How to Get Your Turkish Electronic Visa Online and Avoid the Queue

Picture of the Turkish Electronic Visa (or e-Visa) Procedure.

by Erlend Geerts

in Practical Information, Visa, Money & Safety

The Turkish Electronic Visa (or e-Visa) replaces the famous ‘sticker visa’ starting 2013. And you better get used to it, since the latter will be depreciated on April 10, 2014.

Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. The Turkish online visa procedure is quick, smooth and actually saves you time since you no longer have to stand in line to get your ‘sticker visa’. Let me explain what an e-Visa is, who can get one, and how the procedure works.

Edit: The Turkish Government has released a statement that for the 2014 tourist season, people will still be able to purchase their visa upon arrival, to make the transition to the e-visa system easier. If you arrive in Turkey without a visa, you will be able to obtain your e-Visa via interactive kiosks at Turkish airports.

What Is a Turkish Electronic Visa or e-Visa

Let’s make this clear right from the start: this is only for tourist or trade visas! For other purposes such as work or study, you must apply through Turkish Embassies or Consulates in your country.

Up until now, citizens of certain nationalities were able to travel to Turkey with just their valid passport or identity card, and buy their tourist visa at the border crossing. A sticker was either pasted in their passport or on a piece of paper, hence the name ‘sticker visa’. As of 2013, the government decided to reduce the waiting and queuing times at the different border crossings by introducing the Electronic Visa or e-Visa.

An e-Visa is nothing more or less than applying for (and receiving) your Turkish tourist visa online from the comforts of your home. You go through a series of steps wherein you provide them with the required information, use your credit card to pay for it (instead of cash money upon arrival), and finally print out your visa.

Who Can Get a Turkish Electronic Visa or e-Visa

How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - FailCurrently, citizens of just under 100 countries are eligible to get an Electronic Visa. Since countries are added and removed over time, please check to see whether citizens of your country are currently eligible for an e-Visa.

If the rules for your country do not include the words ‘e-Visa’, then you are either exempt from visa or you need to visit the nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate General for visa application. If you do try to use the electronic visa application, you’ll get the screenshot on the right.

How Can I Get My Turkish Electronic Visa or e-Visa

First of all, let’s assume you either carry an ordinary passport or an identity card. If you’re not sure about your passport type, here you can read the difference between an official and an ordinary passport.

There are nine simple steps to complete. Please make sure to have the necessary documents and a valid credit card handy.

Step 1 – Open up your preferred browser and go to The website is available in many languages.

Step 2 – Click at the upper left on ‘Apply now’. Select the country and the passport or identity card (of the chosen country) you will be using. Also prove you’re human by typing the displayed letters and/or numbers. Then click on ‘Save and Continue’
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 2
Step 3 – Enter your arrival date. At this point, you will get quite a bit of important information: how long your visa will be valid, where you can enter the country once or multiple times during this period, how much it will cost you, and how you will pay for it (see arrows). Press ‘Save and Continue’ to proceed or simply close your browser if you don’t like what you see.
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Step 4 – Enter your personal data. All fields are obligatory. I strongly urge you to use the date pickers to enter the respective dates. This way you’re sure you use the correct format (if not you need to redo it). Also, disregard white spaces or special characters (like – ) if they are used in your passport or identity card number. Press the button at the bottom to continue.
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Step 5 – Once you see this screen, all data has been accepted and you are good to go. You have one last chance to review the information you provided. Take your time to check it all. A small mistake may cause big problems at the border! Click ‘Edit’ if you need to change something, ‘Verify’ to submit and continue.
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 5
Step 6 – At this point, your application as been submitted, and an email has been sent to you to verify whether you really applied. Check your email immediately. If you didn’t receive anything within a minute, check your spam folder because that’s where mine ended up. If that’s the case, make sure to tell your email service that mails sent from this sender are not spam, because you will get one more down the road.
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 6
Click on the approve button to verify your email address. If you can’t see the button, make sure you tell your email service to show all images for this email.
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 7
Step 7 – After clicking the verify email button, you’ll be taken to the payment page. Enter the necessary information, and proceed by clicking ‘Make Payment’.
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 8
Step 8 – Once your payment has been approved, you’ll get a notification that your e-Visa has been sent to you. This is not true. You just received an email with a button to download it. Don’t bother waiting for it, and download the visa (in pdf format) right from the current page. Make sure you know where you save it because you will need to print it out. In case you fail to download it, no worries, you can always download it again via the link provided to you by email.
How to get a Turkish Visa or e-Visa online - Step 9
If this is a business trip and you need an invoice, first download the actual visa, then press the invoice button.

