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Visa-Free Countries for Turkish Passport holders

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Gulnara Salikhova
8 July 2024
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The Turkey passport is highly popular among foreigners. This beautiful country straddles both Europe and Asia, so be prepared for the new experiences, such as the east-west spice-mix of influences, cultures, or flavors.

As a Turkish citizen, you're fortunate to have the freedom to travel to numerous countries worldwide, each with its unique visa requirements. With a total of 118 visa-free destinations, this comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for Turkish passport holders.

While it is not the largest amount of visa-free agreements, this number equates to 55.1% of the world’s destinations. So having a Turkey passport would be highly beneficial for many, especially Pakistan passport holders, Iran, or Iraq. Just to compare: the number of visa-free destinations accessible with Iran passport is 39. And Irak gives only 26.

Considering the future of the Turkey passport, it can be expected that in the case of Turkey’s accession to the European Union, Turkish passport holders will enjoy even a wider number of countries. So the visa-free possibilities for Turkey passport will definitely grow.

Check out all destinations available for Turkey passport and Turkish passport holders, either with visa-free regime, with the help of a visa upon arrival, or using an online visa.

Visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries for a Turkey passport

Europe

Visa-free countries

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegowina
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

Visa upon arrival countries

  • Armenia

Note! Turkish citizens can’t get an online visa to the countries of the European Union.

Americas

Visa-free countries

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Online visa

  • Mexico

Asia

Visa-free countries

  • Azerbaijan
  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macao (SAR China)
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan

Visa upon arrival countries

  • Cambodia
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Laos
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste

Online visa

  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Africa

Visa-free countries

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Gambia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia

Visa upon arrival countries

  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Madagaskar
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo (Tunisia Turkish passport holders do not require a visa to enter this country)
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Note! Turkish citizens can’t get an online visa to the countries of Africa.

Oceania

Visa-free countries

    • Fiji
    • Micronesia
    • Vanuatu
  • Visa-on-arrival countries
  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

Note! Turkish citizens can’t get an online visa to Oceania.

Caribbean

Visa-free countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Territories

Visa-free

  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Hong Kong
  • Niue
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Visa-on-arrival

  • Taiwan

Benefits of Turkish citizenship

  • No minimum residency is required
  • Visa-free travel to 116 countries
  • Simple application process
  • Citizenship is passed down to future generations
  • An opportunity to get E2 Visa
  • Strong relations with the EU
  • Tax relief
  • Dual citizenship is permitted

Entry regulations in Europe

For now, the list of visa-free or visa upon arrival countries for Turkey passport is not so long. As it was previously mentioned, the Turkey passport visa-free countries in Europe are Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North, Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine. It appears that this number will continue to grow, making a Turkish passport stronger and stronger from one year to the next.

Тhere is still hope that Turkey would join the European Union, which is a piece of good news for Turkish passport holders.

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The power of the Turkish passport is proved by the fact that Turkey is an active member of many international organizations. As an example, one can note OECD, OSCE, Council of Europe, and NATO. So, accession to European Union is the only way to fully tap this relation's full potential and increase the number of Turkey passport visa-free countries.

According to a recent survey, Turkish passport holders also believe that "people believe the EU's effectiveness for solving global problems compared to other countries or group of countries would lead to better results for humanity." Respondents believe that European Union is one of the closest partners in dealing with international matters and Turkey passport visa-free country.

"Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism, and the economy."

While considering all of the above, it is important to note that Turkey passport holders are not eligible for ETIAS, so those people who want to enter the European Union have several options to do so, as they do not have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to all of the European countries:

  1. Turkish passport holders who want to visit just one country could apply for a national visa.
  2. Turkish passport holders who want to visit several countries in the European Union should apply for a Schengen visa. Unlike a national visa, a Schengen visa opens a door to as many Schengen countries as you can visit (considering also the visa validity period), so you can get a multiple entry visa for yourself or multiple entry visas for the whole of your family and enjoy traveling anywhere you wish.

