and particularly Passports
continually cause problems for many travellers. You only have to watch the many
documentaries on airports and airlines to appreciate this. Some tourists even turn up without a passport!
In the rush to get away on your Turkey holidays( or even on business), it's easy to overlook some things. However, there are 3 things we check, double check, and check again before heading out the door:
MONEY and CREDIT CARDS
you've got these three, you should at least get to your destination. If
you've forgotten your razor or
hairdryer, or even if your luggage went missing, it's not going to ruin your
Turkey holidays. Forget any of the above and you WILL have a problem.If you cannot board your flight, it's not worth worrying about your Turkey visa.So first things first.
Of course its equally important that you protect these 3 things when you are ON your Turkey holidays.The Uk Foreign & Commonwealth Office Web Site(https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad) report increasing losses of passports, costing in excess of £5million per annum. There were over 10,000 "Avoidable" passport losses in 2012; a 300% increase. (Daily Telegraph, 7/8/2013).We can assume that some other countries would have significant losses also.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the travel community in general, give sound tips and advise on looking after your passport and important documents.
Many tourists think that Turkey is in the European Union, and that Turkey visas and passports are not of great importance. That is far from the case. Turkey is NOT in the E.U.,though it has made application to join. Many of it's shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions show prices in Euros, so it's not surprising that some tourists would assume E.U. membership.
At the moment there are many issues to be ironed out regarding Turkey's application for membership, including trade agreements, human rights issues, and particularly the Cyprus issue (Northern Cyprus is under Turkish jurisdiction). So, at the moment Turkey remains outside the E.U.
To obtain a Turkey visa you need a valid ordinary passport with:
Many countries were allowed in with just 3 months expiry, but this is gradually being phased out, notably for countries signed up to the SCHENGREN Agreement;6 months will probably be the European standard. So the 6 months basically is so you can have upto 3 months multiple entry when you enter Turkey, and have at least 3 months WHEN YOU LEAVE.
So, if you get stranded or delayed,or
if you overstay your Turkey Visa, there is a little flexibility as your passport has not expired.Most countries will probably come into line on this eventually.
NB. Tourists who enter Turkey via the Bulgarian Border Crossing should make absolutely sure that they get an entry date stamped on their passport BEFORE they leave the border crossing area. Unfortunately, some tourists have had Turkey visas but not had their passport stamped, resulting in cases of detention and deportation for illegal entry.
Also, if you are leaving Turkey with a child who has dual nationality (Turkish + Other), you may be asked to show Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.
Should you get into any difficulty, here are some of the more common Embassy or Consulate contact details.
Not all tourists currently require a Turkey visa. Cruise ships are normally exempted for passengers entering the country on a day trip and returning to the ship on the same day.
Nationals of many countries are allowed entry with ordinary passports for varying periods from 30 to 90 days in a 180 day period (90 days unless specified) :
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Azerbaijan(30), Bolivia, Bosnia- Herzegovina (60), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica (30), Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR passport -holders, (British NOP passport holders require a visa), Hungary (30), Iceland, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan(30), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan(30), Latvia(30), Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR(30),Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia (30), Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation(30), St Christopher Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan (30), Thailand (30), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus(Total exemption), Turkmenistan(30), Ukraine(30), Uruguay, Uzbekistan(30), Vatican, Venezuela.
Generally nationals of the UK, Netherlands, USA, Canada, & others NOT listed above, require a visa .Normally this will allow upto 90 days multiple entry in any 180 day period from the first day of entry. As usual, if not sure, check with your travel agent, airline, or embassy before you set off on your Turkey holidays.
Prior to 2013 the main way to get a Turkey visa was either before you travelled, at an embassy or consulate, or on your arrival at the airport in Turkey. The latter is the more common for tourists.
As from 2013 though, it is possible to apply for your visa on-line.
There are no forms to complete for the ordinary tourist visa needed for your Turkey holidays. On leaving the aircraft, head towards immigration as normal. Generally the visa office is just before & adjacent to the immigration booths..
Currently, the cost for a tourist visa is £10 (or Fifteen euros) PER PERSON; this includes children. Other currencies ($US etc.) are accepted at more or less the equivalent rate.
It is important that you have the exact amount in notes to hand over with your passport. If you are a couple it's ok to give the required amount for both of you ,£20 (or thirty euros). However, if you hand over a £20 note for one person, you will NOT be given any change.
Obviously try to have the right money before disembarking, but if you do get caught out, it's worth asking other passengers if they can split your note.
Once you get your Turkey visa sticker you can proceed to immigration where your passport and visa will be checked .
TRANSIT PASSENGERS .
If you are changing flights in Istanbul for onward transit to Antalya Airport (or other airports) you do not need to go through immigration. Rather you should proceed to the Domestic Terminal, where you will present your tickets for your designated flight to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, or wherever.
You will then obtain your visa at your destination airport.
Istanbul Domestic terminal lounge
Just as an aside, international passengers arriving at a domestic terminal, such as Antalya, will normally have their baggage scanned/ checked before leaving the baggage claim area.
You can now apply for your Turkey visa on-line. The E- Visa replaces the "sticker" & stamp-type visas issued on arrival in Turkey.
This will save you the time queuing for your stamp, though as more people start to use this system there will simply be longer queues at immigration. However, it will eliminate the worry of having the correct cash for your visa, or having to travel to an embassy or consulate for a permit.
As with the old system you will need
The site flows through the steps in a clear manner and lists countries that require their nationals to apply for a visa.
Once the Turkey Visa is approved you will need to print it off. There is a facility for checking "ON-GOING" applications, so your visa may not be quickly issued. As with most new systems there may be teething problems.
To apply on-line for your E-Visa go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
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