In 2013, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched the Turkey online visa system that allows eligible foreign countries to apply, and receive their approved visa online to be able to visit the country.
Over 90 countries are able to apply for a Turkish e-Visa, including Senegalese citizens who wish to visit the country.
Since the implementation of the Turkey electronic travel permit, the number of Senegalese visitors has increased greatly, reaching 10,000 Senegalese nationals who enter Turkey in 2019.
When applying for a Turkish eVisa, travelers from Senegal will need to meet a number of requirements and submit supporting documents in order to have a successful outcome on their application process.
Turkey eVisa Requirements for Senegalese Citizens
Starting an online application to request the Turkish electronic visa will require Senegalese nationals to meet a number of requirements to begin the Turkey eVisa process. These include:
- Holding a Senegalese valid passport
- Being 18 or older
- Having an active email address
- Possessing a credit card or debit to pay the processing fee
- Having a valid Schengen, USA, UK or Ireland visa or residence permit
The Senegalese applicant’s passport must hold a validation period of 180 days from the date they choose to enter Turkey.
In the case that the eVisa to Turkey request is for a minor under the age of 18, their application must be completed by a parent or legal guardian.
In order for the Senegalese applicant to receive information on updates of their Tukey eVisa process or its approval, they should provide an active email address since this is where all information will be sent.
Before finishing and submitting the application form for the Turkey eVisa, the Senegalese requester will need to pay for visa processing fees with a debit or credit card.
Turkey eVisa application form for Senegal
The Turkey electronic visa application is a fast 10- to 15-minute form that will require the Senegalese applicant to provide information and supporting documents.
The personal information section of the application form will include identity information such as:
- Name and last names
- Marital status
- Address and telephone number
The Senegalese national will also provide passport information and submit documents that should include:
- Passport number
- Date of issue
- Date of expiration
- A digital copy of the passport’s biographical information page.
- A digital passport-type photograph
The digital photograph of the Senegalese applicant must have a white or light background, while the Senegalese national’s face should be centered and must be clearly visible.
There are other sections in the application form that will need to be filled in like health and criminal record history, which must be revised and answered truthfully by citizens of Senegal.
The processing time for the Turkey eVisa takes an average of 1 to 3 working days, so applicants of Senegal are advised to start the process at least 72 hours prior to their trip to Turkey to make sure their approved visa arrives before they travel.
Turkey eVisa Types for Senegal Nationals
Turkey has many different visas to offer to those travelers from Senegal wishing to enter the country.
For instance, if Senegalese visitors wish to enter Turkey for tourism or business matters, the Turkish e-Visa is the best option. This online travel permit saves time since it will avoid trips to embassies and consulates.
The electronic travel authorization to Turkey allows Senegalese nationals a single entry with a 180 day validity period in which to travel, although they can only spend a maximum of 30 consecutive days in the country.
There are other types of visas like the Turkey Transit Visa, granted to Senegalese travelers who have a connecting flight in the country and are making a stopover in Turkey for a few hours or days. This option allows Senegalese travelers to leave the airport and stay in the country until the time of departure.
Senegalese applicants must know that if they stay longer than 2 days it is advisable to apply for a Turkish eVisa instead.
Another visa offered by Turkish officials is the Visa on Arrival, which must be requested at the moment of arrival at designated ports of entry. However, this visa is only available to eligible countries and Senegal is not included.
Travelers from Senegal who desire to stay longer than the period established must request a Turkey visa extension or leave the country and re-apply to a new Turkey eVisa.
Entering Turkey From Senegal
Traveling from Senegal to Turkey takes an average of 8 hours, although this will depend on the route chosen by the traveler. The average distance traveled is 3,449 miles (5,550 km) by air flights, but it is also possible to enter Turkey by land borders or sea borders.
All of Turkey’s land border crossings will require the same documentation from Senegalese nationals as entering through airports. Visitors from Senegal must hold a valid passport and a previously approved Turkey eVisa.
Additional documents are required in case of those traveling in their own vehicles, such as an international driver’s license and insurance.