Turkey visa requirements for South Africans

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The visa requirements for Turkey seems to bring up a lot of questions for South Africans travelling to this popular tourist and business destination. This is no surprise as more and more countries require South Africans to hold visas for entry, the requirements for which can often be complicated and tedious.

NB: As of October 2011, most South Africans travelling to Turkey report that they are not required to purchase a visa upon arrival in the country. South Africans are being sent through security fee of charge with just a simple entry stamp to the country.

There is, as yet, no official word of the requirement for the visa being removed by the Turkish government, so the official word is still the below:

Where can I get my Turkey visa?

The good news is that (officially) you can get a Turkey visa upon arrival at any point of immigration in the country. It’s really simple, all you do is take your passport to the visas counter, pay the fee on the board (EUR10 or USD15 for South Africans) and you get issued a visa sticker in your passport entitling you to stay in Turkey up to 30 days.

What if I want to stay longer in Turkey?

You’ll need to apply for a visa in advance for that. You can be granted a stay of up 3 months as a tourist if you apply for the visa before you depart. You’ll need to have a number of travel arrangements in order, like accommodation for the duration of your trip, a letter of invitation, proof of employment and proof of funds.

How do I apply before departure for a Turkish visa?

You can either go through to the embassy yourself, if you live in or around Pretoria, or alternatively you can contact a visa agency to help with application to Turkey. We use Visa Express whom you can reach via the online visa application form on our website.

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  1. We have just returned from Turkey and getting a visa was NOT a very exciting thing to do. We went straight over to the visa counter and when we showed our SA passport they told us to go to pasport control who would issue the visa. Went to passport control and he very rudely sent us right back to the visa section. The man at the counter was even more rude and then sent us to the passport police where we were greeted by a very unfriendly person who made us stand away from his counter and wait. We waited and waited and he appeared to be doing nothing. Eventually, he said something about the system being down and started manually doing the visa for which he did not charge in the end. The welcome into Turkey was not great !!!

    • My wife and I are planning to go to Turkey for a holiday. Did what happened with Sue occur in Instanbul? We would like to be forewarned and the response from Sue was very timely

    • Hey Salieh, I’m not sure if it happened in Istanbul, but it is likely since that’s the main port of entry. I went to Istanbul and didn’t experience too much trouble at all. The immigration staff though, are not very helpful and the signposting is not fantastic. When we arrived, the visa counter was on the left, before going through security. Just be sure you get your visa sticker before queuing for security other wise you’ll be spending a long time for nothing in the security queue before begin sent straight back to the visa counter before being allowed to proceed.

    • Hi, I have just come back from Turkey (15/06/2012). I have a South African passport and lived in the UK for 15 years. I also found the Turkey immigration people to be very rude but at the same time when you aren’t able to understand each other it doesn’t help the situation. South Africans DO NOT have to pay for a visa but you do have to get a stamp in your passport and their immigration also make a photocopy of your passport when you enter and leave Turkey. It’s just standard procedurer, nothing to worry about.

    • hi guys i am flying from SA to New York and back via Istanbul do you think i would need a visa even if i am only going to be there for less than 12 hrs as on my return there is a layover with my connecting flights

  2. Would it be advisable to ask for a Visa to explore the markets near the airport while we wait for our connecting flight – we have 7 hours to wait in Istanbul – Brussels to SA connecting flights. we have been advised that the market has some amazing ware.

    • Hi Lany! Thanks for getting in touch! The popular markets in Istanbul aren’t that close to the airport, the Egyptian Bazaar (the slightly less touristy bazaar) in town is good, it’s about 45minutes to an hour’s drive, just bear that in mind. You can leave the airport, but you will need to get a visa, it’s about $15 or so. So if you go into town make sure you’re back in time for your flight, taking into account traffic etc etc.

  3. My family arrived in Istanbul on the morning of Saturday, 1 October 2011 and received the good news that as South African passport holders, the visa fee had been waived. We went through Immigration in less than 10 minutes. It looks like this is new because all South Africans we interacted with while queueeing, didn’t know about this.

    • Hey! Thanks for the news! Wow that’s super-cool. This could be because the Turkish Prime Minister was just here striking deals with thee SA government, so I will investigate further about this. My folks are off to Istanbul on Friday so that will be great news for them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Paul. Did your folks have any trouble obtaining the Turkish visa or was it a breeze?
    I’m going to Turkey in December. Not sure if I should organise visas before I leave.

