This Online Turkey Visa is being implemented to allow visitors to easily obtain their visas online without needing to visit Turkish embassy or consulate. The Online Turkey Visa program was launched on 17th April 2013 by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye.
South African citizens are required to apply for a Online Turkey Visa (Turkey e-Visa) to enter Türkiye for visits upto for tourism, business, transit or medical purposes. Online Turkey Visa from South Africa is not optional, but a compulsory requirement for all South African citizens traveling to Türkiye for short stays. The Online Turkey Visa holders passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, that is the date when you leave Türkiye.
The Online Turkey Visa for South African citizens comprises an Online Application form that can be completed in as little as five (5) minutes. It is necessary for applicants to enter information on their passport page, personal details, their contact details, like email and address.
Turkey Visa for South African citizens can be applied and finished online on this website and can receive the Online Turkey Visa by email. The process is extremely straightforward for the South African citizens. The only requirement is to have a Credit / Debit card to make an online payment and a valid email Id.
After you have paid the fees, the processing of eVisa application commences. Turkey Visa for South African citizens will be is sent to the email that was filled at the time of application, after they have completed the online application form with the necessary information and once the online credit card payment has been verified. In very rare circumstance, if additional documentation is required, the the applicant will be contact prior to approval of Online Turkey Visa (or Turkey e-Visa).
To enter Türkiye, South African citizens will require an Ordinary Passport in order to apply for Turkey eVisa. South African citizens who have a passport of an additional nationality need to make sure they apply with the same passport that they will travel with, as the Turkey eVisa will be associated with the passport that was mentioned at the time of application. There is no need to print or present any documents at the airport, as the Onlne Turkey Visa is stored electronically against the passport in the Türkiye Immigration system.
In order to be eligible for a visa to Turkey, foreign nationals' passports must:
Applicants will also require a valid credit or debit card or PayPal account to pay for the Turkey Visa Online. South African citizens are also required to provide a valid email address, to receive the Turkey eVisa in their inbox. The information on your Turkey Visa must match the information on your passport completely, otherwise you will need to apply for a new Turkey eVisa.Read about full Online Turkey Visa Requirements
South African citizen's departure date must be within 30 Days of arrival in Türkiye. South African passport holders are required to obtain a Online Turkey Visa (Turkey eVisa) even for a short duration of 1 day up to 30 Days. If the South African citizens intend to stay for a longer duration, then they should apply for a relevant Visa depending on their circumstances. Turkey Visa is only valid for purposes of tourism or business. If you need to study or work in Türkiye you must apply for a regular/traditional/sticker visa at your closest Türkish embassy/commission.
Frequently Asked Questions about Online Turkey Visa Online
While Turkey e-Visa is valid for a duration of 180 days, South African citizens can stay for upto 30 Days within the 180 day period. Online Turkey Visa (or Turkey e-Visa) is a Multiple Entry visa for South African citizens.
Please apply for a Online Turkey Visa (or Turkey e-Visa) within 72 hours of your date of departure.