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.
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.
Passport holders are required to have a minimum of six months validity on their passports when they arrive in Turkey.
Travel document holders must apply for visa to this Consulate General and are required to have a minimum of one year validity on their travel documents from the date of entry into Turkey.
Passports or travel documents need to have at least twoconsecutive blank pages.
Third country nationals’ residents, working or studying in the UK are required to have minimum six months residence permit at the date of application.
If you are a visitor in the UK, regardless of your nationality, your application will have to be referred to the relevant Turkish authorities for approval which generally takes minimum six to eight weeks to finalize.
Family members (partners & children) could make their applications at the same time during one appointment. Group applications will not be accepted.
All children under the age of 18 are required to appear at the Consulate with both parents for all types of visa application. If only one parent is able to attend with the child, absent parent should submit his/her official consent approved by a solicitor or notary. For other required documents regarding the visa application of children under the age of 18 please see below.
Payments must be made in cash or by postal order/company cheque (made payable to 'Turkish Consulate General'). Credit/debit cards, personal cheques are not accepted.
Visa fees differ as to nationality and types of visa and are not refundable in case of refusal.
Under normal conditions, visa applications take up to 3 working days to process. However, depending on your nationality and your status in the UK or the type of visa requested, your application may need to be referred to the relevant Turkish authorities for their approval which generally takes minimum six to eight weeks.
Please note that you should submit your visa application no more than 60 days prior to the date of your travel.
Passports can be collected as advised by the Visa Officers. In order to collect your passport, you need to have the collection ticket given on the day of the application/submission.
If you wish to have your passport returned to you by post, you need to provide a prepaid self addressed Special Delivery Signed for envelope (Silver).
Please note that the validity of a visa starts on the day it was granted by this Consulate General unless otherwise specified. Please check your visa before leaving the Consulate.
Turkish Consulate General Visa Department is closed on UK Bank Holidays in addition to Turkish National and Religious Days announced in advance on Consulate website.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. IN THE EVENT AN APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED UNACCEPTABLE AT THE TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT, IF THE APPLICANT CANNOT PROVIDE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION ON THE DAY OF THEIR APPOINTMENT, THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A NEW APPOINTMENT.
Please always bring the original and a photocopy of all supporting documents.
Passport or travel document
One recent (not more than six months old) photograph
You might be asked for reserved return tickets in applicant’s name and accommodationdetails (hotel booking, in the applicant’s name, or invitation letter from your host in Turkey). You are advised not to finalize your travel arrangements before receiving a visa from this Consulate General.
Two months recent bank statements which show at least £ 400 required amount of money as a last balance (plus £40 per day if you stay more than 10 days in Turkey) from a UK account only. Please note that cash is not acceptable as proof.
Evidence of occupation:
If you are a worker/student, an original, recent, signed letter from your UK employer / school / university on official letterhead
If you are self-employed, a letter from a solicitor/accountant verifying your self-employment.
If you work for a family, your most recent P60 and payslips along with employment letter.
If you are receiving benefits/pensions, the recent HMRC benefit/pension letter is required. The letter must show the amount of benefit/ pension.
If you do not work and you are financially supported by your spouse/adult child, please provide your spouse/adult child’s employment/accountant letter, bank statement, passport and marriage/birth certificate (and certified translation if required), original and copy.
Additional documents may be required in every case. All supporting documents must be dated within 60 days of application date. Documents printed from websites/email must clearly show the website address, link or URL from which the document originated.
Documents required for visa application of children under 18 years old: All children under the age of 18 are required to appear at the Consulate with both parents for all types of visa application. If only one parent is able to attend with the child, absent parent should submit his/her consent done by solicitor or notary. For other required documents please see below. (Chose documents are relevant to your application.)
Separate application form for each child. Application form must be filled and signed by both parents.
Original birth certificate (and certified translation of non UK birth certificates) of each child and copy.
Original passports from both parents and copies of information pages for each child.
Adoption decree (with adopting parents’ names)
Court order establishing custody or guardianship.
The absent parent’ written consent done by solicitor or notary and certified copy of passport. The consent must be less than three months old.
A letter of consent from both parents authorising them to travel and stay in a Turkey and appointing the person who will be responsible for them.
Court Order granting sole custody to the applying parent.
Judicial declaration of incompetence of absent parent or
Death certificate of absent parent.
If the parent’s name is not same as child's last name, the documentation that will link parent’s names or link parent to the child (marriage/divorce certificate, court order).