Turkey is one of the most-sought-after travel destinations from across the globe. Nigerians who wish to visit Turkey will need a visa to do so.
Applying for a Turkish visa requires that you have a valid passport as you cannot apply for any kind of visa without it, or embark on any international travel.
Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return — then you can be given a Turkish visa. For peace of mind, always apply for your visa at least 8 weeks ahead of your intended flight.
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Getting a Turkish visa takes a step-by-step process. But before then let’s take a look at the types of visa available, their prices and requirements.
The Following are types of Turkish Visas:
a. Turkish holiday visa
b. Turkish business visa
c. Turkish transit visa
d. Turkish student visa
e. Turkish working Visa
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How much will a Turkish visa cost?
a. Application fee: ₦ 90000.00 ($ 250.00)
b. Service fee: ₦ 21240.00 ($ 59.00)
Requirements for your Turkish visa application:
a. A completed Turkish application form for Nigerian citizens.
b. An application fee that is non-refundable.
c. Proof of flight reservation.
d. Your original passport, with a validity of at least 6 months from your intended date of return.
e. Two passport photos (5 x 6cm), on a white background. The photos should not have any staples in it.
f. Itinerary: your day-to-day schedule of what your plans in the country will be.
g. Six months bank statements: this is needed to show that you will have sufficient funds for the time that you’re in Turkey.
h. A letter from your employer that states how much you earn on a monthly basis.
i. Proof of accommodation: hotel reservations (booking papers to say where you’ll be staying, and for how long) or if staying with friends, a letter of invitation stating so.
j. Proof of health insurance.
k. Vaccination card.
l. Proof of payment for visa application, as well as visa processing fee.
m. The Process for applying for Turkish Visa
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The following steps are going to be used to complete the e-visa online application once the documents are ready:
a. Go to evisa.gov.tr.
b. Click ‘Apply now’. Then select the country and the passport or identity card you are using.
c. Type in the displayed letters and/or numbers given; then click on ‘Save and Continue’.
d. Fill in your intended arrival date. After filling it you will get the following information: length of the validity of your visa, when you can enter the country once or multiple times during this period, how much it will cost you, and how you will pay. Then press ‘Save and Continue’ to continue or close your browser.
e. Fill in your personal data. All fields are obligatory. Press the button at the bottom to continue.
f. Once all data has been accepted and you are good to go, you can review the information you have provided. Click Edit if you want to change anything, ‘Verify’ to submit and continue.
g. After your application has been submitted, an email will be sent to you to verify whether you really applied. Check your email, and if you didn’t receive the mail in a minute, check your spam folder.
h. Click the approve button to verify your email address.
i. After clicking the verify email button, the payment page will come up. Fill in the necessary information, and proceed by clicking ‘Make Payment’.
j. You’ll be informed that your e-Visa has been sent to you after payment has been approved. This is usually not the case. You only received an email with a button to download it.
k. Download and save the visa in PDF format on your computer for printing out.
l. You will have to download the visa and press the invoice button — if you are going for business and you need an invoice.
m. After the PDF document has been saved and downloaded, open and print it and keep the document and your passport or identity card during your stay.
n. Those who wish to visit Turkey should start their application at least 8 weeks in advance.
o. For further details on what is needed to apply for your visa, please visit the Turkish visa requirements page for further details on what is needed for your application.
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How long is the visa valid for?
Your tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the day issued, and visitors to Turkey can stay in the country for 30 days with this visa from their date of entry.
Turkish visa application forms
Visa forms can be printed out at home, completed and submitted by oneself, or via a travel agent. If you’re planning on submitting your forms by yourself, you can start the process by printing the relevant forms on the VisaHQ website for Turkey.
Please note: to apply online, you will need access to a scanner to create digital copies of your documents, as well as a credit card to pay your application and service fees online.
Turkish visa appointment
Applicants will need to visit the Embassy of Turkey in Abuja for visa appointment. During the appointment, biometric information (fingerprint scans) will be done, as well as a sit-down to talk about your plans in Turkey. This is also when you will hand in any outstanding paperwork.
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Embassy of Turkey, Abuja
Here is the address of the embassy of Turkey located in Abuja:
The address of the embassy of Turkey is located at No. 333, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria.
Telephone: (+234) 803 648 89 81 / (+234) 807 49 49 503.
How to get to the embassy
The Turkish Embassy in Abuja is located in the Central Business District of Abuja, on Diplomatic Drive. Buses and taxis are available to get you to the embassy. The Turkish Embassy is located between the Embassy of Brazil and the Embassy of U.S.A.
How long will the process take?
You should apply online for your visa up to 8 weeks in advance, and from the date of your appointment, the process should take about 8 working days to complete.
Where to take photographs and print documents
Taking of photographs and print documents will be done in Abuja Central Business District
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To get your visa process started, applicants must first apply online as only once this is completed will the application be taken further.
Once the online application is completed, Nigerian applicants will then need to set up an appointment to appear in person at the Turkish embassy in Abuja.
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