 67 00
  • Canada: +1 613 789 40 44
  • United Kingdom: +44 20 73 93 02 02
  • Netherlands: +31 70 302 31 00
  • Austria: +43 (01) 877 71 810
  • Germany: +030/896 802 11
  • France: +33 1 53 92 71 11
  • For other countries: +90 (850) 390-2884

DO I NEED A VISA IF I AM IN TRANSIT THROUGH TURKEY?

If you will NOT leave the transit lounge at the airport while in Turkey, then you are not required to have a transit visa.

Otherwise, if you wish to leave the airport, then you HAVE TO apply for a Turkish visa.

You can apply for your visa here

DO I NEED TO ENTER TURKEY ON THE EXACT DATE SPECIFIED IN MY APPLICATION?

No. The validity period of your visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Turkey on any date within that period.

You can get more info here.

I HAVE 15 HOURS IN TURKEY AND WANT TO STAY AT A HOTEL, DO I NEED A VISA?

Yes, you need a visa when you plan to leave the Turkish airport.

Apply for your visa here

NOTE – If you will NOT leave the transit lounge at the airport you are not required to have a visa. Otherwise, if you wish to enter any Turkish city then, YES you will have to apply for a tourist visa online.

I AM TRAVELING WITH MY CHILDREN. CAN THEY ENTER TURKEY WITH MY E-VISA?

No. Every person who is from a country requiring an eVisa to Turkey is obligated to pay the fee and process an eVisa separately.

Use your child’s passport information, there are no exceptions regarding age.

Apply for your visa here.

NOTE – If your child does not have a passport then you will have to contact your nearest Turkish Embassy to apply for the correct type of visa.

I CAN NOT PRINT MY TURKEY VISA, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We can resend your visa in a different format if you can not print it.

Please contact our customer representatives via Online Chat or Email for further assistance.

Visit our website for more info about the Turkey eVisa.

WHAT AIRLINE CAN I USE TO FLY INTO TURKEY?

Citizens of the countries listed below are required to travel with airline companies Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines:

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • The central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Republic of the
  • Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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Apply for your visa here, you will receive your visa in less than 24 hours.

I HAVE A RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR TURKEY, DO I STILL NEED A VISA?

We suggest that you contact your local Turkish Embassy for more info. We issue visas only for tourism.

  • Turkey Embassy London: +44 20 73 93 02 02
  • Turkey Embassy NYC: +1 (212) 351-7200
  • Turkey Embassy Sydney: + 61 2 9302 4600

MY PASSPORT WILL EXPIRE IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS, CAN I APPLY FOR A TURKISH VISA ONLINE?

No. As a general rule, your passport needs to have at least 6 (six) months of validity from the date of entry.

If your passport expires within 6 months of the arrival date, then you need to renew your passport to get any travel visa.

You should contact your local Turkish Embassy to get more info regarding your case if your passport will expire in less than that time specified.

  • Turkey Embassy London: +44 20 73 93 02 02
  • Turkey Embassy NYC: +1 (212) 351-7200
  • Turkey Embassy Sydney: + 61 2 9302 4600

IS THE TURKEY EVISA FOR A SINGLE ENTRY OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES?

It depends on the nationality and the requirement for your country, you can find that information on our website.

I WILL GO TO TURKEY TO RESEARCH AN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE, CAN I APPLY FOR THE EVISA?

No. We only process visas for tourism.

You should get special permission from the Turkish authorities before arriving in Turkey in the following cases:

1. Foreigners who will shoot a documentary film

2. Foreigners who will conduct a research

3. Foreigners who will work at an archeological excavation

Visit our website for more information here.

I WANT TO EXTEND MY STAY IN TURKEY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you are in Turkey and wish to extend your stay, you must apply at a local Police Station for a residence permit.

NOTE – If you overstay your Turkey visa, you may be fined, banned from future travel to Turkey or deported.

I HAVE A CONNECTION FLIGHT THROUGH ATATURK AIRPORT, HAVE TO WAIT FOR 12 HOURS, DO I NEED A TRANSIT VISA?

If you will NOT leave the transit lounge at the airport you are not required to have a transit visa.

Otherwise, if you wish to visit the city (Entering Turkey) then you will have to create a visa application online here OR at your nearest Turkish Representation depending on your nationality.

DO YOU HAVE INFO ON GETTING A TURKEY WORK VISA?

Please note that we only process the eVisa to Turkey for the sole purpose of tourism.

To work in Turkey, you must apply to the nearest Turkish mission to obtain a work permit and visa.

REMEMBER – Right after your arrival in Turkey (before starting to work), you should be registered at the local police department within one month to obtain the necessary residence permit.

I CLAIMED ASYLUM AND THEY HAVE ISSUED ME WITH TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CAN I APPLY FOR THE TURKEY VISA ON YOUR WEBSITE?

No, you will have to contact the Turkish embassy to get a visa.

Please find the corresponding phone number on the list of Turkey Government call centers below:

  • U.S.A: +1 202 612 67 00
  • Canada: +1 613 789 40 44
  • United Kingdom: +44 20 73 93 02 02
  • Netherlands: +31 70 302 31 00
  • Austria: +43 (01) 877 71 810
  • Germany: +030/896 802 11
  • France: +33 1 53 92 71 11
  • For other countries: +90 (850) 390-2884

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