Step 9 – The final step: open the saved/downloaded pdf document and print it. In my experience, it doesn’t matter whether it’s in color or just black and white. But make very sure you take it with you, and keep it on you together with your passport or identity card (whatever you chose while applying) during your stay.

Can I Make Bulk Applications?

Unfortunately, at this point you can not. Only tour operators can apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments for them. And that’s the only drawback to this Electronic Visa system I must say. Sure, it looks a lot when you go over the nine steps above. But it is actually smooth sailing and takes less than 5 minutes. But, when coming with a family of four, you need to do this process four times. Let’s hope future updates will eliminate this.

What's Next

Nila August 16, 2013 at 6:03 am

I used this and it’s so easy and fast, it’s great!

Brad Carle August 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

I prefer to just carry my iPad and have all visas, pre-purchased entry tickets etc. loaded on to the iPad rather than carry paper.

Have you heard of anyone having trouble with this in relation to the eVisa?

Erlend Geerts August 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi Brad,

That’s a good question, to which I unfortunately have no answer. You could contact them and ask via their website.

You could also print it out as a backup plan, and give it a try. If you share your experience with me, I’ll be glad to post it here for future visitors.

Kind regards,

scott February 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

You dont need to print it. I showed them the visa on my ipad and had no problem entering with out a printout.

Sander September 4, 2013 at 12:40 am

I didn’t know about this new rule that’s come into existence this year. I applied online (my flight is next week) but when entering the credit card details it comes up with an error message. I have tried 4 different cards and they should all work. I called them and the only thing they can do is advise me to send them an email. I asked and it might take them a week to respond, so I might not make my flight. I hope this encourages other people traveling to Turkey to apply on time for their evisa.

Erlend Geerts September 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Sander,

No need to panic. The sticker visa is still valid for the time being.


Hazel September 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I went to Turkey for 90 days and came back early september. I want to return for a week in october but my current visa doesn’t run out til November. Can I buy a new visa or do I have to wait til my current one expires?

Erlend Geerts September 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Hazel,

Good question.

If your previous obtained visa is one with multiple entries, then you’re good to go. Just make sure that your passport has a validity of at least 90 days beyond your stay.

If you have a single entry visa, this visa will no longer be valid since you already entered the country with that one.

In that case, I suggest you contact the visa department with the mail address mentioned on that website, because different rules apply to different countries. There may be a period of time that has to be between two applications.

Kind regards,

Devi September 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for this site and all the wonderful information.
I hold an Indian passport and have a US green card. From the visa requirements, I understand that I can get a single entry visa either online or at the Turkish airport.

However, here’s my issue: I’m flying into Istanbul, will be there for around 4 days, then I’m visiting Austria for 4 days and then heading back to Istanbul for couple days and then finally back to the States.

This would be multiple entries i’m thinking. Could I do the following:
1) Get my first single entry visa online before departing from US to Istanbul.
2)Get another single entry visa at the Turkish Airport when I return from Austria back to Istanbul?

If I were to apply at the consulate for a multiple entry visa, the cost is 200 dollars (yikes!). I’m trying to see if I can avoid paying such a high fee.
Thanks in advance,

Erlend Geerts September 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Hi Devi,

I’m afraid you better play by the rules. There usually has to be some time between two visa applications. And cheating fines may be much higher than the initial visa fee.

Kind regards,

Jenni van Huyssteen September 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Was very lucky to have a friend who told me about this option, and was delighted to find that as a South African, I can not only get my visa online – but it’s FREE!! 😀 It took literally five minutes, and I was downloading my visa onto my laptop!! Could NOT believe how quick and easy it was – as a South African we usually have to jump through so many hoops to get a visa – was a really pleasant surprise to find that it was so easy. This will be my first visit to Turkey – but with the ease of visa issue, it will most DEFINITELY NOT be my last!! :-) 10/10 to Turkish immigration!!

