Turkey is becoming an increasingly popular destination for cruise ships, with ports such as Kusadasi, Marmaris and Bodrum receiving thousands of visitors each year. Each of these cities has its unique attractions whether it be the long sandy beaches of Kusadasi, the waterparks in Marmaris or Bodrum with its archaeology museum and castle.
Tourists who arrive in Turkey on a cruise ship do not require an Turkey eVisa if they are only planning to visit the city that their ship docks at and their visit does not exceed 3 days (72 hours). Visitors on longer stays or who intend to travel beyond the port city may need to apply for a visa or an eVisa depending on their nationality.
Turkey is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations and it’s easy to see why. Great weather, beautiful beaches, delicious local cuisine and a tremendous amount of history and stunning ancient sites help to draw over 30 million people a year.
If you are planning to stay in Turkey for a longer period of time or visit more cities then you will probably need an electronic visa for Turkey. Nationals of more than 100 countries are eligible for an electronic visa including Australia, the UK and the US. The eVisa makes the application process faster and easier. Depending on which country the visitor is from, they may be allowed to stay for 30 or 90 days and with a single or multiple entry eVisa. Make sure that you give yourself enough time for your eVisa to be processed. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the Turkey eVisa application forms, but you are recommended to submit the application at least 48 hours before you are due to travel.
In order to apply make sure you meet the Turkey eVisa requirements you will need the following:
- A passport that is valid for at least 150 days.
- A working Email address to receive your eVisa.
How difficult is it to get the eVisa for Turkey?
The Turkey eVisa was launched by the Turkish government in April 2013. The aim was to make the process of obtaining a visa simpler and faster. All applicants need is an internet connection and the application can be carried out in minutes. An alternative to the eVisa is the visa on arrival and this option is currently open to nationals of 37 countries including Canada and the United Kingdom. The visa on arrival is applied for and paid for at the port of entry. It takes longer and leaves the potential for visitors arriving in Turkey to be denied entry if the application is unsuccessful.
The Turkey eVisa application form will ask applicants for some personal information including your full name, date of birth, passport number and date of issue and expiry, and contact details (Email and mobile phone number). Check that all the information is correct before submitting the form and make sure that it is all truthful.
Minor convictions are unlikely to prevent tourists from obtaining a visa to visit Turkey.
Take the next step towards your dream vacation in Turkey and apply for your Turkey eVisa now!