Turkey Transit Visa: How To Apply For Your Transit Visa Online

Sep 8, 2022

5 min read

You've probably read the term "Transit Visa" somewhere while searching for Visa information. However, what is the Turkey Transit Visa?

If you don't know the answer to that question, you're in the right place.

This guide will cover everything you need to know about the Turkey Transit Visa.

We'll cover all the important information, including the easiest way to get your Turkey Transit Visa.

Here's what you'll need to know about the Turkey Transit Visa:

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How To Get A Turkey Transit Visa Without A Hassle

You can complete your Turkey Transit Visa through Atlys within minutes. Follow these easy steps to get your Visa with Atlys:

  • Step 1: Download the Atlys app
  • Step 2: Enter Your Details
  • Step 3: Get Your Visa

What Is The Turkey Transit Visa?

The Turkey Transit Visa is an entry permit that allows travelers to transit through Turkey to another country.

It's very important to understand that you only need a Transit Visa if you want to pass Turkish Immigration.

Luckily the Transit Visa is now an online Visa application. So you do not have to go to the Turkish Embassy or Consular to apply for a "Sticker Visa" (also known as the paper Visa).

Let me explain by using an example:

I visited India for some time off during my summer vacation a few years ago. Unfortunately, my flight got diverted to Istanbul Airport on my way back to the US.

Although I'm a US citizen, I require a Visa to enter Turkey and, therefore, couldn't pass through Immigration. Luckily you don't need a Transit Visa if you stay in the transit area during your layover.

So I just waited for my connecting flight in the transit area. I advise buying earphones because long layovers can be frustrating if you're bored.

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Please note that the Turkey Transit, Tourist Visa, and E Visa (electronic Visa) are the same. Therefore, you'll apply for a Turkish E Visa. For this post, I'll refer to it as the Turkey Transit Visa.

Who Needs A Turkey Transit Visa?

As I mentioned earlier, you only need a Transit Visa if you want to enter Turkey and require a Visa.

If you are unsure if you need a Visa, please check the image below for countries that need a Turkey Visa:

Countries That Can Apply For The Turkey E Visa

Please remember that if you enjoy Visa-free travel to Turkey, you do not have to apply for a Turkey Transit Visa.

Here's a list of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Turkey:

Countries That Enjoy Visa Free Travel To Turkey

Important Information About The Turkey Transit Visa

Now that we've covered the basics of the Turkey Transit Visa, let's have a look at some other important information:

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How Long Does It Take To Get A Turkey Transit Visa?

The Turkey Transit Visa takes between 3-5 days to be processed. However, the processing time can be quicker. Some travelers got their Transit Visa within 24 hours.

How Much Does A Turkey Transit Visa Cost?

The Turkey Transit Visa costs depend on your nationality. Let's say perhaps you are a US citizen. In that case, a Transit Visa will cost you 50 USD.

You can check the Transit Visa fee when applying online through the Turkish Government E Visa Portal.

What Are The Turkey Transit Visa Required Documents?

Like other Visa applications, the Turkey Transit Visa requires you to submit personal information and travel documents.

You must meet the following Visa requirements for a Transit Visa application:

  • A valid US passport (it must be valid for at least 6 months after your exit date)
  • Contact information
  • Proof that you can pay your Visa fee (can be a credit card or debit card)

Although it's not mandatory, we advise travelers to get travel insurance or medical insurance in case of an emergency abroad.

How To Apply For The Turkey Transit Visa?

It's time to explain how you can get a Turkey Transit Visa. Remember, you can apply hassle-free through Atlys.

However, here's how you can do it on your own:

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Step 1: Go To The Turkey Government Online Visa Portal

First, you must head to the Turkish Government portal to start your Transit Visa application.

Step 2: Complete The Turkey E Visa Application Form Online

The next step is to complete the Visa application form. Again, please remember that it is important to ensure you enter the correct information.

A mistake on your Visa application form, such as your passport number, can cause your application to be rejected.

For example, suppose your Visa is approved with incorrect information, and you arrive at the gate. Turkish Immigration can reject you to enter if your passport information doesn't match your Visa.

Remember that the Turkey Transit Visa application is the same as the Turkey E Visa. Therefore, check out our Turkey Visa Guide for a detailed step-by-step guide on completing the Turkey E Visa application.

Remember that you can apply for additional transit passengers if you are traveling with a group.

Step 3: Pay The Turkey Transit Visa Fee

We're almost done. All you must do is pay your Transit Visa fee, and the hard part is over.

As I mentioned, the Transit Visa costs 50 USD for US citizens, and you can pay with your credit or debit card.

Remember to check your emails for a link to pay the Visa fee.

Please check out our Turkey payment issues guide if you struggle to pay your Turkey Visa online.

Step 4: Download Your Turkey Transit Visa

The last step is to download your approved Transit Visa. I suggest you download the PDF version to your phone.

You must show the Turkish Royal Officer your downloaded Transit Visa, and you'll be allowed to enter.

Here's an example of an approved Turkey Transit Visa:

Turkey E Visa Example

You're Ready To Transit Through Turkey

Now you are ready to travel to your final destination country. Remember to check our FAQ section for additional information.

Written By: Armando Du Preez
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Different Turkey Airports?

Here's a list of the largest airport in Turkey:

  • Istanbul Airport
  • Pendik Airport
  • Antalya Airport
  • Ankara Airport
  • Trabzon Airport
  • Dalaman Airport
  • Erzurum Airport
  • Milas-Bodrum Airport
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Do I Need A Transit Visa If I have A Schengen Visa?

Yes, you must apply for a Turkey Entry Visa if you have a Schengen Visa.

Which Countries Enjoy Visa-Free Travel To Turkey?

Here's a list of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Turkey:

Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and Ukraine.

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