Turkey is a transcontinental country, having parts of it in Europe and Asia. Over time, Turkey has metamorphosed into a large business hub with a vibrant economy, little wonder why a lot of persons want to go there. The official language of the Turkish people is Arabic, but bits of English is spoken in major regions.
If you want to go to Turkey, you must, first of all, know the intricacies involved in applying for a Turkish visa. You must also know the types of visas available.
The necessary Turkish Visa information is expounded here.
Turkey Visa Types
If you want a visa to Turkey, then you would need to know the available types of Turkey visas, and identify which applies to you.
There are majorly two types of visas. The single-entry visas and the multiple-entry visas. The single-entry visas allow travellers only one entry into the country with that visa. If for any reason a visitor exits the country before completing the duration permitted by his visa, he cannot return to Turkey with that same visa. The reverse is the case for the multiple-entry visas. Holders of this visa can exit and return to Turkey any time within the duration permitted by their visa.
There are specific Turkey visas that apply to Nigerians and they include:
Turkish Tourist visa
Turkey tourist visas are issued to persons who want to visit family members, relatives and friends in Turkey from Nigeria. Tourist visas are single-entry visas and they are valid for up to 3 months (90 days).
Tourist visa applicants have to provide their itineraries, and also provide proof that they can financially sustain themselves during their stay.
Turkish Business Visa
Business visas are single-entry visas that are issued to travellers visiting the country for brief meetings, conferences or lectures. Business visas are usually valid for 90 days. For this visa, applicants have to provide necessary documents supporting their reason for travelling.
Turkish Student Visa
A student visa is a multiple-entry visa, and it is granted to applicants who want to study in Turkey. The criteria for this visa is that the institution must have granted admission to the applicant before the applicant can apply for a Turkey student visa. In order to prove this, the applicant must provide a letter from the institution.
Applicants have to provide proof that they can foot their tuition.
Turkish Work Visa
Work visas (employment visas) are issued to persons who want to work in Turkey. The Turkish employers of these applicants have to send proof of employment to the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS).
Holders of Work visas have to apply for residence permits within 30 days of arrival in Turkey.
Applicants also have to prove that they are financially capable of paying for their accommodation and other maintenance costs when they get to Turkey.
Turkish Research Visa
Research visas are issued to experts whose purpose of being in the country is for research purposes. Each member of the team would need to present a copy of their application form and a passport photo.
The applicants have to present a letter from a Turkish institution or museum sponsoring the research.
Turkish Transit Visa
The Turkish transit visa is issued to persons who want to pass through to another country. They are allowed no longer than 3 days in Turkey.
Turkey Visa Requirements
For every Turkey Visa application, there are some necessary requirements and important documents that must be in place.
These documents include:
- Valid Nigerian Passport (valid for 90 days longer than the requested visa)
- Duly filled application form
- Passport-size photos
- Documents supporting the purpose of the planned visit.
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of payment of visa application fee
- Proof of financial capacity
- Visa processing fee (varies depending on visa type and your nationality)
How to Apply for a Turkey Visa
To apply for a Turkish visa, there are certain steps that applicants must follow. Only applications properly sent would be attended to. All the necessary fees should be paid, and applicants must provide biometric information.
Steps to apply for a Turkey visa
- Download and fill an online Turkey application form
- Upload the correct passport photo specification.
- Attach the required supporting documents
- Book for an appointment
- Put together all the necessary documents.
- Pay the stipulated visa fee
- Go to the Turkish Embassy
Where to Get a Turkish Visa Application Form
A Turkey visa application form can be gotten online, or it can be gotten by sending a visa form request letter to the visa section of the Turkish embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Applicants can also call the Turkish embassy request phone line.
How to Schedule a Turkish Visa Appointment
Scheduling appointments should be done online, and they should be placed at least 8 weeks before the prospective travel date.
Once the necessary information is submitted online while scheduling an appointment, applicants would immediately receive the due notification, informing them of the travel date.
Applicants should book only one appointment within a month.
It is necessary to note that after an appointment has been scheduled online, the confirmation page should be printed out. This confirmation page is the proof that the appointment was scheduled.
How and Where to Pay Turkish Visa Fees – How much is Turkey Visa Fee?
Payments should be made online, through the Make Payment portal for an e-visa. Payments could also be made at a visa application centre. Once payments have been made and the application has been submitted, the status of the application can then be tracked online.
The cost of a Turkish visa is dependent on the type of visa, and the duration of the visa.
Some of the visa application rates are listed below.
Tourist Visa- 100 USD
Student Visa – 80 USD
Business Visa – 120 USD
Transit Visa – 20 USD
Work Visa – 120 USD
Note: These rates are liable to change with time and circumstance.
How to Submit a Turkey Visa Application Form
Turkish Visa application forms are gotten online and can be submitted online. Applicants need to attend their appointment to submit their biometric information and all other supporting documents.
Turkey Visa Processing Time
The visa processing time varies with respect to the category of the visa. The visa processing time is also affected by the completeness of the documents submitted by the applicant. Turkish visit visas take about 8 working days and business visas take about 5 working days.
When the visa is processed and approved, the applicant would be notified.
Depending on the option specified, documents could be returned using a courier service.
Address and Location of Turkey Embassy in Nigeria: Full Contact Details
Embassy of Turkey, Abuja
5, Amazon Street, (Minister’s Hill),