Travelling to Turkey? Don’t forget your Visa!

Turkey is a top holiday destination for many Brits, in fact, last year British nationals made over 2.3 million visits to Turkey and it’s a destination which often makes an appearance on many bucket lists. Turkey is a beautiful country and there are many reasons to visit. It’s a great family friendly destination which has something everyone will love, there are blue flag beaches, adrenaline-fuelled activities, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and breathtaking scenery. 

There are many amazing cities, attractions, and landmarks to see in Turkey. If you’re looking for a few ideas why not consider one of the below?

Ankara – A visit to Turkey wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the capital city. Ankara is a modern city with great transport links making it a great starting point for a backpacking holiday. It’s also a great hub for art and culture with many great museums.

Lake Van – Tradition has it that there’s a monster living in the lake, similar to that of our very own Loch Ness Monster! This vast saline soda lake is the largest in Turkey and is well known for its beautiful blue water and stunning scenery.

Ephesus – An ancient site which is famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Ephesus ruins are well preserved and offer an amazing insight into how things were, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Turkeys most visited attractions.

If you’re heading on holiday to Turkey soon I’m sure you have a checklist of things to consider before travelling to Turkey but did you know that if you’re holidaying in Turkey you need a visa?

Unless you’re a member of a visa-exempt country then you will require a visa for any business or holiday trips. If you’re holidaying on a cruise ship which is due to dock in Turkey you won’t need a visa unless you plan to stay ashore for longer than 72 hours in which case you would need to apply for a visa. You can also stop in Turkey to transfer flights without requiring a visa but you won’t be able to leave the airport while you’re there.

You will require a visa for each person travelling, this includes children so don’t forget to obtain a visa for each individual. If you arrive in Turkey without a visa you will be refused access and will have to return home which would ruin your holiday and could prove extremely costly.

There are a number of requirements you will need to meet to be granted a visa to visit Turkey, the main requirements are:

  • You’re visiting for personal or business purposes
  • You have a valid passport or ID card
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 150 days after your arrival in Turkey
  • You are not permitted to work during your visit
  • You are not permitted to study at a Turkish educational institution during your stay

Your visa for Turkey is valid for a period of 180 days. The 180 days starts on the first day of your arrival in Turkey, as indicated on your online application form. During the 180 days, you are allowed to stay in Turkey for 90 days, these can be consecutive or split into parts. It’s important you stick to the terms of your visa or you could be fined or face expulsion or a ban.

Thankfully, applying for a visa for your holiday in Turkey is quick and can be done online using a company such as Simply head to their website, fill in a quick online form, make the required payment securely and your Turkish visa will be sent to your email address – it really is that easy. If you’ve left it until the last minute and you’re worried about your visa arriving in time you can apply for an urgent visa which can be sent to your email as quickly as 14 minutes! The service is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can order your visa at your convenience whenever you’re ready.

Before your trip, it’s important to read up on the requirements for your visit to ensure you have everything you need so you can have a relaxing and stress-free holiday. It’s also advisable to check the travel advice for the country you will be visiting, you can find travel advice for turkey from the UK government online. Check this regularly before you travel because the advice can change.

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