Turkey Visa Policy

Discover the Turkey visa policy and find out requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for Turkey

The visa policy of Turkey determines the requirements which a foreign citizen must meet in order to obtain permission to travel to, enter, and remain within Turkey.

The visa requirements to travel to Turkey depend on the nationality of the traveler, as well as the duration and purpose of the intended stay in the country.

The Turkey visa policy states that a number of foreign nationals are required to either obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) or a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate in advance of travel in order to visit the country.

The quickest and most convenient way to get visas for Turkey is by applying online for a Turkey e-Visa. This can be done in a few minutes from any location with an internet connection.

However, the Turkish immigration policy also states that a number of foreign passport holders are able to enter Turkey visa-free for short stays for purposes of either business or tourism.

However, for longer stays or purposes not permitted without a visa, visa-exempt citizens are also required to apply for an embassy visa for Turkey in order to visit the country.

There are several different types of visa available by applying at a Turkish embassy or consulate. Those who do need a visa for Turkey are required to apply for the correct visa type depending on the purpose of the stay, whether a Turkish transit visa, tourist visa, business visa, student visa, or work visa.

Below you will find a complete list of Turkish visa regulations to travel to Turkey from your country of residence.

Tourist Visa Policy for Turkey

Apart from the Turkey visa not required nationalities, Turkish visa rules and regulations state that all other foreign visitors to Turkey must obtain a visa to visit the country.

Those who require a visa for Turkey must obtain one of the visa options in advance of travel, whether an electronic travel visa authorization through an online application or an embassy visa from a Turkish diplomatic office in the country where they are resident.

Travelers of over 100 nationalities are able to obtain an electronic travel visa for Turkey.

This can be done through a quick and easy online application form. The passenger will then receive an approved visa sent by email. This greatly reduces the time it takes to get a Turkey visa, as it eliminates the need to visit a Turkish embassy in person.

A Turkey visa online may be issued as either a single or multiple-entry travel visa authorization, and for a range of periods of permitted stay, depending on the nationality of the traveler.

All Turkish eVisas are issued for short stays for purposes of either business or tourism.

Those eligible for a Turkey e-Visa who wish to spend longer in the country or travel for other purposes, are required to submit a visa application in person at the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate. This also applies for those not eligible for the visa online.

Find below further information about Turkish visa requirements for your nationality.

e-Visa Required for Turkey

The e-Visa for Turkey is an electronic visa, implemented in 2013, which allows eligible citizens to obtain a visa online in advance of travel and eliminates the need to apply for a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate.

Online visas for Turkey can be obtained through a simple online application which only takes a few minutes to complete with basic personal and passport information. Once it has been processed, the applicant will receive their approved Turkey e-Visa sent by email.

The Turkey online visa is issued as a single or multiple entry visa that allows stays of 30 or 90 days, depending on the nationality of the passport holder.

The simple application for the Turkey visa online is open to over 100 nationalities, although citizens of around 60 of these countries are required to meet some extra conditions in order to apply, which can be found below.

Below you will also find a complete list of all the countries for which an eVisa for Turkey is available.

e-Visa Required for Turkey: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Taiwan
  • Timor Leste
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

e-Visa for Turkey and Extra Conditions

Passport holders from around 60 countries and territories are eligible to apply for a Turkey e-Visa, but only if they meet some extra conditions depending on nationality. Below are some examples:

  • Provide proof of a valid hotel booking in Turkey as well as proof of sufficient financial means to cover the stay (at least US$50 per day).
  • Citizens of around 60 nationalities must hold a valid visa or residence permit from one of the following countries in order to apply for an eVisa to Turkey: Schengen Area countries, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States. Electronic visas or e-residence permits for these countries are not accepted.
  • All citizens of Algeria must be either under the age of 18 or over the age of 35 to be eligible to apply for the e-Visa. Otherwise, it is necessary to apply for an embassy visa.
  • Citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Zambia, and the Philippines are not eligible to apply for the e-Visa if intending to arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

The e-Visa for these citizens is issued as a single-entry visa only, valid for a total stay of 30 days in Turkey.

Turkey Embassy Visa Required

Turkish visa laws state that there are over 60 foreign nationalities who are required to apply for a Turkey visa in person from a Turkish government diplomatic office in their country of residence before departure, regardless of the purpose and duration of the intended stay.

The protocol for applying for an embassy visa for Turkey usually first requires the applicant to make a visa appointment at their nearest Turkish diplomatic mission.

It is then usually necessary to print and complete a Turkey embassy visa application form to bring along to the consular interview.

When submitting an embassy application, it is necessary to indicate which of the types of visa for Turkey the applicant requires. This will depend on the purpose of the trip, whether visiting friends and family, tourism, business, work, study, or for other purposes such as to transit through Turkey on the way to an onward destination.

The period of validity of an approved visa from a Turkish embassy depends on the purpose of the intended stay in the country.

Applicants are advised to submit an application for an embassy visa well in advance of their journey, as it may take up to several weeks to receive approval.

Browse the list below and discover if a Turkish embassy visa is required for your nationality to travel to the country.

Turkey Embassy Visa Required: Country list

  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Benin
  • Bonaire
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa Not Required for Turkey

Here you will find information about the Turkey visa not required countries.

The Turkish visa policy states that citizens of a number of countries do not need a visa for Turkey to enter for short stays.

Nationals of around 80 countries are able to enter Turkey visa-free, for varying lengths of time. The period of visa-exempt stay permitted depends on the nationality of the traveler and varies between 30 and 90 days.

Citizens of the majority of visa not required countries for Turkey are able to enter the country visa-free for purposes of either business or tourism. However, certain nationalities are only permitted visa-exempt access to Turkey for purposes of tourism.

In order to gain visa-free entry to Turkey in most cases, it is necessary to have a valid passport from an eligible country. However, some visa-exempt nationalities are able to enter Turkey using their national ID card instead of a passport.

In order to travel to Turkey for longer periods of stay or other purposes than those permitted without a visa, citizens of Turkish visa-free countries are required to obtain either an e-Visa or a visa from a Turkish diplomatic office.

Find below a full list of the countries whose citizens do not require a visa to travel to Turkey.

Visa Not Required for Turkey: Country list

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

Visa Not Required Under Certain Conditions

While most visa-exempt citizens can travel to Turkey for business, citizens of the following countries can only enter Turkey visa-free for purposes of tourism:

Albania, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mongolia, Norway, Qatar, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

Certain other nationalities are able to enter Turkey without a visa if they meet certain conditions:

  • Citizens of Algeria must be either under the age of 15 or over 65, can stay for up to 90 days with a 180-day period
  • Nationals of Cyprus must be resident in Northern Cyprus and arrive in Turkey either from Ercan International Airport or the seaports of Famagusta, Kyrenia or Karavostasi, to gain visa-free access for up to 90 days.
  • Libyan passport holders must be either under the age of 16 or over 55, can stay for a maximum of 90 days within 180
  • Citizens of Palestine must hold a valid VIP passport to travel to Turkey visa-free.

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