I am an Indian passport holder. I shall land in Istanbul (IST) airport and within next 4 hours from the same airport I shall take another flight to Greece.

Airline companies for these two flights are different. I have to collect bags and again check in while changing flights as they are not connecting flights.

Do I need a Turkish Visa for this layover?

  • @Traveller The cited duplication is for a same-airline transit; this OP will change airlines, which suggests baggage will have to be retrieved and may have to be presented to Turkish customs and may disqualify the OP from "remaining in transit." Not enough information is presented to ascertain whether the cited thread is indeed a duplicate. – DavidSupportsMonica Feb 27 '20 at 13:32
  • If both airlines are part of the same airline group (Oneworld, star alliance etc.) , it might be worth asking if they could help or route your bags as if it was 1 connecting journey. I don't imagine they will be able to do much, but it's always worth a shot. – zeocrash Feb 27 '20 at 15:36

My understanding is that as these are two separate flights, you will need to go through immigration to claim your bags and check back in.

As your final destination is Greece, I assume you have a valid Schengen visa. If that is the case you can apply for a Turkish e-visa.

India: Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from visa for their travels to Turkey up to 90 days. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders with a valid Schengen members or USA, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit may get their single entry e-Visas valid for one month via the website www.evisa.gov.tr, provided that they meet certain conditions.

That said, the Turkish MFA website does recommend applying for an e-visa at least 48 hours before departure.

You can apply for your e-Visa any time before your travel. However, you are advised to create an e-Visa application at least 48 hours before your departure.

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    A very good answer! – Hanky Panky Feb 27 '20 at 15:23
  • After visiting Greece I shall come back to Istanbul and shall visit pamukkale and Cappadocia. Can I have a multiple entry e-Visa? Otherwise, just to collect the bags one entry to Turky will be marked and to enter turkey after Greece, Another entry will be marked. So I will end up in multiple entry. can I apply for two single entry e-visa – soumita Feb 28 '20 at 11:53
  • My understanding is that Indian citizens are only eligible for single entry e-visas, so you'd have to apply for 2 separate visas. – zeocrash Mar 4 '20 at 16:14

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