I am a US citizen traveling from Kathmandu to US through Istanbul, Turkey. I have a 19 hour layover in Istanbul. Can I visit the area near the airport or stay in a near-by hotel while in transit? Are there visa requirements to leave and re-enter the airport during this 19 hour layover?

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  • Get an eVisa which is cheap and quick and don’t miss touring Istanbul. It’s lovely! – Hanky Panky Sep 17 at 14:48
  • And if by any chance you are flying Turkish Airways then you can avail their free Istanbul tours or even free hotel whichever option you like. – Hanky Panky Sep 17 at 14:49

You will need a transit visa, from the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs:

United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey.

Because you are leaving the airport, you must have a visa. An E-Visa can be obtained here.

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