I am from Vietnam and intending to fly to Manchester (UK) with Turkish Airways with a layover under 4 hours at the Istanbul Airport (Turkey). Will I require a transit visa for the layover in Istanbul airport if the transfer time is under 4 hours at the airport?

  • Possible duplicate of Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?
    – rshah4u
    Jun 27, 2017 at 9:22
  • A visa is not required if will remain airside However If It was me i would spend $45 more on the trip and get an instant e-Visa for turkey online and select a flight with a little longer layover and take a free Istanbul tour with Turkish Airlines. That is so well worth it. Jun 27, 2017 at 11:43

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No, as long as you don't leave the air-side area you don't need a visa. I spent a good 12 hours stuck air-side at Ataturk airport back in 2012 transiting on a flight back from Tokyo to London.

It's also worth noting that quite a few countries can get visa on arrival/E - visa for Turkey if you would like to leave the air-side area

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