Turkey has a visa obligation during which the visa for Turkey can only be used within the 180 day validity period. Throughout this period you can make an unlimited number of trips to Turkey. Regardless of the amount of trips, you can only stay in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days, consecutive or spread across multiple trips. If you stay any longer, the validity of the Turkey visa expires and you risk a fine and expulsion.
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Validity period of 180 days
The validity period for the visa for Turkey is 180 days. This 180 day period begins from your preferred starting date, as written down in the Turkey visa application form. Is it going to be a while before you go on your holiday, and don’t want the validity period to expire because you applied for the visa early? Then you can fill in the expected arrival date in the application form. You don’t need to have booked a flight ticket or arranged lodgings to be able to apply for the visa.
If you don’t know exactly when you will arrive in Turkey, then it can be prudent to fill in the first date on which you can possibly arrive. If you arrive later than the filled in arrival date it won’t be a problem. If you arrive earlier, your Turkey visa will not be valid yet, and you will not be allowed to enter the country. For this reason, it is smart to maintain a margin of one or more days. For instance, if you booked your arrival ticket for September 10th, fill in September 8th or 9th as your expected date of arrival. Should your flight be early for whatever reason, you will still have a valid visa for Turkey.
Maximum 90 days in Turkey
Despite the long validity period of 180 days, you can only stay in Turkey for 90 days with a Turkish visa. This can be one consecutive period, but you can also split up this period of 90 days. That is because you are allowed to travel into Turkey an unlimited number of times with your Turkey visa. You can thus stay in Turkey for a single 90 day stay, or 90 one day stays, and everything in between. However, all these trips must be made within the overall validity period of 180 days. This validity term holds for the entire trip, meaning that not only must each arrival date fall within this period, but the final departure date must as well.
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Early expiration of the validity
In all cases, the validity of the Turkey visa expires after 180 days. But this can be shortened in certain situations. This is because you also have to adhere to the requirements set for your passport and ID card. It can occur that the visa is still valid according to the indicated expiration date, but that your passport is valid for less than 150 days. In that case you are no longer allowed to travel into Turkey with your visa. You will have to file for a new passport, and then use that passport to apply for a new visa before you can travel to Turkey again. For an ID card, the only requirement is that it has to be valid for the entirety of your stay in Turkey.
Take note: if you applied for your Turkey visa with your passport, and your passport isn’t valid for the required length of time but your ID card is, you cannot travel to Turkey with this visa. Only if the visa has been applied for with that particular ID card (and the number of the ID card has been filled in during the application), you can travel to Turkey with your visa and ID card, without needing your passport.
What if your Turkey visa has expired?
If your visa has expired, then the validity expires immediately. Likewise, if you stayed in Turkey for more than 90 days, the validity expires. Still want to travel to Turkey again or stay in Turkey for a longer period? Read the page on the expiration and extension of the Turkish visa.
Check for yourself if your visa is still valid
Before you travel to Turkey, it is prudent to check if your e-visa is still valid. This can be easily seen on the visa itself; look for the box marked red in the example below.
Check the validity of the visa for yourself