by Maria Çelebi
s announced several months ago by the
Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs in several
oﬃcial internet sites, aer April 10th,
2014, the visitor visa-on-arrival system
was scheduled to no longer be available. However,
on February 19th the Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs
announced an interim procedure; given the
government authorities are not ready for full
elimination of the visa-on-arrival.
As a reminder, the visa-on-arrival system allowed
certain nationalities to purchase their visitor visa
in Turkey at the airport upon arrival. e goal has
been for all nationals eligible for a visa-on-arrival
be required as of April 11 to use the electronic
visa system prior to departure. e move toward
elimination of the visa-on-arrival is based on
the new Law on Foreigners and International
Protection (Law No. 6458).
Given that government authorities are concerned
about the impending deadline and its eﬀect on
tourism, it was announced that the following interim
measures as of April 11th will be implemented:
• Visitors arriving to Turkey without e-visas will
be able to obtain their e-Visas via interactive
kiosks placed in Turkish airports (assuming
they qualify for an e-Visa).
• Arrangements will be made to allow visitors
to obtain e-Visas from authorized airline
companies' oﬃces, including those companies'
oﬃces in airports.
• Tour operators will be able to apply for group
e-Visas and make lump sum payments.
• In addition to Visa and Master Card, payment
will be accepted from other commonly used
credit cards and debit cards.
• Fees for e-Visas obtained via the e-Visa website
(www.evisa.gov.tr) will be lower than the fees
for visas obtained upon arrival at Turkish
airports. Information regarding visa fees can be
found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign
• In addition to English, French, and Spanish;
Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, German, Arabic and
Chinese language options will be added to the
April 2014 will also see many changes in the
processing of foreigners upon entry with regard to
their residence permits and visas based on the new
Law on Foreigners and International Protection.
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