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February 22, 2014
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has issued an important advisory regarding the eventual phasing-out of issuing visitor Visas on Arrival (VOA) for all foreign nationals traveling for business visitor or tourism.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the VOA privilege will be phasing out during a transition time from April 11, 2014 through the end of the traditional summer travel season. During the transition period, foreign nationals who already qualify for VOA and arrive in Turkey by airline and without visas will be able to obtain E-Visa at interactive kiosks at Turkish airports. The fee for an E-Visa at the kiosk for US citizens is US$30.00. The fee for e-visas obtained prior to arrival in Turkey is US$20.
Beginning April 10, 2014, visitors who are not visa-exempt for travel to Turkey, but who are not required to obtain a visa stamp from a Turkish consular post, should apply online for an E-Visa.
Travelers may check if their nationality qualifies for an E-Visa at the following: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/who-is-eligible-for-e-visa/.
Please bear in mind that application for an E-Visa is for more for “one-off” tourist travel or business travel and is not a replacement for obtaining the appropriate Turkish work/residence permit. Also, those nationals who are currently required to apply for a visitor visa with a Turkish consular post should review the E-Visa website to confirm if they must still continue to do so.
What to Do:
Depending on the type of port of entry (air/land/sea), please note that enforcement of granting VOA during the transitional period between April 11 and the end of the traditional summer holiday season may vary. If not arriving Turkey by air travel during the transitional period, overland or sea ports may not permit VOA.
Companies are urged to review their business travel to Turkey and identify those employees intending to enter Turkey over the next few months. If there is ability to apply in advance for E-Visas, it is highly recommended to do so.
Online application information, visa processing times and instructions for receiving and printing an E-Visa prior to travel can be accessed on the MOFA website at the following: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
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