I am an Indian (Indian Passport) presently in Kano, Nigeria on a business visa. I am going back to Mumbai on 22 Sept by Turkish Airlines with a 12 hour layover time in Istanbul. We plan to see the city during this time.

Can I get a visa on arrival?

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    possible duplicate of Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?
    – JonathanReez
    Aug 31, 2015 at 20:47
  • don't think this is a duplicate as the OP wants to get out of the airport, whereas the other person stayed in the transit area.
    – drat
    Sep 1, 2015 at 0:44
  • @drat I think the OP is just stating that they have a 12-hour connection at the airport, not that they need to go to Istanbul city. Sep 1, 2015 at 9:26
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    @jpatokal I interpreted the 'We plan to see the city during this time.' as, they want to get out of the airport and see Istanbul.
    – drat
    Sep 1, 2015 at 9:27
  • @drat Whoops, totally missed that last phrase! But I still think this is a dupe, the other answer makes it clear that they do need a visa in that case. Sep 1, 2015 at 9:29

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Turkey no longer issues Visa-On-Arrival, so to answer your specific question, no, you can't get one.

The Visa-on-Arrival has been replaced by e-Visa, where you can apply for a visa in advance via their website, and it is normally issued immediately.

However as an Indian citizen you are only eligible for an e-Visa if you have a valid Schengen or OECD member countries visa in your passport. Presuming you do not, then you will need to apply for a standard visa via a Turkish consulate.

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