Turkey Visa Information
Sun-seekers heading to Turkey this year could be caught out by a new visa system which requires holidaymakers to apply for a visa before travel.
Until now Turkey has issued travel/ holidaymakers with a visa stamp in their passports on arrival for a $20 fee, but will change the process from April 10, so that all visitors will have to apply online for an electronic visa before travel.
The e-visa will cost the same amount as before, $20, and will be emailed to travelers for them to print out at home after providing their name, date and place of birth, email address and passport details. They will then be required to present the document to immigration on arrival.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned holidaymakers about unauthorised websites which could try to charge an additional application fee for the visas. Instead, it advises travelers to use the official Turkish government website www.evisa.gov.tr
which will only charge the $20 flat fee for 90-day, multiple entry visa.
An ABTA spokeswoman said: “We have already informed our Members about the need for consumers travelling to Turkey to apply online for a visa for travel after 10/4/14 and we will be reminding them again this week. We are concerned that consumers, particularly those who have not booked through ABTA members, may not be aware of the new requirement and may as a consequence be refused entry to Turkey.”
The Turkish Consulate said: “The application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates will continue together (simultaneously) with the e-visa application until 10th April 2014.”