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How to Get an E-Visa to Visit Turkey

Ken Grubb

With Turkey's e-visa system, the process of buying a visa is as easy as booking a flight or hotel. Citizens of Europe, the UK, the USA, and many other countries can get a multiple-entry e-visa with a validity period of 180 days, allowing up to 90 days in Turkey. Citizens of some other countries can get also get an e-visa, but with a shorter validity period and fewer days in Turkey allowed.

Citizens of some countries don't need a visa to enter Turkey. You can learn if you're one of them by entering your travel document information into the e-visa application system as explained below.

What is an e-Visa?

An e-visa is a printed, electronically signed, barcoded document that allows you to enter and stay in Turkey for a specified number of days until it expires. It usually allows multiple entries and exits and replaces the sticker visa, which was previously purchased on arrival at international airports and other border gates. You can buy an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/. You must download and print your e-visa before presenting it, with your passport, to border control personnel.

Am I Eligible for an e-Visa?

To learn if you're eligible by nationality, or if you can enter Turkey with your national ID card without a visa, you can use the e-visa website. 

Using the e-Visa Website to Determine Your Eligibility

You don't have to buy a visa to check your eligibility. Once on the e-visa website home page, click "Apply." Then select the country which issued your passport or other travel document and its type and complete the security verification. If you're eligible to buy one, the system will tell you the validity period of the visa and the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey.

If you're ineligible or there's something else you must do to get a visa, it will tell you. And there will be a link to a page with additional information. This page may tell you that you must first get a European "Schengen visa" qualifying you to visit European countries. Or it may tell you to go to a Turkish embassy or consulate in your country to apply for your visa.

Passport Requirements

Your passport must be valid for:

  • at least 180 days beyond the date you enter Turkey and
  • at least 120 days from the date you leave Turkey and
  • at least 60 days beyond the expiration date of your e-visa.

The e-Visa Application Process

Here's the whole process, step-by-step.

Apply for Your e-Visa

  1. Go to www.evisa.com.tr.
  2. Click "New Application" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Enter your nationality, type of passport, and the anti-spam verification code. Click "Save and Continue."
  4. The next page will tell you if you need a visa or not, or a passport or not. It will also tell you the fee. Enter your date of arrival. The system will calculate and display the duration of your visa's validity and the number of days you can stay in Turkey during that period. Your visa's validity period will begin on the date of arrival you chose. Click "Save and Continue."
  5. Enter your personal and passport information. Ensure it matches your passport exactly, since the immigration official will check your visa against your passport. Verify that the information you entered is accurate and click "Submit."
  6. The next page will tell you your information was submitted successfully and that an e-mail has been sent to the address you entered.

Pay for Your e-Visa

Open the e-mail the system sent you, click the link to return to the e-visa system, and pay with your credit card or another payment method.

Cost of an e-Visa

The cost of an e-visa is usually the equivalent of around 20 US dollars, but it varies according to nationality. The system will calculate it for you.

Download Your e-Visa

Once you've paid, the system will send you a second e-mail with a link to download your e-visa. Click on the link, download the e-visa, print it, and present that to the border control officer when you enter Turkey.

Insider Tip: While it's a good practice to save a copy of your e-visa, border control officials won't accept an electronic copy you show them on your smartphone. You must give them a printed paper copy.

After you arrive in Turkey, keep a printed copy of your e-visa and your passport with you.

Turkey's e-Visa Video

This YouTube video also walks you through the process.

Can I Get an e-Visa when I arrive in Turkey?

No. But you can get a sticker visa. A border control officer will show you where to get one. I don't recommend doing it this way. It's much easier and less of a hassle if you get an e-visa before you board your flight to Turkey.

How Can I Get a Visa from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate?

If the e-visa system says you must get your visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate, you must be flexible on your travel plans, since it can take up to 90 days after you submit your visa application for it to be approved. To submit a visa application at a Turkish embassy or consulate, you must make an appointment.

How to Make an Appointment at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate

  1. Go here: https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/visa.
  2. Choose the embassy or consulate where you want your appointment to be.
  3. Fill out the appointment application form and submit it. The system will give you a choice of appointment dates and times to choose from.

Staying in Turkey Beyond the Time Your Visa Allows

If you want to stay in Turkey, to continue a sightseeing trip or to live as a resident, you must apply for a short-term residence permit. You can get a short-term residence permit with a duration from 30 days to 24 months, whether you're staying in a hotel, with a friend, or renting an apartment with a rental contract.

Learn how to apply for a short-term residence permit.

Turkey e-Visa Applications for Your Family

You can get visas for yourself and up to 10 family members at the same time, as long as they

  • are from the same country,
  • have the same type of travel document and
  • have the same date of arrival *

* Note: Entering the same date of arrival for all family members into the e-visa system doesn't mean everyone must enter Turkey on the same day. But if you want to get visas for family members, you must do it as if you are all visiting at the same time, so all of the visas have the same validity period.

On the second page of the e-visa website, after you enter your personal information on the second page of the e-visa website, click "Add New Person." Do this to add personal information for up to ten family members.

Once you've entered the information for all family members, click "Continue."

The e-visa website will total the visa fees into a single payment amount. Once you pay, it will send you a confirmation e-mail with a link to download your family's visas.

What if I Lose My E-Visa?

You can get your e-visa e-mailed to you. On the e-visa website, click the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any page. Fill in the form and in the "Feedback" section, explain that you've lost your e-visa and ask them to e-mail it to you.

e-Visa Assistance

The e-visa website has a page for frequently asked questions (FAQ). Just click on the FAQ link at the bottom of any page.


Beware of e-Visa Website Lookalikes

Many websites mimic the official e-visa website. They use the same colors and design and can fool you into thinking you're using the official e-visa system. You'll often see them in paid advertisements at the top of search engine results. If you buy your e-visa from one of these websites, they'll charge you not just for your e-visa, but for getting it for you, which is entirely unnecessary.

All Turkish government websites, including the e-visa website, end with ".gov.tr" suffix. Don't use websites with addresses ending with .com, .net, or any other suffix.

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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