How to get a Turkish visa (as a US person)

I’m going to Turkey later this month so I figured it was about time I applied for my Turkish visa. The process was far simpler than I thought.

Disclaimer: This is just what I went through. Your experience may differ (though if you’re from the US, and there isn’t a war on, it probably won’t). If you don’t have a US passport, I would recommend checking out the Turkish government’s website.

So the first step is to gather a few things. You’ll need: your passport, a credit card, know approximately when you’re traveling. An important thing to note is your passport must be valid up to 60 days after your visa expires. The typical tourist visa is for 90 days so it will need to be valid for 150 days after you enter the country.

Then you’ll hit up the Turkish e-visa webpage. Enter your basic information. One of the things they ask for is your arrival date. This doesn’t have to be super accurate as long as you don’t show up before the date you specify. The e-visa is valid for 180 days, but you only get to spend 90 of it in country. The extra 90 days is a whole lot of padding (or it can accommodate multiple entries and exits).

After entering your basic information, an email will be sent to the address you specified. You need to follow the link in the email to continue on to the payment portion. For the payment portion, you’ll need a credit card. In some cases (like when I tried to use one of my Chase cards), the issuer will require additional information. If this happens, you’ll need to find another card as there’s no way to enter the additional information via the Turkish government’s website.

I was charged $20 and a $0.55 service fee so the total came to $20.55. This is a pretty good price, and people from a lot of other countries have to pay more.

After your payment has been processed, the webpage will provide you a link to download your e-visa. You’ll also be emailed a link to the e-visa so don’t fret if you click off the page. Download and print your e-visa, and you should be good to go. You will need a hard copy for when you arrive in Turkey as well as the usual travel document: your passport.

All things considered, it was a pretty simple process. The hardest part for me was finding a printer…well, and that hick-up with one of my credit cards, but that probably won’t happen to you.

If something funky happens at the border, I’ll come back and update this post. Otherwise, may you go forth and use this information to visit what I’m expecting to be an awesome country.

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