Turkey’s new e-visa system extended to 2015

The Turkish authorities have recently introduced an e-visa system for holiday makers to purchase their visa before they travel to Turkey. This new electronic system was set to be exclusively in place by April 10 2014 and would have meant that travellers would no longer be able to obtain their visa on arrival. However the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) have negotiated an extension to the April 10th deadline with the Turkish authorities until 31 December 2014. This will no doubt make for a smoother transitional period as the Turkish Authorities phase out issuing visas on Arrival. The visa will still cost £10 (Scottish currency is not accepted) and is valid for a maximum of 90 days as before. Turkey’s move to the e-visa system should make the airport security process quicker as the queues to receive the visa stamp can take some time, especially during the holiday season.

On 21 February 2014 ABTA released the following update on their official website ‘We are pleased to advise that today we have received official confirmation from the attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey that the transition period of the e-visa process has been extended until 31 December 2014. This means that during the transition period from now until 31 December 2014, Turkish visas can be obtained both online and at the port of entry. ‘

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also warned holidaymakers to be wary of some unauthorised websites that may charge for information about e-visas, and for submitting applications.

Purchase your e-visa from the official e-visa application website here https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

More information about travelling to Turkey from the UK can be found on the UK’s official foreign travel website here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements