Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkish Visa Guidance Update for U.S. Citizens (November 20, 2017)

On November 7, the Government of Turkey announced resumption of limited visa services for U.S. citizens.  Based on guidance provided by the Government of Turkey and air carrier companies, the U.S. Embassy currently suggests the following methods for private citizens to obtain a Turkish visa:

  • For personal applications, the Turkish Embassy and all Consulates in the United States are offering limited services by appointment.  (See for application/appointment forms.)
  • All Turkish Embassies and Consulates outside of the United States are processing sticker visas for U.S. citizens physically present outside of the United States.  Travelers should contact the Turkish Embassies directly to arrange appointments.
  • Updated Guidance (11/20/17): The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Embassy that the Government of Turkey will only allow  U.S. citizens to board flights to Turkey and obtain visas upon arrival (a.k.a. ‘airport visas’ or ‘border visas’) if the U.S. citizens have valid residency permits from another country (i.e. Germany, the U.K., Greece, etc.).  U.S. citizens are otherwise no longer able to obtain border/airport visas.
  • U.S. citizens already in possession of valid Turkish “sticker” or electronic visas are able to enter Turkey.
  • U.S. citizens can continue to transit international terminals in Turkey in route to onward international destinations.
  • United Nations laissez passer holders and U.S. citizens traveling on NATO travel orders continue to be able to enter Turkey without a visa.

U.S. citizens planning travel to Turkey who have questions regarding these regulations should contact their airline, or the closest Embassy or Consulate of Turkey.

Please be aware that the Government of Turkey makes all decisions regarding entry into or transit of Turkey and may change those policies at any time. 

For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Turkey’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the S. Embassy in Ankara, located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara, at +90-312-455-5555, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +90-312-455-5555 or +90-212-335-9000 (U.S. Consulate General Istanbul).
  • Contact the S. Consulate General in Istanbul, located at Poligon Mahallesi, Sarıyer Caddesi, No:75, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, at +90-212-335-9000.
  • Contact the S. Consulate in Adana, located at 212 Girne Bulvari, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana at +90-322-455-4100.
  • Contact the Consular Agency in Izmir at
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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