    • Hi Shameema! My folks just got back the other day and they had no problems at all. They informed me that it is in fact true, there is no visa for South Africans to Enter Turkey for less than 30 days. You’ll just need to show return tickets leaving Turkey within 30 days, they now just stamp your passport and let you through. Apparently the procedure is a little slower than it was when we had to pay for visas, but I guess it’s R100 saved! 🙂

  5. Awesome news Nick Paul. Im going to be going in February 2012.

    So do you still advise not getting a visa before hand?

    • Hi Sean! Yup, things seem to be getting better and better for South Africans. So long as you’re going for no longer than 30 days and you’re just going for a holiday, you should be fine without a visa!

    • hello there

      Hi i will be visiting Turki soon for 5 days . Well my boyfriend will book my ticket pay for all,i must just see to my visa,i am South African with South AFRICAN PASSPORT so is it easy for me to get passport on arrival??? Please i need some advise



  6. Awesome news – we’re flying on Friday – we’ll let you know how things go 🙂

  7. hi, visited istanbul twice during december 2011 and january 2012. we had no problems at all. the official policy is that VISAS may be obtained at the port of entry GRATIS to South African Passport holders.

    They send you through to Passport Control Area no. 2, which generally has short queues and only open to South African, Iraqi, Malta and some other exempt countries. It also looks like this area is not in use but you should ask the guards here, they usually do the visa stamping.

    this information can be confirmed by visiting the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website with the VISA charges to each country. http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-fees-at-border-gates-for-2010.en.mfa

  8. Thanks guys for all the comments below.I’ve never travelled ut of S.A but will be traveling for the first time to Turkey, visiting a friend for 11 days and my enquiry is whether I need a Tourist Visa or not but from reading your comments I realise it is not neccessary though I want to be on the safe side, should I call the Turkey embassy here in Pretoria to confirm this.


    • Hi! Just double-checked these requirements again and it’s still a visa on arrival free-of-charge which allows you to stay in Turkey for a maximum of 30 days. Enjoy Turkey!

  9. Hi Nick

    I am planning on relocation to Istanbul (work) .. the problem I am faced with is that the companies that have contacted me, are asking if I have a work permit , and I have to have the employment contract before I can get a work permit, and the companies wont give me an employment contract unless I have a work permit. A catch 22 situation. So Im sure you understand my problem.

    What i wanted to enquire is , is it possible to apply for a visa that allows me to look for work while in Turkey and then apply for a work permit while I am in Turkey to avoid coming back to SA to do the whole work permit application.

    I have a few interviews lined up for May, so My intention is to stay in Turkey for about 6 months looking for work, obviuosly if I do find work . i will live there.

    See ive been to Turkey twice last year for many interviews , but the problem is companies wanted me to start within three weeks, but i could not, due to me not having a work permit and me coming back to SA and applying for a work permit would take much longer so I had to decline those offers.

    What is the best approach and advice you can offer me with respect to my situation.

    Best Regards

    • Hi Anwar. Thanks for getting in touch. I am afraid I’m not really an expert on work visas.

      The general way work visas work is that you need to apply for a work visa from your country of residency once you have an offer of employment in the country you are trying to go to.

      I have checked the Turkish Embassy’s website and they say that you can only apply for a work visa once you have a signed offer of employment. Read more here: http://www.pretoria.emb.mfa.gov.tr/ConsularServices.aspx?ID=6

      The way most of these situations work, to my knowledge, is that the employers writes you an offer of employment with a clause “pending approval of a work permit/visa by X date, if no visa has been granted by this date, this contract is voided”

      Perhaps get in touch with an emmigration lawyer for help too.

  10. Hi there, I’ve got a curved ball for you. My wife and I wish to travel into Turkey for a period not exceeding 30 day s via Motor-home. Would you know whether this is possible even though we would not have any accommodation nor return air ticket to prove when we intend to exit?.

    • Hi Ron! Thanks for getting in touch. That really is a curved ball!

      To be safe you can get a 3 month visa for about R485 per person prior to departure, the requirements are as follows:

      *Application form
      *Valid passport (valid at least six months from the date of application).
      *One photograph.
      *Return flight ticket (original or photocopy).
      *Itinerary from travel agent.
      *Proof of sufficient funds for the stay (Travellers cheques, etc.).
      *Letter from bank stating available balance in bank account and the bank statements as of the last 3 months.
      *Hotel accommodation information.
      *The invitation letter and the “Document of Commitment” signed by the inviter in Turkey which should be issued by the Turkish Public Notaries.
      *If the applicant is an employee, confirmation of employment by his/her employer.
      *If the applicant is self-employed, the company registration documents and a letter from the Chamber of *Commerce/Industry where it is registered.
      *Police clearance on criminal records (if required by the Embassy).

