Additional Resources for U.S. Citizens

Prior to leaving the United States register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Review our Traveler’s Checklist to ensure a safe travel.

For all information about customs and border protection of the United States, including entry and exit procedures and customs declaration regulations, please visit the website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at https://www.cbp.gov/.

Obtaining a visa for Turkey

U.S. passport holders may apply for an e-visa for Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr for tourism or short-term business travel.

For any other purpose of travel, the applicant must obtain a Turkish visa in advance from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

Official/Diplomatic Passport holders: Holders of official and diplomatic passports on official business must obtain a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate before arrival in Turkey.

Please direct all of your questions regarding visas for travel to Turkey to the appropriate government of Turkey authority.  The U.S. Embassy, Consulate General or Consulate is unable to provide detailed information about visas for travel to Turkey.

If you require legal advice, view our list of attorneys.

I have my visa.  What do I do now?

Read the Country Information for Turkey.

U.S. citizens planning to remain in Turkey for more than 90 days must also obtain a residence permit after arrival in Turkey. The Directorate of General of Migration Management (DGMM) is the authority in Turkey which may issue residence permits.

U.S. citizens should have a passport that is valid for six months beyond the planned entry date to Turkey. Passports should have enough blank space to allow for entry and exit stamps.

Please direct all of your questions regarding residency permits in Turkey to the appropriate government of Turkey authority.  The U.S. Embassy, Consulate General or Consulate is unable to provide detailed information about residency permits in Turkey.

If you require legal advice, view our list of attorneys.

It is a crime to remove antiquities from Turkey. All national parks and historic sites such as fortresses, castles and ruins, and everything in them or on their grounds, are the property of the government of Turkey. Individuals should check with local authorities if they intend to purchase or transport any article which may be considered a cultural artifact.  One may buy certain antiquities, but they must include a museum certificate, and can only be purchased from authorized dealers. Offenders are prosecuted and if convicted, sentences may range from five to ten years.

Please exercise caution and beware of pickpockets while shopping and sightseeing. Pickpockets tend to operate in areas most frequented by tourists. Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of unusual behavior. Situational awareness is your best defense. Read the Country Information Sheet for Turkey before travelling.