Turkey Phasing Out Visa On Arrival

April 28, 2014by Brenda

New E-Visa Regulations beginning April 10, 2014:


Beginning April 11, 2014, the Turkish authorities will start to phase out the practice of providing visas upon arrival at points of entry in Turkey.  Once this program is phased out, all foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions aboard or from the e-visa application system, depending on eligibility.  For a transitional period during the 2014 tourism season, before the program is phased out, foreigners arriving in Turkey without visas will be able to obtain e-visas via interactive kiosks at Turkish airports.  The fee for an e-visa upon arrival, for Americans, is US$30.00.  The fee for e-visas obtained prior to arrival in Turkey is US$20.  Additional information about e-Visas can be found at the official website www.evisa.gov.tr.  PLEASE NOTE:  The e-visa system is only usable for travelers entering Turkey for tourism or commerce.  For any other purpose of travel, the applicant must obtain a Turkish visa in advance from a Turkish diplomatic or consular post. 


Visas obtained at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate cost more and have different validity periods: $60 for single entry visas valid for one year and $200 for multiple entry visas valid for five years.  For all tourism and commerce-related entries the traveler is allowed to remain in Turkey for 90 days within a 180 day period.  More information can be found at the Turkish Consular Information website and at the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website. U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone: (202) 612-6700, or the Turkish consulates general in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or New York.  Information may also be found at Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC. Overseas, travelers may contact a Turkish embassy or consulate.

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