A Visa For Turkey

Turkey is a pay-to-staysite. To travel, or to live in Turkey, you need to be a resident or have a visa. A residence requires specific conditions to get a permit and a visa requires that you meet certain criteria. We have found information about each of these situations and make it easy for you to find out more about getting an electronic visa for Turkey.

Turkey Visas Information and Requirements – It is possible to explore Turkey by land, sea and air. For example, it is possible to explore Turkey by air with a visa for Turkey if you arrive on a direct flight from Great Britain. However, this depends on the respective rules and regulations of the country of origin. If you are travelling to Turkey by air then check with your consulate or embassy before you travel. For example if you are coming from the USA, if your flight takes off from one city in the USA to another destination in Turkey, then the plane will land in Istanbul first and it will require passport control in the immigration Hall of the airport. With your passport control document that is given to you at this time, you are allowed to fly into Istanbul only. The immigration officer will stamp your passport with an exit stamp for an indefinite period of time and an entry stamp which will grant access to Turkey. In case there is no plane change, no stopover or no layover between your departing flight (for example London) and your final destination (for example Istanbul), then if your flight takes off from UK directly to Istanbul without any plane change or stopover then yes, you can travel visa free or without a Turkish visa.

General Information About Turkish Visas

It is highly recommended that foreigners, who wish to visit Turkey, should read the related information about our country’s visa regime.

Visa regime for Touristic and Business Purposed visit of a country may differ from Work and Education Purposed visit. Also Turkey’s visa regime may change according to reciprocity principle.

While some applicants may be exempt from visa for their touristic or business visit to Turkey, the others can obtain an e-Visa. All other applicants will need to obtain a visa through Turkish Representations in the abroad.

An information note about visa regime of Turkey is available in the following address: www.mfa.gov.tr

Visa types granted by Turkey are;


a) Touristic Visit
b) Single Transit
c) Double Transit
d) Business Meeting/Commerce
e) Conference/Seminar/Meeting
f) Festival/Fair/Exhibition
g) Sportive Activity
h) Cultural Artistic Activity
i) Official Visit
j) Visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus


a) Assigned for duty
b) Courier


a) Internship Visa
b) Internship ERASMUS
c) Internship AISEC
d) Turkish Language Course Purpose
e) Course Purpose
f) Education Purpose
g) Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus


a) Employment Purpose/Special Employment Purpose
b) Assigned Lecturers/Academics
c) Assigned Sportsperson
d) Assigned Artists
e) Assigned Free Zone Workers
f) Assigned Journalists
g) Montage and Repairman Purposes


a) Archaeological Excavation, Exploration Purpose
b) Documentary Purpose
c) Tour Operator Representative
d) Medical Treatment Purposes
e) Accompaniment Purpose
f) Family Unification Purpose
g) Freight Vısa
h) Seafarer Visa

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