Turkey Visa

Turkey

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Foreigners may apply for an education visa only after they have enrolled in a Turkish university, school or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education.

Student Visa:

Requirements

  1. Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
  2. One passport size photograph of the applicant
  3. An acceptance letter from the Turkish University or school or language course certified by the Ministry of Education
  4. If you would like to apply for a student visa as an Exchange Student, a confirmation letter from your school in United Kingdom is required
  5. Non British Citizens also required minimum 1 year valid residence permit
  6. Latest 2 months bank statement which shows reasonable amount of money.( at least £3000 for 6 months stay)
  7. If you have sponsor, sponsor letter, bank statements and passport copy of sponsor.
  8. Accomodation details, if  available.

Internship Visa:

Requirements

  1. Visa application form to be filled in capital letters.
  2. Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
  3. One passport size photograph of the applicant
  4. An acceptance letter for internship from the Turkish authorities
  5. Student letter or graduation certificate from the university in UK
  6. Latest 2 months bank statement which shows reasonable amount of money.( at least £3000 for 6 months stay)
  7. If you have a sponsor, please submit sponsor’s letter, bank statements and passport copy.
  8. Accomodation details, if available.

Requirements:

  • Application Form : Completely filled with your details.
  • Job Offer Letter : Proof of your prospective job in form of a job offer letter, bearing prospective employer’s details, stamp and signature on the company’s letterheaded paper
  • Employment Contract: The signed employment contract between the applicant and the employer
  • Job Title: The applicant's job title must be clearly identifiable both in English and Turkish versions in related documents. Turkish version of the job title will be considered for the application and it should not exceed 35 characters, including spaces. If no Turkish contract is available, the title in Turkish must be served in brackets. For example, General Director (Genel Müdür). This is very vital for the application. Any mistake might require lodging fresh application.
  • Work Visa Duration: The requested duration and dates for work visa MUST MATCH in Job Offer Letter, Employment Contract and Application Form. In case of any discrepancy, the Employment Contract will be taken as basis for the respective application and the applicant shall be liable for any problem arising directly or indirectly from such discrepancy. It should be either an exact date range like 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2016 for one whole year OR include a phrase like "to commence one (1) year from granting of work permit". While the applicant can make full use of work visa duration, the applicant might lose some duration from the total.
  • Applying dancers, animators/entertainers, acrobats must fill the three (3) page form.
  • Passport: Applicant’s passport must be valid for the duration of employment and additional 60 days
  • Passport Photocopy: A clean, legible copy of the applicant’s passport
  • Permanent Resident Card: Non-British passport holders must present a valid resident card for UK
  • Photo: One (1) passport size photo which SHOULD BE FREE OF any crease, imprints or any other marks (e.g.: caused by paper clips)

University instructors are exempt from work permit. However, they have to submit a letter from Turkish Higher Education Board (YÖK). Additionally, they will need to submit the following documents to this Consulate General in person:

  1. Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
  2. Visa application form to be filled in capital letters.
  3. One passport size photograph of the applicant
  4. A proof of a job offer normally in the form of a letter from the prospective employer

If you wish to prepare documentary films related to scientific research and observation, make commercial and promotional films or conduct archeological excavations within Turkey you must obtain prior permission from Turkish authorities.
You will thereafter be issued with the appropriate visa. Please contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in London for commercial and promotional films and the Turkish Embassy in London for all other permissions.

Visa for Academic Research:

  1. Visa application form to be filled in capital letters.
  2. Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
  3. One passport size photograph of the applicant
  4. An acceptance letter from the relevant authorities in Turkey(Library, University etc…)
  5. Student or employer letter from the university in UK
  6. Latest 2 months bank statement which shows reasonable amount of money.

If you have a sponsor, please submit sponsor’s letter, bank statements and passport copy.

Requirements

  • Visa application form to be filled in capital letters.
  • Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption.
  • One passport size photograph of the applicant
  • A detailed invitation letter from relevant authorities in Turkey.
  • A reference letter from your employer in United Kingdom. (if you will be sponsored by your company, then it should be noted on the letter)
  • Latest 2 months bank statement which shows reasonable amount of money. (If you are not sponsored by your company)
  • Non British Citizens are also required minimum 6 months valid resident permit on the date of application.

