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Turkey visa for US Citizens

by Juan José Herranz | Sun 02 May 2021
Turkey visa for US Citizens

Turkey has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in recent years, as the number of tourists arriving in the country has grown exponentially each year. In 2019, approximately 52 million tourists visited the country.
American tourists are increasingly exploring more options in Europe, and Turkey is certainly an interesting destination which offers unique culture, gastronomy and landscapes which cannot be missed. Its capital and most visited city, Istanbul, in the west of the country, the centrally-located Cappadocia and Adiyaman in the east are, among others, destinations not to be missed if you visit this wonderful country.

Do Americans need a visa for Turkey?

Yes, US citizens need a visa for any type of visit to Turkey.
The visa to Turkey can be obtained in person or online. The latter method is strongly recommended as it saves queuing and long waiting hours, as well as any additional paperwork that may be required and not available when applying in person.
Furthermore, applying for a visa online is much quicker and easier. All you have to do is fill in an online form with your correct details. The whole process will take you approximately ten minutes.
Once your application has been accepted after completing all the steps, the agents will approve your visa within approximately 48 hours. US citizens will obtain an A2 type of visa, which is valid for 180 days from the issuing time and allows tourists to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days, with the possibility of multiple entries.

What documents are required for a Turkish visa from the US?

Unlike many countries, Turkey does not require a lot of documentation when applying for a visa. All you will need is:
Passport valid for at least 180 days from the date of entry to the country.
Email in which you will receive your approved visa.
Valid credit card with which to complete the visa payment.

How much is a Turkish visa for US citizens?

The cost of the entire process is about USD 79, which includes government fees and handling services.
There is also an express service, which offers an average processing time of 24 hours and the price is USD 99.

Is there an Istanbul visa?

If you intend to travel to Istanbul, there is no specific visa for the city, so you will be required to apply for a visa for Turkey, which will allow you to enter the city.

Can Americans travel to Turkey?

Yes, as long as the country's entry requirements are respected, US citizens can travel to Turkey without any problems.

Is it safe to travel to Turkey for Americans?

Turkey is considered a safe country in terms of crime and delinquency. However, travel to the border regions with Syria, Iraq and Armenia is not recommended.  
Furthermore, it is advisable to keep certain things in mind during your trip to Turkey:  
Be informed of the situation in real-time through the news about Turkey.
Be cautious in the tourist areas of Istanbul (Taksim, Osmanbey, Haciosman, Yenikapi), on the public transport network and the metro in particular, as pickpockets are frequent.  
Avoid large concentrations, especially in tourist areas.
There is a seismic risk in the area, so it is advisable to follow the protocols of action in the event of an earthquake.
If there is any situation that does not inspire confidence, avoid it. Also, travelling with an travel insurance is highly recommended.

Are there direct flights from the United States to Turkey?

Yes, airlines such as Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer direct flights from major US cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Washington D.C.) to Turkey with an approximate flight time of 10-13 hours, depending on where you are flying from.

About the author
Juan José Herranz

Juan José Herranz
Hello! I'm Juan Jose, a boy from Extremadura who loves to travel and share his experiences with readers. I write articles for and I also help users to process electronic visas for all countries in the world that require it. I'm more of the mountains than the beach, so the quiet destinations with green landscapes are my favorites.

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