The Turkish Government introduced a new electronic e-visa system in April this year. But thanks to credit card fees, currency and charges you will be paying much more than a tenner in the future when you buy your tourist visa.
The Turkish Government introduced a new electronic visa system for obtaining a Turkish tourist visa in April this year. This brings it up to date with other countries such as the USA that operate similar ‘buy before you fly’ systems.
The online system allows travellers to apply and, if they are successful, to pay and print off their visa ready for when they arrive in Turkey avoiding the long queues and scrambling for cash.
The new system also warns travellers in advance if there is likely to be a problem entering the country.
With the old system a payment of £10 cash on arrival in Turkey was all that was needed to obtain your visa.
But now that cost will be substantially more. Why? We explain.
The cost of the Turkish tourist visa online is 20 US Dollars for UK nationals. You cannot pay in any other currency, not even the good old British Pound or the Euro.
At today’s exchange rate 20 USD will cost £13.00 (GBP).
But that’s not all. If you are like millions of credit card holders you will also pay a currency conversion fee as well as foreign use fee just to buy the visa. That could add a further 5% charge or 60 pence on top.
And then there’s what ever charge the e-visa site decides to charge you for using your card to buy your visa.
Add all that up and you could be paying £14 to £15 for your ‘£10 visa’ in future.
That’s a staggering 40% to 50% more. For a family of 4 that really adds a burden to their holiday costs.
But why should we pay fees when in our opinion there was always a cost to collecting money and their new system replaces a much more expensive to run cash based system?
Until the system becomes compulsory it would seem to be more cost effective to stick with the ‘rock up and pay a tenner’ system.
In the longer term it will pay to change your credit card to one that does not charge a foreign currency loading fee or other fees for using your card abroad.
For more information about the Turkish e-visa system and how to apply for a Turkish tourist visa on-line visit the website here.