Turkey visa for Indians

Turkey Visa for Indians (eVisa based on other visas)

We just spent a beautiful month in Istanbul. The arrival was pretty smooth since Turkey now extends an eVisa facility for Indian passport holders who have any valid visa from the US/UK/Ireland/Schengen states (tourist/work/residence/student/etc).

If you have a valid tourist visa, residence permit, work permit, or permanent residence in any of these countries, you can apply for a Turkey eVisa online and fly right after.

The eVisa for Indians costs 43 USD (plus a $0.70 service fee), allows you a single entry, and you may stay up to 30 days. If you leave Turkey in the 30 day period, you will have to apply and pay for another eVisa before you can re-enter. The eVisa itself is valid for 6 months so if your plans change and you don’t use your single entry, you still have a little time to use it.

Sunny day in Istanbul

Sunny day in Istanbul


The online process is very smooth and the eVisa customer support is pretty impressive. All I had to do was go to the Turkish eVisa website, fill in the application form, fill in the relevant details of my supporting visa (I used my Schengen visa), and pay via credit card. When I reached the payment stage, my internet went off and I wasn’t sure if my payment went through or not. I sent the eVisa support an email and received a response within 10 minutes! Incredible! They said the payment had not gone through on their end so I could resume my application and re-try.

On my second attempt the payment did go through. I instantly received the confirmation via email and attached to it was a PDF with my eVisa. The whole process took about 10 minutes and would’ve taken five minutes if I didn’t have to retry my payment because of my unreliable internet connection.

I took a print out of the eVisa. It does mention that you must have a return/onward ticket, 50 USD/day of expenses, and hotel reservations for your entire stay. Although I carried a bank statement, had an onward ticket printout, and also an AirBNB booking, I was not asked for anything at immigration.

The only question the immigration officer asked me was “Where is the Schengen visa?“. I showed it to him, he stamped an entry stamp on my passport and also stamped the eVisa printout. That was it, I was in Turkey!

I must say that I am impressed with the way the eVisa system works. The website is very well designed and you might almost think that it’s not a government website based on its quality! The customer service was also very quick in responding to my question. I hope a lot more Indian tourists use this route to visit Turkey.

Update 11th Feb 2016 – eVisa rules changed

Unfortunately it looks like the eVisa rules have changed for Indian passport holders. Earlier, you could support your eVisa with any valid OECD country visa or residence permit. So, for example, if you had a visa for Chile, or South Korea, or Mexico, you could use this to get the Turkey eVisa. However, now, you can only use a valid US, UK, Ireland, or Schengen visa as a supporting document to enter Turkey. It seems like the rules have been tightened a little bit but the good news is that if you have any of the above visas you can still visit Turkey by applying for an eVisa.

If you have any questions or doubts,

please ask in the comments!

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  • Great post, and good to know it is so (relatively) easily done. I hope more countries adopt similar procedures :)

  • Ashok Sinha Says

    I am Indian citizen and returning from Libya via Istanbul. I wish to break my Journey at Istanbul for one day and visit the city. I am not having valid visa for USA , but have valid visa for Canada. Am I eligible for e-visa? I shall be accompanying with my wife. She has also valid visa for Canada.

  • Hoshedar Says

    Thanks a million Ashray, extremely useful post!

  • Hins Raj Says

    Can I ask what type of onward ticket is expected by these authorities/immigration officials? For eg: If Im travelling from India should I have a return ticket to India? Is such a return ticket also an considered as “onward ticket”?

    • Ashray Says

      Any ticket leaving the country to a place that you can enter. So a ticket back to India is fine.

      • boby Says

        I am Indian and doing job in Iraq my company give me holiday when I come back to join again my work place in meanwhile I want travel any European country but within two months not possible me to apply shechenge visa so how travel any European country without shechenge visa
        Any other plan to travel for me I read your article Jordan Indian passport holder not received visa my budget is minimum I spent 30000 thousand Indian rupees and company give me only 30000 rupees airfare I need your help to how I plan travel minimum 10 days trip

      • Hinsraj Says

        Thanx a lot Ashray..

  • Ratheesh Says

    mu dobut is in e visa how to add addtional resident permit/shengan visa

  • Zakir Says

    I am Indian national, and I have visa from USA, but it’s stamped on old passport , as I renewed recently.

    Am I still eligible to apply evisa

  • Ajit Pujari Says

    Is it OK o enter Turkey with e-Visa for a business trip ?
    And .. do the airlines people in India know about the e-Visa .. as sometimes they refuse to board you if you do not have Visa on your passport.

    One more question please – I have US Visa on my old passport and it is valid for next 8 years. But, I have never entered US but have transited from US airports lot of times. Does this make me eligible for e-Visa ?

    • Ashray Says

      Yes, the eVisa info page says:

      e-Visa is valid for touristic and trade purposes only.

      So it looks like a business trip should be fine. Also, the airlines in India DO know about the Turkish eVisa. It’s a very big program and has been running for many years already. The visa database that airlines use to find their info has an entry for Indians:

      Holders of normal passports issued to nationals of India holding a visa valid on arrival, issued by Ireland (Rep.), USA or United Kingdom or a Schengen Member State can obtain a visa or an e-visa on arrival, for a max. stay of 1 month. Fee: USD 30.-, EUR 25.- or GBP 20.-. The e-visa can also be obtained online prior to departure at

      If you have transited the US before then you have entered the US and you will have an entry stamp in your passport. There is no airside transit in the US. Furthermore, there is no requirement to have used the visa prior to your trip to Turkey. Having the visa is good enough. Also, the fact that the visa is on an old passport does not matter. You just need to show the Turkish evisa, US visa, and your passport to the border agent in Turkey when you arrive.

      • Ajit Pujari Says

        Thanks Ashray .. Your advice will be helpful .. I am getting my e-Visa ..

        And from “About us”, looks like you are leading a great life ..and having fun while helping new travelers with advice ..keep it up ..

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