Visa to Turkey

The visa policy of Turkey deals with the requirements which a foreign national wishing to enter Turkey must meet to be permitted to travel to, enter and remain in the country.

Visitors to Turkey must obtain a visa from one of the Turkish diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the 78 visa-exempt countries and territories or one of the 42 countries and territories whose citizens are eligible for an e-Visa on arrival. Turkish visas are documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its subsequent diplomatic missions abroad with the stated goal of regulating and facilitating migratory flows. e-Visas can be obtained online or via interactive kiosks placed in Turkish airports.

Visitors of most nationalities must hold a passport valid for no less than 60 days beyond the duration of stay of their visa, e-Visa, visa exemption period, or residence permit. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends visitors to hold a passport with at least six months of remaining validity. The passport validity requirement does not apply to citizens of Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland who can enter with a passport expired for no more than five years, citizens of Germany who can enter with a passport or an ID card expired for less than one year, and citizens of Bulgaria who are only required to have a passport valid for their period of stay. An identity card is accepted in lieu of a passport for citizens of Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. The validity period requirement also does not apply to holders of identity cards.

Even though Turkey is a candidate country for the membership in the European Union, it has a more complex visa policy than the Visa policy of the Schengen Area.Turkey requires visas from citizens of certain EU member states and Schengen Annex II countries and territories – Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominica, East Timor, Grenada, Ireland, Kiribati, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Norway, Netherlands, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Spain, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vanuatu.

On the other hand, Turkey grants visa-free access to citizens of countries and territories:

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Belarus
  3. Belize
  4. Bolivia
  5. Ecuador
  6. Iran
  7. Kosovo
  8. Kyrgyzstan
  9. Jordan
  10. Lebanon
  11. Mongolia
  12. Morocco
  13. Qatar
  14. Russia
  15. Tajikistan
  16. Thailand
  17. Tunisia
  18. Turkmenistan
  19. Uzbekistan


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Source: Wikipedia