You’ll Now Need a Visa Before Flying to Turkey

As visa-issuing kiosks are being scrapped from Turkish airports, travelers are advised to apply for an e-Visa before boarding their flights to Turkey.

Hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Central Turkey.

If you’re planning to jet set to Istanbul, Ankara, and other destinations in Turkey, be prepared to obtain your visa ready ahead of time.

Travelers who require a visa to enter the country can no longer attain their Turkish e-Visa at the airport upon arrival, as the country will be shutting down its airport visa-issuing kiosks. Instead, they can apply for their e-Visa online or a traditional sticker visa via a Turkish Embassy or Consulate, before boarding their flight.

According to the Turkish Government, the average e-Visa processing time takes up just three minutes. Once approved, the e-Visa is electronically linked to the passport.

However, travelers visiting Turkey for reasons other than business or tourism and who plan to stay in the country for more than 90 days, will still need to apply for a traditional visa through an Embassy or Consulate.

More information here.

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