New e-visa system for Turkey

by Ray Clancy on December 19, 2013

A new e-visa system has been introduced in Turkey which means that from springtime 2014 those travelling to the country for trade or tourism will need to go online to get their visas.

The system, which allows for applications and visa fees to be paid online in advance of arriving in the country, has been run alongside the old passport stamp process but the government has now announced that from 10 April 2014, visas will only be available online.


The Turkish government has announced that from 10 April 2014, visas will only be available online

To get their e-visa, applicants need to simply log on to and provide the information requested. If the application is approved, the applicant will then be requested to pay their visa fee online by credit card after which they will be e-mailed their visa which can then be downloaded and printed out.

‘The entire process takes less than 10 minutes and it will speed up the whole visa application and processing system,’ said an immigration spokesman.

Travellers will be required to show their e-visa to airport officials and customs officers and will need to carry it with them. Expats moving permanently will still need to go through the old system via embassies or consulates to get their passport stamped.

The price of a tourist e-visa will remain £10 and will be valid for 90 days within a 180 day period. Residents or home owners who spend long periods in Turkey are being advised to also get a residence permit.

Meanwhile, Turkey and the European Union have signed agreements starting talks for a possible deal that would lift visa restrictions for Turkish citizens travelling to EU countries.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it a milestone in relations between his country and the 28 member EU bloc.

Under the agreements signed in the Turkish capital Ankara, Turkey would in turn, agree to take back immigrants who illegally enter the EU from Turkish territory.

The EU has also resumed membership negotiations with Turkey that began in 2005 but have been stalled for more than three years, mainly due to Turkey’s dispute with EU member Cyprus and skepticism in some European nations on admitting a populous, largely Muslim country into the group.

However, the EU is refusing to start negotiations in eight policy areas until Turkey opens its ports and airports to goods from Cyprus. The island was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots in 1983 declared an independent northern state, which is only recognized by Turkey.

Turkey has, in the past, regarded as onerous visa demands from European nations that were designed to restrict Turkish citizens from flooding labour markets but Erdogan said Turkey was no longer an exporter of labour and that the country’s dynamic economy over the past 10 years meant that the country had now become a destination for jobseekers.

‘No one should be concerned when the visas are lifted. We are not a country that is a burden to the EU but one that takes away its burdens,’ he explained, adding that although the timeframe for visa restrictions being lifted is three and a half years, it will probably be much quicker.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

philip dinham January 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

As I understand it the fee is payable in dollars and varies from country to country,as is the amount of time granted in Turkey.Please note some countries can only obtain a single month visa ,not multi entry.
For uk it is $20 about £12:50 and currency loading fee and card usage fees which vary and can add £5:00 to the amount.
Be careful to only use the offical turkish web site or you could pay double the amount.
As far as I am aware only Mastercard and Visa are accepted.
Bon voyage

Philip Dinham


ceepson nwabueze May 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm

pls how is life in turkey?


James August 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Does not have experience with the length of time it takes to receive the VISA by mail?


olamide November 6, 2015 at 3:19 am

pls i need u to enlite me about resident permit one of my frnd have is resident permit so he start a work called tertil just for three day so on the fourth day some polis men and ancouped him like a thief later he a sk from the polis wat did he do to be treated like this because he is a black later they ask him did he have workig permit being the first time they delayed him in their station like five days so they collect his resident permit for wat he pay 4


alios March 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Hello, I am from Afghanistan and I want to take visa for Turkey. can anyone help me? my mail is [email protected]


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