Jenni van Huyssteen September 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

OH – and the visa is multiple entry for 6 months!!! :-)

Trang September 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm


I stumbled upon your post while researching about the e-visa. I’m qualified for all criteria (travel as a tourist, US visa holder), but what’s been bugging me is the requirement to have a roundtrip flight ticket by Turkish Airlines. Do they strictly enforce this rule? I’m planning to go to more than one country during my trip in Europe, and most of them are towards Western Europe anyway, so it would be a pain if I have to take an extra flight from somewhere in Western Europe to go back to Turkey, just to take another flight back to the US. And it’s more expensive to fly Turkish Airlines too.

Erlend Geerts September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hi Trang,

You don’t need to have a round trip ticket, you just need to have an inbound and outbound ticket, with any airline of your choice.

Alternatively, as long as it lasts, you can still have the sticker visa.

Kind regards,

Brian September 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Great post, thanks for all of the helpful information on your website. I want to get your thoughts/insights on the following:

I have a layover in Istanbul for 8 hours and 40 minutes (arriving close to 5AM), and I am hoping to get a better sense for how much time I will be able to actually spend in the city.

I already have my e-Visa (I am a US citizen catching a connecting flight back to the States). I am anticipating time to be eaten up by transport to/from the airport, customs (my only baggage would be my carry-on…), and security check-in.

Many thanks,

Erlend Geerts September 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Hi Brian,

Could you tell me the day too. Traffic varies a lot according to the day of the week.


Brian September 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm


I will be arriving the morning of Thursday, December 12th. Not sure if the month influences anything.


Erlend Geerts October 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hi Brian,

Since you arrive that early, and depending how long border control will take, you may be ready before the metro opens. But to win time, at that time of the day, you should be in Sultanahmet in 20 minutes or so by taxi.

As for the return, you may indeed consider taking the tram – metro combination which will take you to the airport in about an hour. This way you don’t have to worry about traffic jams and the start of rush hour.

Kind regards,

Canna October 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Dear Erlend Geerts

It’s amazing article, thank you for your sharing and nice illustration. This article really induces me to make a short trip to Istanbul. However I have question concerning the Turkish e-visa. I am from Vietnam and currently I am studying in Germany so I am holding resident permit in Germany, thus I think I am qualified for the Turkish e-visa, isn’t it?

Furthermore, how about the Turkish airline round trip ticket? Can I use another airlines instead? Could you please explain for me about “inbound ticket” and “outbound ticket”?

Best regards

Erlend Geerts October 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Hi Canna,

Having a residence permit for Germany doesn’t really count, since everything is based on your passport. Assuming your passport was issued by Vietnam, you’ll have to follow the rules applicable for that country. And yes, as it shows on this Turkey e-visa flight shortlist, you will have to fly with Turkish Airlines to make use of the e-visa.

Kind regards,

Mona November 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

Dear Erlend

My country is Egypt and I am eligible to apply online for the e-visa because I am over 45 years and additionally holds a valid schengen visa. However, I like to have the sticker visa on my passport up on arrival to Ataturk Airport. So, my question is: Are the same conditions of eligibility and pre-requisites still applied to the sticker visa? and Can I still get the sticker visa at the airport with the same conditions? or I MUST apply and get the e-visa in advance before arrival?. What do you think?

Your reply to this will be highly appreciated.
Best wishes.


Erlend Geerts November 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Hi Mona,

The e-Visa replaces the old sticker visa. During the summer they had both systems working parallel, but the last time I was at the airport I no longer saw the sticker visa stand. Maybe they moved its location, or abolished it all together.

And even if it’s still there, at one point it will be discontinued. I would go girl the e-Visa and play safe. Alternatively, you can contact the Turkish representation in your country, but I’m sure you’ll get the same answer.

Kind regards,

Mike Smith November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am


I will be leaving for international travel from the United States and will have about 20 hours of layover time in Instabul airport. I would like to get out of the airport and check out a few places during that time. Can I still buy the sticker visa when I arrive at the airport or do I have to get it through e-visa?

Erlend Geerts November 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hi Mike,

In that case I would certainly go for the e-visa. It’s the quickest way.


Alpha Amadu Barrie November 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi,i have been to Istanbul last year November,but my visa has expired.i want to apply for an e-visa but i do not have a credit card ;i only have d cash at hand.what can i do.
Secondly,can someone be denied to get the visa after the application?

Erlend Geerts November 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hi Alpha,

You can only get an e-visa with a credit card. It doesn’t have to be yours though, you can also use one if a friend or relative.

For the time being, you can still get the sticker visa upon arrival in Istanbul and pay cash. But this service will be depreciated at some point.

