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Turkey eVisa for Afghanistan citizens: Requirements & fees
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

For citizens of Afghanistan, embarking on international journeys often involves navigating through various bureaucratic processes and visa requirements. Recognizing the importance of simplifying travel procedures for Afghan citizens, Turkey has implemented an eVisa system designed to facilitate easy entry into the country.

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In this article, we'll delve into the details of the online Turkey eVisa application process for Afghan citizens, highlighting the benefits and the steps involved.

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What is a Turkey eVisa, and do Afghan citizens need it?

A Turkey eVisa, also known as the Turkey Tourist Visa, is a digital travel authorization that allows foreign nationals to enter Turkey for various purposes, such as tourism or business. It replaces the traditional sticker or stamp visas issued by Turkish embassies or consulates.

Afghan citizens must get a Turkey eVisa before traveling to the country. The introduction of the Turkey eVisa has significantly simplified the visa application process for Afghans, eliminating the need for in-person visits to embassies or consulates.

iVisa tip: Traveling with a companion? If you've included this information in your visa application, it'll be noted in the system, allowing you to breeze through immigration together with ease.

This is especially convenient for families with children. You can easily apply together by clicking ‘Add another person’ during our online process or through the iVisa app.

In the next sections, we'll explore the eligibility criteria, required documents, and steps to apply for a Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens in greater detail.

If you need a Turkish work or study visa, read about the application process on the Turkish government website.

Eligibility criteria for a Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens

Afghan citizens are eligible for the Turkey eVisa if they meet the following criteria:

  • Valid Afghan passport: Applicants must possess an Afghan passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date in Turkey.
  • Duration of stay: The eVisa allows Afghan citizens to stay in Turkey for a maximum period of 90 days in Total within a 180-day period. If your travel plans exceed this timeframe, you may need to explore alternative visa options.
  • Purpose of visit: The Turkey eVisa is specifically designed for Afghan citizens who intend to visit Turkey for tourism or business purposes.
  • Point of entry: The eVisa allows Afghan citizens to enter and exit Turkey through any designated point of entry, providing flexibility and convenience for your travel plans.

By fulfilling these eligibility criteria, Afghan citizens can take advantage of the simplified and efficient Turkey eVisa application process.

If the Turkish eVisa isn't an option for you, don't worry! Take a look at our expert guide on how to apply for a Turkey Embassy Visa – it's packed with helpful tips by a seasoned traveler to simplify the process and ace the interview.

Do I need a Turkey eVisa as an Afghan citizen transiting through Turkey?

Yes, as an Afghan citizen transiting through Turkey, you must obtain a Turkey eVisa. The eVisa serves as an official authorization that grants you permission to enter and transit through Turkey for a specific period.

How to apply for a Turkey eVisa from Afghanistan in 15 minutes

Experience a hassle-free Turkey eVisa application process tailored for Afghan citizens by utilizing our user-friendly website or by downloading our convenient iVisa app! Applying for a Turkey eVisa from Afghanistan has never been easier.

Follow these three simple steps to obtain your Turkey eVisa:

  • Step 1: Provide your essential details, including your name, passport number, and intended travel dates. Choose the processing time that aligns with your travel plans, ensuring a seamless application experience (further details below).

  • Step 2: Review your provided information, ensuring its accuracy, and pay the Turkey eVisa fees using a valid credit or debit card.

  • Step 3: Upload the necessary supporting documents, complete any additional required information, and submit your application. Once submitted, you'll receive a confirmation email within minutes.

iVIsa tip: Your approved eVisa is electronically linked to your passport, and during immigration checks a quick scan of your passport will confirm your visa status. However, we recommend keeping a downloaded copy on your mobile device as a backup, just to smooth out any unexpected bumps in the process.

Carry backup documentation like an extra ID or driver’s license, return flight tickets, and proof of accommodation, as immigration officers might request to see these upon arrival, even if you already have an approved Turkey eVisa.

Required documents to apply for the Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens

To apply for a Turkey eVisa online, Afghan passport holders are required to fulfill the following visa requirements:

  • Copy of a valid passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from the intended arrival date in Turkey. It should also have at least one blank page.

  • Personal details: Fill out the form with the necessary information accurately, including your full name, date of birth, and passport details. Pay close attention to avoid any errors or discrepancies.

  • Payment method: The iVisa service fee and the government entry visa fee can be conveniently paid using a debit or credit card. Ensure that you have a valid payment method available.

  • Contact information: Provide your email address during the application process. This allows you to receive important updates and notifications regarding the status of your application.

Additionally, depending on your specific circumstances, supporting documents such as flight reservations, hotel bookings, or any other evidence substantiating the purpose and duration of your visit to Turkey may be required.

iVisa tip: Have digital copies of all required documents (like your passport and flight confirmation) ready before you start the application. This saves you time and simplifies the process.

How to check the status of a Turkey eVisa application for Afghan citizens

Here are two methods to check the status of your application:

  • Turkish government website: Visit the official website of the Turkish authorities and enter the required details to access the status of your application. If it's still in the processing phase, you can revisit the website later to check for updates.

  • Wait for our email updates: If you've submitted your eVisa application through our platform, you'll receive timely updates via email.

You can also log into your iVisa account on the website or in the iVisa app, which was created when you initially applied through our platform, to check the status of your application at any time.

