FAQ

Visa Information For Foreigners

Make your visa application in person and one month before you proceed to Turkey to avoid any inconvenience.


Explanations:
- The term "official passports" covers diplomatic, service, special and official passports.
- Passports should be valid at least 90 days longer than the expiry date of the requested visa.
- The above information is for tourists. If you are going to study or work in Turkey, you must obtain appropriate visa from Turkish diplomatic/consular missions, prior to proceeding to Turkey.
- Visa regime for truck drivers of a country may differ from the overall visa regime effective for citizens of that particular country. For further information, please contact the nearest Turkish mission.
- Despite the visa regime applied towards the citizens of a country, the travel document holders of that country need to obtain visa from Turkish missions beforehand.
- All foreigners, except for those exempt from visa requirement, should obtain their visas at the Turkish missions. Those foreigners, who can obtain sticker type visas at the Turkish border gates, may also have their visas at the Turkish missions, alternatively.
- Foreigners who will shoot a documentary film, conduct a research or an archeological excavation should get a special permission from the Turkish authorities in advance.
- If you have a valid visa, you do not need a residence permit up to 90 days. On the other hand, foreigners who shall reside, work or study in Turkey, should register themselves at the nearest local police department upon their arrival in Turkey, regardless of the validity of their visa.
Information on Work Visa:

To work in Turkey, you must apply to the nearest Turkish mission to obtain work permit and visa. Your passport, visa application form and a letter from your employer are just needed for your application. Other documents should be submitted to the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) by your employer within ten working days after your application.
You may find the list of those documents in the MLSS’s website (http://www.csgb.gov.tr). Applications are finalised by the MLSS within thirty days at the latest. Right after your arrival in Turkey (before starting to work), you should be registered at the local police department within one month to obtain the necessary residence permit.

