As of October 29th 2018 a new set of visa regulations applies to all British citizens travelling to Turkey. If you’re heading to any Turkish destination on business or pleasure, you now need to arrange your e-visa prior to travel, you will no longer be able to pick one up on arrival at the airport.

British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.

You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. From 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports – you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.

Turkish visit visas are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

If you have any queries regarding e-Visas call the Visa Contact Centre (details provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-Visas, and for submitting applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.

In case of problems with the computer systems at the Turkish port of entry, print off and carry a paper copy of your e-Visa, or make sure you have an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device to show to the immigration officer.

If you require any further information on the Turkish visa regulations, please refer to The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website.