I am a Nigerian citizen and have booked a Turkish Airlines flight to Nigeria with 12 hours both ways (return) layover at Istanbul Airport. I have a Chinese residence permit.

Do I need a transit visa at Istanbul Airport to enter Istanbul for city sightseeing?

  • I retracted my close vote because it looks like requirements have changed since that question in 2014. See my answer.
    – mkennedy
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:07
  • I did check the link u sent . Yet its complicated. But tanx
    – Fez
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:14

You will need to apply for a visa, but it looks like you can apply for an e-visa here.

From the FAQs, they say to check on whether you are eligible by starting a new application. Once you enter your country of citizenship/passport and the type of passport, the site says that a Nigerian citizen on an ordinary passport can get an e-visa.

  • So my layover for going is 12 hours and returning is 19 hours. Both ways I don't visa? Coz I wanna go into the Istanbul town
    – Fez
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:18
  • @crazydre.tanx... But I don't have a schengen, USA or uk residence permit. So I can't fill the supporting document column
    – Fez
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:35
  • Oops, I didn't go through the for far enough. The requirements still need a visa for a 1st world country, so the duplicate Q&A is still valid. Sorry, @Fez for the confusion.
    – mkennedy
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:47
  • Is all good. I rather go to the embassy here in china
    – Fez
    Dec 20 '16 at 22:49
  • @Fez Make sure you get two visas, or a double-entry visa
    – Crazydre
    Dec 21 '16 at 0:30

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