Turkey introduces e-visa for faster travel
Visitors to Turkey will be pleased to learn that travel to the country will be easier and faster than ever, with the introduction of a new electronic visa that will allow passengers to sort the paperwork out online before their arrival.
Those holidaying in the country will simply be required to submit an application form at www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travelling, although if you’re hoping to try out the new system, it’s worth remembering that a few terms and conditions apply.
You must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months in order to use the electronic visa system, as well as your flight reservation. A credit or debit card will also be required – MasterCard, Visa and other popular providers can be used.
It’s also worth remembering that only those visitors travelling for tourism or trade purposes can make use of the new system, with students, foreign workers and others advised they should apply through Turkish Embassies or Consulates.
Although in the majority of cases, passport control officers at airports will be able to verify the e-visa via a computer screen, it is also advisable to bring a printed copy or soft copy on your smartphone or tablet to present on arrival if things go wrong.
Visitors are asked that they make their application for an e-visa at least one week before they intend to travel to Turkey.
While faster and more efficient travel is certainly good news for the majority of holidaymakers, the new changes have upset the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus, which objects to the way its country has been listed on the system as ‘Greek Cypriot Administration in Southern Cyprus’.
Despite this, Authorities clearly have a lot of faith in the system as the traditional obtain-on-arrival visas will be phased out entirely by December 31st 2014 in favour of the electronic equivalents.
Turkey has a lot of attractive tourism opportunities, from stunning natural coastline to vibrant cities such as Istanbul and Bodrum.