How To Apply For A Turkish Visa As A South African

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Turkey, a long time popular country for South Africans for it’s stunning coastline, rich history, intriguing culture and of course its great value for money. There’s a lot of confusion though about whether or not you need a visa to visit though as they seem to keep changing things. So let’s look at the process for tourists or businessmen visiting Turkey.

Do South Africans need a visa to visit Turkey?

The short answer is yes, you do now need to apply for a visa before you visit Turkey. This is new as of April 2014, as previously South Africans needed only to arrive at the airport in Turkey and get a visa stamped in their passport free of charge.

How do I apply?

Well the application process is really not all that bad, in fact. You don’t need to send your passport in, it doesn’t cost you a cent and it only takes 10 minutes. Just note that this is only for people staying less than 30 days.

  1. Click: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
  2. Select that you are an SA citizen: the application is then free of charge
  3. Print out your e-visa and keep it with you throughout your trip to Turkey – you may need to present it when you leave as well.

What about non-tourist visas?

For visas for working in Turkey (not business visits) or study and for stays longer than 30 days the process is different. These generally take around 2 weeks to process, cost around R550 and must be applied for through a visa agency or directly through the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria.

Our Readers Comments

  1. good day

    please may you advise if there are date open from the 29april til 01may2014?

    many thanks

  2. I am really interested to go and visit Turkey and discover some more places , thank you very much for opportunity to go with your services .

  3. We intend visiting Istanbul From 9th-11th May 2014

    • I am a South African citizen and would like to apply for a visa as I will be going to
      Turkey for 2-3 weeks in August. My wife has an Italian Passport will she need a visa?
      Thanks and regards,
      G. W. Gibson

  4. We intend visuting Istabul en route to Beirut to visit our daughter working there

    • We intend visiting Istanbul during 9-11 May.We are on our way to Beirut to visit our daughter who is working there

    • Please help. i am a south african citizen and will only be at Ataturk Airport in transit for 2 hours on my way to Dublin. Do I need a turkish visa?

    • Hi Margie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I have contacted the Turkish Embassy who confirmed a South African passport holder traveling from South Africa to Ireland and transiting in Istanbul does not require a transit visa. However please contact the embassy for the most up to date information, as this could change at anytime.

      Turkish Embassy – Consular Section
      Telephone No : (012) 342-6053/ 54

      They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information if a transit visa is required or not.

  5. The e-visa is quite new and when it first started there was a lot of confusion, especially with British tourists but it all seems to have ironed itself out now. Love the process, it is so streamlined

  6. Would like to visit Turkey from 29 April to 7 may 2014.
    Please quote me for travel and accomodation.

  7. For RSA citizens- when arriving at Istanbul Ataturk airport use the Visa-2 immigration desks, not the Visa-1 section. Visa-2 is designated by a signboard for citizens of Kuwait, Jordan etc and is also for South Africans. Have your printed e-visa ready to show the immigration official.

  8. Do I need a visa for spain if in spain already? Work on ships want to holiday for a week ? How do I do this do u know any hostels to stay?

  9. I work incruise ship want to hoilday in spain do I need a visa will dock in spain want to visit for 7 days do u know any hostels.

    • Barcelona, hostels international Calle Hospital , just off the Ramblas.
      very central.

      Madrid. Hostel San Marcenado, Lots of hostels near metro Grand Via

  10. Visiting Turkey on 30 April and leaving 12 May looking for hotels

  11. Hi, Im a South African citizen intended to visit Turkey in May this year, im a wholesaler and want to know where to go buy wholesale Turkish ladies fashion, when is the best time to go for summer sales and a Hotel nearby.

    Thankyou
    VERMAAK

  12. I intend visiting Turkey in August The Turkish Lira is not available in South Africa, can I exchange South African currency in Turkey?

    • Change your ZAR before you go!!!!!!! You get much less when exchanging ZAR there. Change it to USD or EUR. When you arrive there change it to TL. Enjoy your trip.

  13. I intend visiting Turkey in August The Turkish Lira is not available in South Africa, can I exchange South African currency in Turkey?
    Can I apply for a E Visa before buying a ticket?

    • I was told that Bidvest Bank can supply Turkish Lire. You will need to call Bidvest Bank branch 24 hours before to order the Turkish Lire. If in Johannesburg, you can call Bidvest Branch on 011 884 4035 to order. Hope this helps.