Afghanistan: Diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Albania: Official passport holders, who are appointed to the diplomatic, consular missions or representations of international organizations accredited in Turkey, are exempted from visa for the period of their assignments. Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit from Turkey, up to 90 days within six months starting from the first entry date.
Algeria: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Andorra: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Angola: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Antigua-Barbuda: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
Argentina: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Armenia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain one-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
Australia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
Austria: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Azerbaijan: Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa requirement for their travels to Turkey up to 30 days. Official passport holders are exempt from visa requirement for their travels up to 90 days.
Bahamas: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Bahrain: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey and they can obtain their one month period sticker type visas from Turkish diplomatic representations and also at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Bangladesh: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey for up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders with a valid Schengen, UK or US visas may get their one month single entry visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Barbados: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travel up to 90 days.
Belarus: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain two-month multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Belgium: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Belize: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their three-month period multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Benin: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Bhutan: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Bolivia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 60 days.
Botswana: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visas from Turkish representations abroad.
Brazil: Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Brunei: Official and Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry date.
Bulgaria: Diplomatic and service passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days. Ordinary passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Burkina Faso: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Burundi: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Cambodia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Cameroon: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Canada: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
Cape Verde: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Central African Republic: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Chad: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Chile: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
China: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their 15 day period from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Colombia: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days in each six-month period.
Comoros: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Congo: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Costa Rika: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Croatia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Cuba: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Czech Republic: Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Cote d’Ivoire: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Denmark: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Djibouti: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Dominica: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
Dominican Republic: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
East Timor: Official and ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visa from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Ecuador: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Egypt: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
El Salvador: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Equatorial Guinea: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visa from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Eritrea: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Estonia: Only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date. Ordinary passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Ethiopia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Fiji: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Finland: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
France: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Gabon: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Gambia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders can get their three-month period multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad..
Georgia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Germany: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Ghana: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Greece: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Grenada: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Guatemala: Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Guinea: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Guinea-Bissau: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Guyana: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Greek Cypriot Administration: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain one-month single entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
Haiti: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
Honduras: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days..
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of PRC: Ordinary and official “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China ( SAR ) Passport” holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Hungary: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Iceland: Ordinary and Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
India: Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders with a valid Schengen, UK or US visas may get their one month single entry visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Indonesia: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey for up to 60 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders may get their one month single entry visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival, on condition that their stay should not exceed 30 days (per) entry within 180 day, starting from the first entry date.
Iran: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt ed from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Iraq: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Official passport holders are obliged to get their visas from the Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Ordinary passport holders, travelling to Turkey with the flights from Bagdad, Erbil, Suleymania or Amman Airports to Istanbul Atatürk Airport or Antalya Airport, could get their visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival, provided that they met certain conditions. 
Ireland: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
Israel: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Italy: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Jamaica: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Japan: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Jordan: Diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months starting from the first entry date. Diplomatic and official passport holders, who are appointed to the diplomatic, consular missions or representationsof international organizations accredited in Turkey, are exempted from visa for the period of their assignments. Truck and bus drivers and co-drivers, crew members of civil aeroplanes, trains and ships, engaged in international transport of goods and passengers, are exempted from visa for their travels and transit to/from Turkey, up to 90 days within six months, strating from the first entry date.
Kazakhstan: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Kenya: Citizens of Kenya holding diplomatic, official, service and special passport are exempted from visa for their travels and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within 180 days, starting from the first entry date. Ordinary passport holders can get their three-month period multi entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Kiribati: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Kosovo: Citizens of Kosova holding diplomatic, official and ordinary passport are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Kuwait: Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey and they can obtain their three-month period multiple entry sticker type visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad or at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Kyrgyzstan: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Laos: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Latvia: Ordinary passport holders are exempt from visa requirement for their travels up to 30 (thirty) days. Diplomatic, special and service passport holders are exempt from visa requirement for their travels up to 90 (ninety) days.
Lebanon: Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date. Diplomatic and official passport holders, who are appointed to the diplomatic, consular missions or representations of international organizations accredited in Turkey, are exempted from visa for the period of their assignments. Truck and bus drivers and co-drivers, crew members of civil aeroplanes, trains and ships, engaged in international transport of goods and passengers, are exempted from visa for their travels and transit to/from Turkey, up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Lesotho: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Liberia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Libya: Citzens of Libya holding diplomatic, special and ordinary passport are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Liechtenstein: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Lithuania: Official and Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry date.
Luxemburg: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Macao Special Administration: Ordinary and official Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Macedonia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 60 days.
Madagascar: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Malawi: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Malaysia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Maldives: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Mali: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Malta: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Marshall Islands: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Mauritania: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can their 15 day period visa from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Mauritius: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain one month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border Gates and three month period multi entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Mexico: Ordinary, Service and Special passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary, Service and Special passport holders, with a valid Schengen, UK, Canada, Japan or US visas or residing in these countries, may get their three-month multiple entry visas for their travel to Turkey with tourisitic purposes at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival. Only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Moldova: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain one-month multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also at the Turkish border gates only upon their arrival at the airports and may benefit from this facilitation for up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Monaco: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Mongolia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa requirement for their travels to Turkey up to 30 days.
Montenegro: Official and Ordinary passport holders are are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Morocco: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Mozambique: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Myanmar (Burma): Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Namibia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Nauru: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary pasaport holders can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Nepal: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official pasaport holders can get one month period visas and ordinary pasaport holders can get 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad
Netherlands: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
New Zealand: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Nicaragua: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Niger: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Nigeria: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea): Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Northern Mariana Islands: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Norway: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates and stay in Turkey up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Oman: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates and stay in Turkey up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date. Official passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Pakistan: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders with a valid Schengen, UK or US visas may get their one month single entry visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Palau Republic: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Palestine: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Panama: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Papua New Guinea: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Paraguay: Official and Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Peru: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Philippines: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. . They can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Poland: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three-month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Portugal: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Qatar: Diplomatic, service and special passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders may get their three-month multiple entry visa at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Romania: Official and ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels with turistic purposes up to 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry date.
Russian Federation: Ordinary, service and special passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days. Only diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Rwanda: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
St Christopher Nevis: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
St Lucia: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
St Vincent and the Grenadines: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey and can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish borders gates.
San Marino: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Sao Tome and Principe: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Saudi Arabia: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey with turistic purposes up to 90 days within 180 days, starting from the first entry date. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain their three month period multiple entry sticker type visa at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
Senegal: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Serbia: Diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders and holders of travel document are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date. Diplomatic and official passport holders, who are appointed to the diplomatic, consular missions or representations of international organizations accredited in Turkey, are exempted from visa for the period of their assignments. Truck and bus drivers and co-drivers, crew members of civil aeroplanes, trains and ships, engaged in international transport of goods and passengers, are exempted from visa for their travels and transit to/from Turkey, up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Seychelles: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their three-month period multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Sierra Leone: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Singapore: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Slovakia: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain one month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Slovenia: Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey with turistic purposes up to 90 days within 180 days, starting from the first entry date. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days within six months.
Solomon Islands: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary pasaport holders can get their 15 day period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Somalia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
South Africa: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain one month multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates and three-month period multiple entry visas from Turkish representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Republic of Korea (South Korea): Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Spain: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Sri Lanka: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Sudan: Diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels and transit to/from Turkey up to 90 days within 180 days, starting from the first entry date. Ordinary, service and special passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Surinam: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Swaziland: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Sweden: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Switzerland: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Syria: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travel up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.
Taiwan: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Tajikistan: Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 30 days within six months, starting from the first entry date. Diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days within six months, starting from the first entry date. Service passport holders, who are appointed to the diplomatic, consular missions or representations of international organizations accredited in Turkey, are exempted from visa for the period of their assignments. Service passport holders, who are not appointed to Turkey, are exempted from visa for their travels with touristic purposes and transit from Turkey, up to 60 days within six months, starting from the first entry date.
Tanzania: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Thailand: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can get their one month period visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Togo: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Tonga: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Trinidad and Tobago: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Tunisia: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted Turkmenisfrom visa.
Ukraine: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates and stay in Turkey up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
United Arab Emirates: Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days. Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain their three-month period multiple entry sticker type visas at the Turkish border gates upon their arrival.
United Kingdom: Diplomatic pasaport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90days. Ordinary, service and special passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can obtain three month-multiple entry visas at the Turkish border gates.
United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also at the Turkish border gates.
Uruguay: Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Uzbekistan: Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa requirement for their travels to Turkey up to 30 days. Diplomatic passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. Service and special passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Vanuatu: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary passport holders can get their 15 day period visa from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad.
Vatican (Holy See): Ordinary and official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Venezuela: Ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days in each six-month period. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.
Vietnam: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 90 days.
Western Samoa: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.
Yemen: Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Official passport holders are exempted from visa for their travels up to 30 days.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EAT or DRINK WHILE IN TURKEY?