      I would suggest discussing your plans with the Turkish Embassy for their best advice possible. They may make an exception if you have more than enough funds for the duration if your trip. They may also accept proof of renting the motor home as proof of accommodation. You can reach them on (012) 342-6053/ 54

      As a little PS, when I went to Turkey a couple of years ago they didn’t even ask me for proof of accommodation when I entered, even though it was a requirement. Not sure if this is always the case though, so best to be safe!

  11. I am going on a cruise next month and will be in Instanbul on board the ship overnight and also visiting another port in Turkey. Will I be required to obtain a visa beforehand?

    • Hi Anne, thanks for getting in touch. South African passport holders get a visa free of charge on arrival in Turkey. Just make sure you have a visa for any non-Turkish destinations/waters you may be in during the trip – if in fact you will be anywhere else but Turkey.

  12. Hi Nick ,

    I am going to Turkey for abt 4 nights . Any suggestions on where to stay in Istanbul with reasonable facilities ?

    • Hi Niran, thanks for getting in touch. Istanbul is very geared up for tourism so there are plenty of hotels to choose form. I would suggest staying in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. Click here to see where that is: http://bit.ly/I2SkD9 . It is the old town but so it’s very central to all the tourism sights, bars and restaurants. There are also very good tram links to the rest of the city, should you need them. For example on this link: http://bit.ly/HWKonI it would be the area the hotels numbered 18, 4, 14, 2 & 1.

      Click “Show Map” at the top of the page, basically it’s the hotels at the right hand side of the map which are best located, in my opinion.

  13. When I went there, we arrived at Bodrum, I ws told to get my bags and go with a policeman. We went to the police station at the airport, I had to fill in a form stating reasons for my visit etc. My passport was chapped with a 30 day Visa – no charge. I must admit that I felt uncomfortable with all the armed police around, I have not been living in SA for a long time now and am not used to this anymore.

  14. Hi Nick
    Thanks for all your info thus far.
    Just a quick question. We will be landing in Istanbul at the end of July for a 12 hour stop-over, and would like to make the most of these hours that we will be in the country (morning to evening). Any suggestions? I realise that we will need to take traffic into account, but any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Hi Renee!

      Sounds great! You can definitely do a city tour in 12 hours. I believe that Turkish Airlines may still be providing transit passengers with free city tours. It may be worth finding out more about that at check-in. Alternatively you can catch a taxi or bus into town. For more info on what transport to catch, check here: http://www.ataturkairport.com/TR_EN_ist/index_en.html

    • I will tell you all about our trip upon our return.

  15. Hi Nick, My mate and I are planning a 10 day holiday in Europe, we using Turkey as our entry and exit. We were planning to see Prague, Amsterdam and Barcelona, can you give me some advise regarding the Eurostar and its various routings together with some travel tips…Thanks.

  16. Hi Nick
    I am travelling via Istanbul in October. Do you think it would be safe for me to travel into the city alone (I’m a woman:) for the day? I have 13 hours to kill. I’ve traveled solo before but mostly just in Western Europe. Does anybody else in this comments section have any experience doing this?
    Would really appreciate the feedback.

  17. Hi Claude,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Turkey doesn’t count as Europe as such, it’s not part of the EU or the Schengen states.

    You will need to do one of the following:

    1. decide on and book accommodation in each place you will be in Europe for the duration of your stay, you will also need to prebook the transport between the different points

    2. book a Europe tour through a reputable tour company like Contiki

    3. get an invitation from a friend in Europe, in which case your flight tickets will need to enter and exit through that country

    The Eurostar train connects London with Paris and Brussels, so it won’t go to Prague, Amsterdam and Barcelona. I would suggest buying a Eurail pass from someone like http://www.raileurope.co.za/ for your travel within Europe.

  18. hey nick, going to be travelling to Istanbul at the end of june for aprox. 26 days; my first time i’ll be travelling alone abroad so im quite anxious. any tips for me regarding airport procedures etc? in addition, upon arrival do i merely get my passport stamped or is there a separate queue for visa requirements. thanx.

  19. Hi Paul
    I am living and working in the Netherlands for 2 years now and have a residence permit until 2015. We are going to Turkey for 8 days and I only have a SA passport but have my residence permit from the Netherlands as well. The travel agent did not ask or advise anything about visa’s The package included airtickets. do you think I might have problems or could I also purchase a visa in Dalaman airport where we land. I am travelling with some other Dutch citizens.

