The Turkish visa application requires much of the information provided on a passport, such as the applicantﾒs name, date of birth and passport number. Travel dates and a home address also are among the standard information needed to fill out the form.
The visa application asks for parentsﾒ names, place of birth, and the passportﾒs issue and expiration dates. The information on the passport must match the information on the application or the application is marked invalid. Along with the form, Turkey requires that travel documents be valid for at least six months after the travelerﾒs entry date into Turkey.
Tourists who plan to stay for less than three months can purchase a 90-day sticker visa once they arrive in Turkey. The fee is $30 for Americans, but as of April 2014, Turkey has been phasing out this visa-on-arrival practice in favor of e-visas. E-visa applications require the same information as in-person visa applications, but the application is a three-step online process for which the cost is $20, as of June 2015. Once the application is approved on the final step, a download link for the e-visa is provided instantly and emailed as well.
E-visas are not available for stays longer than three months. For longer stays, visas must be obtained from a Turkish embassy or consulate. The cost for this is approximately $60, and it takes much longer to process. For further information, U.S. travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey or the consulates in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.