How and when to buy your Tourist Visa for Turkey
|IMPORTANT UPDATE: From 02/03/2020 British Nationals will no longer need a visa to enter Turkey - see details below;|
From 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling for tourism or business purposes will no longer need a visa to enter Turkey for visits of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
To get a full list of which nationalities require e-Visa's click on the following link to the MFA web page: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
For those that require a visa it is recommended that you get an e-Visa online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. You should apply at least 48 hours before travel and can do so up to 3 months in advance. In case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy of your e-Visa or keep an electronic copy on a smartphone or other device to show at immigration.
Be wary of using unauthorised websites, as these may charge additional fees for supplying information and submitting applications. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.
If you have any queries regarding e-Visas call the Visa Contact Centre (details provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Family e-visa applications can be
created for minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 applicants. All
members of the family must
originate from the same country; their travel documents must be the
same type (e.g. normal, official, diplomatic); and their arrival
date must be the same (please note that the validity period of
e-Visas will begin as of the date
selected as arrival date). In addition, all
prerequisites (if any) for
e-Visa application must be met by
all in the
Families should provide a single e-mail address to be used for a family application. On the 'personal information' page of the application, at the bottom there is an option to 'add a new person', click on this to add further family members, one by one. Upon completing the application of the last member of the family by clicking the 'Save and Continue' button, the Foreign Ministry will send a confirmation e-mail to the provided e-mail address. A lump sum payment can be made after this stage. Upon receiving the payment, the Foreign Ministry will make the e-Visas available for download. If requested, a payment receipt will be issued under the name of the first applicant.
For further information about visas for Turkey, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
|Visa requirements for tourists from outside the UK|
Tourists visit Turkey from all over the world, and there are different visa requirements for different countries, so residents from outside the UK will need to check their individual visa requirements before they travel.
Citizens of the following countries do not need to purchase a Visa to enter Turkey:
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
You can find out more information from the following website;
The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your entry to Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps.
Your passport should also have an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the "duration of stay" of your visa. For UK citizens on a tourist visa with a 90 day duration of stay you would need your passport to be valid for 150 days or 5 months at the time of entrance.
You can find more detail and clarification about the passport validity requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.