A valid passport is required to travel abroad. Everyone requires
a visa. Processing of
visa applications may take a while so plan accordingly.
is recommended that applicants do not finalize travel plans and
arrangements until they are notified about the outcome of their
applications. When they are granted a visa, they must
submit a copy of their return airline ticket before the issuance
of the visa by this Consulate.
Citizens Going To Turkey For Pleasure (Tourist Visas):
you are an American citizen, you may get a tourist visa upon
arrival in Turkey, or beforehand at a Turkish Consulate or
Turkish Embassy, either by coming in person or by applying
through the mail. The cost for Americans is 100$ US, both for
multiple or single entry tourist visas. The visa is good
for one year from the date of issue. To determine which Turkish
Consulate in the United States has jurisdiction over your state
of residency, please
multiple entry visa will allow a tourist to enter Turkey
multiple times within a year, with duration of stays dependent
on the merits of each case. Typically, a multiple entry
visa will allow a tourist to enter Turkey unlimited times, with
a maximum stay of one month for each entry.
single entry visa allows a tourist to enter Turkey one time,
with a stay of three months.
is easy to get a tourist visa at the airport or point of entry.
It is simply a matter of preference as to how you want to get it
(upon entry/beforehand). If obtaining a visa upon arrival
in Turkey, make sure you have 100$ US cash per person for the
visa fee and original and valid US passports with you.
sending your passport to us by mail, it takes approximately five
business days to process, with the turn-around time in the mail
depending on the type of pre-paid envelope you provide us (Fed
Ex, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly
recommended, as you are sending original passports).
Please also include a short note describing your approx. dates
of travel and that you are requesting a tourist visa (a multiple
entry or singe entry). We accept money orders or cashiers
checks (no personal checks, sorry) made out to "the Turkish
you come in Monday-Thursday before 12 pm., a tourist visa can
usually be processed by that same afternoon, or sometimes the
next day. Although we cannot guarantee same day tourist
visa issuance, normally the wait is short and same day issuance
is not a problem.
you come in the late afternoon or on a Friday, it will be ready
the next day or Monday (for Friday drop-offs). Our office
is open 9-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri for pick-ups. Our Consulate is
closed on Saturdays, Sundays, US federal holidays, and some
answers to other US tourist visa questions, please call our visa
information line at (312) 263-0644, ext. 28.
Below is a list of of all Turkish embassies in USA.
Consulates General in the USA:
York - Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Puerto Rico
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Embassy in Washington, DC / Consular Section
Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Asked Questions (FAQ):
am traveling with children (and/or babies), do they need a visa?
children of any age do need a visa to enter Turkey. There
are no age limitations for visas. Please see our section
on “visa formalities” for visa requirements to Turkey.
I need immunizations to go to Turkey?
are not required for travel to Turkey. However, it is
recommended that all booster shots be up to date. Many of the
possible diseases found in the Middle East are not applicable to
I bring medication to Turkey?
in labeled pharmacy bottles can be brought into Turkey.
Injections needles needed for those with diabetes are also
allowed, but it would be helpful if you have a doctor’s note
or copy of your prescription with you. Wheelchairs of any
sort are allowed into Turkey, along with breathing mask or other
protective medical clothing.
can I bring to Turkey?
following items may be brought into the country duty free:
effects of the tourist.
TV, one color pocket TV (maximum 16 cm screen), one
TV-tape-radio combination, one video recording camera
and 5 video cassettes (blank), 5 records, 5 tape
cassettes or compact discs.
video player, cine-projector (8 mm) and 10 rolls of film
(blank), one slide projector.
pocket computer (maximum main memory capacity Ram 128K
Byte), electronic playing devices (without cassette -
transistor radio and portable radio - tape player (its
specification to be determined by the Ministry of
Finance and Customs), one Walkman or pocket tape
recorder, one portable compact disc player.
[one pair, except night (vision) binoculars]
mandolin, flageole, flute, guitar, and accordion (only
one of each type, maximum 3 musical instruments).
baby buggy, toys.
cigarettes and 50 cigars.
grams of tobacco and 200 cigarette papers, or 50 grams
of chewing tobacco or 200 grams of pipe tobacco, or 200
grams of snuff
addition to the above allowances, it is possible to
purchase 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, and 500 grams of
pipe tobacco from the Turkish Duty Free Shops upon
entering the country).
coffee, 1.5kg. instant coffee, 500 grams of tea.
kilo chocolate and 1 kilo sweets.
