Important Info about Tourist Visas

Important Info about Tourist Visas

This information is only applies the nationals of the countries who need a visa to visit Turkey.

There are to be some important changes in the way that Tourist Visas are issued this year. Unfortunately there is some confusion as to exactly when the full changeover will happen. Below we give 1. what was the official position and 2. what seems to be a last minute revision. (Our guess is that either pressure from Foreign Consulates and/or a failure to get the infrastructure completed has led to a last-minute change of heart as to the final date but we cannot find definitive information in Turkish or English).

Please visit the website of Ministry for Foreign Affairs for more information about your country’s visa requirements to visit Turkey.

In any case it is important for tour operators, group organisers and travel agents to start including the instructions for obtaining an e-visa in their pre-tour information documents as this will become the quickest and cheapest (the Govt have promised) way to get a Tourist Visa.

1. Please note that the old “sticker” Entry Visa to Turkey which was issued upon at airports & other border crossings will no longer be available as of 10 April 2014. Instead Turkey is changing to an e-visa (online application system).

There will be e-visa kiosks for online visa application at the airports, but we strongly recommend that clients do this at home before their journey.

In order to apply for an e-visa clients need to log on to Electronic Visa Application. On that site applicants provide the requested information and after the application is approved they pay online and download their e-Visa.

Here is a link to the Press Release on this subject.

For tour operators this statement is of interest.
“- Tour operators will be able to apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments for them.”
But we have not yet been given any information as to how this might work.

2. According to a Press Release issued 5th February published on the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in London website…

There is also a later statement which seems to contradict the above information and suggests that the old system will run parallel with the new for 2014.

“However, border authorities will maintain existing procedures for a certain transitional period, to include the 2014 tourism season”

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