  20. Hi nick,

    I am in Nigeria presently and I will like T̶̲̥̅̊Ợ̣̣̇̇̇ go to turkey in two weeks time,for ten days with my SA passport.I hope I will not have any problem with me fly from nigeria? Thanks

  21. Hi Nick
    I’m traveling to Macedonia via Turkey. Do I need a visa for Turkey. And do I need a visa for Macedonia. Not sure if there is a connecting flight from Turkey immediately (same day) or overnight to Macedonia. If overnight is there a hotel at the airport. If you can’t assist please advise who would be able to do so. Traveling on South African passport. Thanks a ton. Winn

  22. I have heard that South African citizens can buy their visas for Turkey when they arrive in Turkey.

    I would just like to confirm what (if any) supporting documentation will be needed to buy the visas at Istanbul airport?

  23. Hi Nick

    We stop over in Istanbul on our way to our destination, as well as on our way home. On return we would like to use the Turkish airlines free tour which starts at 12, we land at 11. Do you think we will be allowed to get the visa on our first stop over, to avoid queues on our return?

  24. I leave tomorrow for Europe on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and am in transit for 8 hours. Believe South Africans don’t need a visa. Do they accept Euros if I want to purchase anything at the airport or if I go into Istanbul. Not sure if I have enough time though to travel to the city.
    Thanks for all the advice so far.

  25. Hi, I am british , but my brother who is South African, is living in Turkey , in my villa at present and has a 6 month visa. I would like to know how can he renew his visa, as he wants to start a business there in the near future, with my help and would like to settle in Turkey

  26. Hi Nick
    I was in turkey in march and got the visa stamp stating a 90day visa. I am planning to go back to turkey in July but those 90days are now over, Can I still go again and just get a new stamp?

  27. I have a query. Can a South African temporary passport holder get a sticker visa for Turkey at Istanbul airport?


  28. Hi Nick, i’m really happy with all of this comments, but, my requirement is that, how much in cash do i need to have, before i can be alow to enter Turkey, i will be going there next month September with a friend for a 2weeks holiday, and please what kind of visa must i require. Thanks

  29. Hi Nick Paul
    I will be arriving in Turkey the night before I catch a connecting flight and need a good hotel accessible from the airport in Istanbul. Please can you suggest somewhere to stay and advise on a shuttle service to get me to and from the airport where I will be meeting up with a second person.
    We will then be flying to Antalya where we will also be needing a shuttle to and from the resort where we are staying.
    Final questions; do we need a car in Turkey and what is the best currency to take?
    Many thanks

  30. Hi Nick,

    My wife and myself will be visiting Istanbul for a 10day holiday from 26th September this year.

    Is the situation regarding visa for South Africans still the same, i.e. We get a visa free on arrival at Istanbul airport?



  31. Hi Nick,
    I am taking my mother for a mini tour of the middle east in October/November. I need names of markets in Turkey where I can get “persian”rugs. I also need the name of a credible clearing agent in Turkey. Any suggestions?

  32. Hi Nick,
    Are there any limitations in terms of the foods, supplements, herbs etc one can bring into the country. My mom is a fussy eater and will want to take along her herbal remedies.

  33. Hey Nick,
    I’m leaving for Turkey to study (TEFL) and then teach there after the 30-day course and have booked a one-way ticket.
    does the one-way ticket present problems for getting a visa or would i have to apply for a student visa first (without booking a return ticket)?
    The problem here is that i have a letter of acceptance from the language school that i’ve enrolled at, yet they only set you up with an employer after the 30-day course.
    Any information to help me out with that would be much appreciated!

  34. i will be going to Istanbul in December..i just want to know if the visa issue in turkey point of entry is a STICKER or a STAMP visa….pls reply

  35. I would like to know the visa requierement for a permanent resident using a south african travel document
    Plz suggest me what do I need
    Best regard

  36. Hi Nick,my husband has a Zimbabwean passport and would like to travel to Istanbul in next month.We are based in Jhb,do you know where he can apply for a visa for turkey,how long will it take and what are the requuirements….Thanks

  37. Hi Nick,

    I’m travelling to Turkey for the first time in June this year (2013). I’ve read your comments regarding visa requirements. Is it still the same as last year? What currency is the best to take? Is it better to convert at the airport to Turkish lira or at a bank in Istanbul?
    Appreciate a reply.

    • Hi Robin,

      The Turkish visa is still at present free on arrival (more a stamp in your passport rather than an actual visa).
      My colleague in Istanbul at our Turkish office advice me that either USD or Euros are easily exchanged. His suggestion is to avoid converting more than necessary at the airport and finding an exchange agent (Döviz Bürosu) in the city, usually the rates they offer are better than the banks.

