Turkey is another country like Taiwan that offers a quick and easy way to apply for tourist visas online.
Especially for Filipinos who hold valid visa for US, Japan and other OECD countries. I was ecstatic that I have a US and Japan visa because I’ve always wanted to visit Turkey.
Even if you’re not Filipino, this post can still be pretty helpful to you in applying for your Turkey visa. Most nationalities (including USA, Australia, Canada, Portugal, etc) need to apply online. To know if you need to apply, click on this official Turkey government page: Who is eligible for an E-visa?
Before applying, check to make sure you have the following:
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months
- US$20 visa fee
- Credit or debit card to pay online (Visa, Mastercard or Unionpay only. Paypal isn’t accepted)
- If you’re from a third world country, a valid visa from an OECD country (U.S.A., Canada, Schengen countries, Japan, etc)
- tentative arrival date
You don’t need to have these when you fill out the online form:
- date you’ll depart Turkey
- travel or health insurance
- hotel reservations
- flight reservations/tickets
However, when you get your e-visa get your hotel reservations just in case the Turkish immigration ask. They didn’t ask me when I went there but I had them just to be on the safe side.
The best thing about this visa is you can apply for it anywhere around the world.
For Filipinos passport holders who have OECD visas, the Turkey tourist visa is :
- Valid for 180 days
- You can stay in Turkey for 30 days
- Single entry
Go to the Turkey online visa site to check your visa criteria. I suspect it might be very similar to this one.
Like the Taiwanese online visa, the process is really simple and takes 5-10 minutes. Y0u also have the option to save and continue your application at a later time.
First go to the website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/
The Turkish website is pretty cool and stylish. It is also super easy to use and follow.
You’ll see this page. Just click your desired language. I chose English.
This is the next page that’ll pop up. Fill in the necessary info. Choose Ordinary Passport for Travel Document.
Decide when are the dates you need to enter Turkey. You don’t have to be exact. I just eyeballed it and decided I would enter Turkey around the middle of December.
The latest you can apply is at least 48 hours before you enter Turkey. Unlike the Taiwanese online visa, you can also choose the date when you want to enter the country. It makes it easier for you to apply early and not worry about the visa expiring. The earliest you can apply is four months ahead. So for example, you applied for your online application on January. You can only choose up to April for your desired arrival date. Your departure date should be within those three months the visa is valid for.
Then just click Save and Continue. It’ll take you to this page.
You have to have all the requirements listed above or else you cannot proceed with your application. Click Save and Continue.
The next page will take you to this information form. Fill in all the blanks.
Be sure to give your correct email address as the Turkish government will use this to send you the visa information or save your application.
After you finish the form, it’ll take you to the payment page. The Turkish government will only accept Visa, Mastercard or Union pay credit card or debit cards.
The final step is where they will send you a link on the site and your email where you can download your e-visa and receipt. You’ll get them within the next 5 minutes to an hour. Make sure to print both so you can show them when you exit your country and enter Turkey.
When I arrived in Turkey Passport control, I just showed the officer my US visa and the printed Turkish visa form. He glanced at them and stamped my passport.
Note: Please check the Turkish website for any changes on the Turkey online visa. Visa regulations often change.