Representatives of tour operators need to obtain a "Tour Operator Rep." visa. This type of visa is multiple-entry, and allows holders to stay up to 8 months a year without needing a work permit. Please note that this visa can be issued once in a period of 12 months.
Representatives of tour operators who intend to  stay in Turkey for more than 8 months a year or do not fulfil application requirements indicated below and/or provide further documentation that may be requested by Consulate officials upon  "Tour Operator Rep." visa applications will be advised to apply for a work permit.  Those applicants who do not have relevant work experience in the tourism sector or who do not hold degrees/certificates from tourism related education institutions may opt to obtain an “Exemption Document” issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The contents of the “Exemption Document” will be determined by the said Ministry.

The following documents are initially required for a “Tour Operator Rep.” visa application. Please be advised that further documentation may be requested as deemed necessary by Consulate officials.

Requirements

  • Person who applies for a visa as a tour operator should have relevant work experience / education in this field and provide reference from previous work place. Alternatively, the applicant must provide a certificate of degree / course completion.
  • A letter from the tour operator/travel agency in Turkey addressed to this Consulate. The letter should state the current position of the visa applicant, his/her  purpose of visit and his/her duration of stay (up to 8 months).
  • A copy of Commercial Register Certificate and Registration Certificate of Chamber of Commerce of  the tour operator company in Turkey
  • A letter from employer in the UK including detailed information of employment status and work experience.
  • A copy of employment contract
  • Passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of the visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit.
  • Visa application form "must be filled in full"
  • A passport size photo attached to the visa application form
  • A self-addressed envelope (no stamp is necessary) to receive your passport back by post.( if you wish to have your passport returned by post,  you should submit your documents to this Consulate General at least two weeks prior to the departure date for Turkey)

Istanbul

Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics. Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre.

Ankara

Ankara, Turkey’s capital, sits in the country’s central Anatolia region. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, it’s a center for the performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several national theater companies. Overlooking the city is Anitkabir, the enormous hilltop mausoleum of Atatürk, modern Turkey’s first president, who declared Ankara capital in 1923.

Izmir

Izmir is a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as Smyrna in antiquity, it was conquered by Alexander the Great and the Ottoman Empire, and retains landmarks from its long, rich history. Kemeraltı, the traditional bazaar district, is home to the Kızlarağası Han, a market in a restored inn, and Hisar Mosque, dating to the 1500s.

Bursa

Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located in northwestern Anatolia, within the Marmara Region. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country. Standing alongside Turkey’s “Great Mountain” (Mount Uludag), the city of Bursa may offer a rather modern appearance, but it was actually the 14th – century capital of the historic Ottoman Empire. Therefore, for many locals, Bursa really does serve as the origin of Turkish culture and remains a city with an extremely important past, which dates back more than 2.200 years. Bursa is very rich in religious monuments, mosques and a centre for silk trade. To make a day off, it is possible to visit Mount Uludag by cable cars, which is a ski resort as well as a national park. Something you will also enjoy in Bursa is the warm mineral-rich springs; indeed most of the hotels in this province have thermal bath facilities. The worldly –known Turkish Baths (Hamam) are great places that should be visited in Bursa.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a masterpiece of the nature with its interesting landscape. Nature, time and people create the features of this interesting region. Cave churches (oldest ones date back to late 3rd or early 4th centuries, with colorful frescoes), underground cities, valleys, fairy chimneys have an effect on daily life.

Cave-hotels are one of the best examples of it. Especially, the first luxury unique cave hotel, Museum Hotel, which is the sister company of Travel Club, will make a great difference in your holiday with unforgettable moments…

Cappadocia is the new destination of tourism. It provides different things than the guests used to have in different parts of the world. Different history, landscape and art concept are just remarkable. Travel Club is originally from Cappadocia and we will be more than glad to host you in our land. The best hotel suggestions with different facilities and special tour programs created by  Travel Club will be at your service.

Adana

Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. The city is situated on the Seyhan river, 35 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea, in south-central Anatolia.

