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How to apply for an E-Visa for Turkey

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FYI: Original Post created in 2014, updated in 2017.

Applying for your eVisa for Turkey

This page contains a summary of the current online e-Visa process to apply for your entry visa to Turkey.

This page is for informational purpose only based on my first-hand experience of applying for an eVisa, please visit the Republic of Turkey’s Visa website for more information.

Nationals who require a visa to visit Turkey, can only obtain their visa from the website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to their journey to Turkey.

Latest News about Turkish eVisas

Here’s my tracking of some of the news flashes about the eVisa process.

News Update: March 27th 2014:  The goal is to swich over to the evisa process completely sometime during the 2014 season, but for now visitors will still be able to buy the old Passport sticker at their port of entry.

If you’re arriving at Bodrum Airport, and DON’T have an eVisa, you’ll need to line up in the Entry Visa line to buy your Visa Sticker. BUT sticker cost has increased – and will cost you £20 Cash (~$33, whereas the eVisa is only $20)

News Update: December 2017 It is still possible to get the visa from a desk near passport control on arrival in Bodrum, but it costs more and it means queuing up twice (once to purchase the visa and once to go through Passport control – plus it costs more, so save yourself the hassle and just buy one online!)

Reasons to use the online eVisa Process

  • It’s cheaper than the point of entry visa
  • You can use your debit card
  • You can apply for a Family Visa (maximum 10 people) or Group Visa (maximum of 100 people) – which should simplify the application process if you’re traveling with others

There are many other website popping up, offering to source your visa and a higher charge – don’t do it! Log onto the official website, and get it at cost.

What is an Turkey e-Visa?

  • An e-Visa is an entry visa which allows you to enter Turkey.
  • It replaces “sticker”- and “stamp-type” visas formerly issued at the border crossing.
  • Each traveler must obtain a separate e-Visa, including infants and kids. (Even though kids/infants may be included in their parent’s passports)
  • As of November 2013 you can still use all types of Visa (e-Visa, Stamp and Sticker).

Apply for your Turkish e-Visa to enter Turkey

#1 Apply: Turkey e-Visa Application Process

  • Apply on-line by entering all the required information (your e-Visa and Passport information needs to match)
  • Apply via the www.evisa.gov.tr website (this link will take you to the official Republic of Turkey website.
  • Your passport must be valid at least for 6 months by the time you enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there might be some additional requirements to be met. You will be informed of these after you select your nationality and travel dates.
  • (Detailed steps on how to apply for an e-Visa are shown below)

#2 Make Payment: Turkey e-Visa Payment

  • Payment can be made via Mastercard or Visa credit/debit card.
  • Visa Fee is $20
  • e-Visa fee is only offered in USD .You don’t have to have a USD account. An equivalent amount in your local currency will be deducted from your account.

#3 Download: Receiving your Turkey e-Visa

  • After you make payment, the link to download your e-Visa will be e-mailed to you.
  • Print it out to show to airport officials and customs officers when you are entering and existing Turkey
  • Carry it with you at all times during the travel.

Additional Information

  • Inform the Support Desk (via “Contact Form” under “Contact Us” section on main page) in case of any suspended or unsuccessful transaction throughout the whole application procedure.
  • Once e-Visa is processed, none of the information on it can be changed. It is your responsibility to secure that information on e-Visa is exactly the same with the information on your passport.

Red and white Turkish Flag Graphic

Turkey e-Visa Application Step by Step

1. Complete the Nationality Screen

  • Your Nationality (in case your wondering the UK is listed under United Kingdom)
  • Select the type of document your using to travel
  • Add the security verification you see in the boxes as the bottom

Applying for a eVisa for Turkey first screen

2. Complete the Date of Arrival Screen

  • Type the date that you plan to enter Turkey to the related field.
  • The validity period of your e-Visa will begin as of the date you entered Turkey.
  • Please note that validity period is different than the period of stay. The period of stay cannot be more than 90 days for single entry. If you wish to stay more than 90 days, you must apply to local Police Departments for residence permit.

E-Visa Turkey Visa Application Official Site Bodrum

 Additional notes about length of stay:

  • If you overstay your visa, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a certain period of time.
  • E-visa system does not inform you of the number of days you stay in Turkey. It is your responsibility to make sure that you do not overstay your visa.