  14. Hi I am a somalian sitizen I want to visit turkey .do I need a visa?

  15. I’m a South African citizen with UAE residency. Recently a Turkish employer told me I can’t apply for a Turkish work visa in the UAE where I’ve been living for years. UAE authorities however insist that I can. I would like to get some clarity regarding the matter.

  16. Hi I’m south african citizen and I like to go turkey.from the can i go to greece and what I need for visa

  17. I applied for the Turkish visa. It took about 15 minutes for 4 people. I wish all visa processes were so simple.

  18. How do I edit my arrival dates? I have sent in an application for verification but the arrival date is incorrect.
    Amy.

  19. I am travelling to Turkey in late December 2014. Please advise as to how many days before I travel do I need to apply for my visa.

  20. HI I M SA CITIZEN JUST WANT TO KNOW CAN I GET VISA EVEN IF I TRAVEL AFTER SIX MONTHS

    • Hi Iqbal, I’m not sure I understand your question.

      You can get a visa any time for Turkey, we suggest you apply a couple of weeks/days before your departure as it’s done online. If your question is about staying in Turkey for longer than 6 months you will need to apply with the embassy in Pretoria and send your passport in.

  21. Iam somali I live in south afican 15yr I have. South afican. Passport. Purposes and I’d book south afican. I need visas turkey. Please. May advise me. How I get visas. Turky and I spend many becouse that happy my coury somali thank u all poeple turky

    • Hello, if you have a South African passport you can apply for the visa online just as if you were born in South Africa. Good luck with your application.

  22. Am from East Africa i can like to visit Turkey, can i apply my tourist visa this for South African. plz Help

    • Hi Sally, this will all depend on the type of passport you hold, but for normal passports of most countries for travellers who are going for the purposes of tourism or business, travellers can apply online for the visa at: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

  23. Hi there,

    I am a Cameroonian leaving in South Africa and need to visit turkey for less than 30 days and can i have help on how to apply for a tourist visa. I have a general work permit in my passport. I will appreciate your answer.
    Thanks Eric

    • Hi Eric, you can apply for a Turkish visa online, it costs US $60 and must be paid by master or visa card, just use the link above.

      If you’re not able to do this, you will need to use a handling agency for the visa, I suggest ROSE visas, you can find the details of their offices here: http://www.roseadmin.co.za/index.php?mod=3&action=show&articleid=81

  24. Hi! I am a South African Citizen, currently residing in Beijing. I applied for the E-Visa but it came up with a message to visit the nearest consular. Applying for a visa through a consulate will take 7 working days. I unfortunately don’t have 7 working days to spare. 🙁 Any advice? or insight on what could be the problem? Or how to get a tourist visa in a shorter period of time?

    • Hi Pam,

      That is unfortunate. I would recommend you contact the Turkish Embassy in Beijing direct, to see if they are experiencing any problems online. As usually when a South African applies for a Turkish visa it takes roughly 10 – 15 minutes to receive their visa online.

      In saying this, maybe the process is different if one is not applying for the visa in South Africa. I would suggest you contact them directly so they can assist and advise you accordingly.

      Address: China, Beijing, Chaoyang, Sanlitun East 5th Street, 三里屯东5街9号
      Phone:+86 10 6532 1715

      Best of Luck!

  25. HI.I am an South african and I want to tour Istanbul. I heard that passengers are being detained and deported due to circumstances in the region. How do I avoid this . I plan to tour with my wife in October.Thanks

    • Hi Ahmad,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We have not heard such news. Deportation is when a passenger has not complied with the rules and regulations of the government. Its not due to if there are unfortunate circumstances happening in parts of the country.

      You are welcome to contact the Embassy directly, however as far as we are aware, there has been no problems for passengers travelling to Turkey if they have the correct documentation and the airport officials feel the passenger travelling will comply with the rules

  26. Hello Nick or Mercel , Do you guys work with the Turkish Embassy , I’m a Nigerian National residing in South Africa with a Business permit still valid . I just got married and I am planing a honey mood in Istanbul with my South African Wife . How do I apply for a Turkish Visa or rather what are the requirements for getting a turkish visa for myself and wife ? What are the requirements ? I did read through the website and I saw that passport holders that have visas or permit of OECD member states are only eligible to apply for E-visa , is south africa amongst the OECD member state ?