About the Republic of Turkey

Turkey is a land of myth, a cradle of various civilizations, a canvas of nature`s most aesthetic bounties and a confluence of varied streams of culture. Owing to its favorable position, Turkey happens to be the bridging nation between two most important continents of the east and west (Europe and Asia) and the point where the three continents of the old world (Europe, Asia and Africa) meet.

This country therefore boasts of a spicy blend of oriental and modern, East and West, splendor and sleekness, which makes diversity its other name. This is a place where every visitor can find something for himself. The world-class cuisine, vibrant market places, warm hospitality of the Turkish people, recreational facilities, architectural splendor of the mosques and castles and an unparallel natural beauty make Turkey an invincible tourist attraction and answer the question of your wonder-lusting heart - "why go to Turkey?"

So if you are planning to take an unwinding vacation, come to Turkey. This Mediterranean country has an ancient charm nestled in a magnificent natural surrounding, which combines with the extremely gracious and warm welcome from the locals. You will really gather an experience to treasure for your lifetime.

There are numerous reasons for visiting Turkey. To begin with, this wonderful land is blessed by a lovely nature. Surrounded by seas on three sides, it is covered by mountains, forests, steppes and all sorts of land variations, all of which are of superb beauty. Indeed, the big part of the country is as lovely as a national park. The genuine friendliness and traditional hospitality of Turkish people towards visitors are wellknown worldwide. And then of course, the history of this land, called Anatolia, is incredibly rich and long.

Turkey has hosted more than 36 civilizations over the past 5000 years. The whole country is the reflection of this richness; through its culture, traditions and archeology. Turkey still hosts many ethnic and religious minorities such as Armenians, Jewish, Christians, old Levantine families and much more. Ottoman Empire is the most influential civilization on today’s Turkey. The famous silhouette of Istanbul, great monuments, famous tiles and Ottoman cuisine are some examples. Their influence on daily life, architecture, literature and art are impressive. Turkey has borders with Armenia, Iran, Syria, Greece, Bulgaria and Georgia all of which also have great influence on the culture of Turkey. As a matter of fact, Turkey is the cradle of civilizations and Travel Club invites you to follow their footsteps in their motherland…

Travelling in a Muslim Country

Personal Presentation

It is an insult to show the bottom of your foot to another person. It is best to keep both feet on the floor.  Modest dress is best for men and women.

Boundaries

When asking about a Muslim person’s family, keep questions general and do not ask specifically about the spouse.

Handshaking

Men shake hands.  Women should wait until the man extends his hand. Pious Muslim men may not shake hands with women.  Pious Muslim women do not shake the hands or touch men who are not in their families. Rather, they might simply put their hand over their hearts to show their sincerity in welcoming the visitor.

Etiquette

Generosity and thoughtfulness are extremely admirable and respected in the Middle East and Arab cultures.

  • If you are about to eat, even if there is only enough for one person, it is considered polite to offer the food. The offer might be politely declined, but it is important to extend the offer.
  • Standing up for new guests and especially older, higher-ranking people is important. Typically, elderly people are greeted first. Men also are expected to stand when a woman enters.

Concept of Time

The concept of time in the Middle East is generally seen as fluid, and many Middle Easterners are more relaxed about when an appointment or event ends or begins, both at work and at a social gathering. Visitors should always be on time or notify the host if you will be delayed because of traffic or other reason. But it would not be unusual for visitors to be kept waiting.

Interaction between Males and Females

It is common to see men walking together holding hands, but men and women generally do not unless they are married or related.

Food

The act of communal eating is a highly recognized outward expression of friendship in the Middle East.

  • Do not eat with your left hand, which is considered unclean.  Also, in many places, it is considered polite to leave a bit of food on one’s plate.
  • Do not ask for pork or pork products. Muslim tradition frowns on consuming pork, and observant Muslims consume Halal food, which involves a particular preparation of the meat.
  • Arab hosts will always offer tea or coffee. A gracious guest will accept the gesture.
  • Observant Muslims do not drink alcohol or smoke.

Photography

Do not take photos in mosques or at military installations. If you would like to take a photo of a Middle Eastern person, especially a woman, ask permission first.

