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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. –  MeNoTalk 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 at 23:54
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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. –  MeNoTalk 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 at 19:13
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