Planning a visit to Turkey this year? The rules and procedures for obtaining a visa to enter Turkey are about to change.
On April 11, 2014, foreign visitors traveling to Turkey will be required to have a visa prior to arrival in the country. If you don’t have your visa, you may be denied entry into the country.
Prior to April 10, a 90-day tourist visa for Turkey is available on-arrival, when you enter the country.
An exception to the visa requirement is made for vacationers arriving by cruise ship — they are allowed entry into Turkey for a maximum of 72 hours without a visa.
Turkey is a popular destination, especially in the summer, due to its rich heritage, relatively low-cost – compared to its neighbor European countries – exotic culture and the increasing availability of flights on Turkish Airlines.
Through the busy summer season, the Turkish government will relax the new visa rules – by providing e-visa kiosks at the airports. These visas come with a higher cost and are only available for tourist visas.
To save money, get your visa before you travel. The process is relative simple: head over to the Turkish Government website, www.evisa.gov.tr, before you travel. The cost is US $20 per person for a multiple entry visa valid for 180 days. Have your passport – with at least six months remaining before its expiry date – and credit card handy before beginning the application process. And be sure to print a copy of your receipt.