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Turkey eVisa for UAE citizens: Requirements & fees
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Ra'eesah Manack
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Turkey is a fascinating country renowned for its rich culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. If you're a UAE citizen planning to visit Turkey, you can apply for the Turkey eVisa and get the entry document from the comfort of your home. However, it's essential to understand the visa requirements and fees associated with the Turkey eVisa.

No worries, we're here to help you. This article will guide you through getting a Turkey eVisa, highlighting the necessary documents, the application procedure, and other details. By familiarizing yourself with the requirements and fees, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to Turkey!

Also check out our list of top 10 sights in Istanbul by our expert travel reporter, featuring insider tips on Istanbul's hidden treasures and must-visit landmarks.

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What is a Turkey eVisa, and why do UAE citizens need it?

Turkish authorities require a visa for United Arab Emirates citizens to enter the country. The Turkey eVisa is an electronic visa that allows travelers to visit Turkey for tourism or business purposes.

It's a convenient alternative to the traditional visa application process since you can apply for this Turkey visa online without visiting an embassy or consulate. You'll receive the eVisa via email and must present it to the local authorities upon arrival.

Eligibility criteria for a Turkey eVisa for UAE citizens

The main eligibility criteria to apply for a Turkey eVisa are:

  • Travel for tourism or business purposes.
  • Have a valid UAE passport with a minimum validity of six months after the departure date. The passport should be in good condition and have two blank pages for entry and exit stamps.

Be aware that the eligibility criteria may vary for official passport holders. In this case, please contact the Turkish Embassy.

If the Turkish eVisa isn't an option for you, don't worry! Read our expert guide on how to apply for a Turkey Embassy Visa – full of helpful tips by a seasoned traveler to simplify the process and ace the interview.

Validity period of a Turkey eVisa for UAE citizens

The Turkey eVisa is a Multiple Entry visa valid for 180 days after issued. It allows you to stay for up to 90 days in Total.

So, if you spend 30 days exploring Turkish attractions, then leave and return to the country, you can only stay for another 60 days. The validity period of your Turkey eVisa starts from the issue date, and you must keep track of its expiration date.

Can UAE citizens extend the Turkey eVisa?

No, unfortunately, you can't. You must leave Turkey and reapply for the Turkey eVisa to revisit Turkey.

Consequences of overstaying a Turkey eVisa for the UAE passport holders

Overstaying your Turkish eVisa is considered a violation of immigration laws. It may sometimes result in legal consequences such as fines, deportation, or even entry bans to Turkey. These can vary depending on the duration of your overstay. Check out some of the problems you could face if you overstay a Turkey eVisa:

  • You may face restrictions when trying to reenter Turkey in the future. This could disrupt your travel plans and cause inconvenience.
  • It can also lead to difficulties when applying for future visas or permits to other countries. It may negatively affect your visa application process and raise concerns about your compliance with immigration regulations.
  • You'll have to deal with immigration authorities, which can be stressful and time-consuming. It's best to comply with visa regulations to avoid such complications.

Required documents to apply for the Turkey eVisa as aa citizen from the United Arab Emirates

Completing the visa application form online is easy and quick! You only need a few documents:

  • A valid passport.
  • A valid email address.
  • An online payment method, such as PayPal, Venmo, or a credit or debit card to pay the visa fee.

Gather all required documents (like your passport and flight confirmation) ready before you start the application. This saves you time and simplifies the process.

iVisa tip: Carry backup documentation like an extra ID or driver’s license, return flight tickets, and proof of accommodation, as immigration officers might request to see these upon arrival, even if you already have an approved Turkey eVisa.

How to apply for a Turkey eVisa as a UAE citizen in less than 15 minutes

At iVisa, we simplify the application process. You can complete the form on our platform in less than 15 minutes! Submit the Turkey visa application form in three simple steps:

  • First, Emirati citizens must complete the application form on our platform. After that, select the processing time.
  • Second, double-check that all your information is correct so you don't have problems or delays with the application. Then, pay the Turkey visa fees.
  • Third, upload the required documents and submit the Turkey e-Visa application. All scans of your documents have to be legible.

Wait for your valid approved visa to arrive in your email inbox. Easy, right? For an even smoother application process, use our iVisa app.

Watch this video to learn more about the application process.

Your approved eVisa is electronically linked to your passport, and during immigration checks a quick scan of your passport will confirm your visa status. However, we recommend keeping a downloaded copy on your mobile device as a backup, just to smooth out any unexpected bumps in the process.

Processing time for a Turkey eVisa application for UAE citizens

We offer three processing time options for United Arab Emirates citizens. Feel free to choose the one that best suits your needs and budget:

  • Standard processing time: With this option, you'll get your Turkey e-Visa in 24 hours.

  • Rush processing time: This option is perfect if you're in a rush to get your eVisa to enter Turkey, as it just takes 4 hours.

  • Super Rush Processing time: This is our fastest option, ideal if you booked a last-minute trip. You'll receive your valid visa in 30 minutes.

Usually, you'll get your eVisa within a few days. For added peace of mind, opt for our Super Rush service to fast-track your application to the front of the line and to get it within hours!

Visa fee: Turkey eVisa cost for UAE citizens

The Turkey e-Visa cost varies according to the chosen processing time and the applicant's nationality. UAE citizens have the following options, including our service and the government fee:

  • Standard processing: USD $113.49.

  • Rush processing: USD $132.49.