To ensure you receive important communications, remember to check your SPAM folder, as emails occasionally end up there. To guarantee that you receive our emails, please add iVisa to your approved list of senders.

Processing time for a Turkey eVisa application for Afghanistan citizens

Once you've successfully completed the online visa application form as an Afghan citizen, choose one of the three processing options:

  • Standard processing: Your Turkey eVisa will be processed and ready within 24 hours.

  • Rush processing: Receive your eVisa within 4 hours, ensuring a prompt turnaround for your short-term travel plans.

  • Super Rush processing: Receive your valid Turkish Visa in an impressive 30 minutes. This allows for immediate visa acquisition, accommodating urgent travel needs.

By selecting the processing option that aligns with your timeline, you can ensure a seamless visa application experience, allowing you to focus on your upcoming journey to Turkey.

Turkey eVisa fees for citizens from Afghanistan

The cost of applying for a Turkish eVisa from Afghanistan varies based on the processing time you choose:

  • Standard processing: This option costs USD $115.49, excluding government visa fees.

  • Rush processing: This option costs USD $162.49, excluding government visa fees.

  • Super Rush processing: This option costs USD $209.49, excluding government visa fees.

There's a government fee of US$61.50 for Afghan travelers. You can pay both the visa fee and the iVisa processing fee together on our platform.

Validity period of a Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens

The validity period of a Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens is 180 days after issued. Within this period, Afghan citizens can stay up to 90 days in Total in Turkey. It's important to note that the 90-day limit applies to the cumulative duration of stay within 180 days.

The Turkish eVisa is a Multiple Entry visa. You can enter Turkey only once and stay for a maximum of 90 days in Total. A multiple-entry visa is currently unavailable for Afghans.

Please note that the exact validity of your visa is subject to the discretion of the Turkish authorities.

Can a Turkey eVisa be extended for Afghan citizens?

No, extending a Turkey eVisa isn't allowed. If you want to revisit Turkey, apply for a new eVisa on our platform. You must apply from outside the country.

If you need to stay longer in Turkey, apply for an alternative entry visa, such as a residence permit or a work or study visa.

Consequences of overstaying a Turkey eVisa for Afghan citizens

It's essential to abide by the authorized duration of stay stated on your Turkey eVisa to avoid repercussions. Overstaying your eVisa can have significant consequences that shouldn't be taken lightly.

Failure to comply with the permitted duration of stay may result in various penalties, including heavy fines and even deportation, as determined by Turkish immigration authorities. These consequences can disrupt your travel plans and have legal and financial implications.

Furthermore, overstaying can lead to entry bans, restricting your ability to visit Turkey for a specific period. It can also create difficulties for future travel, as immigration records are often shared with other countries.

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What to do when my Turkey eVisa application is denied?

If your Turkey eVisa application is rejected, carefully understand the specific reason why your application was denied. In some cases, you may be able to address the issue that led to the denial and reapply for the eVisa. Always address all concerns raised by the Turkish authorities.

Our iVisa Experts are also available to answer any questions you may have!

Common mistakes to avoid when applying for a Turkey eVisa from Afghanistan

When applying for a Turkey eVisa from Afghanistan, it's crucial to avoid common mistakes to ensure a smooth and successful application process. Here are some key mistakes to be mindful of:

  • Incomplete or inaccurate information: When applying through our platform, we'll| assist in verifying that your passport details match your supporting documents and ensuring that your application is complete.

  • Using an expired passport: Always ensure your passport remains valid for at least six months from your intended arrival date in Turkey.

  • Not applying in time: Waiting until the last minute leaves little time to address any potential issues or complications that may arise during the application process.

By avoiding these common mistakes and carefully following the instructions in this article, Afghan citizens can enhance the likelihood of a smooth and successful Turkey eVisa application.

Travel restrictions and entry requirements for Turkey for Afghan citizens

COVID-19 vaccinations and PCR or antigen tests aren't currently necessary to enter Turkey. However, regularly check the latest guidelines and requirements regarding vaccinations and other health protocols.

The official website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs should have the most up-to-date info available.

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Types of Turkey Visas for Afghanistan citizens

There are several types of visas available for Afghans who wish to visit Turkey. The type of visa you need depends on the purpose and duration of your stay:

  • Turkey eVisa: This visa allows Afghan citizens to visit Turkey for tourism or business activities. It allows for a stay of up to 90 days in Total within a 180-day period.

  • Residence permits, Work Visas, and Study Visas: These are typically issued as sticker visas directly in your passport. The application process for these visas is conducted in person at the Turkish Embassy.

How to prepare for a trip to Turkey from Afghanistan

To ensure a smooth trip to Turkey, consider these key points:

  1. Ensure your Afghan passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned arrival date and you have a valid visa.

  2. Book flights and accommodations in advance for better options and prices.

  3. Check recommended vaccinations and get travel insurance that covers medical expenses and other emergencies.

  4. Keep your travel documents, including your passport and visa, easily accessible, and follow the instructions of immigration officers upon arrival. Declare any necessary items.

By preparing ahead and staying informed about requirements and expectations, you can enjoy a memorable trip to Turkey!

Learn more about the Turkey eVisa

If you need more info about the Turkey eVisa application process for Afghan citizens, contact our customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. They're ready to assist and answer any questions you may have.

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