I'm flying to the US somewhere in the middle of August 2019, and I would like to spend a few days in Istanbul on the way/way back. As such, the website for the e-Visa application asks for proof of a return ticket. I will only have proof of an onward ticket for this. Can I still obtain an e-Visa somehow?

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    Are you talking about a visa for the US or for Turkey here? I presume you are talking about going to Turkey on the way or way back from the US?
    – Uciebila
    Jul 15, 2019 at 10:47

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It is perfectly alright. All you need is a confirmed ticket out of the country. It doesn’t have to go back to the origin.

Onward in this case is as good as Return. I have done this a number of times, and have never had a problem.

Think about this: If an eVisa disallowed a transit visit to the country, Turkish airlines would have lost a ton of its customers who avail free transit stopovers in Istanbul thanks to eVisa.

  • Oh thanks a lot! A follow up question is also that it asks for proof of a hotel reservation. I'm going to be staying with a friend, so will this be a problem? Jul 16, 2019 at 11:09
  • I'm not sure. Normally they don't ask about such confirmations when you're there. But if they do, I don't really know whether they will accept staying with a friend just as good as a hotel. I wouldn't think otherwise though. Jul 17, 2019 at 1:22

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