    Michael

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Congratulations to you both. Turkey is an amazing place to visit, well chosen for your honeymoon 🙂

      Unfortunately we do not work with the Turkish Embassy or assist on visa processes. I know as a South African passport holder one can apply online for a Turkish Visa. It is a very simple process which takes about 15 minutes.

      In saying this I am not sure how the procedure is for a person holding a Nigerian passport.

      My best advise would be to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specializes in visa’s and they would be able to assist with the most up to date information on the correct procedures to follow and what all is required.

      Their contact details are:

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  27. I am a somalia leaving in South Africa and need to visit turkey for less than 30 days
    and i have soamalia passport can apply for a Turkish visa online

    • Hi Isse,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      As we are a South African based company I am not sure on the procedures for Somalian passport holder wanting to apply for a Turkish Visa.

      I would suggest you contact the Turkish Embassy in South Africa and request the relevant information (correct procedures and documentation required) when applying for a Turkish visa.

      These are the following contact details I found on their website:

      Phone
      +27-12-342-6053
      +27-12-342-6054
      +27-12-342-6055
      +27-12-342-6056
      +27-12-342-6057

      Best of Luck!

    • Get the information but apply for the visa online. It will save you a lot of time and money

  28. Hi there, I’m a South African citizen hoping to visit Turkey for two months (to visit my partner who works there, not to work myself). I understand that means I would not be able to apply for my visa using the online system for longer than 30 days, but is there the opportunity to apply for an extended tourist visa at the Turkish consulate? Is there a consulate in Johannesburg?

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Kate,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      There is a Turkish Consulate in Pretoria.

      You are welcome to contact them direct and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      Their contact number:

      Telephone:
      Embassy:
      +27 12 342 60 55-56
      Consular Section:
      +27 12 342 60 53-54

      Have a great day.

  29. Hi Guys

    I have applied for my visa however put in the wrong dates
    Will it be an issue if I have to apply for the visa again

    Regards
    Thirshnee

    • Hi Thirshnee,

      Thanks for the interesting question. These details are kept on record so I am not sure if it will overlap.

      I would suggest contacting the Turkish Embassy to see what information they could provide.

      Their contact details are:

      Their contact number:

      Telephone:
      Embassy:
      +27 12 342 60 55-56
      Consular Section:
      +27 12 342 60 53-54

      Best of Luck!

  30. Hi, obviously I’ll have to take my passport with to Turkey. I know in Europe at one point they accepted drivers licenses as identification too. Is that still the case or does that only count for EU citizens?

    • Hi Liezl,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you traveling on a South African passport you will need to present this when going into Turkey or any country in the EU, as they will need to see your Schengen visa stamped in your passport.

      Unfortunately South African passport holders are not allowed to enter the EU or any country abroad using their drivers licence. This can only be used for traveling domestically within South Africa.

  31. Hi am rana md shahin. I need a visit visa for Portugal. But I got south African business permit. Just I want to know , ,when I apply for Portugal visit visa can i get it. Please can you give me some information about Portugal visit visa. .

    • Hi Rana,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for foreign passports we specialise in South African travelers holding a SA passport.

      I would suggest you contact the Portuguese Embassy direct on:

      Address: 1006 Standard Bank Ctr, Heerengracht, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001
      Phone:021 421 4560

      Best of Luck!

  32. I live about 50 km away from Cape Town…..I wonder if there is Turkish embassy in Cape Town. I have an Italian passport and come from Italian family. I heard that I must apply a new South African passport. And if I want to visit Turkey then I have to travel with Italian and South African passports together…Is this correct??

    • Hi Manuella,

      Thanks for the interesting question. I am not sure if you will need to travel with both passports.

      I would suggest to contact the Turkish Embassy as well as the airline you will be traveling on who would be able to assist with the correct information.

      Please see contact details for Turkish Embassy in Cape Town below:

      Turkish Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa

      Penrose House
      1 Penrose Road
      Muizenberg 7945
      P.O.Box 315, Muizenberg 7950
      Cape Town
      South Africa

  33. Thanks for this – I applied for my e-Visa and it took a few minutes. I received my e-Visa via email immediately. And it’s free for SA citizens! I wish all other visa processes were as smooth and easy as this.