Kind regards,

Robert November 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm


I was wondering, do you still get stamps in your passport when you have an e-visa?


Erlend Geerts November 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi Robert,

Yes you do.


Dayo November 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

hello Erlend,
i heard an information that one of the E.O.C.D countries visa must be on the passport before i can be allowed into turkey at the port of entry.For example, i am using Nigerian passport and living in south Africa.Do i have to apply for any of the E.O.C.D countries visa on my passport before i could be granted entry at the port of entry?


Erlend Geerts November 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Hi Dayo,

It’s impossible for me to comment on every specification for every country in the world. If you’re in doubt, contact official Turkish representation in your country.

Kind regards,

Mudit November 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm


I am trying to get an e-visa for Turkey, but have hit a road block. After I save & continue from the page shown above as ‘step 3’ – I am taken to a page where I am asked to accept the following conditions:

1. I hold travel documents in accordance with my travel purposes. (Return Ticket, Hotel reservation, adequate financial means (U.S. $ 50 for each day))
2. I am travelling for the purpose of tourism or business.
3. I hold a valid and legitimate passport and it is valid for a period of time, allowing me to return at the least
4. I hold a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa (except for electronic visas) from any of the OECD member countries; or I have a valid residence permit of a Schengen or OECD country.
5. I confirm to have read all the clauses carefully and to agree with them all.

Unless I accept all 5, I cannot move forward. Unfortunately, I am not travelling to any OECD country nor do I have Schengen visa. As per Point 4, listed above, I cannot move forward with my e-visa application without accepting all 5 conditions and in my case, I can’t accept condition number 4.

I would really appreciate if you could help me with this.

Thanks and regards,

Mudit Aggarwal
New Delhi, India

Erlend Geerts November 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

Hi Mudit,

Actually, you didn’t hit a road-block or dead end. These are the requirements for people holding your country’s passport to get an e-visa.

If you can’t meet these requirements, you better contact Turkish representation in your country to enquire how you can get a visa.

Kind regards,

Rana L. December 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thank you very much for your thorough description and help for all of us.
We (US passport holders) received our e-visas to Turkey and it is valid from Dec 12 and on for 180 days. This would be our first entry. We thought we would be flying in Dec 12, but we are now facing delays and will not be flying in till Dec 30. We are using Turkish airlines all the way. Do we have to get and pay for new visas to Turkey?
Thank you very much for your Assistance.

Erlend Geerts December 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hi Rana,

To my knowledge, there is no need to get new visas. As long as your visa is valid for the time you’ll be here and your passport is valid for 6 months, there should be no problem.

Kind regards,

Arinze zeno December 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

Hi please want to know if the turkish sticker visa is still acceptable to enter into turkey by nest year(2014)without any addisional visa

Erlend Geerts December 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm


Since I don’t work for the Turkish government, there is no way for me to say when it will actually be abolished. It could be tomorrow, or next spring. Play safe and take your e-visa. Many friends and relatives of mine have done it before, and they all confirm … a walk in the park. Not in the least because it mentions clearly what documents you need to have based on the passport you’re traveling with.

Kind regards,

Roes December 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Great article on your site. I was considering getting visa on arrival, however since you mentioned it just takes 5 minutes i rather do it online.

Modupe December 13, 2013 at 5:07 am

Can one re-apply for another Turkish e-visa when the initial unused e-visa remains few days to expire?

Erlend Geerts December 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Modupe,

That’s a good question. I would just give it a try. If the system allows you to do it, then there shouldn’t be a problem.

Kind regards,

e-Visa Support Desk January 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

It is possible to apply for another e-Visa when you already have an unexpired one.

Jeean Claude December 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Dear Erlend,
I so much enjoy this procedure because it reduces the stress of long line waiting.
I am in Cameroon and have applied for the e-visa application, can you advised me of what to do from there? After obtaining the e-visa do I need to go to the embassy in my country or should I just proceed to the airport for my travel?
I intend to travel by January 2014 to Istabul for a business trip of 15 days.
Your response will be of great used to me just like your article.


Erlend Geerts December 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hi Jeean Claude,

As soon as your e-visa is processed (a matter of minutes) you should receive an email. Just print it out and take with you. Upon arrival, give it to the border control official, together with your passport. That’s it.

Kind regards,

Edward December 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

i just got my e-visa today,and i intended 2 travel to turkey on the 23rd dec,i already got my ticket…2 my surprise,i made a huge mistake.the date of arrival in turkey on my e-visa is 27th and it also says my visa is valid from 27th..can i still travel on the 23rd since i already got my ticket??

