In 2017, Turkey continues to be a destination that calls to British travellers year after year. Since there are many questions about the destination, and the visa to get you there, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on what a British traveller needs to know to travel to Turkey with confidence.
How to get a Travel Visa for Turkey with a United Kingdom Passport
Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey from the United Kingdom?
Yes. British travellers, with a passport from the United Kingdom, should get an electronic visa (eVisa) for travel to Turkey. The eVisa lets you enter and leave Turkey unlimited number of times. You can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days on each visit. The visa is valid for 180 days from the day it is granted. The eVisa is the easiest visa you can get, and we highly recommend getting it a couple of weeks in advance of your trip.
If you have another passport, you may also require an eVisa, and you can find out on Sherpa’s home page.
What is an electronic visa (eVisa)?
The eVisa (or e-Visa, or evisa) is the easiest visa that travellers need to enter Turkey. Travellers can obtain their visas electronically before they arrive in Turkey by sharing their personal and passport information, and making a payment. The eVisa is granted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is delivered to the traveller by email in a PDF format. You can present the eVisa on your mobile device, or print it and show it on a piece of paper at the border.
What do you need to apply for a Turkish eVisa?
To apply for a Turkish eVisa, you will need a valid passport for the United Kingdom and a valid credit card, debit card or PayPal account. Your passport must be valid for at least 5 months from your intended date of entry into Turkey. Note, that the validity is for your date of arrival in Turkey, and not the time of application for the visa.
What are the requirements for a British citizen to visit Turkey in 2017?
To apply for a Turkish eVisa, you will need a valid United Kingdom passport that is valid for 150 days past your arrival entry in Turkey. Your passport must be valid and not expire for at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of your 90-day visa. So, your passport should be valid for at least 150 days past your first date of entry into Turkey.
How do I begin my online application for a Turkey Visa?
You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. If you’re ready to begin your application and let Sherpa do all the worrying for you, you can apply for your Turkish eVisa. Sherpa will walk you through the entire process to make sure it’s done correctly so you can focus on travelling. If you want to do it on your own, you can head to the government website. Just remember to check for errors in your information!
What are the requirements for a UK resident to visit Turkey?
UK residents who do not hold a UK Passport may be able to apply for a Turkish eVisa. You can check exactly what your citizenship needs to apply by reading this guide on “Applying for a Turkish eVisa as a UK resident”.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Turkish eVisa
Do I need a visa for a holiday in Turkey?
Yes. If you’re travelling to Turkey as a tourist for a holiday, however short or long your stay is, you’ll need to apply for a Turkish eVisa.
What if I am travelling to Turkey on business?
If you are travelling to Turkey for business, you will require an eVisa. You can apply for this eVisa here.
How long does my eVisa last for?
Your e-visa to Turkey is valid for a period of 180 days. Your e-visa lets you stay in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days. This means that within the 180 day period starting from the date of visa issue, you can use your eVisa as often as you like – it is valid for “multiple entries” – and you can spend 90 days on each visit to Turkey.
My Turkish eVisa is good for “multiple entries”. What does that mean?
You can enter and exit Turkey multiple times on the same eVisa – as long as the total time spent in Turkey does not exceed 90 days over a 180 day period, and your eVisa is still valid when you are travelling.
For example, let’s say you went on a 10-day trip, then a 25-day trip, and then a 5 day trip into Turkey, those three separate trips add to only 40 days total spent in Turkey on the same eVisa. This would be valid. Just remember, those trips would need to be completed within the overall 180-day validity of the eVisa.
How often can I use my visa for Turkey?
Since your eVisa is valid for 180 days, you can use your visa as often as you like – it is valid for multiple entries. This means that you can enter and leave Turkey up to a maximum of 90 days total within that validity period.
Do children and/or babies need a visa to go to Turkey?
Yes, each traveler must obtain a separate e-Visa, including infants and children (even if children/infants are included in their parents’ passports). Their travel document must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements.
Do I need a visa for Turkey if I’m on a cruise?
You don’t need a visa, if you plan on visiting and staying in the seaport city or nearby provinces for tourist purpose for less than 72 hours.
Can I get an eVisa if I travel into Turkey by land?
Yes. If you’re arriving into Turkey by land, via train or car, you’ll need an eVisa.
Do I need a visa for Turkey if I’m visiting just for one day?
If you arrive by air, and plan to exit the airport, you have to get a visa. It doesn’t matter if you plan on leaving the airport for 10 minutes or a day.
Do I need an eVisa if I am transiting through an airport in Turkey?
No. A traveller does not need an eVisa if they are connecting to another flight in a Turkish Airport. However, that traveller must have a valid passport and an onward ticket to transit through Turkey on the way to another destination. They would also need to meet the entry requirements (such as a visa) for the final destination, if required. If the traveller leaves the airport by passing through the immigration checkpoint to stay in Turkey overnight for a connection or to see a city for a few hours, an electronic visa is then required.