DINING 
 
Turkish Cuisine is regarded as the third biggest cuisine in the world. Turkish cuisine, having a six hudred year splendid flavor inheritance, is considered as the third richest cuisine in the world. 
It got enriched with immigrant and minority cultures during Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman periods. The soups, dishes, desserts, sorbets, stuffed wine leaves or vegetable dishes with olive oil, pilaws, boreks and delicatessens are known by the whole world. The four seasons experienced in Turkey every year also contribute to this richness. 
 
FISH AND BREAD
 
When it is said Eminonu, one of the first things to occur to one is ‘’fish and bread’’. It has become a sin qua non symbol of Istanbul, which in prepared in boats drawn up alongside between ferry docks. Fish and bread offered by salesman in authentic boats with tradational clothes in company with the people having some cheap pleasure forms the typical scene of Eminonu, Golden Horn.
 
TEA AND TURKISH BAGEL 
 
A crispy, fragrant Turkish Bagel eaten together with a cup of tea at breakfast and in the evening; a taste loved by everybody, both by the poor and the rich. 
 
TRADITIONAL FLAVORS 
ALI’S HARRICOT BEAN  
 
A point of taste in the Suleymaniye region.'' Meshur Suleymaniye Kuru Fasulyecisi''
It is possible to find these traditional flavors in great variety in all restaurants of Istanbul. Almost all restaurants offer haricot bean soup which is the most important meal among others and considered as the ‘’National Food’’ of Turks. Haricot bean, pilaw, pickle and chili pepper is a fix menu. Haricot can be with pastrami, soujouk, meat cubes or be plain. And pilaw can be cooked with vermicelli, tomatoes and nut. Completing this couple, pickle can be substituted with yoghurt or dried fruit composte called ''hosaf'' in Turkish.
The greatest section of restaurant menus is allocated to vegetable and meat meals and kebab and flat bread sorts also exist.
Hosaf, made of apricot or dried grape, is preferred together with pilaw.
 