Erlend Geerts December 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Hi Edward,

For such cases you better contact Turkish representation (consulate or embassy) in your country.

Good luck,

e-Visa Support Desk January 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

In such cases, you need to apply for another e-Visa.

Sam December 31, 2013 at 2:02 am

I have just been conned by a visa website purporting to be a Turkish visa website:

It was the top of the Google search list. I put in all my passport, address and bank card details. Feel like a fool now, but I’ve just cancelled my card, so hopefully the payment won’t go through. I’ve still got a concern about identity theft though. Not sure what I can do about that. They’ve got my info now.

Just a warning to others out there. I am rather surprised that there is so little information online about scam visa websites, but at least now I am wiser.

Erlend Geerts January 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Hi Sam,

Sorry to hear about that. And for all other visitors, please only use the official site, as mentioned in our article.

Kind regards,

Daniel January 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

The evisa page is very explanatory and even understandable. And,so I really commend your efforts( to the core). Merry new year. Thanks

Ash January 5, 2014 at 12:32 am

I live in Canada and hold a British Passport. I am going to Europe via Istanbul on Feb 8 – just transiting in Istanbul for 6 hours. Then returning again to stay in Istanbul for a few days a week later.
For e-visa, do I apply as of Feb 8 or Feb 16… I am only going to be there for a week. I am thinking Feb 8 – just incase I need to get out of the airport and then when I return a week later, I would still be OK as the e-visa are multi entry valid for 90 days from the first entry.

Just want to make sure my thinking is correct.

Erlend Geerts January 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hi Ash,

Yes, if e- visas for British passport holders are multi entry and valid for 90 days, I would go for February 8 as the start date, just in case.

Have a nice trip,

Mahgul January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Hi my husbands passport has valid E.O.C.D visa but his passport is valid for 3 months instead of 6. will he be able to enter turkey?

Erlend Geerts January 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

No, the passport validity is important.

Nick P January 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

what happens in the case of a child of a single parent in the “fathers name ” box on the form?

Erlend Geerts January 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Well, in Turkey a child’s father and mother name are written on their identity cards and passports. Western countries don’t have that custom, so I would just fill in the name and don’t worry too much about that.

Kind regards,

e-Visa Support Desk January 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

In the application form father’s and mother’s names are optional. You can leave them blank and proceed with the application.

Cheryl January 7, 2014 at 1:10 am

Haven’t seen the answer to the following question: Is this e-visa only for those flying in or land border crossings as well?

Erlend Geerts January 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

From what I understand from there website, the e-visa can be used for any border crossing in Turkey. If you want to be 100% sure! contact them through the website or ask Turkish representation in your country.

Sharon January 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

Hi Erlend,
If arriving mid afternoon on a Wednesday (3:45), how long will it take to convert my e-visa to a regular visa and go through border control? Are these two separate lines?
BTW, I just did two e-visa’s for my sister in law and my self and it was very easy and secure.
Many thanks for all your information above.

Erlend Geerts January 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Sharon,

There is no need to convert your e-visa to a regular visa. The e-visa is your visa. Just show the print out along with your passport or identity card (depending on your country) to the border control officers, and you’re good to go.

Kind regards,

Donna c January 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

As per the FAQ on the government site, stocker visas will no longer be available as of April 10, 2014. Helpful info for those desirous of one last sticker!

Erlend Geerts January 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hi Donna,

Thanks for sharing. It’s indeed official now, April 9 is the last day you can get the sticker visa.

Kind regards,

ALEX January 14, 2014 at 12:44 am

May I print the E-visa and stick to my passport?

Erlend Geerts January 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi Alex,

No, I wouldn’t do that. Just bring both separately.


Gezim January 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Can’t thank you enough for this page and all you doing. I sincerely hope that you are somehow being compensated ( monetarily or otherwise) for your good deeds. Anyhow. Thanks to you , I learned that american citizens need a visa to enter Turkey. Who knew ?! Now my question: Will spend around 20 hours in Istanbul on our way back from Europe to the States. March 31- April 1. A friend of mine just E-mailed me to stay away from the Taksim area around that time because some local elections being held and the possibility of unrest. Wonder if you heard anything ? Thanks again and keep up the great work. Bless your heart.

