I am traveling from Chicago O'Hare on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul Turkey. I have a layover in Istanbul for 5 hrs, then board Turkish Airlines and travel to Rome Italy.

I have a current US Passport. Is there a need for a visa in either Turkey or Italy?


In order to enter Turkey for touristic purposes as a US citizen, you need a visa which can be bought upon arrival. It costs $20:

American citizens traveling to Turkey on U.S. passports must obtain a visa. Currently, holders of all types of passports can purchase a 90-day sticker visa at the port of entry for $20 cash if they are traveling to Turkey as tourists.

As long as you do not exit the international terminal at the airport, you do not need a visa.

To travel to Italy, you do not need a visa. You can stay upto 90 days in Italy (Entire Schengen Zone) for touristic purposes as a US citizen.

U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. All non-residents are required to complete a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza).

For future references: This site is not Google. By typing "US citizen [country] visa" on google you can get the same results I got within seconds. Please do your research beforehand in the future.

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  • @MertKarakaya It's not a matter of professionalism. :) Rather, links are often broken/changed so we try to include the text they cover in the posts. This way the content isn't lost. – JoErNanO Mar 7 '16 at 17:29
  • As the quoted material implies, but the body of the answer does not state, a US citizen may travel to Italy without a visa only for certain purposes and for a limited period. – phoog Mar 8 '16 at 4:30
  • @phoog I have now specificly stated "touristic purposes" and "US citizen". That's what you meant, correct? – Mert Karakaya Mar 8 '16 at 8:05

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