Types of visas in Turkey – Required documents and conditions – All you need to know

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Many foreigners have immigrated to Turkey in recent years, and obtaining a Turkish visa has become a concern for many people who intend to immigrate to Turkey.

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It is necessary to obtain Turkish visa information before traveling and immigrating to Turkey, as the types of visa vary according to the purpose of travel, such as tourism, work, or study.

You should also constantly review new developments, as some things change over time. 

You can visit this site to get the necessary up-to-date information www.mfa.gov.tr.

Types of visas in Turkey

1- Tourist visa

Visas for travel to Turkey can be issued with different conditions, and people who are planning to travel to Turkey as a tourist can apply for a tourist visa.

In order to participate in conferences, seminars, festivals, exhibitions or even participate in competitions and sports activities, you can also apply for a tourist visa.

This type of visa is issued for a period of 90 days and is only valid for one time.

That means people entering Turkey with this visa are allowed to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days and only for one entry.

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During this period, these people are not entitled to work or study, and if this happens, the Turkish authorities can take certain measures or impose fines, up to canceling the person’s visa and preventing him from returning to Turkish territory.

When traveling to Turkey, the most important thing to consider is that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel.

What problems will happen if I stay for more than 90 days in Turkey?

Every foreigner is allowed to stay in Turkey for 90 days as a tourist without having to obtain residency, if he/she stays in Turkey for more than 90 days, the person has to pay a fine.

If the person does not pay the fine, he will be banned from entering Turkey from 1 to 5 years, but if he pays the fine at the point of departure, he/she can return to Turkey.

A person can pay the fine if they stay longer than 90 at the point of departure for the first time, but the second time the person will be deported despite paying the fine.

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How to stay in Turkey for longer than 90 days without problems?

To stay in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, the tourist must fill out the Rando form, which is a form of residence in Turkey that the foreigner must fill out in order to extend the tourist stay.

Individuals who want to stay in Turkey for longer than the visa deadline should visit this website to complete the Rando Form.

Documents required to apply for a tourist visa to Turkey

  • A passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • Recent photos with white background.
  • Health insurance.
  • A recent bank account statement for the last 6 months, translated into English and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Hotel reservation and flight reservation.

You can get a hotel and flight reservation from any tourist office, then book an appointment at the Turkish embassy to deliver your papers in person, and receive the passport from the embassy after approval or rejection for a maximum period of 7 to 10 days from the date of delivery.

2- Work Visa

Work visas are also intended for travelers who enter Turkey for the purpose of work.

This visa is issued for a period of 90 days and is valid for a single entry.

To obtain this visa, the business owner in Turkey must send a letter containing the information of the foreigner.

You can apply for a work visa at the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate, and at the same time you apply for a work visa, your employer in Turkey must send your employment documents to the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS).

You can find the required documents on the website of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey, submit your documents and wait for a response ( http://www.csgb.gov.tr ​​).

Applications are processed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Turkey within 30 days.

And once you arrive in Turkey, you must register with the nearest local police department to obtain the required residence permit.

In a previous article, we mentioned everything related to a work visa and the procedures necessary to obtain it.

You can click here to find out all about obtaining a work visa in Turkey.

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3- Student Visa

A visa is issued to students who intend to enter Turkey with the aim of studying at universities and educational institutions, or in order to participate in some training, professional and various educational courses.

Foreign students who plan to study in Turkey need a student visa.

Students must apply for a student visa upon admission to any educational institution in Turkey.

All foreign students must apply to the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate in their country to apply for a student visa.

You must apply for the visa in person, fill out the visa application form and submit it with the required documents to the Turkish Embassy.

The required documents to be submitted with the visa application form are as follows:

  • A passport valid for more than 90 days.
  • Personal Photos.
  • Acceptance letter from a higher education institution in Turkey.
  • Proof of sufficient financial support to live and study in Turkey.
  • health insurance.

Foreign students who have been admitted to any higher education institution in Turkey for any degree are granted a student residence permit valid for one year only.

These students must apply to the local authorities in Turkey 60 days before the expiry of their residence permit, to fill out a new application form and extend the permit for the applicant.

Note that students must obtain a visa before entering Turkey.

For more information about the student visa application process, please visit the nearest Turkish embassy.

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Obtaining a Turkish visa online

The electronic visa application system (e-visa) was first implemented on April 17, 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.

This system gives permission for travelers who wish to travel to Turkey to apply for their e-Visa online via www.evisa.gov.tr.

Applicants can obtain the visa after filling in the identity and passport information and paying the visa fee online.

It should be noted that the e-Visa is valid when travel is for tourism, but for other purposes such as work and study, visas are only issued by Turkish embassies or consulates.

In addition to Visa and MasterCard, other valid credit cards can also be used, and tourist offices can also apply for an electronic visa for you.

Note that the cost of the visa from the website (www.evisa.gov.tr) is much lower than the fees paid for the visa upon arrival at Turkish airports.

Information about visa fees can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:

( http://www.mfa.gov.tr/data/KONSOLOSLUK/vize-harc-miktarlari-en.pdf )