At the beginning of 2022, Turkey announced that it would get visa-free access to 6 more countries of the European Union (Austria, Great Britain, Belgium, Poland, Netherlands, and Spain) for a Turkish passport. This is a clear sign of the government's intention to boom their tourist industry and increase the power of the Turkish passport, making the lives of Turkish passport holders freer. And the future accession to the European Union will provide Turkish passport holders with visa-free access to many new countries in Europe and beyond.

What documents do you need to apply for a Schengen Visa?

If you want to get a Schengen Visa to enter the European Union, then here is a complete list of documents for Turkish passport holders:

  1. Completed and signed by one of the Turkey passport holders Visa Application Form.
  2. Two photos (taken no later than 3 months before applying for a Turkey passport).
  3. Turkey Passport (valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the Schengen area). Also, you should attach all previous passports with visas on them (if you have any).
  4. Travel insurance policy (a minimum deposit is 30,000 Euros). It should help in case of emergencies, such as illnesses, accidents, or even a death.
  5. Proof of accommodation. You can attach either a rental agreement, a hostel booking, or a letter of invitation from somebody at whose house you are going to stay. Proof of accommodation is necessary to show that you will be accommodated over the whole period of stay in the Schengen Area.
  6. Proof of financial means to show that you can support yourself throughout your stay in the Schengen. This can be:1) Bank account statement (no older than 3 months). This would be evidence that you have enough money in your account; 2) Sponsorship letter. The letter should be written by another person who can confirm they will be financially supporting your trip; 3) A combination of both.
  7. Proof of paid visa fee.

Rules for obtaining a U.S. visa for Turkish passport holders

Since Turkey is not still a member of the Visa Waiver Program, Turkey passport holders cannot get an ESTA. Instead, Turkish passport holders are eligible to apply for an E2 Visa, which is a gateway to the USA for 10 years!

E2 visa requirements:

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Turkey Passport photo (no older than 6 months)
  3. Any documents that prove you were legally in the US earlier
  4. Proof of funds (just like with visiting European countries, you need to show that you have enough money. Your proof of funds can be one of the following:1) Personal bank statements;2) Tax records; 3) Payslips from the employer.

It can also be documents like Mutual Funds, Property papers, etc:

  1. Cover letter, which should mention all possible details about the travel, an applicant, and other members traveling with them if they have any.
  2. Proof of return. Provide evidence you will return to Turkey. This can one of the following:1) A letter from your employer; 2) Proof that you study in an educational institution in Turkey; 3) Proof that you have a husband or relatives waiting for you in Turkey (marriage certificates, etc.;4) Proof that you, one of the Turkish passport holders, have a real estate in Turkey.
  3. Turkey Passport, which is valid at least 6 months on the date of travel and have at least 2 blank visa pages
  4. Current details.

For employed:1) A letter from your employer with contact details, which states the duration of the trip, the fact that you are going to return to your job, and that leave has been granted; 2) Current bank statement (of the last half-year); 3) Income Tax Return4) Original payslips

For self-employed:1) A copy of your business license; 2) Income Tax Return; 3) Company bank statement of the latest 6 months

For students:1) A letter from your educational institution stating that you are registered for the upcoming semester2) No Object certificate from School or University

Retired:1) Proof of your retirement fund. Travel itinerary.

The validity of a Turkish E2 Visa is 5 years

At the same time, other eligible nationalities, Egyptians or Jordanians, get a 1-year, single entry E2 visa

Canada Visa Requirements

Unfortunately, Canada is not on the list of visa-free countries for those with a Turkey passport. Commonly, Turkish passport holders are required to apply for a Canada tourist visa to enter Great White North.

With a Turkey passport, you can stay in this country for 180 days, so a Canadian tourist visa expires at the end of this period.

