Turkey Tourists – Print Off Electronic Visas Or Risk Being Denied Boarding

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There is a story circulating about Turkey Tourists need to print off electronic Visas or risk being denied boarding. Tourists visiting Turkey from the UK have been warned by travel agents to print off a hard copy of their e-visa, or risk being denied entry to the Country.

However, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for issuing e-visas, has said a phone download is enough, so what is happening here.

The issue was brought forward when a travel agent put it up on its page that – for anyone visiting Turkey, will need to show a paper copy of your visa at UK airports. If you do not have this, you are not allowed to board the plane.

Recently, they have been loads of people turned away and missed out on their holiday.

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Normally, the tour operators do not always inform you of this when you book your flight, always allow extra time at the airport.

We have heard in several stories, like an account of 30 easyjet passengers being turned away before a flight to Bodrum after being told that e-visa on mobile phones were not acceptable as been shared.

Furthermore, having investigated, the airline says it is not aware of the case, and says passengers have no need of a hard copy of their visa.



According to Easyjet, passengers won’t be denied boarding if they don’t have paper copies or e-visas – both which we accept, said by spoke person of easyjet .

Moreover, the foreign office advice also stipulates that, while visitors should keep their visa on them, this can be hard or soft version, in case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy on a smart phone or other device to show at immigration.

Turkey Tourists – Print Off Electronic Visas Or Risk Being Denied Boarding Circulating Story


The Turkish Ministry of foreign affairs website also advises visitors to keep their visas with them either as a soft copy (like mobile phone or tablet etc) or as hard copy, just in case of any failure on their system.

Also, British nationals are advised to apply for an e-visa at least 48 hours before travelling, unless they are cruise ship passengers arriving at the sea ports for visits of up to 72hours (who are exempt).

In conclusion, it is possible to get a multiple entry sticker visitor visa, valid for 90 days , on arrival at any port of entry on payment of £20 in cash, says the FCO. And as the visa on arrival service is likely to be phased out at some point in the near future, the recommendation is to get an e-visa.

Always make enquiries before you set out for your travel.


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