  38. South Africans as well as all other nationals that can obtain visas on arrival in Turkey can now apply for a Turkish E-Visa online and avoid the visa counter queues at turkish airports and head straight to passport control. Quick and efficient and same visa fee applies as what you would pay at turkish border gates.
    As usual no visa fee for South Africans.

    Here’s the link.


  39. Confirmation on the website of the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria’s website as well


    Embassy Announcement

    E-visa İs Ready To Be Downloaded! , 17.04.2013

    As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings.

    e-Visa application is possible from any place with internet connection. Applicants just need to log on to http://www.evisa.gov.tr , provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa. The whole process takes no more than 10 minutes.

    Citizens of these countries are eligible to apply for e-Visa: Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Greek Cypriot Administration, Grenada Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kuwait, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, U.S.A, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.

  40. Hi there.
    Thank you for all the very helpful info on this site. I have a few queries I would really appreciate help with:
    1) I am traveling on a SA passport, my husband has both SA and Netherlans passports. We are planning a 35 day trip around the Black Sea in 4wks. We fly in &out of Istanbul. So we’ll be requiring multiple entry visa’s? Can we get 30 visas if our tickets reflect a 35 day duration? We will be in Turkey about 15 days, and re-enter just before flying out.
    2) I am trying to find a car-hire company that’ll let us take the car out of Turkey. No success so far… Any help, please?
    Thank you again!!! Cynita

  41. Do you need a visa if you are on a cruise and just visiting for a day ie no over night in Turkey Thanks

  42. Do they accept temp passports in Turkey – Istanbul, Atarurk?

  43. Hi
    It seems that the above info has changed wef April 2013 and you must apply for a visa before entry, which can be done online.

  44. Hey guys. will be flying to Turkey in less than 2 months time. I am trying to draft a budget to access my funds. I am struggling with that of transportation around turkey on a day to day basis. will be there for 10 days. this includes costs from the airport to Ege university and also from the University to Swissotel Grand Efes in Izmir.

    Please help urgently

  45. Hello,
    I am thinking of going to turkey to attend a music festival soon, and now that I have more info on the visa, what about the travel insurance. Is it enough to purchase your ticket with a credit card or should you get a comprehensive cover from a accredited international service provider?

  46. Hi Nick

    I am have a South African passport flying to Istanbul then to Izmir to join a cruise ship do I need to get a visa before hand?

  47. Hi All,
    I am a South African traveling to Northern Cyprus and Turkey in December. Apparently Northern Cyprus is part of The republic of turkey so would I need a visa for this? Anybody know?


    • What was the reply to Candice ?

    • Hi Terence,

      Thanks for getting touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in visa so this visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply for 2 separate visa’s as Turkey is not part of the Schengen state like Cyprus.

      Best to contact the both Embassy to get the most up to date information.

  48. I am traveling via Turkey with a 15 hour lay over My ticket however shows that I have to travel from one airport to another Your preferred flight via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport is about 75 km from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and a direct transport service cannot be provided yet. (The bus services via Taksim area takes aprox. 3 hours ) Does anyone knows how this transfer works? are there a taxi service, do I need a visa? Does Turkish air offer any day pass for the city or any other suggestion I would appreciate.

  49. No problem I changed my flights to Ataturk. Have 16 hours lay over Found free Touristanbul day tours form 09h00 – 18h00 including breakfast and lunch and free visa applications on the website of Turkish Air. Amazing !!!

  50. Hi Nick.. i would like to know what requirements i need to enter Mugla Bodrum Turkey. I have friends there i wish to visit for 2 weeks in October 2013. Can i enter without a visa or do i need to apply for one before hand..your reply would be highly appreciated.

  51. He, I am using a South Africa Document for travel Purpose, I wanna travel to Istanbule (Turkey) here I would like to know if I may I play for visa here SA or I is it also possible for me too to ecpect taking chance geting visa to the port of entry?

  52. South African Citizens are issued a 30 day multiple entry visa on arrival in Turkey. If you want you can arrange your own visa online and print it off….. or simply show up at the frontier. You might have to wait for the official to fetch the rubber stamp made specially for SA citizens.
    If you wish to stay longer you must apply for an extension before the 30 days are up… this could result in quite a bit of travelling and time and frustration.

    Note that the day of your arrival and departure are your first and last of your 30 days… even if you arrive at 23.50 … then you first day is only 10 mins. It does not work like car rental based on 24 hours from time of start to finish. Be sure when calculating your days as over staying can result in largish fines.

