Turkey Visa: Types, Rules, and Fees

The first step of getting to Turkey as a foreigner is getting a visa. Of course, some passports do not require a visa to enter Turkey. For the remainder, it is obligatory to get a visa for Turkey.

In general, Turkey’s visa requirements and application process are considered simple compared to other countries. When it comes to visas, many bureaucratical processes are involved.  For a straightforward visa process, one should know about the general rules and the guidelines for getting a visa.

Today in this article, the types, rules, and fees for Turkey visas will be explained.

Turkey Visa Application Conditions

The application conditions for a Turkey visa can be listed as follows:

  • The passport should be valid for at least another six months, starting from the travel day.
  • The application form can be filled in in English.
  • Visas taken from consulates must be used within six months.
  • Travel insurance is a must for those applying for a Turkey visa.
  • E-visa applications can be made in Turkish, French, Spanish, English, German, or Polish.
  • Visas with positive outcomes do not guarantee entrance to the country.
Turkey Visa Application Conditions

Applying for Turkey Visa

Turkey has an e-visa agreement with various countries, meaning that the residents of those countries can apply for Turkey visas online. After the e-visa application, you can make the online payment and get your visa. Please note that e-visa is only applicable for tourism visas. After your e-visa gets sent to your e-mail address, you need to print it and take it with you to your flight. For further information regarding e-visa, please visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/tr/.

If you cannot apply for an e-visa from your country, or you need another type of visa, you need to apply to foreign embassies or consulates. In such applications, you need to have certain documents and meet the application requirements. Since the process takes some time, it is not recommended to leave visa processes to the last minute. In fact, the recommended date to apply for the visa is one month prior to your flight.

During your visa appointment, you will need some documents. The following are the documents you need for your visa application:

  • Passport or equivalent traveling document
  • Biometric photos
  • Proof of income, or the proof of income of the inviting person
  • Plane tickets, hotel reservation, or invitation
  • Document proving your return
  • Travel insurance

Required documents may change depending on the visa type you are applying to.

In most of the Turkey consulates, having departure and return tickets is required. Even though this part is not a prerequisite, it is known that having tickets typically leads to a positive evaluation.

Turkey Visa Types

Turkey visa is given to foreigners with respect to the reason why they are coming to Turkey. Since the reason for coming will be given to the official institutions, you need to choose the right type of visa for your coming purpose.

Turkey Visa Types

Tourism Visa

The first visa type for Turkey is a tourism visa. People who are visiting Turkey for tourism purposes. A tourist visa can also be obtained for seminars, concerts, festivals, sports events, business interviews, and cultural activities. There can be one, two, or multiple rights of entries upon request.

If an invitation letter was presented in the tourism visa, the following information of the inviting person must be declared:

  • Turkish ID number
  • Turkish ID
  • Invitation list
  • Address
  • Number
  • Duration of stay & purpose
  • Kinship status (if applicable)
  • Tax plate (if invited by an institution)

Moreover, the invitation letter must declare that they will meet the accommodation and subsistence of the guest, and it is under their responsibility.

Work Permit and Visa

Work permit and visa are the types of visa should be obtained by those who will come and work in Turkey.

Work permit and visa applications must be made to the embassies or consulates of the Republic of Turkey, from the applicant’s country that they legally stay.  Applications from abroad are sent to the Ministry of Family, Labo,r and Social Services of Turkey, and they will evaluate the application.

For the applicant, the employer must pay the work permit fee and valuable paper fee in Turkey through the applicant’s foreign ID. A work permit is the equivalent of a residence permit in Turkey.

Work permit and visa can be given a maximum of 90 days. Those who want to stay longer in the country must apply for a short-term residence permit.

Education Visa

Education visas are given to those who want to come to Turkey for university, language school, internship, and exchange programs. The following are students exempt from the need for an education visa:

  • Blue Card owners
  • Students with parents that have Turkey work visas and residence permit
  • Northern Republic of Cyprus students,

Official Duty Visa

An official duty visa is a type of visa given to foreigners who will come to Turkey for official duties and those who have the status of diplomatic courier.

Transit Visa

A transit visa is required for citizens traveling to a third country through Turkey’s border crossings.

Airport Transit Visa

Airport transit visa is required for citizens traveling to a third country without crossing Turkey’s border but getting into another flight within the airport.

Excavation, Research, Documentary, Filming Visa

People coming to Turkey for excavation and research purposes must get necessary visas through Turkey’s foreign representatives in their residence country.

Those who will come to Turkey for documentary and filming purposes should get relative permission papers from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the General Directorate of Cinema, and the relevant Governor’s Office.

Turkey Visa Fees

Foreigners who want to apply for a Turkey visa must pay a certain visa fee. The visa fee must be paid to foreign representative offices.

