Istanbul Atatürk Airport (Turkish: İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı) is Turkey's largest airport. It is located on the European side of the city, approx 24 km west of the city center and serves as the main hub for Turkish Airlines.
The airport consist of 2 different units:
Terminal 1: Domestic departures and arrivals, check-in counters, with security checkpoints, shops, etc.
Terminal 2: International departures and arrivals, with immigration. This is where you will land when arriving in Turkey on an international flight.
You can walk from the domestic to the international terminals within 5 minutes or so. The International terminal also offers near the escalator direct access to the Metro Station.
Remember that you need to have an eVisa to enter the country.
Here are our tips for a stress-free arrival to the airport:
Remember that prior to departure, your airline/cruise ship check-in agent will ask to see your eVisa for Turkey before checking in. You can apply at www.ivisa.com and receive your tourist visa within 24 hours. It is also advisable that you take a hard copy with you as proof of visa payment as failing to show this can sometimes result in you missing your flight connection. Check the stamp in your passport as this indicates how long you can stay in the country.
Overstaying in Turkey is not recommendable. You can get you into a lot of trouble, paying fines and unnecessary stress.
You can take a taxi, use public transport or arrange a pickup for the city center. There are ATMs located inside the airport so make sure to have Turkish Liras before leaving the airport.
IMPORTANT: The yellow fever vaccination, hepatitis and rabies vaccines are not required for visiting Turkey but it's suggested that you consult your medical doctor in time to get the correct vaccination and take your vaccination card with you as proof.
Frequently asked questions about the Turkey eVisa(FAQs)
Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?
You can check your eligibility for the eVisa here.
What's a Tourist eVisa?
It is an authorization document that allows visitors to enter Turkey and it is electronically linked to your passport.
What are the documents required to apply?
Prior to application, we recommend that you put together all the documents you are required to provide. This is a short list, and it is probable that you already have everything you need:
Valid passport – Your passport or travel document with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of your eVisa.
A passport scan – We only need the information page of your passport. Here you will find instructions on how to make the best passport scan for your application.
E-mail address – When applying with iVisa, your visa will be sent to you via e-mail, so make sure that you introduce a valid e-mail address you have access to.
Supporting documents – Certain nationalities require a supporting document such as a visa or residence permit from the Schengen, US, UK or Ireland. To view which nationalities, please visit our application page and enter your nationality.
Means of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment such as credit and debit cards or Paypal. Do not forget to double-check the spelling before submitting your application.
How long is the Tourist eVisa valid for?
The Tourist eVisa is valid for 180 days after arrival from the date of application.
What are the processing times and prices?
One of the common concerns about electronic visas is the cost. With iVisa, applicants have three available options when it comes to processing time and this will determine the price. The three options are:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 24 hours, and the price is USD 76.50 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 4 hours, and the total price of it is USD 96.50 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your Tourist eVisa in only 30 minutes, and you will be charged USD 116.50 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How can I apply for a Turkey Tourist eVisa?
The application for Turkey Tourist eVisa is really easy. It has only two steps:
The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.
It’s advisable to purchase your Turkish eVisa in ample time before you visit, we recommend at least a week before.
Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for your visa to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.
What happens after I have applied?
Once the application is done, you will receive the Tourist eVisa by email. No need to deal with the embassy. We do it for you so you don't lose valuable time. Next, present a printed version of your Tourist eVisa along with your passport once you enter Turkey.