Make sure to check before departure whether you can apply for the e visa Turkey online, or whether your travel purpose requires you to have a physical visa which you need to collect at the Turkish embassy or consulate. The e-visa Turkey can be easily acquired online, even at the last moment. The passport sticker variant needs to be applied to your passport by an employee at the Turkish embassy. To do this, you will need to visit the embassy or consulate. Because making an appointment takes time, it is prudent to make sure beforehand whether you can make use of the e-visa.
What is the e-visa Turkey?
The e-visa Turkey is the electronic variant of the visa which you need to travel to Turkey (see example). Like the passport sticker, it is an official approval by the Turkish immigration service to travel into the country. Turkey is not a member of the Schengen Agreement, which means that the requirements for nationalities to enter the country differ individually. Several countries have made individual agreements with Turkey outside of the Schengen Agreement, allowing them to enter Turkey without needing an e-visa. Before applying, check whether your country is exempt from needing a visa to travel to Turkey.
What is a passport sticker visa?
The passport sticker is a variant of the Turkey visa which you can only apply for by taking your passport to the Turkish consulate. Because this variant is more expensive, takes longer to deliver and has a more complex application procedure, it is advised to only make use of this option if you do not qualify for the electronic variant.
The e-visa has several benefits compared to the passport sticker: it’s easier to apply for, it’s cheaper, and it's granted much faster. There are, however, several requirements to the e-visa Turkey, which do not apply to the passport sticker. That’s why it is prudent to check, before applying, whether you meet all of the requirements for the e-visa Turkey. If this is the case, you can submit your application right away on this website, through the online application form. Take note: whenever this website refers to the visa for Turkey, it refers to the electronic variant and not the passport sticker, unless specifically mentioned otherwise.
The biggest advantage of the electronic variant of the Turkey visa is that it can be acquired entirely online. By simply filling out the online application form and making the payment with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal, you can submit an application at a moment’s notice. You don’t need to visit a counter anywhere to get your e-visa, and can access it anywhere in the world with an internet connection on your laptop or smartphone.
The e-visa Turkey is also cheaper than the regular visa. Your can apply for the Turkish e-visa on this website and pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal, all for just £49.95. There are no additional costs; the price listed is the total price, including application costs, consular costs, and VAT.
The e-visa can be applied for up to the very last moment; with urgent cases it is granted on average within 14 minutes. The physical Turkey visa which you need to pick up at the consulate has a far longer waiting period. Start on time; preferably weeks before departure.
Why apply for a passport sticker?
In certain cases it is not possible to make use of the electronic Turkey visa. This is the case if you do not meet the requirements or if you wish to stay in Turkey longer than the allowed validity period provided by the visa. If this is the case, contact the Turkish consulate to see if you can acquire a passport sticker there.
Apply for the e-visa Turkey
Do you wish to make use of the e-visa Turkey and submit your request right away? Proceed as follows:
- Fill out the online application form
- Make the payment through Visa, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal
- Wait until you receive a confirmation email
- Print the confirmation and take it with you on your trip