Travel to Turkey

Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a transcontinental country that boasts a diverse landscape stretching from the pristine beaches of the Mediterranean to the rugged peaks of the Taurus mountain range. The region offers a mesmerizing blend of history, culture and natural beauty that attracts travelers from all over the world.

It is impossible to visit Turkey without immersing yourself in its rich history. Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is a testament to the country's fascinating past. The famous Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque are just some of the architectural wonders that transport you back in time.

Outside of Istanbul, there is the ancient city of Ephesus with well-preserved archaeological finds dating back to the Roman era. And the unearthly landscapes of Cappadocia with its unique fairy chimneys and cave dwellings make travelers freeze with admiration for the creativity of nature.

Turkey is also a culinary delight. Savor the flavors of Turkish cuisine, with dishes such as kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delights that tantalize your taste buds. Don't forget to sip traditional Turkish tea while admiring the picturesque views of the Bosphorus.

For those looking for adventure, Turkey offers a wealth of outdoor activities, from hot air ballooning over Cappadocia to trekking the Lycian Trail, one of the world's best long-distance hiking routes.

Are you planning to visit Turkey as a tourist? Here you will find the rules for entering Turkey and other useful information necessary for an unforgettable trip.

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Best time to visit


Entrance rules / visa requirement


Transportation in the country


Customs regulations


Emergency numbers


When traveling to Turkey, ensure you have the necessary documents:

- A valid passport (must remain valid for at least 150 days beyond your departure date) or an ID card.
- A visa (most citizens worldwide will require a tourist visa for Turkey).
- Round-trip airline tickets must be booked.
- Proof of booking or rental agreement for accommodation.
- Evidence of financial security for your stay.
- A health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros.

Visa to Turkey: basic requirements and rules for applying

The country operates a well-established visa system regulating the entry of foreign visitors. Depending on your nationality and travel purpose, a tourist visa may be necessary.

To find out in more detail whether you need a visa to Turkey, as well as for how long you can enter the country without a visa, depending on your citizenship, use the search engine on the page by entering your citizenship.

Some countries have a visa-free regime, permitting stays of 30, 60, or 90 days within 180 days.

With a Turkish visa, you can stay for up to 90 days within six months. A tourist visa to Turkey is available in two forms: an e-visa or a regular visa, a sticker in your passport.

Electronic visa for Turkey: rules of registration

The Turkish e-Visa enables citizens of specific countries to obtain a visa online quickly, without visiting a Turkish embassy or consulate. This visa primarily targets tourists and business visitors staying in Turkey for up to 90 days.

1. Visit the official website of the Turkish government and complete the online application form on the Turkish eVisa website.

2. Provide personal information such as name, date of birth, nationality, address, and passport details, along with expected arrival date and stay duration.

3. Confirm your application after filling in the required information. Within minutes, you should receive an email to the provided email address.

4. Pay the eVisa application fee, which varies based on citizenship and stay length.

5. Download your eVisa; you'll receive an email with a link for download.

6. Print your e-Visa. Upon entry into Turkey, present the printed e-visa.

Tourist visa through an embassy/consulate

You can apply for a visa to Turkey up to 60 days before your trip date, or one month before.

Where to apply?

You can apply for a tourist visa in one of the following ways:

- Turkish embassy or consulate in your country of residence

- A third-party visa processing center

To apply for a tourist visa, you need to:

1. Fill out the online visa application form on the pre-application system website, providing personal details.

2. After form completion, receive a visa interview date.

3. Prepare necessary documents and attend the interview.

Documents required to apply for a tourist visa to Turkey

• Completed application form.

• Valid passport or travel document.

• Two photographs.

• Proof of income or savings.

Travel medical insurance.

• Round-trip tickets and accommodation confirmation.

• For group travel, company documents are required.

• Spouses require similar documents.

Turkish authorities may request additional documents as necessary.

How long does it take to process a tourist visa application for Turkey?

Processing time is typically 15 business days, varying by location. To track your application, visit the pre-application system website.

Daily expenses in Turkey:

Budget travelers: $50-$70, mid-range: $100-$150, luxury: $200-$300+.

How can I extend my stay in Turkey?

It is not possible to extend a tourist visa for a stay in Turkey. Anyone wishing to stay in the country for a longer period than allowed must apply for a residence permit in Turkey before the visa expires. 

Health insurance in Turkey

As mentioned above, to travel to Turkey, you must have a health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros. You can take out insurance on the Visit World website here. Remember that a reliable insurance policy is the key to your confidence while traveling. Do not risk your own finances and health, choose the right insurance package and let your trip leave only pleasant memories :)

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