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| Updated on Jul 7, 2016

So Do I Need a Visa To Enter Turkey, Or Not?

All US citizens travelling to Turkey on U.S. passports need a visa. A valid passport and visa is required to travel to Turkey. The passport must have at least 60 days beyond the expiration date of your visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. What does this mean? If your visa is valid for six months then U.S. citizens should have a passport that is valid for eight months beyond entry date.

Passports should have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps. If there is not enough space for entry and exit stamps in your passport, you will be denied entry into Turkey.

All travellers must obtain a Turkish visa from Turkish missions abroad or from the e-Visa application system prior to arrival, depending on eligibility. Apply for an eVisa and save time!

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How do you obtain an eVisa? If you are traveling for tourism or commerce for up to 90 days within a 180 day period, you can apply for an e-Visa online on the following link: or at the e-Visa website or at any Turkish Embassy or Consulate but it will take longer.

There is one exception to the visa requirement: U.S. citizens who are traveling to Turkey by cruise ship are allowed to enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours, with permission given by the local security authorities at the port of entry. Check with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey for current visa information.

What is an eVisa? The eVisa is an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces the “sticker visa” and “stamp-type” visas formerly issued at border crossings. Applicants obtain their Turkey visa electronically after entering required information and making a payment by credit card online.

Turkey eVisa is only valid for tourism or trade purposes. For other purposes such as work or study, an application should be made through Embassies or Consulates. After successful application, the Turkey Visa is e-mailed to the applicant. Applicants must print out their Turkey Visa, show it to airport officials and customs officers and carry it with them at all times during the travel.

The e-Visa's introduced in 2013 are now becoming mandatory. Sticker visas will not be available at border crossings beginning April 10th, 2014. If you needed a visa before, you must obtain it in advance. US citizens do need a visa for Turkey.

The U.S. Embassy will not assist US travelers with Turkish immigration and visa related matters. That’s why if you are a U.S. citizens you are urged to obey all Turkish visa regulations. Given the number of recent incidents in Turkey, the Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, by imposing fines, deporting violators, and banning future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residence permits.

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