Turkey cuts visa-on-arrival kiosks

ISTANKBUL, 31 October 2018: Turkish airports will no longer allow passengers to process a visa-on-arrival at eVisa kiosks.

The new rule was introduced 29 October ending the use of self-service e-visa kiosks and deactivating the Wi-Fi zones at Turkish airports.

Visitors to Turkey, who were not on the visa-free list, could apply for a USD20 (UKP15) visa-on-arrival using one of the kiosks in the arrivals hall.

The visas were valid for up to 90 days across multiple stays during a 180-day period from the date of issue.

Travellers who were eligible for a visa-on-arrival must now apply for their eVisa in advance through Turkey’s official e-visa portal, evisa.gov.tr.

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office reported: “From October 29, self-service eVisa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors could apply for the eVisa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports; you must apply for your eVisa before you travel.”

Turkey introduced its Electronic Visa (eVisa) Application System 17 April 2013. It allows visitors travelling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online (www.evisa.gov.tr) in approximately three minutes.

However, Most nationalities in Asia enjoy visa-free travel to Turkey varying from 90 days to just 30 days.

Holders of passports of 78 countries and territories do not require a visa to visit Turkey.