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Peter Kovach

Visa Guides - Turkish eVisa.

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Want to learn more about the Turkish Tourist eVisa, but have no idea what it entails? Have no fear, I'm here to walk you through this insanely simple process. FYI, there are a total of 109 countries that can apply for the eVisa. With an eVisa you will be able to enter Turkey via Land, Sea, or Air. We love Turkey a lot and want other people to experience this amazing country. So we felt the best way to do this was to write an "Everything you need to know" eVisa Guide. What should expect? As you scroll through, you'll see a step by step guide to applying and a FAQ section on the process

We built this 8 step guide to making applying to the Turkish eVisa as simple as possible. We've applied to the eVisa our self, have scoured their FAQ page to make sure the data is accurate as possible and shared the entire process with you as you'll see in our screenshots.

So let's get your ready to travel to Turkey! One last thing, this is for normal passport holders applying for a tourist visa. If you have a different type of passport (i.e. diplomatic) or are not traveling for tourism, then this article does not apply to you.

Let's begin!

Getting Started

Step 1: To apply for your eVisa, you need to visit the official site of the Turkish eVisa Application (<— click here to get started). If you see the image below you know you are in the right place!


Step 2. Click apply and it will take you to the first step and you will need to select your origin country, document type, and fill in a Security verification to make sure are not a robot.

Date of Arrival

Step 3. The next step in the process is to select your arrival date. Make sure it matches the day you plan to arrive and that your arrival is not before the selected date, or else you will not be allowed to enter the country. There is also a cool feature that lets you see how many days your visa is applicable and how long you can stay within that timeframe! Check out the screenshot below.

Caution Note: There are a few things you should be aware of after reading looking at the screenshot.

  • The time window and days allowed may vary for each country. For instance, if you apply with an American passport you have a time window of 180 days and can stay for 90 days. This is not true however for someone with an Indian passport, while they can apply, they have the same time window, but their days allowed is 30 instead of 90.
  • The fees are different based on the origin of your passport. In the Screenshot with the US passport, you can see the fee is USD 20, however, for India, the Visa Fee is $43.
  • Another thing you should be aware of is the number of entries. For the US passport, a person can enter as many times they want throughout that window. However, if a person has a single entry Visa, that person will only be allowed to enter that country once.

Personal Information

Step 4a. The next step is to fill out your basic information. It is fairly straight forward and you can apply for multiple people if you are traveling in a group. Turkey just wants to get a basic profile of who you are and where you are from and to make sure your passport is up to date. You can see the screenshot and fields below.

Note: Section 4a applies to the following countries, if you do not see your county listed here, please check section 4b: Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Estonia, Fiji, Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Taiwan, U.S.A, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia

So here is the list of the fields:

  • Given/First Name(s)
  • Surname(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Mother's Name
  • Father's Name
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Issue Date
  • Passport Expiry Date
  • E-mail address
  • Phone Number
  • Address


Step 4b. While Turkey will allow many countries to only require to fill out the personal information there are exceptions to the rule. For some passports, you are only allowed to apply for an eVisa if you have a Visa from the U.S., U.K, Ireland or Schengen, if not, you must apply for a traditional visa to Turkey. If you are from a country that requires you to have a visa exemption to apply, don't its only a few more details. Instead of seeing the personal information page, you will be taken to a Prerequisites page that will look like the screenshot below:

The following countries should pay attention to step 4b: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe

They want to ensure that you have all the proper data. You can see the questions below from an eVisa application from India:

  • My passport covers the period that I will be staying in Turkey.
  • I can prove that I hold a return ticket, hotel reservation and at least 50 $ per each day of my stay.
  • I am traveling for tourism or business.
  • I have a valid Supporting Document (Valid visa OR valid residence permit from one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK or Ireland).
  • E-visas are not accepted as supporting documents.
  • I confirm that I meet every one of the conditions listed above.

