U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey for tourism or short-term business purposes are required to obtain a visa (e-Visa). This e-Visa, an electronic authorization issued by the Turkish Government, allows entry into the country. Functionally equivalent to a conventional visa, the e-Visa can be conveniently acquired online and does not necessitate a stamp or label in the passport.
To qualify for an e-Visa, U.S. citizens must meet the following criteria:
- Hold a passport that is valid for at least six months upon entry with one blank visa page.
- Provide proof of sufficient funds for their stay.
- Show evidence of onward/return flights.
- Present proof of hotel reservation.
- Carry all documents necessary for the next destination.
- Comply with all requirements stated on the e-Visa Order Form.
U.S. citizens can conveniently apply for an e-Visa through the official website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr.
Additional Requirements for Extended Stays
If you intend to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, you must obtain a residence permit after arriving in the country. This rule applies to any reason for staying, including tourism. You can acquire residence permits via the Directorate of General of Migration Management (DGMM) website.
Certain exemptions apply to the visa requirements. For instance, U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey on a cruise ship can enjoy a visa exemption for 72 hours.
It’s important to remember to adhere strictly to Turkish visa regulations and always maintain valid residence permits. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy cannot assist with Turkish immigration or visa-related matters.
Furthermore, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your entry date into Turkey. By abiding by these guidelines and requirements, U.S. citizens can enjoy a smooth, hassle-free journey to Turkey.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an e-visa?
An e-Visa is an electronic authorization from the Turkish Government that allows foreign nationals to enter the country for tourism or short-term business purposes. It is equivalent to a visa, but no stamp or label is placed on the passport.
Can US citizens obtain visas on arrival?
Indeed, U.S. citizens are eligible for the Turkey Visa on Arrival. However, we strongly recommend applying for the Turkey E-Visa ahead of time. Typically, obtaining a Visa on Arrival in Turkey tends to take longer compared to the E-Visa process.
How long can a US citizen stay in Turkey on a tourist visa?
90 days. The length of stay provided by visa or visa exemption cannot exceed 90 days within each 180 days. If you wish to stay longer, you need to apply for a relevant visa directly at the Turkish embassy.
For how many people can I create a family application?
Family applications can be created for 2 to 10 applicants.
How long before my travel date should I apply for e-Visa?
You can apply for your e-Visa any time before your travel. However, you are advised to create an e-Visa application at least 48 hours before your departure.
How long does it take to get a Turkish e-visa?
It usually takes between 1 hour and 24 hours.