(100 cc) or 7 (70 cc) bottles of wines and/or spirits.
bottles of perfume (120 ml max. each).
camera with 5 rolls of film.
aid, and spare parts for the car.
items necessary during the journey.
items and all items with a value of over $15,000 must be
registered in the owner's passport upon entering Turkey for
control upon exit.
brought into the country must be registered in the owner's
passport to avoid difficulties on exit.
instruments (including camping knives) and weapons may not
be brought into the country without special permission.
bringing into the country, trade, and consumption of
marijuana and all other narcotics is strictly forbidden and
subject to heavy punishment.
not exceeding 500 DM in value and not for trading purposes, may
be brought into the country duty free. In addition, gifts not
exceeding 500 OM in value may be posted to Turkey duty free, if
the date stamped by the sending post office falls one month
before, or one month after the following holidays: Seker Bayrami,
Kurban Bayrami, Christmas, and New Year's.
more tips and guidelines on customs, please visit the
Embassy’s section on traveler tips:
there any current travel warnings for Americans traveling to
Citizens can check the United States Department of State’s
travel warnings list for any warnings that may from time to time
note that Americans are welcome in Turkey and that problems such
as theft and robbery are rare, but as in any country, it can
happen. Standard safety guidelines for any international
traveler (such as not counting your money on the street, leaving
your wallet on a table or hanging out if your pocket, etc. are
normal precautions for anyone traveling abroad). Women
traveling by themselves will be pleased to find that walking on
the street at night and touring Turkey is safe. For more
advice on safe travel, please visit the US Department of State
website’s “Traveling and Living Abroad” section [LINK:
is the weather like now in Turkey?
is comparable to San Francisco in the fall, with cooler days,
rain, and foggy conditions. Istanbul does occasionally get
snow during the winter, but not very much. The Anatolian
interior (Ankara) and the east of Turkey (Van) do get a lot of
snow. The southern coastline is warm and temperate.
Although you may not be able to swim during winter, the spring
and summers are warm, and the end of July and August can be very
hot, all the way from the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines to
information on average weather conditions during all months of
the year, please check
have heard of therapeutic and healing hot springs in Turkey.
Where can I get information?
Springs Link [LINK: http://www.turkey.org/traveltourism/activitiesthermalresorts.htm]
Travelers should pack light
cotton clothes that conform to Islamic requirements, along with
a light jacket for cool evenings.
+ 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last
Sunday in October).
Lira (TL). Notes are in denominations of TL10,000,000,
5,000,000, 1,000,000, 500,000, 250,000 and 100,000. Coins are in
denominations of TL100,000, 50,000, 25,000, 10,000 and 5000.
Currency exchange: All
exchange certificates and purchase receipts must be retained to
prove that legally exchanged currency was used. Money and travelers
checks can be exchanged at all PTT branches. Many UK
banks offer differing rates of exchange depending on
denominations of Turkish currency being bought or sold. Check
with banks for details and current rates.
Credit & debit cards: American
Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check
with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant
acceptability and other services which may be available.
Travelers Checks: Can
be cashed immediately upon proof of identity. However, it may
take several days to cash checks from private accounts. To
avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised
to take travelers checks in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.
Exchange rate indicators: The
following figures are included as a guide to the movements of
the Turkish Lira against Sterling and the US Dollar:
Currency restrictions: There
are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency,
though visitors bringing in a large amount of foreign currency
should obtain a written declaration from the Turkish
authorities. No more than the equivalent of US$5000 in local
currency may be exported. Foreign currency may be exported up to
US$5000, but no more than the amount imported and declared.
Banking hours: Mon-Fri
0830-1230 and 1330-1700.
to Pack (recommended checklist)
||comfortable shoes for
||socks, underwear, belts
shirts / blouses
||loose-fitting pants /
||light sweater /
||hats, caps / hijab
||nice outfit for local
||soap and shampoo
||razors, shaving cream
||contact lenses &
||hand towel, bath towel
||passport and visa
||an emergency contact
||money belt or neck
||cash, traveler's checks,
||international phone card
||camera, film rolls &
||sun glasses, sunscreen lotion, lip balm
||day pack, backpack,
& voltage converters
Insurance / Medical Facilities
Contact your doctor
for health advice or a thorough check up if you have not had one
for quite a while. Check your health insurance policy. If
it does not provide for overseas visits, consider requesting
your insurer to extend the policy. It is also advisable to take
out travel insurance to cover you in the event of accidental
injury as well as cover for medical expenses. Take along the
copy of your medical record.
For those who take special
medicine on a regular basis, make sure that you carry an
adequate supply of the prescription
medicines you use regularly to last throughout your trip. Carry
them in the original containers to identify them as legally
obtained drugs and pack them in your carry-on bag.