Turkey Travel Advice: Important changes to visa requirements
Turkey is due to implement changes to its visa system this spring which will see travellers being refused entry unless they have applied for a visa in advance.
From 10 April 2014 you will need to purchase a visa from the Turkish government website (evisa.gov.tr) before you travel and will no longer be able to obtain a visa on arrival in Turkey.
Cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports entering the country for a day trip, remaining in the port of embarkation and returning to the ship the same day will continue to be able to enter Turkey without a visa or e-visa.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning British holidaymakers to be wary of unauthorised sites which may charge for information about e-visas or for submitting applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government.
This change in the Turkish visa requirements could be good news for travellers as it should help reduce queues a customs on arrival in Turkey.
If you are travelling to Turkey, whether for business or pleasure, it is important to make sure you have travel insurance in place, including cover for you existing medical conditions.