As of this Monday, October 29th, Turkey has changed its visa application rules. This means that UK citizens, and other eligible citizens, will have to apply for an e-visa before they travel to Turkey. In the past, UK citizens could buy an e-visa at Turkish airports and in designated Wi-Fi areas. Now, travelers from eligible countries are required to complete the Turkey e-visa application before they depart. Kiosks and designated areas will no longer be available on arrival.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for Turkey. "From 29 October 2018, self-service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports". Travelers can apply for the e-Visa online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa site.
Turkey's electronic visa application system was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The e-visa is only valid for tourism or business purposes. To work and study in Turkey, individuals must apply for the respective visa or permit.
Entry requirements to travel to Turkey
According to the Turkish government, citizens of eligible countries can get the e-visa for Turkey on their official government website. A Turkish e-visa will be valid for a stay of up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey. There are 78 visa-exempt countries and territories, and 42 countries and territories whose citizens are eligible to apply for the online e-visa. A Turkish visa is a document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it grants a person the authority to visit Turkey for a specific period of time.
Visitors of most nationalities must hold a passport valid for no less than 150 days from the date of arrival. The passport validity requirement does not apply to citizens of Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland who can enter with an expired passport. An identity card is accepted instead of passport only if you are a national from Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
The Turkish government advised that the visa regime for truck drivers from foreign countries may differ from the general visa regime. In a similar manner, foreigners who wish to shoot a documentary film, conduct research or an archeological excavation should get a special permission from the Turkish authorities in advance.
At the moment, Turkey is a candidate country for a membership in the European Union. However, it has a more complex visa policy than the visa policy of the Schengen Area.