Travelling to Turkey? Important information about your visa

25 October 2018, 12:27 | Updated: 25 October 2018, 14:03

British passport and Turkish flag
Turkey's visa process will be changing from Monday 29th October 2018. Picture: PA Images

Turkey's visa process will be changing from Monday 29th October 2018 - here's all you need to know.

From Monday 29th October, Brits travelling to Turkey will have to apply for an e-visa BEFORE travelling.

The old process involved queuing to collect one at the airport on your arrival to the country, or using a designated Wi-Fi spot to apply.

However, these options will not be available from next week.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Istanbul. Picture: PA Images

The Foreign Office advises: ""If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, get an e-visa online before you travel. Only use the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website.

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"Avoid unauthorised websites as they may charge an additional fee.

"Some unauthorised websites have issued fake e-Visas."

Sunset over Istanbul, Turkey
Sunset over Istanbul, Turkey. Picture: PA Images

You're able to apply for an e-visa to Turkey up to three months before your departure date, and it will grant you access for multiple stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

If you're visiting Turkey for less than 72 hours as part of a cruise and hold a British Citizen passport, you may be exempt from acquiring an e-visa, but it's best to double check beforehand.

E-visas will only be issued on passports that have more than 60 days validity on them, beyond the 'duration of stay'.