  34. Hi there

    Thank you for all this information. We are 7 ladies travelling to Turkey next week. We were under the impression it is not necessary for Visas. Hope we will still be in time to apply. If you have any other information we need to know I will be glad. Travelling via Dubai(connection flight) to Istanbul.

    Regards

    • Hi Liza,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If you are a South African passport holder an e-visa will be required which is done online.

      How to apply:

      The application process is really not all that bad, in fact. You don’t need to send your passport in, it doesn’t cost you a cent and it only takes 10 minutes. Just note that this is only for people staying less than 30 days.

      Click: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

      Select that you are an SA citizen: the application is then free of charge
      Print out your e-visa and keep it with you throughout your trip to Turkey – you may need to present it when you leave as well.

      Please find link below:

      Hope this helps and have a fantastic time in Turkey!

  35. Hi there

    I’m planning on travelling to Turkey within the next month or two. I live in London and my SA passport is almost full, although it only expires September 2016. There’s space for a few more stamps but I have no blank pages left.

    I understand I can get a tourist e-visa for Turkey for and print this out, but would my passport need to be stamped as well?

    Thanks
    Tersia

    • Hi Tersia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to have 3 blank pages in your passport when traveling, this is for official purposes. They will stamp your passport when passing through immigration.

  36. Hi, I am looking at traveling to Turkey in October. My current passport will expire in January 2016 so I will not be able to travel with it in October. There is currently a delay in processing passports, will I be able to enter Turkey with a Temporary Passport?

    • Hi Pash,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Unfortunately this will not be possible to travel on a tempory passport. Home Affairs have since done away with this.

      I have found some information however this should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy to get the most up to date information.

      Passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller`s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country. For example, a traveller with a visa expiry date of 20 May 2015 must hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 July 2015.
      Travellers without the required period of validity on passports will regrettably not be allowed entry into Turkey due to this new legal regulation.

      urkish Embassy
      1067 Stanza Bopape Street (formerly Church Street), Hatfield 0083
      PO Box 56014 Arcadia 0007
      Tel: (012) 3426053/4 Fax: (012) 3426052

  37. Hi Team,

    A big up to you all for such an awesome and insightful webpage- it really does make travelling easier.

    I am off to Turkey and Italy in 2 weeks time and I have a British Passport as well as my RSA one. I know for Italy I don’t need a visa but do I still need to get a Turkish one if I have a British Passport?

    Thanks a mil,
    Rebecca

  38. Do I need medical insurance for a Turkish visa ?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge Travel Insurance is not required for South African passport holders. I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct as they will be able to give the most up to date information.

      Turkish Embassy
      1067 Stanza Bopape Street (formerly Church Street), Hatfield 0083
      PO Box 56014 Arcadia 0007
      Tel: (012) 3426053/4 Fax: (012) 3426052

  39. Is there a maximum no of times one can apply for a 30 day visitors visa? For instance, if i’d like to visit Turkey in one month and then return 2 months later? What are the limitations?

    • Hi Rabs,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      VALIDITY:
      Validity of tourist visas issued by the Embassy are only valid for 3 months starting from the date of issuance. If a passenger is planning to visit Turkey 3-4 months later, they will need to submit visa application during the last month before departure or ask for another type of visa by specifying scheduled visiting dates.

      SA Passports are to be valid for a minimum of six (6) months.

      If you have any other queries you welcome to contact the Turkish Embassy direct they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      ISSUING AUTHORITY:
      Turkish Embassy
      1067 Stanza Bopape Street (formerly Church Street), Hatfield 0083
      PO Box 56014 Arcadia 0007
      Tel: (012) 3426053/4 Fax: (012) 3426052
      Visa applications and collections : Mon – Fri 0900 – 1100
      Enquiries by telephone: 1200 – 1300
      E-mail: embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr
      Website: http://pretoria.be.mfa.gov.tr (Application forms can be printed off the web page.)

  40. hi i would like out find out if it its still visa free to turkey thanks for sa citizens

    • Hi Yusuf, Turkey is no longer visa-free for South Africans, you will need to apply for a free visa online to travel to Turkey, see the link in the post above.

  41. Hi there!

    I stumbled across your link and am hoping you can help me. I am a SA citizen, currently vacationing (for the third time in five years) in Turkey on a 30 day visa which I received online. I’d like to extend my visit for another 2-3 weeks and wondered who I contact or what I need to do in order to get an extension. I will be in Ankara later this week where, I believe, the SA Embassy (Consulate?) is based. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you – Tesekkur ederim!

