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Visa to Turkey
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  1. Types of visas to Turkey and legalities
    Generally there are two types of tourist visas ? a single entry visa and a multiple entry visa . A single entry visa allows a one-time entry into Turkey and once you leave the country (irrespective of your length of staying) you need to obtain a separate visa to re-enter Turkey. A multiple entry visa, on the other hand permits multiple entry into the country, within the span of its validity without incurring any additional cost. Majority of the visitors however, require a single entry visa. Only if you have a plan to enter and leave Turkey 4-5 times in a span of three months, you can go for a ?Multiple entry?. The visa application form entails two important sections ? occupation and purpose of visit. As per legality, a general tourist visa does not permit working or studying in Turkey. For such purposes, you need a work/study visa as well as a residence permit. If you are an ordinary passport holder, you can not indulge in any diplomatic, military or official business in Turkey. For such purposes, your visa needs to be stamped with the words ?official passport?. Similarly, if you want to shoot documentary films, go for an archaeological excavation or conduct a research, you have to apply for prior special permission from the Turkish authority.
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  2. Getting a visa to Turkey
    Citizens of many countries need a visa to visit Turkey. Visa is the most important device as far as visiting a new country is concerned. Getting a visa to Turkey before going there is thus essential. You can also purchase it at the airport counter on arrival in Turkey. To purchase a visa from the counter at the Istanbul airport, it is important to carry the exact amount in cash (CASH ONLY) ? no credit card or traveler cheques are allowed. In this part, we will explain the details of getting a visa to Turkey.
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  3. How to obtain a visa to Turkey
    At the very onset, it is essential to note that all the countries do not require visa for all Nationalities. In that case you can arrive at the border, obtain a ?tourist permit? and just walk into the country. However, it is necessary to check with a travel agent regarding the visa requirement clause. The official procedure of obtaining a visa is quite similar to that of boarder crossing. You need to go to the embassy, high commissioner, consulate or delegation of that country which you are going to visit. Go there by wearing your best clothes and be on your best behavior. It is essential to impress the embassy officials because they are the representatives of the country you wish to visit and are empowered to grant you visa. Be informed about what you need to carry to the consulate ? photos, letters of recommendations, air tickets and other documents. You may also need to show lots of money in your accounts. Actually different embassies for the same country behave differently and thus while some require lots of documents others ask for nothing. Therefore it?s best to be on the safer side and carry everything. Visa application hours are only a few hours in the morning and hence it is better to get there early to avoid the hassle of standing in a long queue. It normally takes one to three days to get the visa during which the passport generally stays with the embassy. For contingency, it?s better to ask for a receipt of the passport from the consulate authority. As far as Turkey is concerned, nationals of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland can enter Turkey only with a valid visa of three months to back them. As according to the rules, British and Irish passport holders who are traveling to Turkey also need a visa. For the purpose they can go to the Turkish consulate general in London or Turkish Diplomatic mission in other countries. To obtain the visa from the Turkish consulate in London you need to apply to the consulate general with a passport size photo and the visa fees. Those who are holding travel documents need to apply to the consulate general in person. The things, which you require in this case to make an application, are your travel documents with a minimum validity of one year, a passport size photo, fully filled application form, latest bank statement and a reference letter from your employer or educational institution. Finally, make sure that there is minimum validity of six months on your passport from the date of your entry into Turkey.
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  4. Purchasing a visa over the counter
    Apart from obtaining the visa from the Turkish embassy, you can also purchase it at the port of entry in Turkey. The visa counter at Istanbul airport in Turkey is located on the left side of the passport control area inside the arrival hall. To obtain Turkish visa you need to make the payment in Euros or American dollars. This is because they do not accept credit cards,Turkish Lira or traveler?s cheques. The visa fees have to be paid in cash and cash only and it costs Euro10 for Irish and 10 pounds for UK passport holders. The visas issued at the port of entry are sticker type visas, which allow a maximum stay of 90 days in Turkey. If more than one person are traveling on one passport (as in family passport), visa fees is to be paid for each person individually.
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  5. Citizens of the following countries can enter Turkey with valid passport WITHOUT visa
    Can stay Up to 3 Months with single entry: *Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Granada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (only passports of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Iran, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Norway, New Zeeland, Oman, Qatar, St. Lucia, San Marino, Switzerland, Seychelles, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, South Korea, Trinidad, Tobago, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City. Can stay Up to 2 Months with single entry: *Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Macedonia, Romania, The Republic of Croatia, The Republic of Slovenia. Can Stay Up to 1 Month with single entry: *Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, Kyrgyztan, El Salvador, The Republic of South Africa, Maldives.
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  6. Citizens of the following countries NEED a visa obtainable at borders of Turkey...
    Can Stay Up to 3 Months with single entry:*U.S.A., Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Portugal can obtain a sticker visa at border gates Can Stay Up to 1 Month with single entry: *Azerbaijan, White Russia, Armenia, Jordan, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Albania, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Taiwan can obtain a sticker visa at border gates
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