Turkish E-Visa Update – Stickers to Continue

Turkish E-Visa Update – Stickers to Continue

The Turkish Authorities have confirmed a number of improvements to the Turkish e-visa system including keeping the old ‘sticker on arrival’ booths open until further notice and other practical changes that should make the system a bit easier at least during the 9 month transition period.

The Turkish Authorities have also been listening to feedback provided by user groups including tour operators and are introducing a number of improvements to the proposed Turkish e-visa system.

The plan to introduce a ‘Family’ and ‘Group’ application that could allow up to 10 people travelling together to apply under the family e-Visa application and up to 100 people (e.g. tour groups, large wedding parties etc.) to apply under the group application.

These application types will require only one bulk payment at the end of the process.

These will be available on the system as early as next week.

Debit Cards Planned

The Turkish Authorities have also acted on customer feedback to introduce the use of debit cards as a payment method.

They are currently negotiating with the Ministry of Finance to get the necessary agreement to add these to the system, hopefully by mid April.

The cost of e-Visa remains at 20 US Dollars.

Keep Safe

Once an e-Visa has been issued it must be printed out and kept safe to be shown to Immigration officers on arrival in Turkey.

If, however visitors arrive without the paper copy they should have little problem on entry as the information from the approved visa application is sent instantly to the port of entry systems.

It is highly advisable to carry a paper copy of the visa, or that an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device be available to show to the Immigration Officer as proof in case of problems with the computer systems.

No Visa on Arrival – No Worries?

And the authorities have also issued more information for those people who turn up in Turkey without an e-visa.

If a visitor arrives without having purchased an e-Visa:

At Istanbul airport only there will be 3 options:

• WiFi areas to be introduced in the arrivals areas for customers to apply for e-Visa on their own smart devices such as a phone, tablet or laptop.

• Self service kiosks (similar to the self service check in machines) for customers to use to apply for the e-Visa. 3 machines are being delivered next week with more to follow.

• The old sticker on arrival visa counters will remain but the cost of purchasing on arrival will now be £20 payable in Sterling cash (there will be new stickers displaying the new cost).

At all other airports in Turkey including Dalaman International Airport and Bodrum Milas Airport there will be only the one option:

• The old sticker on arrival visa counters will remain but the cost of purchasing on arrival will now be £20 payable in Sterling cash (there will be new stickers displaying the new cost).

The cost of the visa on arrival has been increased in order to encourage all visitors to purchase the e-Visa online before they travel in preparation for the move to e-Visa only later in the year.

Although other options are in place, all British nationals are advised to obtain an e-Visa prior to arrival in Turkey to avoid any unnecessary delays.

How to Get A Turkish Visa

Follow the guide in our FethiyeTimes.com article – Buying a Turkish Tourist E-Visa in 10 Easy Steps

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