    Namaste~
    Anni B

    • Hi Anni, you won’t need to apply through the South African Embassy/Consulate as they don’t issue visas for Turkey, they’ll only be able to help with stuff like if you lost your passport and so on. You’ll need to contact the Turkish version of home affairs there. I’m not sure if you will be able to extend your tourist visa, but my colleagues in Istanbul suggest you contact the Yabancılar Şubesi (Foreign office) there for help with extending it (if possible).

  42. How long to wait for turkey visa for lesotho passport holder for 6months?

    • Hi Lootinhum,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Lesotho passports holders or where to apply as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Turkish Embassy direct or a visa handling agency and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have on where to apply for the visa, how long the processing time would be and what all the visa requirements are.

  43. Applying for turkey visa for lesotho passport holder takes how many days in Pretoria south africa

  44. Hi
    I was going through the e-visa process and on personal information they asked for place of birth, on my passport place of birth is written ZAF what do I write, and do I use capitals letters only when filling the application. Thank you

    • Hi Monica,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      ZAF is South African. So your country of birth you will write South Africa.

      When completing the visa application form, it should stipulate if it must be in capital letters or not. If it does not mention this, I think either or should be ok.

  45. Hi

    I am a South African flying to Dublin via Istanbul on an overnight flight. Do I need a visa for Turkey?

    Thank you

    • Hi Hangwie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I have contacted the Turkish Embassy on 012 3426053 and spoke to a lady who confirmed if you are in transit and traveling on a South African passport, you will not require a transit visa.

      I would suggest calling again just to double check.

  46. And whatt about Somali passport?

    • Hi Said,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements and procedures for a Somalian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct, they should be able to assist and answer any questions you might have.

  47. I’m in Botswana and will be travelling to stay in Turkey 4 a year and want to know how to apply for visa here.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the Turkish Embassy as you will not be able to apply for a visa valid for a year.

      When going onto their side it shows visa will be granted for a total period of 180 days. Your stay cannot exceed 30 days.

  48. Hi there

    We travelling to Turkey in Feb 2016, and our passports expire Nov 2016. Will this be valid to travel to Turkey?

    Please advise
    Many Thanks
    Achmad

    • Hi Achmad,

      As long as your passport is valid for 6 months from date of arrival back from your trip and you have 2 blank pages in your passport you should be fine.

  49. My name is Mr Alutu, I just want to know the requirements to get a Turkish visa .Am from Nigeria residing in South Africa, using a business permit

    • Hi Alutu,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have relating to obtaining a Turkish visa.

  50. Hi sir, I’m south African sitizen, I already visit Istanbul twice on 6 month e visa, they only give me 1 month entry in Turkey, but I like to sstay month regularly, please can u advice me to get 3 months or more 3 months visa to stay longer?

    • HI Tavakal,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      For this you will need to contact the Turkish Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise accordingly if they will extend your visa and its the Embassy who are granting the visa’s.

  51. Hi please help i have an old turkish note which i nolonger can change in SA. For those staying in turkey what can i do to change it.Thanx
    How much r the tickets from Johannesburg to Turkey

    • Hi Nony,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You can see if a friend is traveling to Turkey and could buy is from you. Or you can keep it should you ever be traveling to Turkey again.

      You welcome to search for flight prices directly on our website by clicking on: https://goo.gl/PZbN54 here you are able to view all the different
      airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option. You will need to insert the exact dates of travel and your route along with number of passengers.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  52. Hi
    I am planning on travelling to Turkey in May. I would like to spend a day in Greece/Greek islands. Would I still need to have a visa for Greece even though I’m there for one day visiting from Turkey? Thanks!

    • Hi there,

      Yes as you would need a Schengen visa if you are visiting Greece, even if it is only for one day.

  53. am a south African but i bass in Ghana . can i fly from Ghana to turkey ,beside am not good in speaking my native language cause i have stayed in Ghana for many years

    • Hi Kuluka,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you should be able to fly from Ghana to Turkey, however we do not specialize in this area so I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they would be able to give you the most up to date information if this would be possible.