3. Complete the Personal Information Screen

e-Visa to enter Bodrum Turkey Official website
e-Visa Turkey Visa Application Official Website

After you’ve selected the submit and save button, a pop up screen will ask you to Verify your Information, and this gives you another chance to review all of your entries.

4. Verify your Information

Verify your information e-Visa Turkey Official website

After you have verified your information and clicked “Verify”. You will see the confirmation screen.

5. Confirmation of Completed Application

e-Visa confirmation message for your Turkey Visa Application Official Website

6. Confirm Your Application

  • You will receive a confirmation email, and you need to click the APPROVE button within 1 hour, your application will be cancelled.

e-Visa for Turkey Confirmation Email screen Official Website

 6. Pay for and Receive your e-Visa

  • When you click on the Approve button you will be returned to the e-Visa website to complete the payment process.

e-Visa Turkey Payment process screen Official website

  • If your e-Visa application is not completed within 48 hours, it will be deleted from the system. In these cases, you will need to make a new application.
  • Once your payment has been processed, you will see a screen confirming “Your Application has been Successfully completed”, with a link to Download your e-Visa (pdf)
  • A link to download your e-Visa will also be emailed to you.
  • Don’t forget you need to print this out and take it with you when you travel to Turkey.

Red and white Turkish Flag Graphic

 

I hope all of this information and print screens have provided you with a clear overview of the end to end process when applying for an e-Visa for Turkey.

All of the print screens and information were sourced from the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website.

Click on this Apply Now button to visit the Official Website to Apply for your Turkey e-Visa.

Red Oblong box with White Text Apply Now Icon logo

https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

This page is provided for reference purposes using images from the Republic of Turkey’s website. If you have any questions about your e-Visa application, please contact them for help or advice.

Visit my Turkish Visitors eVisa Index Page – which includes more e-Visa information

Index Page: Your e-Visa for Turkey

 

 

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  1. Mark Welford

    I need two on line visa for bodrum turkey

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Mark … this post is for informational purposes to walk people through the eVisa process. You’ll need to visit the official eVisa site to apply https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. It’s an easy and quick process to get your visas.

      There are other websites that advertise that they will arrange visas for you, but they charge you more than the official site … and you should steer clear of them.
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  2. barry

    can I apply for another visa before the 180 days have finished

    1. Roving Jay

      That’s a really good question Barry… and to be honest, I have no idea. Maybe you could check with the British Consulate.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/important-information-for-uk-visa-applicants–4
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  3. Christine

    Can anyone help? I have tried to apply for a visa to turkey but once I put the date in for the 5th May 2014 it states I am exempt. Why?
    Thank you Christine

    1. Roving Jay

      I went to the site and put in UK passport and entered the May 5th date and it worked fine. Not sure why you’re having an issue with this. In the short term, you can just obtain your visa on arrival at the airport in Bodrum.
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  4. Kirsty

    it says ‘Your application has been successfully completed.
    Download your e-Visa.’
    but then when i click to download it, it brings me back to the homepage!! also helppppp im pretty sure ive payed for the same one 3 times!

    1. Roving Jay

      They also send you a link to download your visa to the email you provided. If you didn’t get it, check your spam folder.

      As far as the multiple purchases goes – why don’t you fill in the feedback form with all the details of the duplicate visas and see if they can refund you.

      Here’s the link to their websites feedback form:

      https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/feedback/
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  5. richard

    ive filled out all fields but it hasent sent me a veryfacation email but when I go back to site it just asks me for payment. is this normal

    1. Roving Jay

      You should check your spam folder. If the confirmation email still isn’t there, you can click on a “resend email” button to get a new email.

      How did you end up at the Payment Page … did you just navigate to it?
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  6. Pam Corkish

    I am entering my address and then it says there is an issue with this should I just be putting in my town and not my full address

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Pam, are you using any special characters in the address (like a #)?

  7. Michelle mccallum

    If i have not included my middle name on the e visa will this be ok? I was told by the travel agent it would be fine, but iv seen on checking these sites that it must be on there. Can you advise me please?

    1. Andy

      Did they let you in ,I’ve done the same thing.

