British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.

The one and only official e-visa website

An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

In case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy of your e-Visa or keep an electronic copy on a smartphone or other device to show at immigration.

The one and only official e-visa site is:

Watch out, watch out - there are E-visa scams about!

Unauthorised websites

Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-Visas, and for submitting applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.

Here’s a list of unauthorised websites that are selling e-visas. Many of them look like the official version but they are NOT E-visa cost $49 – $129 (£37 – £98) E-visa cost: $60 (£45) E-visa cost: $65-110 (£50-£83) E-visa cost: $49-$79 (£37-£60)

These are just some of the sites – there are many more…

e-Visa Turkey

A word from GOV.UK/FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth office)

“In the Entry Requirements page of our Turkey travel advice we advise travellers to use the official visa website, quote the cost of a visa, and highlight unofficial visa application websites who may charge more for their service –

If you have any enquiries about e-visa’s,  please contact FCO via the web form available under ‘Travel Advice’ in the contacts list on the FCO’s main landing page on GOV.UK:

Alternatively, you can access the form via the ‘Travel Advice Help and Support’ section of each country travel advice page.


The one and only official e-visa site is:


  1. We’re very sorry to hear you have paid more than necessary for your e-visas.

    We published this update to try and help minimise this problem. The majority of these websites are not illegal however they charge you for services that are not deemed necessary by most people. There is one particular company who is at the top of Google search as they have a sponsored advert. The official site is second on the list.

    The one and only official e-visa site is:

  2. Beware! One supposed visa office is listed several times in different ways on the Internet, giving the reader the impression of contacting the Turkish government when tapping on the fake Turkish website address and getting the actual application form used by the Turkish government. You complete the form, pay by credit card (not the $20!) and in a matter of minutes get a visa that is apparently valid. During the several-minute period, the supposed visa office says that it is reviewing the application for submission to the Turkish government.

  3. Hello Paula

    I’m pleased you got your visa without any problems. Not all unofficial sites are operating a scam by adding extra checks and costs to inflate the price of a visa.

    Kind regards

  4. Me and my wife both applied for an e – Visa today. We both got confirmation and received the email. Downloaded the e – Visa. Question – We didn’t pay any fee for the visa. We are both South African. Can someone please tell me if this is normal or should we have been asked to pay a Visa fee. Also when we received the confirmation email it said that the payment has been approved?

    • Good morning Joaquin

      Thank you for contacting Fethiye Times.

      There is no Visa fee for Ordinary Passport holders from South Africa. Your visa allows you to stay in Turkey for 30 days in every 180 days.

      The ‘payment approved’ is part of a standard email.

      Enjoy your visit.

      Kind regards


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