    To get more days one can simply leave the country and return. In some places this can cost as little as 25 euros to take a ferry to a nearby Greek island. On returning a new 30 day visa will be issued.

    Turkey is a great country with some of the most friendly people you are likely to meet anywhere outside of SA.

    Have a great time and go..

  53. South African Citizens are issued a 30 day multiple entry visa on arrival in Turkey. If you want you can pre arrange your own visa online….. or simply show up at the frontier. You might have to wait for the to fetch the rubber stamp made specially for SA citizens.
    If you wish to stay longer you must apply for an extension before the 30 days are up… Note the day of your arrival and departure are your first and last of your 30 days… even if you arrive at 23.50 … then you first day is only 10 mins. It does not work like car rental based on 24 hours from time of start to finish. Be sure when calculating your days as over staying can result in largish fines.
    To get more days one can simply leave the country and return. In some places this can cost as little as 25 euros to take a ferry to a nearby Greek island. On returning a new 30 day visa will be issued.

    Turkey is a great country with some of the most friendly people you are likely to meet anywhere outside of SA.

    Have a great time and go..

  54. eVisas for South African passport holders are free and can be applied for online from the super efficient Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs webite https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ The evisa is approved almost immediately and can be downloaded and printed within minutes. Great service!

  55. i have ethiopian pasport but i living in south africa i need to go turkey how i got turken visa please?

  56. Can i travel to NYC via istanbul with a tempory passport? I have a us visa already.

  57. Manja
    (moderation preview) 17 mins ago
    Can i travel to NYC via istanbul with a tempory passport? I have a us visa already. It is a SA Passport

  58. Hi
    we are leaving for Rome the 10 March, getting on a cruise ship for 10 days where we will visit Greece and Turkey, only one day each. I do the bookings myself and not through an agency. Do We need visa for Greece and Turkey aswell? . And will there be still enough time to get these visa? How long does it take? Will they ask for the cruise tickets because we flying to Rome and air tickets wont help much then.
    Thank you

  59. Pls house kindly instruct me how to do normal processing to travel to turkey …..

  60. Greetings: do I need a transit visa to Turkey en route to Switzerland

    • Hi Tom, thanks for getting in touch. You won’t need a Visa to transit Turkey.

  61. I am going on a cruise in July. The itenary is 2 stops in Italy, 1 in Greece, 1 in Croatia and 2 in Turkey. Which visas do I need as a South African tourist?

  62. Hi there, I wants to know is it necessary to have a visa for Turkey from South Africa and if yes where do I apply for it and at what cost.

  63. Hi do I need South African visa I transit to Italy

  64. Hi my hubby & I will be visiting turkey on a boat cruse next month – Izmir & Istanbul – him on SA passport & me on uk passport – do we still need visas for cruise visits? 1 day per city – appreciate you prompt response – thanks

    • Hi Pam
      As of April 2014 you need a printed copy of the visa. For South Africans you can get it free online within 10minutes.
      Follow the link below


  65. Hi, I am leaving for Greece from South Africa on July 1st 2014. I then leave Athens on 11th July (10 days) to Istanbul, Turkey and fly out on the 18th July(7 days). I am applying for visa to Greece. Is it necessary to get one for Turkey as well?

  66. Good Day, I am a South African citizen, planning to fly to Turkey from Saudi Arabia, where I am presently residing. Is the process still the same for me regarding collecting a visa for Turkey upon arrival?

  67. Hi, I’m a south african with a SA passport, im supposed to be travelling to Turki next month for two weeks stay invitation from a friend,i jus finished school with no proof of employment or any funds available in my account…will this be a problem for me even though the friend will be paying for everything?

    • Hi Melisa, this should not be a problem as the Turkish online visa application does not request these details. At immigration they may ask you questions, though typically they don’t ask too many, just usually how long you will be staying and where you will be going/staying. It’s important to remember though that just because you are in possession of a valid visa it doesn’t mean automatic entry to the country, the border agents always have the final say. This is true of any country in the world.

  68. My husband and I will be going to Turkey in February 2015. We did the online visa application which is less than 10 minutes. I have printed the copies and I hope that will make our lives easy.

  69. I am a Zimbabwean residing in South Africa and wish to know how much it costs to get a visa to travel to Turkey. I wish to travel in April. Can I also do an online visa application.

