Turkey Visa Requirements

Turkey Visa Requirements

Visitors planning on visiting Turkey are advised to check whether or not they need to apply for a visa prior to their arrival. There are currently 90 visa-exempt countries and 31 countries eligible for an electronic visa (e-Visa).

Citizens from countries such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ecuador, Iran, Lebanon, Russia, and several others can enter Turkey without a visa.

If you’re thinking about visiting Turkey and need a visa, take a look at the useful information in our guide below.

Types of Visas

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers a wide range of visas for different purposes such as tourism, work, education, and other specialized activities. Learn more about each type of visa below.

1. Tourist/Businessperson Visa:

The Tourist/Businessperson Visa for Turkey includes different visas for people visiting for tourism or business.

Tourist Visa: For general tourism purposes.

Double Transit: Passing through Türkiye twice for transit purposes.

Business Meeting / Commerce: Visiting for business-related meetings or commercial activities.

Conference / Seminar / Meeting: Attending conferences, seminars, or meetings.

Festival / Fair / Exhibition: Participating in festivals, fairs, or exhibitions.

Sport / Activity: Involvement in sports-related activities.

Cultural Artistic Activity: Engaging in cultural or artistic events.

Official Visit: Visiting for official purposes.

Visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: Specific visa for visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

For this type of visa, you may need an invitation letter specifying your visit’s purpose. The inviting person or organization is expected to confirm financial responsibility for your stay.

2. Official Visa:

An official visa in Turkey is for people who have specific work duties or responsibilities, often related to official or government-related tasks.

Assigned for duty: Visa for official work or responsibilities in Turkey

Courier: Visa for individuals involved in transporting important documents or goods for official or business purposes.

3. Student – Education Visa:

A student-education visa in Turkey is for individuals coming to Turkey for educational reasons, covering internships, language courses, regular academic studies, and specific programs like ERASMUS or AISEC.

Internship Visa: For students getting work experience in Turkey.

Internship ERASMUS: For interns in the ERASMUS program.

Internship AISEC: For interns in the AISEC program.

Turkish Language Course Purpose: For those learning Turkish.

Course Purpose: For students taking regular courses.

Education Purpose: For general educational activities.

Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: For studying in Northern Cyprus.

4. Working Visa:

A working visa in Turkey is for people who want to work there, whether in regular jobs, teaching, sports, arts, free zones, or journalism.

Employment Purpose/Special Employment Purpose: For general work purposes or specialized employment.

Assigned Lecturers/Academics: For educators and academics assigned to work in Turkey.

Assigned Sportsperson: For individuals assigned to work in Turkey for sports-related activities.

Assigned Artists: For artists assigned to work or perform in Turkey.

Assigned Free Zone Workers: For workers assigned to operate in Turkish free zones.

Assigned Journalists: For journalists assigned to work in Turkey.

Montage and Repairman Purposes: For individuals assigned for assembly and repair work in Turkey.

How To Apply?

  • Apply at the embassy.
  • The Ministry of Labor handles work permits.
  • Work permit is also your residence permit.
  • Register at the local police after arriving.

Some individuals in Turkey don’t need to follow the usual rules for Internship Visa or Work Permit due to special agreements or permanent residency. But there are specific conditions they still need to meet.

5. Other Visas:

Apart from the mentioned visa categories, there are several other visas in Turkey, including:

Archaeological Excavation, Exploration Purpose: For individuals in archaeological digs or exploration.

Documentary Purpose: For creating documentaries in Turkey.

Tour Operator Representative: For tour operators’ representatives in Turkey.

Medical Treatment Purposes: For seeking medical treatment in Turkey.

Accompaniment Purpose: For accompanying someone with a specific visa.

Family Unification Purpose: Allows family members to join a person in Turkey.

Freight Visa: For those involved in freight or cargo activities.

Seafarer Visa: For working on vessels outside Turkish cabotage lines.

