How to apply for Turkish visa for Indians!

As  travelers we always look for places which we can visit hassle free and when planning a trip to a foreign country first thing that comes to our mind is applying for visa (after air tickets, of course). As we all Indians are aware we don’t have much options when it comes to “Visa on Arrival” and only handle full of countries issue e-visa. As I had mentioned in my previous post, our trip to Turkey was a random plan and since we had got cheap tickets our next step was to get the visa. And all thanks to the Turkish government, we got ours in less than 5 mintunes.

There are two ways to apply visa to Turkey, one is the regular fill the form, apply and wait for days to get your visa and the other one is a quick and simple e-visa. Read along and know how to apply visa to enter into this beautiful country.

So, first lets see how to get an e-visa:

You can apply for an e-visa service only if you hold a valid visitor visa (for Indians!) from a Schengen or any of the OECD country (US, UK, Australia etc.). Visit the visa application website, fill in the required informations, once your done with this you will be sent a link to valid your email address and after validation pay the visa fees of 43 USD per person (single entry) through the credit card. You will receive your e-visa immediately through the email, which is valid for a total period of 180 days and your stay in Turkey cannot exceed 30 days. Violla! Thats just too simple and quick as mentioned earlier, Isn’t it?

Also remember,

  1. Your passport should be valid throughout your stay
  2. You also need to have a return ticket, hotel reservation and at least 50$ per each day.
  3. Your purpose of visit must be purely tourism or business
  4. You must also have your valid supporting document, i.e, the visa from one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK and other OECD countries and e-visa is not accepted without this document.

Now lets see how to apply for visa if we don’t have a valid visit visa to Schengen or OECD countries.

VFS Global provides easy and smooth visa service and you can visit their website to know more about the service and visa requirements here.

Few documents which are mandatory to be submitted are:

  1. A valid passport (valid for 6 months and must have 2 full blank pages), completely filled visa application form along with 2 white background photos (size: 2.5inch x 2.5inch).
  2. Two photo copies of Passport first and last page.
  3. If you are employed then original leave letter from the employer/ if self-employed then covering letter in personal business letter head with authorized signatory, name and your designation with company seal.
  4. A valid attested copy of your bank statement showing the last three months transactions and adequate balance (1 lakh and above) to support you during your travel and stay in Turkey.
  5. For the employed applicants you have provide your salary account and last three months salary slip (with original stamp and sign).
  6. Travel and accommodation details:
    • Confirmation of the two way flight tickets.
    • Confirmed hotel booking throughout your stay.
    • Travel itinerary.
  7. Travel insurance.
  8. Income tax return (last two years) and Form 16 (last one year).

You can find the visa application form in the VFS website.

Once you have all the supporting documents go to the VFS Global  Website (click here) and book an appointment at your nearest VFS office where in you have to submit the signed application form (with the applicable fees in cash) along with the supporting documents and also go through biometric test.

Usually, it takes about maximum 7 working days to receive the processed visa. After the submission, a tracking ID is provided via email/ text message through which you can check for updates on Visa status.

The fees for Turkish visa for single entry is Rs.4200 and for multiple entry is Rs.13,900. Additional to the visa fees, one will also have to pay service charges of Rs.800 (which in inclusive of VAT) while attending for the biometric test/ document submission at the visa application centre.

We hope our visa application guide was helpful for you guys while planning your trip to Turkey. Do let us know your thoughts on the post on the comment below. Also, if you have already been to Turkey or have used their e-visa system, please share your tips and thoughts on this topic.

26 Comments

  1. March 15, 2017    

    Very detailed and interesting post on visa requirements and application process.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Thank you Team G! 🙂

  2. March 16, 2017    

    Turkey has been evading me for long now 😉
    Thanks for these detailed explanation of the process involved. I will refer again when I plan next.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Hope these tips will help you out Indrani when you plan a trip to Turkey 🙂

  3. March 16, 2017    

    Nice informative post.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Thank you Rupam!

  4. March 17, 2017    

    Ah I wonder where will freelancers like me will fall! I do not have a registered business but I do file IT returns. Till now I have managed visas on the strength of these! Turkey still looks easy provided you have the other ‘big’ visas!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Oh yeah! That is something freelances like us has to think about 😉

  5. March 17, 2017    

    Istanbul is on my list , and this is great news about e-visa.

    Thanks Girls.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Hope these tips are useful to you Rekha! 🙂

  6. March 18, 2017    

    Very informative! Thanks for sharing:)

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Thank you Rashmi 🙂

  7. March 24, 2017    

    Valuable information. Thank you for sharing!
    The ‘2 travelling sisters’ are smart and beautiful.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Ha ha! Thank you so much Tessy! 🙂

  8. March 30, 2017    

    Turkey has always been a dream (and elusive) destination. We almost went in 2014, but there was last minute project work and so we deferred our plans. Now, with all the unrest there, we are just kicking ourselves why we didn’t go when things were more peaceful.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      We guess now the situation is better than how it was last year! But, still one can’t predict whats going to happen there…

  9. April 2, 2017    

    Seems like a breeze… The whole process. Though I think my schengen visa has expired. Will either have to redo that or go through the old traditional way. Thanks for the guide though. Makes it easier to plan

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      That’s true Ami! If next when you have a valid visa to OECD countries do try to visit Turkey, it will reduce lot of your burden of repeating the whole again! 🙂

  10. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures)
    April 2, 2017    

    Thanks for your information on obtaining Visa for Turkey. Something to consider.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Thank you Tony!

  11. April 3, 2017    

    Thank you for sharing an interesting and very useful (for Indian citizens) post. Beautiful photos and travel stories are great, but they can’t happen unless you first get the important information. I would love to visit Turkey one day and luckily as a UK national getting an evisa only costs $20.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Must say we envy you guys 😉 But anyways its so good to just apply for your visa and receive it instantly without any hassle 🙂

  12. April 3, 2017    

    Extremely detailed and comprehensive post. Bookmarking this and will share it with a few friends who are planning Turkey. Suer duper useful! Fethiye and the Turquoise coast are high on my Turkey bucket list.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      Thank you Divsi!

  13. April 3, 2017    

    This is a useful post on applying for a Turkish visa. I’ll check what is the requirement for my country, I’m sure it’s a similar process.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 5, 2017    

      We hope you find these tips useful 🙂

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