Applying For A Visa To Turkey

What is a Visa Application?

According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458, a visa refers to a permit that grants the right to stay in Turkey for up to ninety days or provides transit.

Foreigners who will stay in Turkey for up to ninety days can come to Turkey by obtaining a visa from the Embassies or Consulates of the State of the Republic of Turkey in the country where they are citizens or are legally located, which also indicates their purpose of arrival. In addition, visa applications can also be forwarded electronically. The duration of stay provided by the received visa in Turkey may not exceed ninety days in total for every one hundred and eighty days.

How to Apply for a Visa to Turkey?

It will be appropriate for foreigners who want to apply for a visa to Turkey to first find out if they have a visa exemption.

1) What is a Visa Exemption? Who Can Come to Turkey Without a Visa?

A visa exemption is that foreigners can enter Turkey without applying for any visa and without obtaining a visa permit.

  • Citizens of countries exempted from visas by agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is a party or by a decision of the Cabinet Council.
  • As of the date of entry into Turkey, those who have a valid residence permit, work permit or Work Permit Exemption Confirmation Certificate can come to Turkey without a visa.
  • Citizens of Foreign Countries Who have the Right to Travel Without a Visa for 90 Days; Germany, Argentina, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Algeria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Morocco, Fiji, Finland, Palestine (only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa requirements.), France, Gambia, Grenada, South Korea, Georgia, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong (only Hong Kong passports), Iran, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Cuba, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico (only diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa.), Egypt, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal (only diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa.), Romania, Russian Fed. (only diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa.), Saint Lucia, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Chile, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican, New Zealand, Greece.
  • Citizens of Foreign Countries Who have the Right to Travel Without a Visa for 60 Days; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Croatia, Macedonia.
  • Citizens of Foreign Countries Who have the Right to Travel Without a Visa for 30 Days; The People’s Republic of China, Estonia (only holders of diplomatic passports), Philippines, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Latvia (holders of diplomatic passports only), Macau, Maldives, Hungary, Mongolia, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Vietnam (only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa), Yemen.
  • People who have a document granting an exemption from the residence permit in accordance with the law.
  • Holders of Stamped Passports for Foreigners issued and valid in accordance with Article 18 of the Passport Code No. 5682 dated 15/7/1950.
  • People who are within the scope of Article 28 of the Turkish Citizenship Law.
  • People who have an Immigration Certificate in accordance with Law No. 5543.

In order for foreigners other than those listed here to come to Turkey, they must obtain a visa document. The other thing you should know in this case is which type of visa you should apply for.

What Are the Types of Visas?

  • Tourist Visa; It is given to foreigners who want to come to Turkey for tourist or official visits, business negotiations, conferences, seminars, meetings, festivals, fairs, exhibitions, sporting events, cultural and artistic events.
  • Transit Visa; The transit visa that will be issued to foreigners who want to enter Turkey through any border crossing and pass through Turkey within the specified period of time, the transit period established by the visa, starts again at each entry through the border crossing within the validity period of the visa.
  • Airport Transit Visa; It is only given to foreigners who want to pass through the air border crossing without entering Turkey.
  • Educational Visa; It is given to foreigners who want to come to Turkey for the purpose of education, training, internships, courses, student exchange programs, Turkish language courses.
  • Employment Visa; It is issued to foreigners within the scope of Article 55 of the Code of Practice on Work Permits of Foreigners published in the Official Gazette dated 29/8/2003 and numbered 25214, as well as foreigners who are not in this scope and want to come to Turkey for work purposes.
  • Official Duty Visa; It is issued to foreigners who are assigned to official duty or are assigned as diplomatic couriers.
  • Other Visas; It is given to foreigners who come to Turkey for purposes other than the aforementioned purposes and want to come for purposes such as archaeological excavations, research, film or documentary shooting, treatment, accompaniment, family reunification, humanitarian assistance, transportation.

After the visa type is selected, the necessary thing to do will be to ask if an e-Visa application can be made. You can make this query from ‘’https://www.evisa.gov.tr/tr’’ It is very easy for foreign citizens who can apply for an e-Visa to obtain visa documents in this way. A visa charge must be paid when applying for the visa. If you do not have the opportunity to apply for an e-Visa, then you can apply for a visa at the Embassies or Consulates of the Republic of Turkey in your country of residence.

