Turkey extends e-visa deadlinePosted: February 25, 2014
Britons visiting Turkey will still be able to purchase their visa at the airport until the end of the year
By Oliver Smith
Travellers visiting Turkey this summer will no longer be obliged to apply for an electronic visa before they travel after authorities agreed to postpone the introduction of the new system until the end of the year.
Although the e-visas are already up and running, they had been due to replace the existing visa-on-arrival system entirely from April 10. However, Abta, the travel association, had been urging Turkish authorities to extend the transition period to prevent holidaymakers being caught out.
“We are pleased to advise that we have received official confirmation from the attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey that the transition period of the e-visa process has been extended until December 31, 2014,” it said. “This means that during the transition period from now until December 31, Turkish visas can be obtained both online and at the port of entry.”
Whether purchased online or at an airport kiosk, the cost of the multiple entry visas, which are valid for 90 days, is £10 per person. Those purchasing an e-visa, however, must pay by credit or debit card.
E-visa applicants must provide their name, date and place of birth, a valid email address, and details of their passport. If approved, they will be asked to pay the £10 fee. The visa will then be emailed to them, and must be downloaded and printed out. It should be shown to airport and customs officials in Turkey and kept safe for the duration of the holiday.
According to an immigration official “the entire process takes less than 10 minutes and it will speed up the whole visa application and processing system”.
Travellers are advised to use the official Turkish government website to apply (www.evisa.gov.tr) and should beware of unauthorised websites trying to charge an additional application fee.
“Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-visas, and for submitting applications,” the Foreign Office warns on its website. “These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services.”
Several other countries already require visitors to purchase an electronic visa before they travel. Problems with unauthorised websites that charge processing fees have been reported elsewhere, in particular for trips to the US. Those travelling there should use the official Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta.
Sourced from Telegraph Travel