Travelling to Turkey? Don’t forget your e-Visa

Heading to Turkey for your holiday this year? Make sure you’re up to date with the latest Visa requirements before you jet off


New rules for holidaymakers and business travellers heading to Turkey this year mean you must get a Visa before you travel to the country.

Before October 2018, you could get an e-Visa on arrival at Turkish airports, or in designated wifi spots, but both options were scrapped recently.

Now, you must apply for an e-Visa through the official website up to three months before your travel date. The fee is $20 for UK residents, which can be paid by credit or debit card. Your visa will be valid for a total of 180 days, but you can’t stay for longer than 90 days at a time.  You’re also able to apply for a visa before you travel from the Turkish Consulate General in London.

The only exception to this is for certain cruise ship passengers who don’t need to apply for a visa before they travel if they hold a British passport and arrive at sea ports for visits to the port city or cities nearby for no longer than 72 hours.

It’s best to make sure you have a copy of your e-Visa saved on your phone or other device in case there are issues with the computer systems when entering Turkey. Another option is to print a hard copy of your e-Visa and bring it with you.

Be aware there are unauthorised websites charging for information on e-Visas and for making applications. There’s no reason why you should pay more than the $20 the official website charges British citizens for this visa. These websites aren’t supported by or associated with the Turkish government, and some have been known to provide fake visas.

If you have any issues or questions regarding e-Visas, get in touch with the e-Visa contact centre. You should also speak to someone if you’re unsure what type of visa you need – for example, if you’re going to be studying or working in Turkey.

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