Turkey Visa

Turkey Visa For Indians - Definitive Guide

What was once home to one of the biggest empires in the world - the mighty Ottoman Empire, Turkey stands out on its own. With magnificent cities like Constantinople, Istanbul, Anatolia and so on, it is one of the world’s most visited destinations. The easy Turkey visa policies have made it easier for individuals to visit the country.

What is Turkey Visa?

The Turkish visa is an endorsement that lets individuals enter the country to take part in a wide range of activities. These can be tourism, trade, work, studies, and so on. Thanks to Turkey’s international relations, a large number of nationals actually do not need a visa to enter. A few other nationals can, in fact, get a Turkey visa on arrival. However, citizens of certain countries including India will need to apply for a visa beforehand. As a result, the Turkey visa for Indians is a necessity. Although, as an Indian, if you hold a valid Schengen, US, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit, you are also eligible for a Turkey e visa (tourism, visiting family, & trade only).
Note:- The e-visa type of the Turkey visa for Indian citizens will not be valid if your UK, US, Ireland permit is also an e-visa.


How to Apply for Turkey Visa from India?

The application for the Turkish permit from India can be done in multiple ways. The following section will explain the different types in which you can apply. However, before starting any application, you must check that you are eligible to apply for a particular category. You may then proceed as follows -

  • At Embassy
    • Visit the website of the Turkish diplomatic mission in India as per the jurisdiction.
    • Start out by filling the Turkey online visa application form ( pre-application) available on the website.
    • If you are eligible for the Turkey e visa, you will be redirected to the relevant portal. Else, you can proceed with the application form.
    • Note the reference number you receive on your email.
    • Proceed to book an appointment at the diplomatic mission as per the jurisdiction.
    • Download the offline application form and fill it manually.
    • Attend the appointment with the duly signed application form, documents, and the fees.
    • Submit the application and pay the fees at the mission.

    Note:- Jurisdiction will be explained further in the guide.

  • At Visa Application Centres
    • Visit the website of the embassy outsourced VAC as per the jurisdiction.
    • Fill out the Turkey visa application form online or manually with a blue or black ink pen, and in capital letters.
    • Ring the call centre of the VAC and proceed to book an appointment for the application submission.
    • Along with the application form, documents, and the fees, attend the appointment slot.
    • Submit the application and pay the fees at the VAC.
  • E visa (tourist and business permits only)
    • If you are eligible, visit the e-visa portal of the Turkish ministry.
    • Fill in the Turkey visa form with all the required details.
    • Pay the fees and submit the application.

Turkey Visa Types

Based on the purpose of the visit, Turkish permits can be classified into the following major types. Based on the more finer purpose of visit, there are additional types as well. -

  • Tourist - This category is issued for people visiting Turkey for the purpose of tourism or visiting their family/friends in the country.
  • Business - This type is granted for individuals who are entering the country to perform business-activities
  • Work - Issued for people who are going to take part in employment or work in the country.

Student/research - These are issued for students who have to visit Turkey to take academic courses or to perform research.

Documents Required for Turkey Visa from India

As per the Turkey visa application requirements, the following are the general list of documents you must possess for an application. However, based on the exact type of visa, you will need additional documents. Something to note is that the documentation requirements may vary based on the mission you are applying to.

  • Fully filled and signed application form.
  • 2 photos as per the specifications.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Proof of funds such as bank statements.
  • Proof of purpose of visit as per the category.

Turkey Visa Photo Size

As per the requirements, the specifications of the photo for applications made from India are as follows -

  • 2.5 X 2.5 inch
  • Colour: Coloured
  • Head must occupy the central position
  • Must be captured within the last 3 months
  • Background: Solid, plain white or grey
  • 80% face coverage
  • Neutral expression
  • Glasses: Thin framed and prescription glasses only
  • Headgears - only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair - permitted

Processing Time

The processing time for the Turkish sticker visa is normally around 12 working days. However, this can vary significantly based on multiple factors. It can depend on the volume of applications at the embassy/consulate, the number of entries, the type of the permit, your previous travel history, and so on. You are advised to apply well in advance in order to avoid any complications. The time for the e-visa is usually much shorter. Normally it can be processed in as fast just 48 hours. However, again, to leave a buffer for any delays, it is suggested that you apply at least 2 days in advance.

Turkey Visa Fees for Indian Citizens

The fees for the Turkish entry permit depends on a number of factors. It can vary upon the exact type of the visa, number of entries, the foreign exchange rates, and so on. You may also have to pay additional service charges and delivery charges (if applicable). As a result, ensure that you check the exact amount before starting the application.

Entry Purpose Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal Tourist 30 days 6 months 10013.0
Single entry Normal Study 30 days 3 months 8471.0
Single entry Normal Business 30 days 3 months 8471.0
Multiple entry Normal Business 30 days 3 months 18621.0
Single entry Normal Business 30 days 6 months 3000.0
Single entry Normal Transit 30 days 3 months 8471.0
Multiple entry Normal Tourist 30 days 3 months 18621.0
Single entry Normal Tourist 30 days 3 months 8471.0

How to Check Visa Status?

There are multiple ways in which you can check the status depending upon your mode of application.

  • Embassy - If you have applied at the embassy/consulate, you can track your application status by clicking here and entering your reference number and passport number.
  • VAC -If you have applied at a VAC, you can check the status here. Alternately, you can call or email the VAC to know the status.

You can also contact the travel agency you have applied through, to check the status.

Where Do I Get a Visa for Turkey?

The Turkish visas are issued by the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi or the Turkish Consulates in Mumbai or Hyderabad. Even if you have submitted at the VAC, the processing is done by the respected mission only.
If you have applied for the e-visa, once approved, you will receive a link on your email. You can then download the e-permit using the link provided.
Note that the applications to the respective embassy/consulate/VAC must be done according to the jurisdiction:-

  • Turkish Embassy in New Delhi -Only if your state of residence is Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.
  • Turkish Consulate in Mumbai -Only if your state of residence is Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar, Lakshadweep Islands
  • Turkish Consulate in Hyderabad -Only if your state of residence is Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

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