How to issue a visa to Turkey: travel for tourists from different countries of the world and rules
Turkey is a popular destination for travelers and passport holders from over 100 countries can easily enjoy all that it has to offer. Learn more about the requirements and types of visas you need to travel to Turkey
Turkey is a country with an Asian flavor and European service, rich in historical and architectural monuments, which is famous all over the world for its seaside resorts and is actively developing winter mountain tourism. That is why millions of tourists visit Turkey every year, and even more foreigners plan to do so in the future.
A pleasant bonus when planning a tourist trip to Turkey will be the visa regime in the country. Citizens of more than 100 countries can enjoy all the sights of Turkey without strict visa restrictions.
In this article, we will tell you who can travel without a visa and who can do it online or at the Embassy.
Citizens of which countries can visit Turkey without a visa?
Citizens of all European countries (except Cyprus), as well as Israel, Japan, New Zealand and most of South and Central America can visit Turkey without a tourist visa.
Depending on the country and citizenship, the tourist can stay in the country for 30 to 90 days.
Who needs to apply for a Turkish visa online?
As of the end of December 2022, citizens of 31 countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia and Mexico, have the right to apply for a visa online.
The procedure is quite simple - the tourist fills out the application form on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (MFA) and pays the visa fee. The cost depends on the tourist's country of origin, but varies from $20 to $60.
Who needs to issue a paper visa before traveling to Turkey?
Citizens of most African countries and some countries of Oceania, Central America and Asia, about 60 countries in total, must apply for a visa at the Turkish embassy in their country of residence before traveling to Turkey.
It is better to submit the documents in advance, because it can take up to two weeks to process the visa.
Tourist visas for passengers of cruise ships
Cruise ship passengers arriving at Turkish ports can go ashore for up to 72 hours (three days) without applying for a visa.
More detailed information about visa rules for citizens of every country in the world is collected on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.
Tourist passport requirements
The tourist's passport must be valid for another 60 days from the end of the authorized period of stay. That is, if according to the laws of Turkey a tourist has the right to stay in the country for up to 90 days, then his passport must be valid for 150 days (90+60) from the date of arrival in the country.
Citizens of 19 countries of the world, including Germany, Belgium, France, Georgia, Ukraine, can visit Turkey on the basis of a national identity document (ID-card).
Also, citizens of 8 countries of the world: Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Bulgaria can enter Turkey even with an expired passport.
More detailed information at the link.
Visa extension and other types of visas
Citizens of any country in the world do not have the right to extend a tourist visa. Everyone who wants to stay in Turkey for a period longer than that allowed by his tourist visa must apply for a residence permit in the country before the visa expires.
Also, it is worth noting that these visa rules apply to foreigners visiting Turkey for tourist and commercial purposes. If you plan to study or work in Turkey, you need to apply for a visa at the country's embassy or consulate before your trip.
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