For 2021, the entrance fee for one entry is 758,90 TL, which equals approximately 85 USD. For multiple entries, the entrance fee is 2.542.20 TL, which is around 285 USD.

The prices change for transit fees. For solo transit, the fee is 758,90 TL (same as the one entry fee), which is around 85 USD. For double transit, the fee is 1.522,70 TL, which is around 175 USD. The fee for the return visas for individual passports that will be issued upon request when they leave Turkey is 1.268,50 TL, which is around 141 USD.

Please note that the fees mentioned above are the fees announced by official Turkish offices. To prevent any mistakes and misunderstandings, it is recommended to double-check the fee amount you need to pay from the representative office that you will make the visa appointment in.

Additionally, the visa fees for Turkey are updated each year. It is essential to check the latest visa fee prices prior to your visit for visa application and your online application process.

Countries that Turkey does not Require a Visa

For some countries, it is possible to enter Turkey without a visa. The reason for this is to improve country relationships and provide ease to citizens visiting Turkey. It is only possible for those countries to come to Turkey without a visa if they are visiting for tourism or trade purposes. People coming to stay, get an education, or work in Turkey must get a relative visa for their situation.

There are a total of 90 countries that can enter Turkey without a visa. The maximum of days can be spent in Turkey without a residence permit, or visa takes place next to the country names.

·      Albania: (90 days)
·      Andorra: (90 days)
·      Argentina: (90 days)
·      Austria: (90 days)
·      Azerbaijan: (90 days)
·      Belarus: (90 days)
·      Belgium: (90 days)
·      Belize: (90 days)
·      Bolivia: (90 days)
·      Bosnia and Herzegovina: (90 days)
·      Brazil: (90 days)
·      Brunei: (30 days)
·      Bulgaria: (90 days)
·      Chile: (90 days)
·      Colombia: (90 days)
·      Costa Rica: (30 days)
·      Croatia: (90 days)
·      Czech Republic: (90 days)
·      Denmark: (90 days)
·      Ecuador: (90 days)
·      El Salvador: (90 days)
·      Estonia: (90 days)
·      Finland: (90 days)
·      France: (90 days)
·      Georgia: (90 days)
·      Germany: (90 days)
·      Greece: (90 days)
·      Guatemala: (90 days)
·      Honduras: (90 days)
·      Hungary: (90 days)
·      Iceland: (90 days)
·      Iran: (90 days)
·      Ireland: (90 days)
·      Israel: (90 days)
·      Italy: (90 days)
·      Japan: (90 days)
·      Jordan: (90 days)
·      Kazakhstan: (90 days)
·      Kosovo: (90 days)
·      Kuwait: (90 days)
·      Kyrgyzstan: (90 days)
·      Latvia: (30 days)
·      Lebanon: (90 days)
·      Liechtenstein: (90 days)
·      Lithuania: (90 days)
·      Luxembourg: (90 days)
·      Macau: (30 days)
·      Malaysia: (90 days)
·      Malta: (90 days)
·      Moldova: (90 days)
·      Monaco: (90 days)
·      Mongolia: (30 days)
·      Montenegro: (90 days)
·      Morocco: (90 days)
·      Netherlands: (90 days)
·      New Zealand: (90 days)
·      Nicaragua: (90 days)
·      North Macedonia: (90 days)
·      Norway: (90 days)
·      Panama: (90 days)
·      Paraguay: (90 days)
·      Peru: (90 days)
·      Poland: (90 days)
·      Portugal: (90 days)
·      Qatar: (90 days)
·      Romania: (90 days)
·      Russia: (60 days)
·      Saint Kitts and Nevis: (90 days)
·      San Marino: (90 days)
·      Serbia: (90 days)
·      Seychelles: (90 days)
·      Singapore: (90 days)
·      Slovakia: (90 days)
·      Slovenia: (90 days)
·      South Korea: (90 days)
·      Spain: (90 days)
·      Sweden: (90 days)
·      Switzerland: (90 days)
·      Tajikistan: (90 days)
·      Thailand: (90 days)
·      Tirinidad and Tobago: (90 days)
·      TRNC
·      Tunisia: (90 days)
·      Turkmenistan: (30 days)
·      Ukraine: (90 days)
·      United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: (90 days)
·      Uruguay: (90 days)
·      Uzbekistan: (90 days)
·      Vatican: (90 days)
·      Venezuela: (90 days)

İsmail Çamönü

Hi! I am Ismail. I am a digital nomad from Turkey. I lived in many cities around Turkey during my life and I am passionate about traveling. At Nomad's Guide to Turkey, I share travel tips for nomads, expats, and tourists who would like to visit Turkey.

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