RICH BREAKFAST 
 
Major food for breakfast includes cheese, egg, black or green olive. White cheese, tulum cheese, string cheese, circassian cheese, kasar cheese and basket cheese are among the most consumed ones in Turkey. Pastry is another alternative for our breakfast table although it has different types such as gozleme, katmer and lavas.
 
KEBAB
 
The meat meal cooked on fire or in oven is usually called as kebab. It has got a number of variations and made of lamb or veal. The most commen ones: Adana Kebab, Urfa Kebab, Chicken Shish, Chicken Wing Shish, Lamb Shish etc. You should definitely taste them while in Turkey. 
 
DONER
 
It is one the authentic tastes of Turkish cuisine, which is cooked by rotating the meat bulk on a long skewer against fire. Its type served with yoghurt and melt butter is called Iskender. Bursa iskender is the most commen of that type.
 
ROASTED CORN AND CHESTNUTS 
 
Chestnut and corn are the most common street flavors of Turkish cuisine. The corn consumed in summer is substituted by chesnut in winter on the corners of streets chesnut stoves take the place of corn stalls. Chestnut and corn is either roasted on fire boiled.
 
HISTORICAL SULTANAHMET GRILLED MEATBALL (SELIM USTA)
 
- Meat ball, white beas salad (piyaz) and halvah (helva)
There are many types of meatball as one of the main courses in Turkish cuisine. It is usually made of minced meat, onion, parsley, spice and crumb. It is named differently according to its shape, cooking style or the region. Piyaz, a salad composed of boiled haricot bean, onion, salt, lemon, herbage and vinegar, is the most complementary salad for meat ball. And semolina halvah with nut, a palace dessert of Ottomans, complements this delight.
 
VEGETABLE DISHES WITH OLIVE OIL 
 
These dishes, although they are regarded in the category of  ''cold starters’’ in the world, are in the main course category in Turkey. Particularly as the most proper and the lightest dishes for hot summer days, these meals with olive oil make Turkey the only country using this concept. They are the most popular dishes of Turkish table which are prepared by mixing and cooking tomatoes, onions, pepper, olive oil with almost all kinds of vegetables such as aubergine, leek, okra (gumbo), bean, zucchini and purslane. 
You should taste some ''Sarma'' or ''Dolma'' while in Turkey.
 
DELICATESSEN
 
- Roasted pepper
- Albanian style fried diced liver 
- Tarama 
- Artichoke
- Aubergine puree
 
The delicatessens, which can also be regarded as '' Ala turca hors d’oervre '', are served as starters. They are light, delicious, appealing food served in small portions separately from the main course. White cheese, melon, yoghurt, all kinds of salad, esme (tomato dip with pepper and onion), fish types, stuffed vegetables with olive oil, small meat balls, muska boregi ( triangle shaped pastry filled with cheese),brain and fruit are the major delicatessens of the drinking bout, named as ‘’Cilingir Sofrası (cesnigir sofrası)’’ in Turkish.
 
Istanbul’s indispensable delight : Fish
 
Fishing is done in Marmara and Black Seas in Istanbul as a sea city. Fish migration, starting from the ocean in every March with the purpose of reproduction, passes through Marmara and the Straits and stops at the Black Sea. At the end of each summer they begin to return. Istanbul waters host many types of fish such as blue fish, bonito, mackerel, Spanish mackerel, mullet, red mullet, grey mullet and horse mackerel. This fish variety here is another reason why they called Halic as ‘’Golden Horn’’.
 
WHAT FISH IS OREFERRED IN WHICH MONTH?
 
