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I understand that Turkey does not belong to Schengen area. So would I need to have a visa to visit Turkey?

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Yes you need a visa to enter Turkey, according to Turkish Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also via the website www.evisa.gov.tr.

Please note, no more visa stickers on border crossings, you have to obtain the e-visa in advance:

As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings. Applicants just need to log on to www.evisa.gov.tr , provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa.

The e-visa is easy to obtain and takes 24 hours to be issued, as mentioned in the FAQ page:

Your e-Visa will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours after completion of your application.

Note: The e-Visa's introduced in 2013 are now becoming mandatory. Sticker visas will not be available at border crossings beginning April 10th, 2014. If you needed a visa before, you must now obtain it in advance. This includes US citizens. There are even more restrictions on arrival for many other countries.

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Can't Americans get a visa-on-arrival? – hippietrail Oct 1 '13 at 6:18
    
@hippietrail open the first link, it says no more. – Heidel Ber Gensis Oct 1 '13 at 10:42
    
When I was there in November you certainly could get a Visa-on-Arrival. As per Caleb's update, it appears these may be going away in April - but until then either the e-Visa or the sticker-on-arrival are available. – Doc Jan 31 '14 at 23:54

As of April 2016, it looks like on-arrival visas are still available, but only for certain countries (US citizens can still get one, along with 35 other countries).

From the Turkish e-Visa webpage: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/i-do-not-want-to-apply-for-an-e-visa-can-i-get-a-visa-on-arrival/

Q: I do not want to apply for an e-Visa. Can I get a visa on arrival?

A: Yes. If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below and you meet the required criteria, you can obtain a visa on arrival. Kindly visit the Ministry's website (www.mfa.gov.tr) to learn more about these requirements.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong (BN(O))
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Spain
  • U.S.A
  • United Kingdom

They're out of order on the website, so apologies for that :)

I would still suggest doing it online when possible, as it will greatly reduce the amount of headache you'll deal with on arrival. It is suggested to apply for your e-Visa more than 48hrs before arrival.

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What do you mean by out of order ? – blackbird57 Apr 11 at 13:33
    
Non-alphabetical order of the countries. Though I'd actually forgotten to remove that line after cleaning up the list a bit. Disregard! – Ryan Bruce Apr 12 at 16:11

I'm an American citizen and I entered Turkey about a year ago and just obtained the visa upon arrival (at the airport). The cost was about $20. I did not have to obtain the visa ahead of time. For a US citizen, the following website is useful to determine if a visa is needed ahead of time for all destinations.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html

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As of April 17, 2013, this is not applicable and you have to obtain an e-visa in advance. – Heidel Ber Gensis Oct 2 '13 at 22:05
    
The 2013 date is when they STARTED offering e-Visa's. They will be mandatory starting April 10th, 2014. This answer should be considered obsolete. – Caleb Jan 31 '14 at 19:13

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