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How to Obtain Your E-Visa to Turkey Online and Beat the Airport Lines

Before planning any trip outside of your country of residence, it is always important to research whether or not you will need a visa to enter the country you plan to visit. Thankfully, nowadays we can use the internet and find answers to these questions right at our fingertips! This article will share how to obtain your electronic visa to Turkey online, saving you time, money and potential headache before arriving in Turkey.

Here are a few things you should ask yourself when applying for your e-visa to Turkey, or any country for that matter.

What kind of passport do you have?

There are many different types of passports, but if you are planning a holiday/vacation, then you most likely hold an ordinary passport. If you have an ordinary passport, then this is this article for you!

*Travel tip: Always make sure your passport is up to date! This usually means that your passport cannot expire within 6 months of your travel date. This is because most tourist visas are issued for 6 months, and your passport must be valid the entire time. Don’t overlook this important detail! Currently, Turkey requires that your passport be valid for 5 months past your arrival date.

What is your country of origin?

This is the country that has issued you your passport, not the country you are currently residing in. For example, if you are Indian, hold a passport from India, but you are living in England, then what matters is that your passport is from India, not that you are living in England. If you have more than one passport, use the one that offers you the greatest benefit.

For details on what the conditions are for your country, you can visit here for specific country information (scroll down the page a bit).

Who should apply for an e-visa to Turkey?

Anyone who is going to Turkey for vacation/holiday or business can and should obtain an e-visa. If you are planning to go to Turkey to study or to work, then you will need to visit a Turkish consulate or embassy in your own country.

There are some select countries in which the citizens can enter Turkey with their national ID instead of a passport. Those countries are:

  1. Germany
  2. Belgium
  3. France
  4. Georgia
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Spain
  7. Switzerland
  8. Italy
  9. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  10. Liechtenstein
  11. Luxemburg
  12. Malta
  13. Portugal
  14. Ukraine
  15. Greece

How much will my visa cost?

This also varies from country to country. It is worth noting that the electronic visa will be cheaper to purchase online before your arrival than to purchase in the airport. You can also complete your purchase in three minutes online, but it is no guarantee you will get through the line at the airport in three minutes.

Prices seem to range between $20.00-$80.00 when purchased on their website. All prices will increase by $10.00 when purchased at the airport. I have personally always bought mine online before arriving and paid $20.00. You can find the list of prices per country here

Where can I apply for my e-visa?

e-visa to Turkey

Turkey has a government website where you can quickly and easily apply for your visa here.

Pay close attention to the details it gives you about dates, fees and number of entries. Most visas are valid for 90 out of 180 days. This means in 180 days’ time, you cannot spend more than 90 of them in Turkey.

This website has several languages available: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic and Chinese.

How can I pay for my visa?

You can pay online with a credit or debit card. It seems that they offer several payment gateways, so you will most likely find one that suits your needs. After paying for your visa, you can print your document and take it with you on your trip. You will present this visa when you pass through passport control.

In summary:

  1. Make sure your passport is valid and up to date
  2. Visit the website to apply here
  3. Fill out all the necessary information
  4. Make your payment
  5. Print your e-visa and take it with you on your trip
  6. Bypass the line to buy your visa at the airport; saving you time and money!
  7. Welcome to Turkey!

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*This is very general information that is meant to encompass a large group of people interested in visiting Turkey. It is possible that your situation and circumstances may have some unique features that I did not cover. In that case, I recommend getting in touch with a Turkish representative in your country to ask questions you might have!


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