  54. i just completed my school, and i want to go on holidays in turkey ….. beside i dont have any friends or relatives there . i have a Ghanaian passport ,what is be the best process

    • Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Turkish Embassy direct the will be able to advise on the correct procedures to follow, what are the requirements and the cost for a visa, should one be required.

  55. I want to come over to turkey with my wife and kids to live , work and buy nice goods and export them from turkey what are my chances of getting a visa and what visas do I require with south African passports

    • Hi Benjamin,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  56. Hi,

    I would like to know, if I would be allowed to travel to Turkey and pass through the immigration check with exhausted passport pages. I am holding a valid UK Visa and the passport is also valid. I have applied for e-visa on my existing passport and intend to travel in a weeks time. My new passport is yet to be received and I am unable to delay my business trip due to shortage of passport pages. Kindly advise.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If your passport does not meet the requirement (have the necessary blank pages) to my knowledge you will be stopped at immigration / denied boarding. Same applies if your passport is not for 6 months from date of return.

      You welcome to contact the airline direct to double check. It’s up to the airline and immigration if they will allow you through if you do not have the correct number of blank pages.

  57. I need some information on the online visa – the rule is that the passport must be valid for 60 days AFTER the end of the 30 day visa period. My passport expires 2 days before this. Can I
    a) put my arrival date on the application 2 days/1 week earlier than my actual arrival date?
    b) get a shorter than 30 day visa (I am only there 2 days) ?

    If these options are not possible online, can I get the visa at a Turkish embassy?

    • Hi Jeanette,

      To my knowledge your passport needs to be valid for 60 days from date of return from your travel. If it is not they could stop you at check-in or at immigration.

  58. hi am Kingsley pls I need you help I am Lesotho with Lesotho passport I in nigeria for holidays now .I wish to visit turkey to stay some weeks did I need visa I find in internet that lesotho is visa free to turkey .pls i want to be sure thanks

    • Hi Kingsley,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Lesotho passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. I suggest you contact the Embassy direct for any visa related queries. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  59. Many Thanks, Your Blog has been very helpful. Our e-Visa are ‘sorted’.

    Kind Regards

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear it helped and that you received your e-visa for Turkey.

      Have a fabulous time in Turkey. It really is an amazing country to visit.

  60. i am SA passport holder wish to visit turkey but from there i will like to visit isreal and then back to turkey,did i need a visa back to turkey?

    • Hi Paramos,

      When filling out the visa application online, it should ask you if you need a single or multiple entry. You will then need to select multiple.

      However as we do not specilise in visa related queries please contact the Turkish Embassy direct to see what they advise and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  61. I am SA passport holder trying to apply the e-visa to visit turkey but i cant get it right please will you help me by given me the right web site and also what do.thanks

  62. Hello! Thank you for the advice with regards to the eVisa.

    I am in the process of purchasing flights to Istanbul but am wondering whether or not one is able to enter Istanbul (from another country) via Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. I know that Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is an International airport and that it was built to take the load off of Istanbul Atatürk Airport, so I assume that entering at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport would be the same as Istanbul Atatürk Airport? Or does one have to enter Istanbul via Istanbul Atatürk Airport?

    I will be flying in from Doha, Qatar and returning from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to Doha, Qatar. I know it may sound like a silly question but I’d rather have straight up facts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards
    Kyle

    • Hi Kyle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      With regards to flying into certain airports when you on the booking website and it allows you to book that route and complete the booking it should be fine. However I suggest its always best to book through a travel agent who specializes in these queries to avoid any disappointment in the long run. We do have a team of travel experts who will gladly assist you in making the booking and answering any questions you might have.

      However if you are a South African passport holder traveling to Turkey I always suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most direct information on visa’s, as this post you commented on was written over 2 years ago and things could have changed.

  63. Hi,

    We are going on a Mediterranean cruise in October and will be visiting Kusadasi for 1 day. Please will you advise if we need to apply for an e-visa? I read somewhere that this kind of visit is exempt?

    thanks so much
    regards
    Yolande.

    • Hi Yolande,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’ve looked on the internet. Seems to be different when arriving by cruise ship. As we do not specilize in this area, we strongly suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  64. Please may I make an inquiry?
    We will be travelling from Johannesburg to Israel via Istanbul on Turkish airlines and will be in transit and then later on back again. Do we need to apply for a visa?

    William

    • Hi William,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport the passengers are traveling on.

      Please contact the Embassy direct as they specialize in visa related queries and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

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