Important: As of the 10th of April 2014 you will now be required to purchase your Visitor Visa for Turkey using the e-Visa system before you Travel. See Visitor Visa, e-Visa for Turkey article for more details.
The new Visitor Visa is “90 days within 180 days”, meaning you may visit for up to 90 days in turkey and the visa is valid for 180 days. The old visa was 90 days and expired within 90 days.
The new visa is the same as the Schengen visa bringing Turkey into line with Europe.
If you are just a yearly visitor for a 2 week holiday it will not affect you in any way. On arrival before passport control, go to the visa point pay your fee £10 Sterling for UK visitors or €15 for European countries (see other prices here). They will give you a visa stamp in your passport. Your passport will be checked on departure and that’s you until next year.
If you are planning multiple trips to Turkey the new system may work out better for you. Because the visitor visa is valid for up to 180 days and allows you 90 days in the country. This means you can come and go within the 180 days as long as you do not exceed 90 days.
Example: Visa Purchase Date: 1 July
Visa Expires: 27 December
Holiday one: 1 July to 14 July = 14 days
Holiday two: 1 August to 22 August = 22 days
Holiday three: 1 October to 14 October = 14 days
50 days used in total, leaving you a further 40 days in the 180 day period. You have only purchased one visitor visa at £10/€15 instead of two visitor visas to cover your 3 holidays. You will make a saving of £10/€15 per person.
If you are travelling to Turkey for an extended stay or for the full summer season staying for more than 90 days in a 180 day period. You will require a long stay visa as you may not purchase another visa with 180 day period. Meaning if you have a holiday home and are staying for the season or travelling around Turkey for the summer season. You must purchase another type of visa. One option is if you are renting or have a holiday home here you can apply for a Residency Visa which your can purchase from 1 month to 6 years. (click here for more details on the Residency Visa.)
Staying for the 90 day period in one stay, you won’t be affected as long as you do not wish to return within the 180 day period. You will have to wait until the 180 day period is finished before returning on another visitor visa.
Overstaying Your Visa
In short Do Not Overstay your Visitor Visa. You be fined and you may be deported and banned from re-entry into the county for up to 6 months. If you do not pay a fine given to you before departing the country you will automatically be banned from the country for up to 5 years.
1-15 day overstay: No Ban
16-90 day overstay: up to 3 month Ban
90 day or more overstay: up to 6 month Ban
When can you Apply for a New Visitors Visa
You may apply within 24 hours for a new visa at the end of the 180 day period. You will need to leave the country and re-entry to obtain a new visa. You may only purchase two “ 90 day within 180” day visitor visa’s a year.
What are your thoughts on the new visitor visa? Do you think it’s a change for the good?
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