E-Visa Turkey: How to Pay and Apply [Step-by-Step Guide]

Last Updated by Gizem on June 20, 2021
E-Visa Turkey

If you are traveling to Turkey soon, the question of a visa might come up. Do you need a visa to enter Turkey? Do you know the process to get an e-Visa for Turkey as a foreigner? 

In this article, you will find a step-by-step guide to the Turkish e-Visa application. You will also find which citizens from what countries need and are allowed to buy an e-Visa. 

You will learn about payment options and alternatives for citizens that are not allowed to buy an e-Visa. 

Let's start with the basics. 

Who Needs an e-Visa?

To check if you need a visa, visit the official government website issuing e-visas.

Then, follow the steps below:

  • 1. Select the country/region of your travel document.
  • 2. Select your travel document.
  • 3. Enter the security verification.
  • 4. Click "Select & Continue".
  • If you do not need a visa, the following text will appear: "You are exempt from visa"
  • If you do need a visa for your entry to Turkey and you are eligible for e-Visa, you will now see how long your visa is valid, the number of entries, allowed and the visa fee. In this case, continue with the step-by-step guide below.
  • If need a visa but are not eligible for e-Visa, you will see the following text: "Unfortunately, nationals of the country you selected are not eligible for e-visas." In this case, you must visit the nearest Turkish mission to apply for a visa. For further information, see the last sub-heading on this page.

How to Buy an e-Visa

There are many websites that claim to help users obtain Turkish e-Visas for a service fee.

To purchase the Turkish e-Visa, we strongly recommend that you use the official Turkish government e-Visa website, which is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. 

You can identify government sites always by the suffix ".gov".

The website is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.

Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, and UnionPay credit/debit card.    

Step-by-Step Guide to Buying an e-Visa

After you have followed steps above to find out if you need a visa, proceed as follows:

  • Choose your arrival date in Turkey.
  • Click "Save & Continue". You will now see a list of requirements which have to be met to obtain an e-Visa.
  • Verify that you meet all of these criteria by checking the boxes next to them. Please note that your e-Visa is only valid on the condition that you fulfill these criteria.
  • Click "Save & Continue". 
  • Fill in the form with your personal data. Note that this information must match the information in the travel document you are traveling with.
  • Verify your information.
  • You will then receive a confirmation email within an hour. You must click the "Approve" button and make payment within 48 hours to complete the application.
  • Important: We recommend that you have your e-Visa with you either as a screenshot on your smartphone or as a printout, in case of system failure.

Alternative: Get a Visa at the Consulate or Embassy

Another way to obtain a Turkish visa is to apply to the Turkish foreign mission or consulate in your country of residence. 

This is the only option for citizens who are not allowed to buy an e-Visa.

It's best to start applying for this type of visa at least one month before your travel date.

By the time of your appointment, you should already have all the necessary documents prepared.

See a full list here of Turkish Embassies and Consulates.

Contact the Foreign Ministry

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Who is eligible for a Turkish e-Visa?

Here is a full list of countries whose citizens are eligible for an e-Visa.

What documents do I need to apply for a Turkish e-Visa?

For your e-Visa application, you will need a passport or a travel document with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the duration of your stay. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements, such as a return ticket and a hotel reservation.

You will learn about these specific requirements by following the steps in the first section of this article: "Who Needs an e-Visa? Additionally, continue with the next step by clicking "Save & Continue".

How long does it take to get my Turkish e-Visa?

The application for an e-Visa takes only 3 to 5 minutes. After filling out all necessary information on the online form and paying the visa fee, you will receive your visa within 3 days.

If the application is urgent, it takes about 14 minutes for you to receive the e-mail with your e-visa.

What is the fee for a Turkish e-Visa?

The fee for e-Visas varies. It depends on the country of the travel document and the type of travel document. You can find out how much your visa fee will be by following the steps in the first section of this article: "Who Needs an e-Visa?"

Can I apply for e-Visas for my whole family?

It is also possible to create e-Visa applications for a family (minimum 2 and maximum 10 persons) or for a group (minimum 10 and maximum 300 persons).

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