    • Hi,

      Great to hear from you. As a South African passport holder I know a Turkish visa can be requested online, at no cost. However for a Zimbabwean passport holder I am not to sure. I would suggest you contact Rose, (Republic of Service Excellence) who specializes in visa requirements and they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Their contact details are:

      Hi Ali

      Thanks for reaching out! You would need to travel on your passport of residence. One is not able to travel on temporary passports or refugee papers. I would suggest you contact Rose, Republic of Service Excellence who specialize in Visa’s and they would be able to give you the most up to date information if a visa is required or not and what the correct procedures to follow.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

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

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440
      Email: carl@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za

      Best of Luck!

    • Thank you very much for the information

  70. Hi guys , I would need your help in getting more incite as to what I should do about getting a turkish visa.I am a Nigerian passport holder. Is it Advisable to make a complete payment for the Hotel I will be staying ,in order to get a confirmed booking which I will present to the embassy or what is my best option available just in case my visa gets refused by the embassy , as most hotels usually might not refund my money and same question goes for flight booking . I would really appreciate your answers to my question.

    • Hi Jay,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we are a South African based company we are not sure on the regulations for Nigerian passport holders applying for a Turkish visa.

      When South African passport holders are applying for other visa’s these are requirements the embassy needs to see (air ticket, confirmation of hotel accommodation along with other important documents) before they will consider if visa will be granted or not.

      You will need to see what all the cancellation policies are before booking, so you know where you stand.

      I suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specializes in visa and should be able to shed more light.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

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

  71. Thank you Marcelle . Much Appreciated .

  72. Hi Marcelle Fenix or Nick Paul
    I wonder how much does Turkish visa cost if I go to Turkey with my Italian passport and South African passport together??

    • Hi Manuella,

      Great to hear from you!

      There is no cost for a Turkish visa on a SA passport. You can apply for this online.

      You shouldn’t need a visa for Turkey if holding an Italian passport as Italy is part of the European Union

  73. hi Marc. Would I have a problem if I applied for the visa for the 20th April when I am actually travelling on the 22nd April 2015. The visas issued is valid for 6 months? Multiple Entry

    • Hi Melissa, I don’t see that being a problem, so long as it’s valid for the dates you’re in the country it should be okay.

      – Nick

  74. Iam so.happy to go Turkey creating jobs to my self and my athers I live in Johannesburg I like anchara

  75. hi Marc,is there a problem if i apply for a visa when my passport expires in 3 month time,I’m only going for 4 day.please help.

    • Hi Dinah,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your passport needs to be valid for 3 months after date of return from your trip, if this is not the case you will have a problem. Also you will need to have 3 blank pages.

  76. Hi all. Would I require a Turkish visa if I have a valid Schengen visa valid for travel in July 2015?
    I’m a South African citizen but will spend more days in Hungary than other states but wish to spend some time in Turkey on the return leg of my travel.
    Also, is Turkey an official Schengen state?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Viraan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your Schengen visa will not cover you for Turkey as it is not part of the Schengen State. You will need to go online and apply for a Turkish visa. It is a quote process and you will receive your e-visa online.

      I have found a bit of information with regards to applying for a Turkish visa, please see below. Hope this helps.

      Visas are required by SA passport holders.
      The Foreign Ministry of Turkey has launched through its website an e-visa application process. This is a new and user friendly visa application for foreign nationals including the citizens of South Africa travelling to Turkey.
      The new “e-Visa” system would enable the citizens of South Africa to obtain a Turkish visa online in 2 and a half minutes and thereby avoid having to wait in line-ups at the Turkish Airports…
      Applicants can obtain their e-visa electronically after entering required information and making payment by credit card online. The e-visa is FREE for SA passport holders. The main advantage of the e-visa is that it can be obtained easily anywhere there is internet connection and enables the holder to submit the application easily. The fee of the e-visa is the same fee travellers pay at Turkish airports.
      see : https://www.evisa.gov.tr. Please note that the e-visa can only be applied for if travelling to Turkey for tourism or commerce purposes.
      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.

  77. Thank you for the information Marcelle. It was just what I was looking for.

    • Hi Cleaver,

      Only a pleasure.

      Glad to have helped 🙂

  78. Hi Marcelle,
    I have a permanent resident and use a south african travel document, what are the requirements for visa?

    • Hi Patrice, I would suggest you click the link to the online visa application and follow the prompts, their system should tell you if you need any further documentation to make an application.

  79. I am a South African citizen and hope to be traveling to both Israel and Turkey during the next year, but I’m not sure at this stage which will come first. Will I have any difficulty entering Turkey (a Muslim country) if I have an Israeli stamp in my passport? If so, is there the option of asking Israeli immigration officials NOT to stamp my passport.