Islam

Islam is the predominant religion in the Republic of Turkey. It is based on five pillars:  Profession of faith, Prayer, Fasting, Charity and Pilgrimage.

  • Muslims pray five times a day: dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and night. Muslims may pray in public places. In the workplace, a room or space is usually designated for prayer.
  • In the fall, Muslims observe a full month of fasting and festivities, called Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset. When visiting during Ramadan, refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public or in front of staff or business associates. Food will be available at hotels for non-Muslim guests. Do extend the traditional greetings of Ramadan, “Ramadan Kareem”  (“Happy – or blessed - Ramadan”).
  • During Ramadan, families and friends break their fasts together at a huge meal called iftar. Do accept an invitation to iftar. It is a wonderful experience and great introduction to family life in the Middle East.

FAQ

Do I need any vaccinations before going to Turkey?

There are no mandatory vaccinations before traveling to Turkey.

Do I need to enter Turkey on the exact date specified in my application?

No. The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Turkey on any date within this period.

Are all visas Multiple-entry visas?

No. Depending on which passport you hold. Some passport holders get single entry visas and others get Multiple-entry visas.

What are the Entry and Exit Formalities for Turkey?

You need a passport and visa to travel to Turkey. Passports should be valid for at least 90 days from the date of entry into Turkey. If you are traveling as a tourist, you can purchase a tourist visa at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate in the United States, or you can purchase a sticker visa at the Turkish airport or other port of entry for $20 (U.S.) cash. There is one exception: foreigners who are traveling to Turkey by cruise ship are allowed to enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours, with the permission given by the local security authorities at the port of entry.

Effective February 1, 2012, a new law took effect allowing a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period. The new regulation will not make any changes to the visa requirements for travel to Turkey, but it will affect how long U.S. citizens can remain in Turkey. If you are planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, you must get a Turkish residence permit. U.S. citizens who enter Turkey with a tourist visa and who wish to stay in Turkey for tourism purposes for longer than 90 days are now able to get a residence permit for tourism purposes for a maximum period of six months. This will allow U.S. citizens to stay in Turkey for tourism purposes for up to a total of nine months.

In order to obtain a tourist residence permit or any other class of residence permit, please contact the nearest Foreigners Police office in Turkey. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens to not overstay their visas and to maintain valid residence permits at all times. Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residence permits.

Foreigners who have overstayed their visas, residence permits, or visa-exempt periods and are subject to a fine can also benefit from the residence permit procedure as long as they pay the related fines.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Turkey?

Turkey practices safe sanitation standards & tap water is suitable for bathing & regular tasks such as brushing teeth. However, as it is heavily chlorinated (especially in summer) it is advisable to drink bottled water. Locals also drink bottled water delivered in 20 - 25 litre containers to their homes -workplaces. We recommend that visitors follow local custom & drink bottled water.

How should visitors dress in Turkey?

Casual wear is appropriate for most tour excursions. Women wear pants or skirts, but when visiting mosques it is recommended that they cover their heads with a scarf & both sexes should not wear shorts out of respects for religious customs.

What is the best time to travel in Turkey?

The most favourable season for travel in Turkey generally runs between early April & late October. During the off-season, temperatures are much cooler & snow is possible in mountainous areas. Many visitors enjoy the spring & fall, with their mild weather & small crowds. Coastal regions are particularly popular during the summer. These include resort areas along the Aegean & Mediterranean coast with beaches & yachting facilities. The coastline, especially between Izmir & Antalya, features numerous coves & bays & many nearby ancient cities & is perfect for yachting.

Turkey also enjoys many spectacular rivers. They are ideal for canoeing, skiing & rafting. Mountaineering is also popular in mountain ranges throughout Turkey in spring & summer. The high plateaus of the Eastern Black Sea Region are covered by colourful flowers & green pasture during spring & summer. Naturists will enjoy the diversity of fauna & flora as well as the heart-stopping splendour of the surrounding landscape. Central & Eastern Turkey can receive large accumulations of snow & snow skiing is a favourite winter pastime. Turkey has several ski centers, which are generally open from December through April depending on snow conditions.

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