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 Visa Applications at Points of Entry to the Republic of Turkey as of 11 April 2014 and Measures to be Taken During the Transitional Period
19/02/2014 - Announcement

In accordance with the new Law on Foreigners, the practice of obtaining visas upon arrival to points of entry to Turkey will begin to come to an end as of 11 April 2014.  However, border authorities will maintain existing procedures for a certain transitional period, to include the 2014 tourism season.

Visas for touristic or business purposes can be obtained via the new Electronic Visa Application System (
www.evisa.gov.tr).  This system, which was launched in 2013, allows intending visitors to obtain their e-Visas in approximately three minutes online.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues efforts to strengthen the e-Visa system and to better enable foreign nationals to easily obtain their visas.

In this context, as of 11 April 2014;

- In addition to English, French, and Spanish; Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic and Chinese language options will be added to the e-Visa system.

- In addition to Visa and Master Card, payment will be accepted from other commonly used credit cards and debit cards.

- Necessary arrangements will be made to allow foreign visitors to obtain e-Visas from authorized airline companies offices, including those companies’ offices in airports.

- Tour operators will be able to apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments for them.

- Visitors arriving to Turkey without visas will be able to obtain their e-Visas via interactive kiosks placed in Turkish airports.

- Fees for e-Visas obtained via the e-Visa website (www.evisa.gov.tr) will be lower than the fees for visas obtained upon arrival to Turkish airports. Information regarding visa fees can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfa.gov.tr). 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to carry out these efforts in coordination with all relevant public authorities and private sector partners in order to make the transitional period as smooth as possible. It is our goal to eliminate waiting periods at Turkish airports.  The new arrangements will be in service as soon as possible.


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According to the general visa (for touristic purposes) rules, British passport holders have the right to stay 90 days in 180 days. The day you enter Turkey (not the day you get visa) is  the first day of the period of 180 days which means your right to stay 90 days duly starts on the day you enter Turkey.

 GENERAL VISA INFORMATION TO TRAVEL TO TURKEY

TOURIST VISA FOR UK PASSPORT HOLDERS  OR UK TRAVEL DOCUMENT HOLDERS

If you are a British Citizen you can obtain tourist visa either at the port of entry in Turkey (till the date 10 April 2014) or by visiting www.evisa.gov.tr

The sticker visa obtained at the port of entry in Turkey or e-visa will grant you 90 days stay with multiple entry to Turkey starting from the date of issue. (eg: visa issued on 5 May 2014 expires on 2 August 2014).

* British National Overseas, British Subject and British Protected Person passport holders are not issued sticker type of visa at the port of entry in Turkey. They have to obtain their visas only from this Consulate General before traveling.

* If you are not a British passport holder; yet you have a travel document (not Certificate of Identity) issued by the Home Office of the UK, you must apply for visa to this Consulate General in person before traveling.

* Please note: tourist visas do not give you the right to take up paid or unpaid employment or to reside, or to study (including student exchange program) or to establish yourself in business in Turkey.

See also Travel Arrangements. Click here to make an online appointment for visa applications to Turkey.

 
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Number of tourists visiting Turkey has reached 25 million in 2009. Around 2.5 million of which are British and this figure is expected to continue its upward trend in 2010.

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