With its wealth of historic sites and diverse, stunning landscapes, Turkey is a perennially popular destination for travelers, and passport-holders from more than 100 countries can easily enjoy all that it has to offer.

Here’s our guide to Turkey’s entry requirements, with information on visa types and rules around exemptions and extensions.

What you need to know about tourist visas in Turkey

Visitors from Europe (excluding Cyprus), Israel, Japan, New Zealand and much of South America and Central America can enter Turkey without a visa for stays ranging between 30 and 90 days, depending on their country of citizenship.

Tourists from more than 100 additional countries, including Australia, Canada and the USA, are eligible to apply for an e-visa. This requires simply filling out an online application form and paying a fee, which varies by country of origin but generally ranges between $20 and $60.

Travelers who need to apply for an e-visa can do so through a dedicated website run by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which includes a detailed FAQ section. Alternatively, visas on arrival are available to citizens of around 30 countries, but, generally, completing the visa application online before traveling is the quicker and easier option.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website provides details on visa requirements for all individual countries. All travelers’ passports should be valid for at least 60 days beyond the duration of the visa for which they are eligible.

Tourist visas for cruise ship passengers

Cruise ship passengers who arrive by sea can come ashore for up to 72 hours (three days) without applying for a visa.

Visa extensions and other types of visas

Visa extensions are not available to nationals of any country. Anyone who wishes to stay in Turkey longer than the duration allowed by their tourist visa (90 days within a 180-day period for US citizens, Europeans and some others) must start the process of applying for a residence permit before their visa expires. Overstaying a tourist visa can incur a fine and might even result in a temporary ban on returning to Turkey.

Anyone who plans to work, study or live in Turkey must apply for the appropriate visa at a Turkish embassy or consulate abroad before entering the country.

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