Turkey offers you a unique experience where traditional Asian culture meets the modern Western life. The seat of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey is an exotic place to visit. This article gives you details of how to acquire a visa to Turkey from Dubai.

Citizens of Some Countries Don’t Need a Visa

It goes without saying that those with a Turkish passport and those of Northern Cyprus nationality won’t require a visa to either visit Turkey or stay and work in the country. Apart from that, there are 79 countries whose citizens are allowed to visit Turkey as tourists or for business purposes without a visa. Some of these countries are-

  • Hong Kong
  • France
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Greece and more

Depending on the nationality, a visitor is allowed to stay in Turkey for a period of 30, 60 or 90 days. People from countries not in the list of the 79 countries exempted from needing a visa shall need one to enter Turkey. But, the criteria that need to be met shall be decided by the nationality.

Countries Whose Citizens are Allowed Visa on Arrival

Citizens of the countries given below are eligible to get their visas after they have landed in Turkey. People from these countries are allowed a short stay in Turkey without having to acquire a visa before arriving there. The countries are-

  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Georgia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal

The price for a normal single entry Turkey visa is AED 500 while the price for a normal Turkey e-visa is AED 400. It is to be noted that under no circumstances whatsoever are these fees refundable.

  • A UAE residency visa which is valid for 90 days
  • Original passport with at least two blank pages that’s valid for a period of at least 6 months
  • For professional visits, an original NOC letter which mentions the designation, salary, traveling purpose and joining date from the employer addressed to the embassy. For businessmen, the copy of a valid trade license, a self-introduction letter that mentions the monthly income and the passport details of the partners, investors or owners
  • 3 recent photographs of 5*6 cm dimensions taken with a white background

The time needed for processing a visa to Turkey is usually just four to five working days. It may however take longer if any additional documents are asked for. The visa processing time however varies between countries. The processing of the visa starts the very next day after the submission of the application. It excludes any public holiday. Besides the national holidays of the UAE, the embassy may remain closed on any day without any prior notice being given out.

The Procedure Involved in Acquiring a Visa

At the very onset it needs to be mentioned that there might be delays in having the visa approved or the application may be cancelled altogether for the reasons given below. The cancellation or delay may not however be limited to only these reasons. The reasons are-

  • Application forms that aren’t complete
  • Error in filling up the necessary information or any omissions made thereof
  • Supporting documents missing or not being clear enough
  • Airline tickets not being booked

We advise that you have your airline tickets purchased and hotel accommodation booked once the visa is approved. Since transit visa policies vary between countries, it’s best to consult the airline before traveling.

It is mandatory that you have your supporting documents and your passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of travel in proper order. It’s necessary for smooth approval of your visa. These documents are also to be submitted on time to avoid delay in visa approval. As embassies give appointments on a first-come-first-served basis, it’s vital that all documents are furnished on time.

Should there be any discrepancy in the documents submitted; the authorities should be informed at the earliest. In case of failure to do so, the visa processed shall be considered to be a correct representation of any information provided by you.

For the processing of the visa, a processing fee as specified by the embassy and the related service charges need to be paid. The payment may be made through a credit or a debit card or it may also be made through online bank transfer.

The approval or rejection of the visa is at the exclusive and sole discretion of the issuing authority. In case of visa cancellation, the processing fee shall however not be refunded.


Is a visa mandatory to enter Turkey?

Visa is mandatory for all UAE citizens of multiple nationalities traveling to Turkey.

Do children and infants need visas to enter Turkey?

Yes, all infants and children traveling with their parents possessing UAE citizenship shall need a visa to visit Turkey.

What are the different types of visas one can apply for?

The visa may be a tourist visa, a transit visa or a visit visa depending on the duration of stay and purpose of visit.

Can the applicant know the reason for visa rejection?

In most cases, the applicant isn’t given any reason for the rejection of a visa. However, there might be occasions when a reason is given depending on the immigration authorities’ discretion.

What is the visa receiving method?

Once the visa is processed, it’s stamped on the applicant’s passport.

In case of rejection, is the visa fee refunded?

No, under no circumstances whatsoever is the visa fee refunded.

What’s the processing time for the visa?

It usually takes 4 to 5 working days. Delays may however be caused by faulty submission of required documents or failure to meet the eligibility criteria.

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