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Vacations and Holidays in Turkey – how to avoid delays at border control.

English: Turkey Visa Stamp

English: Turkey Visa Stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditionally tourists to Turkey have bought a visa “sticker” at border control. If more than one plane landed at the “same” time the lines for the “visa” desk” could be horrendous.

Turkey has now introduced an e-Visa you can pay for online and print out (a hard copy is required); and it is anticipated that the option of obtaining visa sticker at airport will be withdrawn in Sept/Oct 2013.

To apply, or find out more, Visit the official Turkey E-visa site

With an E-visa you can avoid the visa queue, and simply show your passport and printed visa on entry/exit. Last I heard, the border guard will stamp your passport & write “e-visa” under the stamp (I expect they will soon be issued with stamps specifically for entry by e-visa – saving an extra 2 seconds writing time!).

The E-visa is available for tourism and trade purposes only.

Some tourists report receiving their visa within seconds of applying. At the time of writing (July 2nd 2013) the E-Visa website FAQ states “Your e-Visa will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours after completion of your application.” However, it is a new service, and we have all heard of new websites failing during unexpected peaks in demand – so personally I would want to submit my application at least 3 days before my flight.

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Author: Andy W+


  1. I’m trying to apply for e visas for Turkey but the country of travel is not showing it’s just Turkmeinstan or Turk & Caicos Islands which do I choose?

    • Andy

      August 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hi Kellie,

      I assume you are talking about the “Country/Region” field that says “Select Country/Region of Your Travel Document” on the Turkish Gov visa application page

      I must admit this is confusing – it refers to the country you are from. Most people should just choose the country of their passport. Check out the info on the site as this may not apply to everyone e.g. if you have more than one passport; I think you have to make sure it is the one you will be using on your visit.

      Hope this helps

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