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Turkish visa for Canadians

by Juan José Herranz | Wed 02 Jun 2021
Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul in Turkey

Turkey has become one of the most important hubs for tourism in recent years. Its most visited city, Istanbul, is an iconic place and one of the cities that has grown exponentially the most in terms of foreign visitors per year.

Canadians are increasingly exploring Europe and Asia, and Turkey is undoubtedly one of the destinations to consider, as it has a wide variety of places to visit, different landscapes and activities that will create unforgettable experiences.

Do you need a visa to go to Turkey from Canada?

Yes, the visa to visit Turkey is mandatory and Canadian citizens can now conveniently apply for a Turkish visa online. They do not need to physically go to the Turkish consulate or embassy to obtain a travel permit. With the Turkish eVisa, Canadian citizens can visit Turkey for both tourism and/or business purposes.

Applying online is more advisable than other ways of applying because it saves queuing and waiting, as well as any additional paperwork that may be required and not available when applying in person. The whole process can take approximately ten minutes.

Once your application has been accepted after completing all the steps, the agents will approve your visa within approximately 48 hours, giving Canadian citizens an A2 type of visa. This visa will be valid for 180 days from the time it is given to you and will allow a maximum stay of 90 days in the country, with the possibility of multiple entries. 

Do Canadian citizens need a transit visa for Turkey?

No, you do not have to get a visa if you are not going to leave the international transit area. If you want to leave the airport, you will have to apply for a visa even if you are going to stay in the country just for a few hours.

What is the cost of a Turkish visa for Canadian citizens?

The total cost of the entire process, including data review and visa approval, is 89 USD, approximately 109 CAD. There is also an express service, where the average processing time is 24 hours and the price is USD 119.

Turkey visa requirements for Canadians

To apply for a Turkey Visa, the applicant must meet specific eligibility criteria, including:

  • Having a digital copy of the passport. It must be valid for six months from the date you enter Turkey. 
  • Having one blank page in the passport.
  • Using a credit or debit card to pay the application online.

Also, remember that you must apply at least two days before your travel date to Turkey.

Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul in Turkey

Canadian embassy in Turkey

In case you have any additional questions or problems during your stay, Canada has an embassy in Turkey to resolve any inconveniences.

Address: Aziziye, Cinnah Street no: 58, 06690 Çankaya / Ankara, Turkey.

Phone: +90 312 409 27 00.

Turkish Embassy in Canada

In case you have any additional questions, Turkey has an embassy in Canada to resolve any doubts.

Address: 197 Wurtemburg Street, K1N 8L9, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Phone: +1-613-789-4044 / +1-613-789-3440 / +1-613-244-2470.

Turkey travel restrictions

Due to COVID-19, Canadian citizens must meet certain requirements to travel to Turkey. As of December 30, 2020, Canadian passengers arriving in Turkey are required to submit a negative PCR test. The sample for the test must have been taken within 72 hours before the passenger's scheduled departure from the country of origin. This applies to all passengers aged 6 years and over, except sailors and transit passengers.

Canadian passengers who will arrive in Turkey after March 15th 2021 (not including transit passengers and passengers under the age of 6) are required to fill in the Turkey Entrance Form which can be obtained within 72 hours of their departure. A printed version of this form, or a phone screenshot, will have to be shown to the airline crew before boarding the plane. 

All passengers are required to wear masks at the airport and during flights and must complete the passenger information form when arriving in Turkey.

Are there direct flights from Canada to Turkey?

Currently, there are no direct flights from Canada to Turkey, but you can find flights with a single stopover in Europe. 

Is it safe to travel to Turkey for Canadians?

Turkey is considered a safe country in terms of crime and delinquency. However, travelling to the border regions with Syria, Iraq and Armenia is not recommended.  Also, it is advisable to keep certain things in mind during your trip to Turkey:   

  • Be cautious in the tourist areas of Istanbul (Taksim, Osmanbey, Haciosman, Yenikapi) and in public transport, especially the underground, as pickpockets are frequent.   
  • Avoid large concentrations of people.
  • There is seismic risk in the area, so it is advisable to follow different protocols and remain calm if there is an earthquake. 
  • We recommend you to get travel insurance.

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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