- January : Mackerel, Blue fish, Bonito, Horse mackerel keep their own tastes. Grey mullet and Anchovy are full fat. Small blue fish and Whiting are available.
- February : Turbot season lasts until the end of May. Red mullet is abundant. Mackerel, Blue fish, Bonito lose fat.
- March : It is most delicious time of Grey mullet, Sea bass and Turbot. Since blue fish and Bonito lost their fat, they are suitable for frying or pilaki (a kind of stew with onion oil and vegetable or fish) large blue fish can be grilled. 
- April : Turbot is abundant. Red sea bream, Sea bass, swordfish and gurnard begin to boom. 
- May : Sea bass, gold fish, sole fish and Red mullet are favorable for eating.
- June : An inefficient month. Red mullet, gold fish, red sea bream, Sea bass and meager are found but expensive.
- July : Sardine keeps its zest until the middler of October. Horse mackerel and Mackerel is favorable for boiling and frying. 
- August : It is starting season for baby bonito. It is the most delicious time of Sardine.
- September : Sardine and swordfish are delicious. Bonito beomes fat and suitable for all sorts of cooking.
- October : mackerel is early in the season. Blue fish has its delight fully. Horse mackerel is fat now. Bonito is abundant. 
- November : The best time for Mackerel. Big bonito flow has begun.
- December : Mackerel, Blue fish, Bonito and big bonito are fat and there fore suitable for all cooking styles. Anchovy is delicious. Red mullet is abundant. 
 
HORS D’OERVRES WITH FISH 
 
Lakerda 
 
It is the big bonito pickled in brine. The best lakerda is made with the most lipoid and hardest bonito. Since it is hard to find big bonito in our seas bonito is used instead.
 
SOUPS
 
As the starters of Turkish cuisine, the soups include hundreds of types in different regions. But tripe soup is the last zest of drinking bouts especially. Tripe soup offal restaurants are open almost till the morning . ıt is for palate of each person by its different types enriched with lamb’s feet, chiickpea and etc.
 
THE PASTRY
 
Borek is major category with its various types in the pastry. It gets different names according to its filling ingredients and cooking style. The dough is used directly or as phyllo while preparing borek. It cana be eaten at all meal times in Turkey. It can be named according  to the regions. And flat bread with different fillings can be regarded in the pastry. It is an significant type of fast food cooked in ovens using meat, minced meat, kasar cheese, soujuk and egg as filling ingredients. 
 
PICKLES
 
It is a type of salad made by keeping vegetables such as tomato, pepper, carrot, aubergine, cucumber, garlic, cabbage, beet and bean in acidic environment with salt, lemon and vigenar. It shows variety in terms of regions. It is an excellent complementary of haricot bean and pilaw which are preferred in winter mostly. There are many shops selling some delicious pickles in Istanbul, called ''Tursucu''.
 
YOGHURT
 
Yoghurt is considered as the most important contribution of Turkish cuisine to other cuisines in the world. It is prepared by adding yeast to boiled milk after it has become warmer and yoghurt can be consumed as plain, and with fruit and sugar as well. Besides, it is used as a garniture for main course and in preparing some dishes or soups. You may go to Kanlıca disrict to taste some delicious yoghurt while in Istanbul.
 
FRUIT
 
Since Turkey has different climates, each season has fruit peculiar to itself. It can be eaten fresh or dried. You can find mainly: pomegranate, orange, mandarin, apple, pear, grape, banana, cherry, strawberry, peach, apricot, melon, watermelon etc.
 
DESSERTS
 
Hacıbekir is the primary brand that comes to mind first when talking about akide sekeri ( sugar candy) and lokum ( Turkish delight). The shop in Bahcekapi has been used as candy shop by Hacı Bekir familily for five generations since 1777. 
 
Lokum ( TURKISH DELIGHT)
 
Lokum is a Turkish candy made of water, sugar and starch. Lokum was derived from the word '' rahat ul-hulküm’’ in Ottoman Turkish, meaning throat relaxing and this delight has been known in Anatolia since 15th century. You can buy delicious Turkish Delights from Istanbul while you are departing from Turkey.
 
Akide Sekeri ( SUGAR CANDY)
 
Akide sekeri has been identified with the word ''akide'' meaning commitment. During the Ottoman time, it was given by the Sultan to Janissaries who expressed their commitment to the state, but it became a classic sort of candy in time. Different flavors of it are obtained by adding orange, lemon, and cinnamon to sugar cones while they are cooling after they have been grinded and melted.
 
Halvah 
 
As one of the indispensable tastes of Anatolia, halvah has been part of a culture beyond being a palatal delight throughout the history. It has become an indispensable object of social life through being served in several occasions such as birth, death, engagement, wedding, fueral and religious nights. You can buy delicious halvah from Koska shops while in Istanbul.
 
