Turkish e-visa deadline extended until end of 2014

British holidaymakers with plans to visit Turkey this summer will no longer have to apply for an electronic visa before jetting off.

Although the mandatory e-visa had been due to come into force on 10th April, the Turkish authorities have agreed to postpone the deadline until the end of the year. It’s already possible to buy and use e-visas now, but there was a concern that by making them mandatory, holidaymakers would get caught out and be refused entry into the country.

Thanks to the efforts of travel association ABTA, the deadline has now been extended by another eight months, giving more time to raise awareness. “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,”

The decision to delay the introduction of mandatory e-visas means that travellers can continue to purchase their visa at the airport, as well as online until the end of the year. “Visitors arriving in Turkey without an e-Visa will be able to obtain them via interactive kiosks located at Turkish airports until this deadline.”

The 90-day multiple entry visa costs £10 per person whether it is bought online or at an airport kiosk. Travellers buying an e-visa are advised to purchase it directly from the official website of the Turkish government www.evisa.gov.tr. Other countries operating an electronic visa system, such as the US, have reported problems with unauthorised websites that charge additional fees.

Applicants must provide their name, date and place of birth, passport details and e-mail address. The e-visa will then be emailed to them and must be printed and taken to the airport when travelling to Turkey. The process is quick and simple – just like when buying travel insurance online. It is important to remember that the EHIC is not valid in Turkey. While this is not considered a replacement for insurance, it is important to be aware of what the EHIC does and does not include.

Date Created: 27 February 2014

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