List of Countries – No Visa Restrictions

Citizens of the countries listed below can visit Turkey for tourism or business without a visa, but check your country’s rules for specific stay durations. For the complete list, visit the Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.

Country:Tourism/Business:Entry Requirement:
ArgentinaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
BahrainTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
BelizeTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
BrazilTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
BruneiTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
CanadaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
ChileTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
ColombiaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
Costa RicaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
GeorgiaCheckmarkOrdinary Passport
GuatemalaTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
HondurasTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
Hong KongTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
IcelandTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
IranTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
IsraelTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
JapanTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
JordanTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
KuwaitTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
KyrgyzstanTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
MalaysiaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
MonacoTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
MoroccoTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
New ZealandTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
NorwayTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
OmanTourism OnlyOnly ID card
PanamaTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
PeruTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
QatarTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
Saudi ArabiaTourism OnlyOnly ID card
SingaporeTourism & BusinessOrdinary Passport
South KoreaTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
United Arab EmiratesTourism OnlyOnly ID card
United KingdomTourism OnlyOrdinary Passport
United StatesTourism OnlyOnly ID card
In addition to these countries, all European Union member states, except Cyprus, are granted visa-free access. Additionally, people holding diplomatic or service passports from Egypt, Jamaica, UAE, Philippines, and over 90 other countries can enter and stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Electronic Visa

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries listed below, you can apply for an electronic visa (e-Visa) prior to your arrival to Turkey. Please note that the list given below doesn’t include all the countries eligible for an e-Visa.

The Turkey e-Visa allows you to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days, with each application lasting 30 days, within a 180-day period. Please note that some countries are allowed only one application every 90 days, limiting the stay to 30 days.

IMPORTANT: There is only ONE official website for the Turkey e-Visa — Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System and the application process can be completed in three simple steps. Please be aware that there are a variety of companies that offer “visa assistance” services to travelers planning their trips to Turkey. Many of these websites are scams so it’s important to always use the official government website linked above.

Country:Duration:Free? (Y/N)
Antigua and Barbuda90 daysNo
Armenia30 daysNo
Australia90 daysNo
Bahamas90 daysNo
Barbados90 daysNo
United Kingdom British National (Overseas)90 daysNo
China90 daysNo
Cyprus30 daysNo
Dominica90 daysNo
Dominican Republic90 daysNo
East Timor30 daysNo
Fiji30 daysNo
Grenada90 daysNo
Haiti90 daysNo
Jamaica90 daysNo
Maldives30 daysNo
Mauritius30 daysNo
Mexico30 daysYes
Saint Lucia90 daysNo
South Africa90 daysNo
Taiwan90 daysYes

December 23, 2023 — Turkey announced that visas are no longer required for passport holders from Bahrain, Canada, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Which countries require a visa to travel to Turkey?

Citizens of over 85 countries, such as India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Libya, cannot enter Turkey without a visa or electronic visa. They need to get the right visa in advance from a Turkish embassy, unless they meet specific conditions for conditional visa-free or conditional electronic visa programs.

People from British Overseas Territories, British Overseas citizens, and British protected persons are not eligible for visa-free entry into Turkey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find some commonly asked questions about Turkey visa, including application process, visa fee, and how to obtain it.

Do I need a visa to go to Turkey?

To enter Turkey, you usually need a visa, unless you’re from one of the 90 visa-exempt countries or 31 countries eligible for an electronic visa.

How much bank balance is required for Turkey tourist visa?

To get a visa for Turkey, each adult in a family must have 50 Euros per day of planned travel in their bank account.

What documents are required for e-Visa in Turkey?

To get a Turkish e-Visa, you need a valid passport from your home country, which should have at least 6 months of validity. Depending on your country, additional documents may be required such as your return ticket, hotel reservation, and enough money.

How much is an e-visa to Turkey?

The e-Visa to Turkey costs between USD 78.50 and USD 61.50.

Resources:

https://www.mfa.gov.tr/general-information-about-turkish-visas.en.mfa

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Turkey.html

https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/who-is-eligible-for-e-visa/

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