Asure (NOAH’S PUDDING)
 
A type of dessert made by boiling wheat, dried nuts and fruit sugar and is an Islamic tradition as well. It is distributed on certain days
Desserts with Milk 
 
Our desserts made of sugar and milk, such as ‘’Keskul, muhallebi, sutlac, tavukgogsu, kazandibi’’ , are preferred particularly due to their lighness. They are enriched with walnut, hanzelnut, peanut, and cinnamon. You may taste delicious desserts with milk in any branch of ''Bolulu Hasan Usta''.
 
BAKLAVA 
 
Baklava is a significant pastry dessert included in Turkish cuisine primarily, as well as in Middle Eastern, Balkan and South Asian cuisines. Although its origin is debatable, baklava has its latest form in Ottoman cuisine. Baklava is made of thin pastry phyllos and of grinded walnut, pistachio, nut, Turkish cream put between these according to the region. It is usually sweetened with sugar sorbet. You can taste delicious baklavas in ''Gulluoglu Baklava, Hacı Sayid, Ali Usta'' are the main places where you can taste your baklava while in Istanbul.
 
DRINKS
 
Coffee
 
As a strong drink, Turkish coffee can be drunk with no sugar, little sugar, medium sugar or much sugar. The distinctive feature of it is that it is simmered, served in small porcelain cups with scum on top. It used to be prepared in copper coffee pots on embers but today automatic machines are used for coffee making.
Kuru Kahveci Mehmed Efendi Coffee Shop has been serving in Tahmis street, near Spice Market, since its establishment.
 
Tea 
 
It is the most consumed drink in daily life. To have a better taste, it is necessary to steep wall. It is real pleasure to drink tea in the cafes by the sea in Istanbul and it is the most popular drink in ferries. It is served best in thin belly glasses, and in some places it is served in a samovar not in a tea pot. Different kinds of herbal tea are also very popular today. Linden, fennel, and sage tea are the most preferred ones. Apple tea is served in all touristic shops in Turkey as a tradation of hospitality. You can buy a packet Turkish tea, ''Caykur'' , and make your Turkish tea at your home.
 
Ayran 
 
Prepared by mixing yoghurt and water, airan has got a sort in Anatolia which is prepared in a ''yayik’’ tool and pleasing to the eye due to the bubbles on top.
 
Sherbets
 
When drinks were being prepared at home about 50 or 60 years ago, lemon, various types of fruit and then aromatic plants were added into these drinks. Sherbet which is preferred especially during summer used to be filled in special glass containers and ice would then beadded in it. Cherry syrup, rose syrup, lemon syrup, tamarind syrup, violet syrup and almond syrup (sübye) are still being served in patisseries and cafes today.
 
Boza
 
Having 9000 year past, boza’s main ingredient is semolina. The semolina is obtained by grinding and then it is boiled with water until it becomes very thick dough. After this thick dough has become cool, it is filtered out. This raw boza can be sweetened with sugar and fermented with special yeast. It includes no fat but vitamins A, B and D, therefore it is preferable in terms of health. It is served with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas on top. You can taste delicious boza at ''Vefa Bozacısı'' while in Istanbul.
 
Sahlep
 
It is a popular hot drink in winter, which is made of pulverized orchid roots. A thick hot drink is obtained by boiling milk, sahlep and sugar together. It is served with cinnamon on top. You may taste it in many places in Istanbul even in the parks.
 
Sıra ( SLIGHTLY FERMENTED RAPE JUICE)
 
A sour drink which is made by waiting grape juice. During this process, it is clarified and filtered out adding marl. Clear part is used as a drink.
 
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
 
Raki 
 
Named as '' Lion milk’’ , our national drink raki is a very strong alcoholic drink. It is consumed adding water and with delicatessen. Really good quality wine or raki are produced from grapes grown in Aegean, Thrace and Göreme regions in Turkey. Raki table offers cheerful chats in addition to various delicious delicatessens. You should taste ''fish and raki '' while in Istanbul either in Kumkapı or Golden Horn.
 
Wine
 
Wine of really good quality is produced from grapes grown in Aegean , Thrace and Goreme regions of our country. You should taste delicious local wine while in Cappadocia.
 
Beer 
 
The beer, a kind of fermented drink, is consumed much more at homes and pubs. You should drink ''Efes Beer'' while in Turkey.