Does a British Citizen need a visa for travel to Northern Cyprus?
No. UK Visitors to the northern and eastern regions of the island of Cyprus do not need a visa to enter. Simply have your United Kingdom passport handy. A 90-day total stay will be granted.
What will happen if my eVisa gets rejected in Turkey?
If your eVisa gets rejected in Turkey, you’ll be forced to apply for a new one in the airport, for a slightly higher fee than if you applied for your eVisa before leaving. Typical reasons for rejection include incorrect traveller information. This means that the information does not align with what is on the traveller’s passport and their eVisa. The most common reason is mismatching passport issue and expiry dates, and incomplete given name on the visa application.
If you get your visa through Sherpa, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any issues with your eVisa when you get to Turkey. We thoroughly check the information you provide to ensure accuracy. If you did need a new eVisa and you didn’t want to use the kiosks in the airport, simply contact us, and reapply on mobile.
What can I do if I accidentally deleted my confirmation email?
If you delete your email that has your Turkish eVisa attached, simply email us and we will be able to resend it to you.
Applying Online for your Turkish eVisa
How long does it take to process my Turkish eVisa application?
With Sherpa, you can get an eVisa to Turkey in as little as 6 hours from application to having the eVisa confirmed in your email. To increase the speed of processing, we will charge you a slightly higher fee. Please note that the speed of processing is dependent on the processing authority for Turkey. While very rush processing is possible, this shouldn’t be counted on – as government website outages can occur without warning. We suggest you apply for your eVisa a couple of weeks in advance of your trip for maximum peace of mind.
Can I apply for my Turkish visa at the airport before I leave?
Yes, if you’re at the airport and need your visa to Turkey, you will be able to apply for your visa over your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, provided you are connected to wifi. You’ll need your passport handy to take its photo, and a credit or visa debit card.
How late can I wait to apply for a Turkish Visa?
Most of the visas get approved within minutes, but we suggest applying for your visa to Turkey approximately 2 weeks before your arrival date.
How much does a Turkish Visa cost?
Applying through the government site will cost you $20USD, but you’ll be responsible for entering and reviewing all your information. This is especially important when you’re applying for your family, where there’s more of a chance that an error might occur when you’re typing in the information. If there are any errors, you’ll have to re-apply, pay again, and won’t be refunded for the original fee.
When you apply for an eVisa with Sherpa, you can:
- Save time by uploading a photo of your passport(s) instead of entering it all yourself.
- Easily pay using any major credit or debit card.
- Know we offer free resubmission in the off chance there’s an error in your information.
This service costs $40 USD, or 31 Pounds Stirling.
Can I apply as a family/group for Turkish Visas?
Yes, individuals in a group must originate from the same country, and their travel documents must be the same type, and their arrival date must be the same. The validity period of e-Visas will begin as of the date selected as the arrival date. In other words, all individuals in the group are not required to enter Turkey on the same day. In addition, all prerequisites (if any) for e-Visa application must be met by all in the group.
Can I apply for my eVisa on arrival into Turkey?
Once you arrive in Turkey, you could apply for your eVisa via kiosks in Turkish airports. It’s highly suggested that you apply for an eVisa before you board your flight as these kiosks can have very long line-ups, they cost you more money on arrival, and make the start of your trip a hassle you can easily avoid. Trust us, the on-arrival visa experience can be time-consuming and isn’t very user-friendly.
What country or region do I put when I apply for my eVisa to Turkey?
You would put the country that issued the passport that you are travelling on.
Do I need to print my eVisa to Turkey?
Yes, we’d recommend you print off your eVisa. It’s better to have a have copy in case your electronic device is unavailable for scanning when you arrive.
Additional Questions and Information for Travel to Turkey
Do I need a visa to get out of Turkey?
No, you do not need a visa to exit Turkey. However, be mindful of how long you stayed in Turkey as a single eVisa is only valid for a total of 90 days spent in the country total (can be spent across multiple trips into the country within the valid 180 day period of the eVisa).
Can I travel with an expired passport?
No, you cannot travel with an expired passport. You have to check the requirements for a passport to apply for an eVisa to Turkey – it must be valid for a minimum of 150 days past your first date of entry into Turkey.
Can I travel with my Travel Document granted by the British Government?
No, you can’t. You’ll need to travel with a valid passport to travel to Turkey.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
While no country can fully guarantee your safety while travelling, British citizens travelling to Turkey should exercise the precautions outlined by the UK Government Website for Advice on Foreign Travel. Check here for the latest bulletins and updates while travelling in Turkey. As with any travel to a major tourist destination, exercising precautions like watching your pockets, tending to your belongings, and remaining vigilant of your surroundings is always a wise idea.