• The rules below are for tourist
here for info on visas for work,
study or residence in Turkey.
are normally two types of
tourist visas. A single-entry
(tek giriş) visa allows
you to enter Turkey once. After you
matter how long you've stayed in
Turkey, you must pay for another
visa to enter Turkey again.
(müteaddit giriş) visa allows
you to enter and leave Turkey multiple
its period of validity (normally
30, 60, or 90 days) at no additional
• You must obtain e-visas online from an official Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, paying by credit card. After April 10, 2014, you cannot obtain a visa at an airport, land border crossing, or seaport. More...
Pursuant to Turkish government regulations
instituted on January 12, 2012, "90-day
means that you can visit Turkey for
up to 90 days within any 180-day
period. This means that, after
staying in Turkey 90 days, you cannot
simply cross the border into another
country, stay outside of Turkey for
a day or two, then re-enter Turkey
on a new 90-day tourist visa.
Instead, you must apply in advance
at a Turkish consulate for a residence
visa and, when you arrive
in Turkey, for a residence
permit (İkamet Tezkeresi).
If you're coming to Turkey for a short
tour of, say, a few weeks, and not
returning to Turkey in the near future,
this restriction would not affect you.
But if you come to Turkey for long
periods (several months) frequently,
you may be affected.
The new regulations are
meant to restrict foreigners
in effect, living in Turkey for part
of the year but have not applied for
a residence permit as required. Waivers
are granted to certain groups, such
as retirees who spend part of the year
in Turkey, or foreigners who own property
in Turkey and come to live for part
of each year.
The term "official
passports" covers diplomatic,
service, special and official passports.
You probably have an "ordinary" passport
unless you're going to Turkey on
diplomatic, military or other official
business. Visa rules for official
passports may differ from those for
Apply for Your Visa in Advance!
All foreigners who need visas may
apply for them to Turkish
diplomatic missions. If you do
this, apply at least a month before
your departure date for Turkey. But
if you're a citizen of one of those
countries allowed to get a visa online in advance, why
spend time filling out paper forms months
Visas for Filmmakers & Researchers
Foreigners who intend to shoot
documentary films, to conduct
research, or to do archeological
excavation, should apply
for special permission in advance
from the Turkish authorities.
Visas for Truck Drivers
Visa requirements for truck
drivers may be different.
Contact a Turkish
Questions & Comments
You can send comments
and questions to the Visa section of
Turkey's Ministry of Foreign
Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org . (I cannot help you with questions on official visa matters—I am not a Turkish diplomat!)