Cancellation of Visa-on-Arrival System; E-visas Required Instead

November 26, 2018 | Turkey

The visa-on-arrival system in Turkey is being phased out. Certain ports of entry have already stopped using the system.

Foreign nationals that previously qualified for a visa-on-arrival and are entering via a port of entry that has canceled the system, must now obtain an e-visa online via the e-visa website before departing for Turkey, like all other foreign nationals. The traveler must print a copy of the e-visa and present it at the port of entry in Turkey. A foreign national with an e-visa from a previous trip may not need a new e-visa. There is a fee for the e-visa, which varies by nationality. The validity period also varies by nationality, but is most often 90 days in a 180-day period.

In recent years, the Turkish government has been pushing for the use of e-visas over visas-on-arrival. E-visas cost less and make for shorter processing at the airport. They also address security concerns, as registration is done before the foreign national arrives in the country.