    • Hi Avril,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I don’t think that should be a problem entering Turkey with an Israeli stamp in your passport.

      However I suggest you contact the Turkish embassy direct as these rules could change at any time.

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

  80. Hi All,

    I just have a question. I am flying via Turkish Airlines to Germany for Christmas and have a four hour layover in Instanbul, there and back. I am South African and am a South African Passport holder. Do I have to get a transit visa? I have tried to call the embassy and e-mail them and have not received an answer. Any help on this would be appreciated.

    • Hi Leigh-Anne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge a transit visa is not required however this could have could have changed.

      You would need to contact the Embassy maybe they were closed on the day you tried calling.

      Please find contact details below:

      Pretoria Turkish Embassy – Consular Section
      Telephone No : (012) 342-6053/ 54
      Fax No : (012) 342-6052
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 56014, Arcadia 0007
      Street Address : 1067 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
      Email Address : embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr
      Website : http://www.pretoria.emb.mfa.gov.tr/

  81. Hi Nick,Can you please help me i will be travelling from South Africa to Turkey this month end and want to know how far is laleni from the airport and what are other places i can go to for shopping for nice clothes and shoes, and will be going to Italy afterwards from turkey will i need a Visa?

    • Hi Montsheng,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Turkey has a lot of wonderful places to show. The grand bazaar being one place. Remember to bargain though. You can purchase anything from lamps, ceramics, clothes, carpets the list goes on.

      If you are a South African passport holder you will need a visa for both Turkey and Italy. Turkey you can apply for an e-visa online. And Italy you will need to apply for a Schengen visa through Capago the official visa handling agency.

      I’ve done a google search an not able to find a place called Laleni, best you speak to the agency you booked your hotel through they should be able to assist any answer any queries you might have on the distance.

      Enjoy your trip.

  82. am a south African but i bass in Ghana .beside am not good in speaking my native language cause i have stayed in Ghana for many years. can i still fry from ghana to turkey with my SA passport….. please am confuse help me

  83. Hi
    Wonder if you can help. I am travelling to north Cyprus end of August this year for 44 days. Do I get a turkish visa and how do I go about getting it?
    Thanking you in advance.

    • Hi Feroza,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Yes you would apply for a Turkish visa to my knowledge.

      Please contact the Embassy direct who specialize in this area and they would be able to provide you with the most up to date information on how to apply.

      Pretoria Turkish Embassy – Consular Section
      Telephone No : (012) 342-6053/ 54
      Fax No : (012) 342-6052
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 56014, Arcadia 0007
      Street Address : 1067 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
      Email Address : embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr
      Website :

  84. Hi guys.. I need a in formation I’m going to Georgia to open my own business so what you guys think is country or not because I’m south African pasport holder

    • Hi there,

      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.

  85. Dr sir
    I’m Mohammad Ibrahim I’m from Johannesburg
    My nationality is Bangladeshi
    I’m use the work permit
    How can’t to apply Turkey visit visa
    I’m going to for jiyarah Hazrat ayub al ansary ra: majar
    What paper I submit to your embassy

    • Hi Mohammad,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

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

  86. Hi
    I wonder if you can help. We have SA & EU passports and are travelling for 2 weeks to Italy via Istanbul and returning (with a few days stopover on the way back in Istanbul) from Rome. Am I correct in assuming I should get UK visa for Turkey if we are entering Rome on the EU passport to avoid needing a very expensive visa as South Africans. Or can we enter Turkey on SA Passport and enter Rome on EU passport if the trip out is connecting flights through Turkish Airlines? Your advice would be really appreciated.

    • Hi Lorraine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not understanding your question with regards to: “Am I correct in assuming I should get UK visa for Turkey if we are entering Rome on the EU passport to avoid needing a very expensive visa as South Africans.”

      If you are not passing through the UK you would not require a UK visa. Also if you have an Italian passport.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct, as they specialize in this area of visa related queries and would be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  87. Good Day,

    I am a South African travelling to Turkey in September 2017 , Do i need a visa to enter turkey with a south african passport?

    • Hi Faheema,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes South African passport holders require a visa when entering Turkey.

      For any other queries please contact the Embassy direct, they specialize in this area and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information on any visa related questions.

      Pretoria Turkish Embassy – Consular Section
      Telephone No : (012) 342-6053/ 54
      Fax No : (012) 342-6052
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 56014, Arcadia 0007
      Street Address : 1067 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
      Email Address : embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr
      Website : http://www.pretoria.emb.mfa.gov.tr/

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