  8. Keira

    Thanks for posting this information. It’s really useful to have all of this in one place.

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Keira … thanks for the feedback.
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  9. Paul

    What is the definition of “Family”, i.e. same household or just same visa start date.

    As a group of 4 staying the same dates, is there an advantage to apply for a family instead of 4 individual visas (cost and/or easier)?

    Thanks!

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Paul — It just means that you only have to apply for a Family visa rather than individual visas.
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  10. Carla

    Hi my actual arrival date in Turkey is the 29 th June, it will not let me put this date in , is it ok from the date its stating 18th june . Thankyoub

    1. Roving Jay

      Whatever date you enter is the starting date of your 3 month visa. As long as your visa dates cover your stay, you are ok.
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  11. Christine

    Hi,I have filled in the first part of the visa form & when I’ve clicked for the next bit it just keeps telling me I’m excempt, I havnt been able to get any further. Thanks Christine

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Christine .. some nationalities don’t need a visa. Check their Visa requirements page: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

  12. Dean Jones

    Every time i try and apply it says i am excempt could you tell me why

    1. Roving Jay

      Hello Dean .. depends what passport you hold. Some countries are exempt and don’t need a visa.

      Check out this page on the government website: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
      It includes a list of exempt countries.
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  13. faisal

    hi
    i have UK valid visa and i want to go via turkey in Turkish airline when i submit e. visa application and click confirm your application which in no 6 approve button. system says sorry unfortunately we unable to issue your e.visa visit nearest your turkey embassy or consulate.
    kindly let me know what i do.
    thanks
    Faisal

    1. Roving Jay

      Hello, I’m not sure why you are not able to process your evisa. Have another go at requesting a visa online and if you get the same error message, I’d recommend doing as the website recommends, and contact your nearest Turkish embassy.

  14. Bello Muhammed Bashir

    Pls, what is the meaning of (CVV/CVC/CVC2) under e-visa payment? what kind of information is required? thanks.

    1. Roving Jay

      That’s the security check numbers on your credit card .. usually 3 or 4 digits, and either on the front or the back of the card … depending on the credit card you’re using.

  15. Sandra sharpe

    I am trying to apply for a visa and when I enter the date it says I am exempt. How do I submit an application please?

    1. Roving Jay

      Sandra … some nationalities are exempt from visas .. you should check on the e-visa site to see whether you actually need a visa.

  16. Jayne

    I have british passport and it keeps saying i am egsemt i have travel turkey many times and i have always need 1 before .

    1. Roving Jay

      Yes you need a visa if you’re from the UK… have another go, it may have been a system-wobble!

  17. jonboy

    Help!!
    We have just booked a last minute holiday to Bodrum, and my application can’t be processed.
    My passport runs out on the 8th of July 2016 and we are booked to fly out on the 18th of April (Tomorrow)
    I rang the E-visa helpline and they guy said I have to ring Airport Boarder Gate Police Dept at the Airport I intend to travel to.
    1/ I can not find their number and 2/ I have 24 hours to sort this or lose a lot of money for a holiday..
    What do I do?

    1. Roving Jay

      I believe their are regulations about passport expiry … so check the evisa website.

  18. sharyn

    hi when applying for a visa, what region do you have to put in?

    1. Roving Jay

      If you’re referring to the first screen of the visa application, it asks for country/region of your passport. So search for the country that issued your passport, and select that.

  19. Analia Bulat

    Citizens from United Kingdom must pay an e-VISA to enter Turkey for Business or Tourist purposes. This e-Visa must be paid in advance of the Arrival date into Turkey.

  20. Elaine orr

    Hi, I am travelling to turkey in 5 weeks but can’t get a visa for my son until his new passport arrives. What’s the latest I can apply online for one?

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Elaine … I couldn’t find any reference on how late you can apply for a visa. But you can get your visa same-day when you apply online through the official website …
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  21. Alan Laidlaw

    Just applied for a visa but encountered an error/problems at the payment page, phoned up and was told to email my query to them from the ‘contact us’ page – is this the norm now in light of security issues and how long will I wait, I travel in 5 days?!?!

    1. Roving Jay

      I’ve not heard about any recurring payment problems. Hopefully you managed to sort this out.

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