When applying for a Turkish visa, you will need to collect several documents and submit them at the Turkish embassy/consulate. These documents prove your intention and eligibility for traveling to Turkey.
The required documents for a Turkish visa may differ depending on the visa type you are applying for. Your nationality may also have an impact in this regard, as the nationals of some countries need to submit additional or fewer documents.
Sticker Visa Requirements for Turkey
You can start collecting the required documents for a Turkish visa as soon as you complete the form at the Pre-Application System. The sooner you start gathering them, the better for you. Make sure they all meet the criteria and specifications set by the Turkish authorities.
The main documents you need to collect for a Turkey visa application are as follows:
Turkey Visa Application Form
The application form for a visa is the same for every Turkish visa type. You can find it here! The form contains questions on the following:
- Name and surname.
- Date and place of birth.
- ID number.
- Citizenship and country of residence.
- Parents’ name.
- Type of passport.
- The type of visa you are applying for.
- The requested duration of stay.
- Info on previous visa applications for Turkey.
- Info on previous trips to Turkey.
- Info on your spouse and children, if applicable.
Complete it manually, and sign it at the end.
Turkey Visa Photo Requirements
You should submit two identical photos, as a part of your Turkey visa application. The Turkey Visa photo size should be 5cm x 6cm and taken within the last six months.
Following, find a list of the Turkey visa photo requirements:
- Be of high quality, in sharp focus and clean.
- No ink marks and creases.
- Have the appropriate brightness and contrast.
- Not have any staple marks.
- You must be looking directly at the camera.
Passport or Other Travel Document
You must submit a passport or another travel document that is valid for at least another six months on the date you reach Turkey. Make sure it has at least one blank page in order for the embassy/consulate to be able to affix the sticker visa on it. The passport will remain at the Turkish embassy during the time that is application is being processed.
Alongside with the passport, you should also submit copies of entry and exit seal/stamps of previously obtained visas, if any.
Proof of Accommodation
No matter how long you are planning to remain in Turkey, you must show where you will stay. Even for only a night! You can present any of the following as proof of accommodation in Turkey:
- Hotel Booking in Turkey. If you will be staying at a hotel, you should submit a booking letter that includes the entry and exit dates, your name, and surname, as well as the address and contact details of the hotel.
- Invitation letter by a host in Turkey. If a Turkish resident has invited you to stay over at their place while you are in Turkey, then you need to submit a letter of invitation written by the host. It should include the details of the host, their contact, and the address of the place. Also, your name and surname, and your relationship with the host.
Means of Support
The Turkish authorities want you to show you have enough money to support yourself during your trip to Turkey. You should have about €50 for every day you plan to spend for Turkey. You can prove that you have the needed money through:
- Bank Statements for the last three months.
- Proof of other income as salary slips, from renting, proof of your spouse’s income, etc.
- Letter of support, from another person, who guarantees to cover your expenses. Proof that this person has the means to do so, is also required, i.e. their bank statements.
Note that if a host covers your accommodation in Turkey, you will be eligible to apply with less than €50 per day. If the food is also covered, an even smaller amount of money will be required. Proof of covered accommodation and meals is mandatory in this case.
Travel Itinerary / Flight Booking
You will need to show proof of how you plan to reach Turkey and what you are planning to do while there. The following are included.
- Proof of Flight Booking. If you are planning to travel to Turkey by plane, you will need to book a roundtrip flight and present this document to the embassy or consulate on the day of your appointment.
Other documents are accepted as well, depending on the means of transport you are planning to use to reach Turkey, i.e. bus ticket, driver’s license and authorization to enter Turkey by car, etc.
Submit other documents as well, depending on what you are planning to do in Turkey, i.e. invitations to attend events, booked tours, museum tickets, etc.
Travel Medical Insurance
It is compulsory to have Travel Medical Insurance in order to be able to travel to Turkey. The insurance must cover the whole territory of Turkey with minimal coverage of €30,000.
Police Clearance Certificate
Submit a Police clearance certificate or another equivalent document obtained by the relevant authorities in your country of residence. This document should show that you have not been involved in any criminal activities in recent years.
Visa requirements for Turkey according to your employment status
- If you are employed you need to submit a guarantee letter from your employer, which states that you will return to your country of residence after the trip to Turkey. Pay slips for the last 3 months are also required.
- If you are a business owner, you need to submit your company’s certificate of establishment and registration, the company’s trade license, and the company bank account statement showing transactions for the last 3 months.
- If your spouse provides for you, you should submit the same applicable documents as listed above, for your spouse.
Required Documents for applicants under the age of 18 years old
- Birth certificate.
- Consent letter issued by the parent that is not accompanying the child if, only one parent is traveling with the minor visa applicant.
- Documents on custody rights, if the parents are divorced or a third person is the legal guardian of the applicant.
- Death certificate, if one or both parents have passed away.