Turkey has an online system for issuing tourist visas. It makes getting one as easy as booking a flight or a hotel online. Not only is the system convenient, but as you go through the application process, the system will tell you how much your visa will cost. If you have to go to a local Turkish consulate to get a visa, the system will tell you that, too.
Turkey's E-Visa Process
- Go to www.evisa.com.tr.
- Click "New Application" at the bottom of the page.
- Enter your nationality and type of passport, and the anti-spam verification code.
- Click "Save and Continue." According to what nationality you entered, the next page will tell you if you need a visa or not, or a passport or not. It will also tell you the visa fee.
- On the same page, enter your date of arrival. The system will calculate and display the dates and duration of your visa's validity, and the number of days you can stay in Turkey during that period (for most tourists, the visa will be valid for 180 days, and you will be able to stay in Turkey for a total of 90 days during that 180 day period). Your visa's validity period will begin on the projected date of arrival you enter into the system.
- Click "Save and Continue."
- On the next page, enter your personal and passport information. Make sure this matches your passport exactly, since the immigration official will check your visa against your passport. Verify that the information you entered is accurate, then submit it. Your passport must have at least 180 days of validity beyond the end of the duration of time you want to say in Turkey.
- The next page will tell you that your information was submitted successfully, and that an e-mail has been sent to the e-mail address you entered, with a link to the e-visa payment system.
2. Make Payment
On the e-mail the system sends you, click the link to go back to the e-visa system and pay. The system accepts both Visa and Mastercard (more cards and payment options are also available).
The cost of a tourist visa is usually the equivalent of around 20 US dollars, but it can vary by country--they system will calculate that for you.
Once you've paid, the system will send you another e-mail with a link to download your e-visa. Click on that link, download the e-visa, print it, and present that to the immigration official when you enter Turkey.
Keep the printed copy of your e-visa with you at all times while you are in Turkey. You should also save a copy of it on your laptop or other personal computing device.
Turkey E-visa Video
This YouTube video also walks you through the process.
Staying Beyond the Expiration of Your Visa
If you want to stay in Turkey longer than your visa allows, you cannot extend it. You must apply for a residence permit. Foreigners who live in Turkey usually have "short-term" residence permits which are renewed every year, but you can also get a short-term residence permit for three, six, or nine months in duration.
Family Visa Applications
You can get visas for yourself and up to 10 of your family members, which will be traveling with you, at the same time. You can do this as long as all family members:
- are from the same country,
- have the same type of travel document (i.e. ordinary, diplomatic, or official passport, and
- have the same arrival date.*
*This doesn't mean that all family members have to enter Turkey on the same day, but the "arrival date" you enter into the e-visa system will begin the visas' validity period (normally 180 days), which has to be the same for everybody on any group application. Family members can actually enter Turkey on any date within the validity period.
On the first page of the e-visa system, after you enter the country and type of travel document for all travelers, and click "Continue," you will be sent to the second page, where you will enter your personal information. Then click "Add a New Person" to enter the information for the other family members. Once everyone's information is entered, click "Continue." The e-visa system will total the visa fees into a single payment amount, and send you a confirmation e-mail, and provide you with a link you can use to download your family's visas.
Since Turkey's e-visa system came online, several websites have been created to make people think that they are at the official Turkey e-visa website. They may get you your e-visa, but they will also charge you extra for it.
To get a Turkey e-visa, always go to www.e-visa.gov.tr.