  • Super Rush processing: USD $166.49.

How to check the status of a Turkey eVisa application for UAE citizens

Are you in urgent need of your travel documents? If so, you must track your application status. To do this, log into your iVisa account and locate your order. The application process typically involves four common stages:

  1. Application received: Your application has been completed successfully, and our team will commence working on it shortly.

  2. Additional information required: We require your action as we need additional information from you. After reviewing your application, we've identified some issues that need to be addressed to prevent rejection by the government.

  3. Awaiting response from the Government: We've submitted your application, and we're currently awaiting a response from the government.

  4. Application completed: Congratulations on the best order status! We've sent the necessary documents to your email, and you're all set to proceed. Kindly check your inbox (including your spam folder) if you haven't received the documents yet.

As soon as your visa is approved, you'll receive the confirmation of your Turkish e-Visa in your email. If you have any doubts during the application, don't hesitate to contact our team.

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Common mistakes to avoid when applying for a Turkey eVisa as a UAE citizen

When applying for a Turkey eVisa as a UAE citizen, it's important to steer clear of common mistakes to ensure a smooth and successful application process. Here are some pitfalls to avoid:

  • Inaccurate personal information: Double-check all personal details on the application, including your full name, date of birth, and contact information, to ensure they're accurate and match your passport.
  • Insufficient passport validity: Make sure your UAE passport has a minimum validity of six months from your intended entry date into Turkey. Otherwise, you can face visa rejection.
  • Incorrect travel dates: Ensure the dates you enter align with your plans. Providing incorrect travel dates may cause complications or delays in processing your eVisa.
  • Missing supporting documents: Depending on your circumstances, additional supporting documents may be required, such as proof of accommodation or travel itinerary. If this is the case, we'll let you know, so keep an eye on your visa status after submitting your application form.
  • Late submission: You can receive the eVisa in less than 24 hours; however, it's advisable to apply in advance to allow sufficient processing time and avoid any last-minute issues.

What to do when my Turkey eVisa application as a UAE citizen is denied?

If the Turkey eVisa is rejected, you can try again and submit a new Turkey eVisa application form after 24 hours have passed. Be careful to provide accurate information and count on our iVisa experts to review your form before submitting it to the government.

Do UAE citizens need a Turkey eVisa for transit?

You won't need a visa if you're simply in transit and staying within the designated airport transit zone. However, it's important to note that once you leave the transit area and venture into the country, you must present a valid visa to explore Turkey.

Here's a helpful tip for those planning a cruise vacation and wishing to visit coastal cities or nearby provinces: You won't need a Turkish visa if your stay is within 72 hours. This exemption allows cruise passengers to enjoy their vacation without the hassle of getting a visa as long as they don't exceed the specified time limit.

Preparing for a trip to Turkey as a UAE citizen

Several essential factors must be considered when planning a trip to Turkey as a UAE citizen to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Here are some key points to help you prepare for your trip:

  • Ensure you meet the entry requirements established by Turkish authorities. This includes having a valid passport and visa.
  • It's not mandatory, but highly recommended, to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost belongings. Review different insurance options and choose a policy that suits your needs.
  • Check if any vaccinations are recommended or required for traveling to Turkey. Consult the CDC website for further information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local currency, the Turkish Lira (TRY), and consider obtaining some cash for immediate expenses upon arrival. Additionally, inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with your credit or debit cards.
  • Learn about Turkey's local customs and etiquette to show respect for its culture and traditions. This includes understanding appropriate dress codes, greetings, and general behavior.
  • Research and book transportation options such as flights or train tickets well in advance. Similarly, book accommodation that suits your preferences and budget, whether it's hotels, guesthouses, or vacation rentals.
  • Plan your itinerary and research the attractions and landmarks you wish to visit in Turkey. This will help you make the most of your time and ensure you don't miss out on any must-see places.
  • Stay informed about the current safety and security situation in Turkey by checking the travel advisories issued by your government. Take the necessary precautions and be aware of your surroundings during your trip.

By considering these factors and adequately preparing for your trip to Turkey, you can have a memorable and worry-free experience.

Travel restrictions and entry requirements for Turkey for UAE citizens

Turkey has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, which is good news for travelers planning to visit the country. As a result, there's no longer a requirement to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test upon entry. In any case, it's advisable to stay informed and updated by checking the Turkey CDC page or reliable sources for any new travel guidelines or updates before embarking on your trip.

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Where can I find more information about the Turkey eVisa?

Do you still have questions about this tourist and business visa to Turkey? No worries. Our iVisa experts are always available to help you. Contact our customer service team via chat or email at help@iVisa.

In addition, here's the Turkish Embassy and Consulate contact information in the United Arab Emirates in case you need them:

Turkish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates

  • Address: Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye, W59-02 /1, Villa No:1, P.O.Box:3204, Abu Dhabi-UAE.
  • Telephone: +971 2 410 99 99

Turkish Consulate in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

  • Address: Dubai World Trade Center Building 29th Floor P.O.Box:9221 Dubai-U.A.E.
  • Telephone: +971 4 376 06 00

We hope you enjoy Turkey's fantastic attractions!

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Ra'eesah Manack
iVisa Travel Journalist
Meet Ra'eesah, our globe-trotting aficionado who calls both Botswana and South Africa her home. With a passion for everything travel, Ra'eesah finds joy in exploring new places and embracing diverse cultures. Join her as she shares her journey and insights, one exciting destination at a time.
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