What is the Visa Charge? How Much is the Visa Charge?

The charge you must pay to apply for a visa to Turkey is called the visa charge. The single entry charge for the 2021 single entry visa to Turkey is 758.90-Turkish Liras. The multiple entry charge is 2,542.20-Turkish Liras. The charges for the turkish transit visa are; 758.90 for single transit, 1,522.70 TL for double transit, 1,268.50 TL for return visas for individual passports that will be issued upon the request of foreigners upon their exit from Turkey for 2021.

Which Documents Are Required when Applying for a Visa?

The documents required when applying for a visa changes depending on the type of visa you are applying for.

However, travel documents, visa applications, passport or passport substitute, biometric photo, status your income, or income that indicates the status of the person who invited to Turkey, a document showing the date and destination of your arrival in Turkey such as plane, boat or bus tickets,documents indicating that you will be returning from Turkey (for example, documents such as payroll, bank account information, workplace permit information) and travel insurance you will be asked for. A full list of these documents will be provided to you at the Embassy or Consulate where you will apply.

What Should Be Considered when Applying for a Visa?

In order to come to Turkey, it is useful to apply for a visa with a lawyer’s office that provides professional services in this regard. Due to some aspects that foreigners do not take into account when applying for a visa, your application may be rejected. In this case, it is not possible to recover the visa charge and remuneration you have deposited. In addition, you will not be able to get the ticket price you paid for the trip. Most importantly, you will not achieve your goal to come to Turkey.

Making your applications correctly and completely is important for accepting your visa application and obtaining a visa document.

Another of the most important things to consider when applying for the visa is that your travel document, which replaces a passport or passport, is not worn out. If your travel document, which replaces a passport or passport, is worn out, you will not be allowed to enter the country.

Another important point is that the validity period of your travel document, which is a substitute for a passport or passport, is at least two months after the date of our return from Turkey. A passport with a validity of less than sixty days, which you will add to your visa period, or a document replacing a passport, will not be accepted for entry into Turkey.

The visa application can be submitted by the date of travel. However, it is recommended that the visa application be submitted at least 48 hours before the travel date.

The visa application must be submitted separately for each person who wants to enter Turkey. Even if the baby and children are registered in the passport of their parents, a visa application must also be submitted.

Foreigners arriving in Turkey must have a valid passport or passport replacement document for at least sixty days after the end of the visa, visa exemption or residence permit period.

Foreigners Whose Visa Application Will Not be Accepted

The following foreigners are not granted a visa:

  • People who do not have a passport or a passport replacement document for a period of at least sixty days longer than the visa period they requested.
  • People whose entry into Turkey is prohibited
  • People deemed objectionable from the point of public order or public safety
  • People who carry one of the diseases that are considered a threat to public health
  • Those accused or convicted of crimes or offenses that are the basis for the extradition of criminals or people convicted in accordance with the agreements to which the Republic of Turkey is a party
  • People who do not have valid medical insurance covering the period of their stay
  • People who are unable to hang on the reasons justifying the purpose of entry into Turkey, transit through Turkey or stay in Turkey
  • People who do not have sufficient and regular financial means during their stay
  • According to the Law No. 6183 of 21/7/1953 on the Procedure for Collecting Public Receivables arising from the visa violation or a previous residence permit, which must be tracked and collected in accordance with the law those who do not agree to pay the receivables or those who do not agree to pay the debts and penalties followed according to the Turkish Penal Code dated 26/9/2004 and numbered 5237.

Revocation of the Visa and Breach of the Visa

Revocation of the visa;

  • Use of a visa in forgery,
  • It turns out that the visa has been erased, scraped or tampered with,
  • Prohibition of entry of the visa holder to Turkey,
  • There is a strong doubt that a foreigner may commit a crime,
  • A fake passport or passport replacement document, or the passport’s validity has expired,
  • Utilise of a visa or visa exemption other than for its intended purpose,
  • In cases where it is understood that the conditions or documents that are the basis for issuing a visa are not valid, they are canceled by the authorities or governorates that issue the visa. If a decision is made to deport a foreigner within the validity period of the visa, the visa is canceled.

A deportation decision may be made about a foreigner who behaves contrary to the visa permit to which you are applying, depending on the type. In addition, a ban on entry to Turkey may apply. However, a fine will also be imposed.

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