Documents required for a Canada Visa:

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Turkey Passport (or travel document of Turkey) with at least 6 months remaining validity on the travel date). Your Turkey passport should have at least 2 blank pages. Most recent passport photos from your Turkish passport (taken in the last 6 months) are also required.
  3. Cover letter, which should mention all possible details about the travel, an applicant, and other members traveling with them if they have any
  4. Travel itinerary
  5. Accommodation bookings. Make a reservation in the hotel for the duration of your stay
  6. Current details

For employed:

  1. A letter from your employer with contact details, which states the duration of the trip, the fact that you are going to return to your job, and that leave has been granted
  2. Current bank statement (of the last half-year)
  3. Income Tax Return
  4. Original payslips

For self-employed:

  1. A copy of your business license
  2. Income Tax Return
  3. Company bank statement of the latest 6 months

For students:

  1. A letter from your educational institution stating that you are registered for the upcoming semester
  2. No Object certificate from School or University

Retired:

  1. Proof of your retirement fund.
  2. Income Tax Returns of Turkey passport holders.
  3. Bank statement, which should clearly show the date of the statement, the applicant's name (as well as the account holder's name), and the account's balances. If your bank statement is printed online, then it has to be stamped by the bank officials.
  4. Financial documents like Mutual Funds, Property papers, etc.

Note! A negative PCR test is required for all travelers coming to Canada from foreign countries. One should not forget about COVID-19 vaccination proof. The last dose of vaccine should be taken at least 2 weeks before arrival in Canada.

How to get a UK tourist visa from Turkey: Step-by-Step procedure

Did you know that Turkey can be your gateway to Great Britain?

If you have a Turkish passport, you can apply for a business visa to the UK under a special permit. The thing is going about special conditions, available only to Turkish passport holders due to the Ankara Agreement between Turkey and the European Economic Area.

According to this agreement, Turkish passport holders are eligible to work and open a business in any EEA country. After a certain period, this could enable to attain permanent residence in the UK. So this is a distinctive opportunity for those wishing to relocate to this country.

One way or another, Turkey also requires a visa to enter Great Britain. Due to the Turkey passport, you can stay in the UK for 180 days. It is important that an applicant should be present in Great Britain for applying for a tourist visa.

Step 1. To get a visa to enter the UK, Turkish passport holders have to visit the nearest embassy first.

Step 2. Turkish passport holders have to fill out the application form.

Step 3. Turkish passport holders have to submit all the required documents, make payments, and submit the visa application.

Step 4. You will be notified by e-mail once your application is approved.

Step 5. Take your Turkey passport from the UK embassy.

Step 6. This is the last step for Turkish passport holders, establishing that citizens of this country have a visa to enter this country.

Rules for obtaining a visa to other countries

The truth is that conditions vary. For example, some countries are visa-free, while others require visa-on-arrival for Turkish passport holders.

Turkish passport is one of the most powerful, but it's better to visit the embassy before planning any trip.

Passport validity, rules, period, and cost of passport replacement

Turkish passports are valid for 10 years (5 years on special occasions). Since 2010, all passports received by Turkish passport holders are biometric, so everything can be done online.

If you want a Turkish passport, you can always submit an online application through the government's website. Though Citizenship-by-Investment is only one of the routes for future Turkish passport holders, it's probably the easiest and fastest one.

A Turkish passport is issued in 3 months. And if you accidentally lost your Turkish passport, there is a need to report the loss/theft to the local police in the area where it occurred within 24 hours. Replacing a Turkish passport commonly takes about 2-3 weeks, not counting shipping time.

Interesting Facts about Turkey for Investors

Real estate boom in Turkey: over 134,000 houses sold in a month

  • While Istanbul appeared to be a TOP choice, Ankara ranked second, and Izmir closed the leading trio.
  • Among the buyers are people from all over the world.
  • According to experts, housing will rise in price due to a surge in sales. And this makes the program for obtaining Turkish Citizenship by Investment even more relevant and attractive.

Education in Turkey has been a major draw for a long time

The country boasts an abundance of universities that excel in various areas of study, such as medicine, architecture, engineering, ICT, and business.

10 Turkish universities are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2019. For example, Middle East Technical University (METU) ranked eighth.

Want to grab these unique opportunities? Then сontact us, become a citizen of Turkey, and elevate your lifestyle!

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