Turkish Tourist Visa Information - eVisa and Calculator
Information still current April 2016
(Applies to more than 100 countries including UK and many European passport holders).
Tourists and visitors from many countries require a visa to enter Turkey unless you hold a Residence Permit. Tourist/visitors visas last for 180 days but holders are only allowed to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days in ANY 180 day period. Multiple visits are allowed provided the total number of days does not exceed 90. All calculations should include both the entry and exit dates, no matter what time of day or night. Some countries (such as France, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine etc.) are exempt so do not require a visa but must still comply with the max 90 in 180 day rule and special rules/arrangements exist for some countries. Click HERE for a full list of countries. UK passport holders require a visa.
Visas should be obtained on-line BEFORE you travel to Turkey (see below for details).
Overstaying the 90 in 180 days or remaining in Turkey after a visa expires will result in a fine and possible re-entry ban. Regular visitors should be careful when planning their dates as the 90 day in ANY 180 day period could span more than one visa.
A new visa does not mean a new 90 days
It works like this: When you exit Turkey the border guards will will count back 180 days and then calculate how many days you have been in the country within that 180 days, regardless of when your visa started. This means that in some cases the 90 in 180 day rule may span two visas. It is based on the Schengen or "count back" system.
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry and at least 3 months from the date you leave.
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Don't risk overstaying - The rules are complex
Penalties are harsh and falling foul can also result in being refused entry, banned and/or deported
Proper planning is the key to problem free!
Overstaying your visa can result in a heavy fine (which increases depending on the time spent over the time limit) and/or a ban on re-entering Turkey for up to five years, depending on the length of the overstay and you would also need to apply for your next visa from your nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate overseas before returning to Turkey.
- Overstay 1-15 days - No ban.
- Overstay from 16-90 days - Banned for up to three months.
- Overstay for more than 90 days - Banned for up to six months.
- Departing Turkey without paying the relevant fine will lead to an automatic five year ban on re-entry.
Online Visa Applications - How To:
Visitors should now obtain tourist visas online before they come - The whole procedure can take as little as three minutes.
Go to this official website www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ read the information and requirements and click on the "Make a new application" link, you will need your passport details and debit/credit card to hand.
The price is 20 USD - Don't be duped into paying more by unscrupulous websites.
- You should apply for the e-Visa at least 24 hours before you travel although one week prior is advised.
- Each traveller must have his or her own e-Visa.
- Family and group applications are available, see FAQ page on the e-Visa website.
- The online payment system is only accepting payments in USD at this time, so your credit/debit card company will probably charge you an additional fee for foreign currency transactions. Other currency's may be introduced soon.
- It is still be possible to obtain a visa on arrival for the time being:
- The old sticker on arrival counters will remain in operation for a short while longer but the cost of purchasing one for UK passport holders is now £20 payable in Sterling cash (Scottish bank notes are not acceptable).
- It will also be possible to obtain e-Visas on arrival at Istanbul airport until further notice by using an interactive kiosk or your own WIFI smart device. We do not recommend using a kiosk as the cost is 50% more ($30) and may cause you excessive delays.