Which Countries Can Enter Turkey Without Visa
Turkish visa system may be confusing to some, which is perfectly understandable because it is quite hectic. Many countries can visit Turkey visa-free, some need only an e-Visa, some countries can enter with an ID, some even with an expired ID.
Let us sort things out so that it’s transparent to everyone.
Countries that do not need a visa for Turkey are divided into three categories. The biggest group comprises countries that can visit Turkey without a visa for 90 days per visit. Moreover, it can only be a total of 90 days within 180 days.
- EU citizens (except Cyprus and Latvia)
- Albania (can visit Turkey visa-free only for tourism purposes)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- El Salvador
- Georgia (can visit with an ID)
- Hong Kong
- Jordan (only for tourism purposes)
- Kosovo (only for tourism purposes)
- Lebanon (only for tourism purposes)
- Liechtenstein (can visit with an ID)
- Moldova (can visit with an ID)
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Norway (only for tourism purposes)
- Qatar (only for tourism purposes)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- San Marino
- Serbia (only for tourism purposes)
- South Korea
- Switzerland (can visit with an ID, and can enter with an up to 5 years expired passport)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Ukraine (can visit with an ID)
- United Kingdom (United Kingdom citizens can visit without a visa for tourism purposes only)
- Vatican City
Another category of countries that can cross the Turkish border free of visa is allowed a 60 days stay per visit, and 90 days total within 180 days.
- Russia (journalists and service passport holders are not allowed to visit Turkey visa-free)
And lastly, the third group can enter for 30 days per visit and a total of 90 days within 180 days.
- Costa Rica
- Mongolia (only for tourism)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs updates the entry requirements regularly. The following exceptions are also valid when visiting Turkey visa-free:
- ‘Laissez Passer’ issued by the United Nations also allows visa-free entry to Turkey
- Algeria when the traveller is either under 15 or above 65 years (for a maximum 90 days per stay)
- Cyprus if the traveller is residing in Northern Cyprus and travels directly from the Ercan International Airport, or Famagusta, Kyrenia, or Karavostassi seaports
- Libya when the traveller is either under 16 or above 55
- Palestine if the traveller is a VIP passport holder
Who needs a visa for Turkey?
We can group the countries that can enter Turkey with an e-Visa into two categories. There may be some slight differences in the required documents or the length of the stay. However, I will note everything in such a case.
Countries that can apply for an e-Visa to Turkey are grouped into two categories.
There is a:
- Multiple entry visa that allows a 90 days per stay within the 180-day validity period:
The following countries are eligible for a multiple-entry e-Visa to Turkey and don’t need to provide any additional documents:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Dominican Republic
- Hong Kong (BNO)
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Armenia and South Africa are also eligible for this type of visa to Turkey; however, the maximum stay is 30 days.
China and Taiwan can apply for this visa to Turkey, but certain additional documents need to be provided first. The other documents for these countries include:
- A ticket or a round-trip ticket with Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air, or Atlasglobal Airlines.
- A return ticket
- A hotel reservation
- 50 USD or the equivalent of this amount in foreign currency for each day of stay in Turkey
The second type of e-Visa to Turkey is a:
- Single-entry that allows a 30-day stay
The following countries can apply for the visa type mentioned above and enter Turkey:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- The central African Republic
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- Maldives (are allowed a 90-day stay)
- Palestinian Territories
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
The countries mentioned above may apply for an e-Visa to Turkey. The application process takes less than 15 minutes, and your visa permit arrives at your e-mail address within 3 business days.