Erlend Geerts January 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hi Gezim,

Thanks a lot. Well, it’s hard to predict. Taksim Square is both the place where people like to demonstrate and celebrate.

It’s true there are elections then, but I don’t think there will be any activity on the square then. But in case you see something building up, use common sense and leave.

Kind regards,

adrian.bell February 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I filled in the form for the E Visa on line and waited for the e mail. I did not get the e mail and no answer from the contact e mails on the web site. The monies went out of my bank and I have no Visa. Can anyone help

Erlend Geerts February 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Adrian,

Two questions: did you use the official site as mentioned in the article: Also, did you check your spam folder, just in case?

If the answer to both is yes, then I suggest contacting the e-Visa support desk (make sure you attach a copy of your credit card slip for the purchase) and explain your situation at

Kind regards,

john jones February 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

hi I go on holday in june will this new new visa affect me, do all holiday makers have to have 1, iff so will the travel agents sort it out for me thank you

Erlend Geerts February 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Hi John,

Most people need a visa to enter Turkey. The government just released new ways of obtaining one. Since you’re set to go in June, check this page in a few days, and you should see the latest updates.

Kind regards,

Usman February 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I wanted to know that, I have a Valid E-Visa for Turkey from 20-02-2014 till 18-08-2014. My Schegen Visa will expire on 14-03-2014.

My Question: –

Can I travel to turkey After 14-03-2014 i.e. Date of Expiry of my Schegen Visa ? Or should I consider my date of Expiry of E-Visa 14-03-2014.



Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

Hi Usman,

I’m not an expert on the matter, but your Schengen visa doesn’t really matter I guess. You have a Turkish visa, so as long as your passport is valid for 6 months longer, you’re good to enter.

Kind regards,

Jay February 7, 2014 at 9:07 am


Is this E-Visa a multiple entry visa or single entry one?


Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

This depends on your country of origin. It says so when you apply.

AHMED February 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I have a valid Schengen Visa (single entry) and a valid Turkish Visa also (single entry).
I will be traveling from Ghana to Italy and would like to stop in Turkey before and after Italy.

Can i apply for the Turkish E-Visa online so that i use the e-visa to enter Turkey, then i continue to Italy.
Later when returning from Italy on my way back to Ghana, i wanted to also stop in Turkey for a few days, can i later use my Turkish sticker visa on my return.

I thought of it that maybe if i stop first in Turkey i can enter with my Turkish Sticker Visa and later when returning from Italy, i can apply for the E-visa but why i am not sure is because by then my Italy Schengen Visa wont be Valid anymore.

In this case i am afraid if i apply for the e-visa online it may cancel my current valid single entry sticker visa.

please advice.

Many Thanks

Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Hi Ahmed,

Sure, buy your evisa online. Based on the type of issue you obtained (single or multiple entry), you can either use the same visa on the way back, or buy another one for your second layover.

Kind regards,

Giselle February 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hello Erlend, first off, my compliments on the service of answering people’s questions so adequately. And second, I am hopeful that you may be able to answer my question as I haven’t found anyone yet who could. I am currently in Turkey and wonder when I can apply for a new (e-)visa (EU passport). My 180 day visa actually expires before the 90 days run out.
-180 day visa expires this month, Feb
-90 days of total stay in Turkey expires second week of March
-Immigration appointment second week of April.
1. Do I leave the country when the 180 days expire for a day and come back with an e-visa staying the remainder of my 2 weeks (when the 90 days expire) or
2. Can I leave till everything is expired and get a new 180 day e-visa and another 90 days to make it to my appointment in April? I prefer not to overstay more than a week and the first option has me overstaying for a month.

Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Hi Giselle,

As you may have noticed, the people from the official e-visa service have been so kind to offer advice here too from time to time. Since your question is so special, I just approved it so they can see it and maybe help you out.

If you don’t see their answer before the end of the week, let me know.

Kind regards,

Linh February 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Hi Erlend,

I booked the flight with transavia first before I noticed my country was in the list of citizen from those had to fly with Turkish airline.

Can I get a visa on arrival then? I’ll be there in the beginning of April 2014.

Thank you very much for your advice.

Best Regards,


Erlend Geerts February 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hi Linh,

Yes, you can. They extended the sticker visa including the 2014 tourist season.

