Turkey’s New Visa Requirements

As of 29 October 2018, the rules have changed regarding Turkish holiday visas and you will no longer be able to apply for an e-visa at the airport kiosks on arrival into the country. We thought we’d fill you in on a few important things you need to know while planning your trip and before travelling.

How long should my passport be valid for?

The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Turkey. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Who needs a visa?

British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with British Citizen passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.

Ok, where can I get one?

You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-Visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to three months in advance of your travel date. Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

If you have any queries regarding e-Visas call the Visa Contact Centre (details provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

What next?

In case of problems with the computer systems at the Turkish port of entry, print off and carry a paper copy of your e-Visa, or make sure you have an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device to show to the immigration officer.

I’m travelling with children…

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

Important reminder

It’s important to note that failure to obtain an e-visa prior to departure could result in you being refused entry into Turkey, so we recommend securing this as early as possible.

Should you require further information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey