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Australians have long had an affinity with Turkey and a desire to visit the country that straddles both Europe and Asia. From the majestic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, to the World Heritage site of Cappadocia and the WWI landing site of Gallipoli, Turkey offers something special for everyone. Unlike most other European countries, Australian passport holders (and most foreign nationals) require a visa to visit Turkey, however applying for a Turkish visa online is easy.

Simple steps for obtaining a Turkish Tourist visaImage © dudlajzov / Adobe Stock Photo

In the past, a visit to the Turkish Embassy was the only way to obtain a visa but in recent times the Turkish government have embraced technology and now give tourists the option to apply for a Turkish visa online.

Some travellers may see the need to obtain a Turkish visa as a hassle but it’s a really simple process and you can even use your smartphone to apply for a visa. (See HERE for more info.)

Being able to obtain a Turkish eVisa has many benefits for Australians as it reduces the cost and makes it much easier for those that don’t live close to a Turkish Embassy.

After completing your Turkish Tourist eVisa application form online, the visa is sent in PDF format via email. As the visa is electronically linked to your passport, you will no longer receive a visa sticker.

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How long is a Turkey eTourist Visa valid for?

The validity of your Turkish visa will only begin on the day that you arrive in Turkey and Australians are required to apply for their eVisa at least 24 hours before their arrival date.

For example, if you apply for your Turkish eVisa on November 1 then your visa will be valid for 180 days - until April 29. 
 You may enter Turkey any time during that six month period but you can only stay for a maximum of 90 days. The Turkey eTourist visa is a multiple-entry visa which allows you to come and go from Turkey multiple times as long as you don’t stay in the country longer than three months (90 days) in total.

Should you wish to stay in Turkey longer than 90 days then you will have to contact the Turkish embassy for more details to obtain the correct type of visa. The eVisa validities are set (at a 90 day limit) for all Australians who apply.

What does the Turkey eTourist Visa look like?

The Turkey eTourist visa will be sent to you via email in PDF format and you’ll need to present it to Immigration on arrival into Turkey.

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What will you need for your online visa to Turkey application?

To apply for your Turkey Tourist visa online you will need a valid Australian passport (valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Turkey). Don’t have an Australian Passport yet? Important information about applying for one can be found in this article.  

You also need to have a credit card or Paypal account to pay the visa fee (currently AUD$85/USD$60), and answer a few easy questions.

After payment, you will receive an email confirmation (check your spam folder) and then another email with your Turkish visa attached in PDF format.

Applying for your Turkey eTourist Visa is a simple three-step process:

If you are an Australian Passport holder, or a resident of another country, I recommend that you use www.iVisa.comto apply for your Turkey eTourist visa.  They do charge a service fee (currently AUD$27/USD$20) but in my opinion it is money well spent as they offer a hassle-free way to obtain your visa. 

Visa applications can be processed by within 2 hours which gives you more time to ponder just how you’ll spend your time in Turkey.

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# Yvonne Wilkinson 2016-12-02 07:30
Hi. My husband and I travelled to Turkey in 2015. He holds a New Zealand passport and he did not need a visa but I did holding an Australian passport.
# Carolyn 2016-12-02 10:48
Hi Yvonne,
That's great to know. I've amended the article to say 'most foreign nationals' require a visa to enter Turkey. I wonder New Zealand passport holders will need a visa for Turkey in the future?

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