Getting to Istanbul
Passport and visa requirements for entering the Istanbul
– What is e-Visa ?
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within Turkey. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at Turkish missions and at the ports of entry.
Applicants obtain their visas electronically after entering required information and making payments by a credit or debit card (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay).
– What do I need for my e-Visa application ?
You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements.
You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates. As in the case of other visas, respective Turkish officials at the ports of entry reserves the right to deny entry into Turkey to a holder of an e-Visa without any explanation.
– What are the advantages of e-Visa?
An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it saves time that you would otherwise spend on visa applications at Turkish missions or at the ports of entry into Turkey (if you are eligible).
– Do I need to enter Turkey on the exact date specified in my application?
No. The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Turkey on any date within this period.
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– I would like to stay in Turkey for a period of time longer than the e-visa permits. What should I do?
If you wish to stay in Turkey longer than your e-Visa permits, you must apply at local Police Station for a residence permit. Please note that an e-Visa is granted only for tourism and trade purposes.
Application for other types of visa (work visa, student visa etc.) are required to be submitted at Turkish Embassies or Consulates.
If you overstay your visa, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Turkey for a specific period of time.
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