Kind regards,

Diane February 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi Erland
My husband and I are travelling to Turkey for a two week holiday 27th April returning to the UK 11th May. We have also booked another two week holiday starting 17th October returning to the UK 31st October. On applying for our e-visa it says the Visa will be valid from 27/4/14 to 23/10/14 does this mean it will run out whilst we are on our October holiday? If I put an earlier starting date will it start from then or on entrance in to Turkey? We will only in Turkey for a total of 4 weeks out of 52. Any advise would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Erlend Geerts February 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hi Diane,

For these type of questions, you better contact the authorities, because you certainly don’t want to be in Turkey with an expired visa.

Kind regards,

Diane February 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thanks so much for your reply. I have contacted the Turkish Consulate in London and this is their reply:- The sticker visa obtained at the port of entry in Turkey or e-visa will grant you 90 days stay with multiple entry to Turkey starting from the date of issue. (eg: visa issued on 5 May 2014 expires on 2 August 2014). I emailed them back to say this is not what it says on the e-visa website and could they advise but they have not replied. I have just sent a message via the contact us section on so hopefully I will have an answer soon. I so hope we won’t have to cancel one of our holidays!
Once again thanks so much for getting back to me its very much appreciated.
Best Regards

Ema February 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I have a problem with my e-visa application. My surname has a special character Ć in it, so is there maybe a problem with that?
Otherwise, how much does sticker visa cost, and where I can buy it?
Thank You for Your answer.

Erlend Geerts February 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hi Ema,

If it doesn’t accept your name with that special c (which I doubt), then type the Latin c. But my guess is that something else may be wrong with your application.

Kind regards,

AHMED February 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Dear Erlend,
Kindly Advice.

I hold a Valid Italy Schengen Visa with details as follows;

Number of Entries: One / Single
Duration: 15 Days
Valid From: 8th March – 6th April, 2014

Hopefully i will be in Italy from 8th March until 16th March.
I will like to visit Istanbul for 4 Days from 16th March until 20th March.

In this case, can i still apply for the Turkish E-Visa Online.

My worry is that, if my single entry Schengen Visa has already been used, will the validity of my visa still be valid (i.e: 8th March – 6th April 2014) .

Does it disqualify me from applying for Turkish Online E-visa or it doesnt,
so far as the validity of my Schengen is still valid.

Kindly Advice.
Have a good day!

Erlend Geerts February 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Hi Ahmet,

You’re confusing two things I guess. Your Schengen visa will allow you to enter Italy. That visa has nothing to do with Turkey, which is not a Schengen country. To enter Turkey, you’ll need the e-visa.

Kind regards,

Ankit Agarwal March 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I dont think he is confusing two things Erlend, He must be having a “valid” Schengen visa as a requirement for the evisa. As his Schengen visa is single entry it does not remain valid once he exists Schengen area, at the time of entry into Turkey he doesn’t fulfil the requirements.

Erlend Geerts March 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hi Ankit,

Thanks for clearing that up.

Kind regards,

Leyla Nahmias February 21, 2014 at 12:32 am

I have made a mistake while I was applying for a visa:
I have repeat my request TWICE and have been charged TWICE.
My passport No. E4013775 Ref. 7QX-3J78.

Erlend Geerts February 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Hi Leyla,

We are not related to the government, simply promoting Istanbul and giving the best possible advice to Istanbul visitors. Please use the contact information on the official e-visa website for any issues you encounter.

Kind regards,

russ moore February 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

hi Erlend Geerts
my parents are divorced and my mother has a different surname now to when i was born which name do i use on application form?
many thanks in advance for your great work
thanks again

Erlend Geerts February 24, 2014 at 7:17 am

Hi Russ,

Use the name that is written on your passport. The name on the e-visa and the name in your passport should be the same, and is exactly what they check at the border control.

Kind regards,

Alina March 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hi! I am from Moldova and i took E-visa on 31st of December 2013, valid until 28 of june 2014. It is written Multiple Entrance on it. I had a trip to Turkey from 31st of december 2013 until 7 of January 2014. Can i travel again in Turkey in March with this visa, for 20 days, or i need to take another one?

Erlend Geerts March 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Yes, you can.

Hana March 6, 2014 at 7:32 am

Hi, I hold original Vietnamese passport and have valid Schengen residence permit. For E-visa they require round trip ticket by Turkish airline, but I only can buy inbound and outbound flight ticket by another airlines. Is it acceptable do you think?
And as I travel onwards, is it possible to get e-visa with one-way ticket to Turkey? or i there other way for me to get a visa?
Thank you. :)

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