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 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.



Representatives of tour operators need to obtain a "Tour Operator Rep." visa. This type of visa is multiple-entry, and allows holders to stay up to 8 months a year without needing a work permit. Please note that this visa can be issued once in a period of 12 months.
Representatives of tour operators who intend to  stay in Turkey for more than 8 months a year or do not fulfil application requirements indicated below and/or provide further documentation that may be requested by Consulate officials upon  "Tour Operator Rep." visa applications will be advised to apply for a work permit.  Those applicants who do not have relevant work experience in the tourism sector or who do not hold degrees/certificates from tourism related education institutions may opt to obtain an “Exemption Document” issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The contents of the “Exemption Document” will be determined by the said Ministry.

The following documents are initially required for a “Tour Operator Rep.” visa application. Please be advised that further documentation may be requested as deemed necessary by Consulate officials.

  • Person who applies for a visa as a tour operator should have relevant work experience / education in this field and provide reference from previous work place. Alternatively, the applicant must provide a certificate of degree / course completion.
  • A letter from the tour operator/travel agency in Turkey addressed to this Consulate. The letter should state the current position of the visa applicant, his/her  purpose of visit and his/her duration of stay (up to 8 months).
  • A copy of Commercial Register Certificate and Registration Certificate of Chamber of Commerce of  the tour operator company in Turkey
  • A letter from employer in the UK including detailed information of employment status and work experience.
  • A copy of employment contract
  • Visa application form "must be filled in full"
    Please click here for PDF or here for MS WORD formats.
  • A passport size photo attached to the visa application form
  • Visa fee (click here to see visa fees)
  • A self-addressed envelope (no stamp is necessary) to receive your passport back by post.( if you wish to have your passport returned by post,  you should submit your documents to this Consulate General at least two weeks prior to the departure date for Turkey)
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Number of tourists visiting Turkey has reached 25 million in 2009. Around 2.5 million of which are British and this figure is expected to continue its upward trend in 2010.

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