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Turkey Visas for Travelers

6/20/2010

Do You Need a Visa to Visit Turkey?

The visa system for Turkey can be both relatively simple and mind-bogglingly complicated at the same time! 

There is no one size fits all approach, with the availability of visas, type of visas, the cost and length of visas all different depending on your nationality. Some nationalities, for instance, do not need a visa of any kind – tourist or otherwise – to enjoy a holiday in Turkey, while others need to gain special permission from the Turkish Consulate before even entering the country! 

The good news is that if you are American, or British, you DO need an entry visa to visit Turkey but can secure one relatively easily.  You may contact the Turkish consulate in your country before you travel, or, even easier, just turn up at any Turkish airport and pay a small fee to secure a 90 day multiple-entry visa there and then.

This type of multiple-entry visa allows you to holiday in Turkey for up to 90 days but you are not allowed to work (paid or unpaid), reside, study or establish a business in Turkey during that time. A multiple-entry visa also means that you can enter and leave the country as many times as you want within those 90 days.

Important note: If you plan to do this, make sure you do not overstay your welcome! The 90 days must cover you for the ENTIRE time you are in Turkey, and not just parts of that time. The penalty for over-staying your visa can be a fine (which increases depending on the time spent over the time limit), potential deportation and in some cases, a ban on returning to the country. This ban can be anywhere between three months and five years.

Other nationalities may be given a single entry-type visa. This allows the holder to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days at a time (exact length of time depends on nationality) but expires the second that you leave the country. If you wish to re-enter Turkey again after this time, you must buy a new entry visa regardless of how much time you had left on the old one.


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1. Do You Need a Visa to Visit Turkey?
2. Visa Fees
3. A Guide to Turkish Visas by Country
4. Visa Tips


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