Visa Process

Visa Process

Visa requirement, visa application, and authorities

 

1) Foreigners who will stay in Turkey for up to ninety days come to the country after obtaining a visa from the consulates in their original country or the country where they legally reside, indicating the purpose of their visit. The duration of stay in Turkey provided by the visa or the visa exemption shall not exceed ninety days in every hundred eighty days.

2) The visa applications must be made duly in order to be considered.

3) Visas do not provide the absolute right to enter Turkey.

4) Visas are issued by the consulates and, in exceptional cases, by the governorships to which the border gates are affiliated. The applications made to the consulates are finalized within ninety days.

5) The embassies of the Republic of Turkey may directly grant visas to foreign diplomats. These visas are immediately notified to the Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the general visa issuance procedure. These visas are not subject to fees.

6) The ambassadors of the Republic of Turkey may directly grant visas for foreigners when it is deemed beneficial for the interests of the country. Such visas are immediately notified to the Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the general visa issuance procedure. These visas are not subject to fees.


Visa exemption


1) The following foreigners are not required to provide a visa when entering Turkey:
a) The citizens of the country that are exempt from visa by the conventions entered into by the Republic of Turkey or by the decision of the President

b) Those who have a valid residence or work permit as of the date on which they enter Turkey
c) Holders of stamped passports for foreigners that are issued in accordance with Article 18 of the Passport Law No. 5682 dated 15/07/1950 and have not expired

d) those who lost Turkish citizenship by obtaining a renunciation permit within the scope of Article 28 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5901 dated 29/05/2009

2) The following foreigners may not be required to provide a visa when entering Turkey:
a) Those who are to go to the port city among the foreigners in the vehicles that have to use Turkish air and seaports due to force majeure

b) Those who come to seaports and will visit the port city or the surrounding provinces for tourism purposes, provided that their visit does not exceed seventy-two hours


Visas issued at border gates


1) The foreigners who come to the border gates without a visa may be granted visas at the border gates as an exception provided that they can document that they will leave Turkey within the time given.
2) Border visas are issued by the governorships to which the border gates are affiliated. The governorship may transfer this authority to the law enforcement unit assigned at the border. Unless a different period is determined by the President, this visa allows you the right to stay in Turkey for a maximum of fifteen days.

3) Health insurance may not be required for the issuance of a border visa due to humanitarian reasons.

Airport transit visas

The foreigners who will transit from Turkey may be required to have an airport transit visa. Airport transit visas are issued by consulates to be used within a maximum of six months.

Foreigners who will not be granted a visa


a) Those who do not have a passport or a passport substitute document with a validity of at least sixty days longer than the visa duration they requested

b) Those who are banned from entry to Turkey

c) Those deemed to be damaging in terms of public order or public security

d) Those who are the carriers of one of the diseases that are considered as a threat to public health

e) Those who are accused or convicted of felonies that would require extradition of the criminals pursuant to the conventions entered into by the Republic of Turkey

f) Those who do not have valid health insurance covering their period of stay

g) Those who cannot justify their entry into Turkey, crossing Turkey or staying in Turkey

h) Those who do not have sufficient and regular financial means during their stay

i) Those who refuse to pay the amounts arising from a visa violation or a previous residence permit or which are required to be followed up and collected pursuant to Law No. 6183 on the Procedure for the Collection of Public the Receivables dated 21/7/1953, those who refuse to pay their debts and fines followed pursuant to the Turkish Penal Code No. 5237, dated 26/9/2004


Cancellation of visa


1) Visas are canceled by the authorities or governorships that issued the visa in the following cases:
a) Detection of fraud,

b) Detection that the visa has erased, scraped, or tampered content,

c) The owner of the visa is prohibited to enter Turkey,

d) Strong suspicion that the foreigner may commit a crime,

e) The passport or the passport substitute document is forged or is expired,

f) Misuse of visa or visa exemption,

g) Detection that the conditions or documents approving the issuance of the visa are not valid.
2) The visa is canceled in case of a deportation decision is taken regarding the foreigner within the validity period of the visa.

Source: https://www.goc.gov.tr/genel-bilgi35