New Visa Regulations for Australian Citizens Wishing to Travel to Turkey
Turkish Authorities have advised through their e-visa website that from 10 April 2014 visas will not be issued upon arrival. Australians travelling to Turkey as a tourist or for business should apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr. All other visa types should be requested through your nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate. There is no change to the requirement for all Australian passport holders to have a valid visa. Any questions relating to Turkish visas should be directed to your nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate.
From 1 February 2012, the Turkish authorities have implemented new regulations allowing a maximum stay of only 90 days within a 180 day period for tourists. This does not change the visa requirements for travel to Turkey but it will affect how long foreigners (including Australian citizens) can remain in Turkey.
The Embassy has been notified by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that foreign nationals who enter Turkey on a tourist visa are now able to get a residency permit for tourism purposes for a maximum period of six months by applying at the General Directorate of Migration Management (İçişleri Bakanlığı Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü) in Turkey.
The Turkish Government has advised that from 1 January 2015, foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa or residence permit.
As individual circumstances and visa types differ, we strongly recommend you to contact the nearest Security Department to discuss your case.