Available Visas To Visit Turkey

June 25, 2021

Incredible architecture, rich history, luxurious vacation spots, and amazing food, yes, we are talking about Turkey. It is cruising, enjoying a hot-air balloon ride, or immersing yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene; there is so much you can do in Turkey. 

But to visit Turkey, you will need a Turkish visa first.

On a general note, the two most important visas available to people to visit Turkey include tourism and business visa. 

Let us examine the available Turkey visas in detail.

Tourist Or Business Visa

This includes visas for tourism, single transit, double transit, commerce or business meeting, conference, festival, exhibitions, sports, cultural art, official visits, and a visit to Northern Cyprus. For the Turkey eVisa, see Natvisa.com.

If the invitation letter is submitted through the Tourism Visa application, it needs to have the following:

  • Inviting individual’s TR ID 
  • Permanent address
  • The list of the invitees
  • Length and purpose of the stay 
  • Contact number
  • And the relationship with the applicant mentioned. 

If the invitee is a company or an institute, a tax registration certificate will also be required. It is also needed that the inviting personnel or organization pledges for covering any expenses and take full responsibility for the individual. The applicant will need to have enough funds to supports the stay.

Turkish Working Visa

This visa is available for special or general employment purposes, assigned academics or lectures, assigned sportsperson purpose, assigned artists, assigned free zone workers, assigned journalists, and montage and repairmen. 

Applicants can apply for a work permit via the consular offices in their origin country to get a working visa for Turkey. 

  • For working in Turkey, you need to apply to a nearby Turkish consulate. Your employer letter, visa application form, and passport are important documents needed for the application. 
  • You will need to submit the required documents to the MLSS or Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security. You will need to get them signed by your employer ten days prior to submitting the final application.

Applications for a work permit are taken in positive or negative by the concerned ministry. The work permit has equivalence to a residence permit. Therefore, when a working permit gets approval by the ministry, the applicant will be required to pay for the entry visa fee, residence fee, and the work permit certificate fee by the Turkish Consular office. 

As the card for the work permit is parallel to the residence permit in Turkey, the visa issued by the offices might only be utilized to enter the country for a maximum of 90 days. The exit is not covered. 

Turkish Student Visa

This includes internship visas, ERASMUS, AISEC, Turkish Language Course Purpose, education purpose, course purpose, or education in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

You will need to enroll in a university, school, or an institution providing a certified language course there for a Turkish student visa. You will also require an acceptance letter from the institute in which you want to study. A student visa is usually valid for one year for an individual wanting to get a single entry. 

Transportation Visa

Another common type of visa for Turkey includes the transportation visa. The people who apply for the visa for transportation might get multiple-entry visas valid for a single year in the case they fill in their required documents in the process. 

The Visa regime for different truck drivers of Turkey might be given different treatment from the general visa regime of a specific nation. 

Official Visa

This visa is allocated to the personnel assigned for duty or courier. 

Other types of visas available to visit Turkey include visas for exploration purposes, documentary purposes, tour operation representation, medical treatment purposes, accompaniment purposes, freight, seafaring, or family unification purposes. 

Visa Entries

Following are the visa types according to entries: 

§  Single Entry Visa 

A single entry visa enables the visa holder to enter the country once. It also allows the individual to stay in Turkey for up to a period of three months. A single entry visa holds validity up to one year from the issue date. 

§  Multiple Entry Visa 

A multiple entry visa allows the visa holder to enter the Turkey border and stay in the country to make multiple visits. The individual can stay up to three months in the country with each visit they get through this type of entry visa. The multiple-entry visas hold a validity of up to five years. 

§  Transit Visa 

A Turkish transit visa holds validity for up to 90 days. With this visa, an individual is permitted to travel through the country’s territory. It is intended for everyone who wants to travel to another country and has to pass through the Turkish territory. In addition, anyone staying overnight in the territory will also need to have this visa. 

Passport Validity For Turkey Visas

Individuals who need to travel to Turkey will require having a travel document with an expiration date of at least two months that goes beyond the last day of their stay in the country. 

According to the international agreements and provisions, the following category is exempted: 

  • Nationals of countries allowed to visit Turkey using their national ID’s according to the European Agreement.

Rules for Turkey Visa

  • For avoiding any inconvenience that might happen due to processing delay, it is suggested to apply for the visa a month prior to the date of intended travel to Turkey. 
  • Visas issued will not guarantee individuals the right to enter Turkey. 
  • The fees for the visa are not refundable and stay non-refundable upon visa rejection.
  • The applicants need to have their medical insurance, which will be valid during their stay. 
  • The visa applications for visits except for business, work, study, or tourism require a visa via a Turkish Representation abroad. 
  • In all different visa application types, the Turkish Consular offices might issue the visas with an optimum duration of stay for three months. However, people wanting to stay more than this time in Turkey will need to apply for the Short Term Residence Permit via the Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration for extending their permission to stay.
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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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One thought on “Available Visas To Visit Turkey

  1. Visitor Visas

    Thanks as well from us, a very useful post that helps in my planning for our visa, starting with checking with the embass tomorrow whether US visas are cancelled at the moment due to COVID. We will see…..I’m a little worried about the processing times nowadays hope it was not affected.


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