Once you complete that step you will be taken to the personal information page, however, they will ask you to fill out a few more pieces of information based on the visa exemption you have. Take a look below:

While the majority of information asked is the same as the other personal information form, there are few more questions, we highlighted them in bold for you to see what you'll need to have prepared:

  • Given/First Name(s)
  • Surname(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Mother's Name
  • Father's Name
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Issue Date
  • Passport Expiry Date
  • E-mail address
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Type of Supporting Document
  • Supporting Document From
  • Supporting Document Number
  • Supporting Document Expiry Date

Data Control and Email Verification

Step 5. Now that you have completed the personal information, a little popup will appear to ask you if all your data is accurate. Make sure that this data is 100% accurate as you will not be able to update this. Once you submit you will receive an email like this:


Step 6. Once you receive this email you will click approve to verify your email and then you will be taken to the payment portal. As mentioned earlier every country has a different payment amount. The good thing is because Turkey is such a popular travel Destination they accept a multitude of payment options. You can see the complete list of accepted payment vehicles below:


Step 7. This is the scary period, when you just submitted your application and payment, now you wait. For some people that can be a few minutes, for others it could be a couple of days, again it varies on your application. You will find out via email on whether you were approved or not. In case you were not approved, you will be refunded your money, as Turkey only processes payment for approved visas. If you are approved you should get a visa like this.

Once you click download it take you to your application page where you will be able to see your status and download your application.

Step 8. Download your eVisa and you are ready to go! If you are curious what your visaeVisa will look like, you can take a look at the example:


Step 8. So you've just arrived and are ready to have some amazing Doner Kebabs or explore the beautiful countryside of Turkey, but there is one last step and that is immigration.

Once you enter the country you'll be able asked to go through the immigration process. This is where you'll need your eVisa.When approaching the immigration officer, make sure that you have your eVisa ready to present. It is acceptable to have it downloaded on your phone, however, the safest choice is to have it printed off. Tested and Verified eVisa presentation

  • Printed eVisa
  • Downloaded eVisa on phone

Just a heads up, it is very likely that the immigration officer will ask you additional questions, such as

  • Why are you visiting Turkey?
  • What cities will you be in?
  • Where are you staying?

After you pass through the immigration desk, there is a chance your bags will be searched, so please don't carry anything illegal or you could face strict punishment. With all that said and done, you are good to store your eVisa in your luggage and don't need it on hand for the rest of your trip.


So you are guiding isn't enough and you have a few more questions? That's ok, we have you covered. Below are a few of the most common questions we've been asked by other travelers about the eVisa for Turkey

Q. What if I don't enter on the exact date of my eVisa?

A. It depends on when you arrive relative to you eVIsa

  • If you arrive before your eVisa start date, this may be a problem. You will have to apply for an eVisa starting for that date, so you will need internet to go through that process, and if the eVisa isn't processed within a few minutes you will most likely be denied entry
  • If you arrive after the start date of your eVisa you will be fine. The start and end dates allow you to access the country within that period

Q. What's the difference between a single-entry and multiple-entry eVisa

A. The difference between each type of visa is the number of times you can enter the country

  • Single-Entry allows you to only enter the country only once within your visa validity period.
  • Multiple-Entry allows you to enter the country as many times as you want within your visa validity period as long as you stay within your allocated days.

Q. Can I just buy a visa on arrival

A. No. If your country is on the eVisa list you will not be able to buy a traditional visa on arrival, you must buy your eVisa before arrival.

Q. Is it possible to have my eVisa refunded?

A. No, once you make the purchase, that is final. Turkey does not issue any refunds for eVisas.

Q. What happens if I overstay my eVisa?

A. There are quite a few possibilities in terms of what will happen. Potential penalties are listed below:

  • You might be subjected to a fine.
  • You could be deported from the country
  • You could be banned from future travel to Turkey

Q. How much does my eVisa cost?

A. eVisa costs vary by country, please see our widget in the post and select your country to find out how much your eVisa will cost.

Q. How long will my eVisa last?

A. eVisa validity periods vary by country, please see our widget in the post and select your country to find out more information about how long you can stay in Turkey

.Q. I fell in love with Turkey, how can I stay longer?

A. That's great that you love Turkey so much, it's an awesome country. If you want to stay longer you should visit the nearest Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for a residence permit.

Q. I have more questions where can I find out more information?

A. If you have more questions, you should visit the Turkish eVisa info page. It will cover a lot of the information we've already mentioned plus way more! You can visit it here -> https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/

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