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I am traveling from the United States and my layover in Istanbul is 24hrs (Turkish Airlines). Do I need a visa to leave the airport? If so how much is it?

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Yes, you need a visa to leave the airport.

According to Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover? you don't need a visa when the transit is just 24 hours, but that is if you stay at the airport the whole time.

If you want to leave then you have to get a visa.

The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. This system allows visitors travelling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online, in approximately three minutes. The e-Visa cost 20 USD.

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