We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
Turkey Working Visa
The Working Visa is mainly for those individuals who are in Turkey for employment. A valid passport,
a Visa application form, duly filled and a letter from the employer is required to get a Working
Visa. The list of other mandatory documents must be shared by the employer at the Turkish ministry
of Labour and Social Security, within 10 working days of the application. Work Permit Applications
are concluded positively or negatively by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Work Permits
have equivalence to residence permits. Thus, should a working permit is approved by the Ministry,
the foreigner is charged an Entry Visa Fee, Work Permit Certificate Fee and Residence Fee by
the Turkish consular offices. Since Work Permit Card substitute residence permit in Turkey, "Work
Annotated Visa" issued by these offices can only be used for entrance and for 90 days at maximum.
Internship Visa / Work Permit Exemption:
Applicants need to obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security pursuant to
the Law numbered 4817 for private internship applications outside the provisions set forth in
the Article 55 "Work Permit Exemption" title of Law Enforcement Regulation about Working Permits
Article 55 of the Law Enforcement Regulation on Working Permits of Foreigners no. 4817 regulating
working permit exemptions, the extent and the lengths of time the foreigners are exempt from
working permit are stated. Those who meet the requirements below do not need to obtain a work
(1) Without prejudice to the provisions set out in specific laws and on condition that the foreigner
and the employer fulfill their obligations resulting from other laws;
a) The persons exempted from work visa under the bilateral or multilateral agreements to which Turkey
is a signatory party,
b) the foreigners holding permanent residences abroad and wishing to visit Turkey temporarily with
purposes of scientific studies, cultural and artistic activities for a period shorter than a
month and with the aim of sporting activities for a period less than four months,
c) For the purpose of installation, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment imported to
Turkey, providing training for their utilization or transporting of defective equipment from
Turkey and provided that they do not exceed the total stay of three months within a year as of
the date of entry into Turkey and verify this condition with the documents that they will submit,
the ones coming to Turkey,
ç) For the purpose of training in the use of goods and services exported from or imported to Turkey
and provided that they do not exceed three months totally within a year as of the date of entry
into Turkey and verify this condition thanks to the documents that they will submit, the ones
d) Being an entertainer, performer and etc. in charge at fair and circuses which are going to carry
out activities outside the borders of certificated tourism establishments and provided that they
do not exceed six months as of the date of entry into Turkey and verify this condition with the
documents that they will submit, the ones in Turkey
e) On condition that it does not exceed two years and it will be limited to the period of study,
the foreigners coming to state institutions and organizations together with the universities
so as to enhance their information and good manners by verifying their state via the documents
that they will submit,
f) Persons who notified the Turkish authorities on the fact that they will provide important services
and contributions socio-cultural and technological fields and educational fields within a period
not exceeding six months.
g) Persons visiting Turkey under the programs of the Center for European Union Education and Youth
Programs (National Agency),
h) The foreigners to go on a training under the framework of international trainee programs sanctioned
by the Higher Education Board, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
i) The foreigners who are the representatives of tour operators coming to Turkey on condition that
the term of contract does not exceed eight months,
j) During the contracts of other athletes, trainers, football players whose requests are approved
by Turkish Football Federation or General Directorate of Youth and Sports
k) By the bilateral protocols signed under the Rule no. I/10 of the International Convention on Standards
of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, the foreign seafarers serving on vessels
which have received " Conformity Approval Certificate" from the related administration and is
registered in Turkish International Ship Registry Law and operate outside the cabotage line,
l) Foreign experts employed in the projects that are conducted within the scope of Turkey-European
Union Financial Cooperation Programs are not in need of obtaining a work visa during their term
Within the scope of article 55, residence permits of the foreigners coming to Turkey are given as
“Short Term" residence permits by Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration. Exemption
periods cannot be extended, the foreigners under this provision can make use of exemption rules
only once within one calendar year. However, it is required that it must have been three months
as of the expiry date of the residence permit granted to the foreigner with the same purpose
in order to exercise this right. In case of the need of working longer than the exemption period
allows, the foreigner has to obtain a work visa through the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
3. Assigned Journalists
Without being appointed on a permanent office in Turkey, international press members wishing to visit
temporarily are not required to gain a "Visa Annotated for Press". It will be enough to obtain
a tourist visa if the foreigner is subject to visa. In case of requirement, foreign press members
coming for a short period can be issued a temporary press card by the Prime Ministry Directorate
General of Press and Information, and this card will be valid for their stays in Turkey. Temporary
press card can be issued for a period for a maximum of three months and extended for another
three months when necessary. Press members obtaining a short term residence permit are not additionally
required to have a work permit. Appointed press members obtain a "Visa Annotated for Press" is
subject to permission.
4. Tour Operator Representative Visa
The foreign representatives of tour operators, are exempted from obtaining a work visa for their
duties for up to eight months. The applications of the foreigners asking for a residence permit
from Provincial Directorate of Migration as the representatives of tour operators are processed
under rules regulating touristic visits.
5. Transportation Visa
The foreigners applying for visa for transportation may be given a multiple entry visa valid for
one year in case they submit the required documents. Visa regime for truck drivers of a country
may differ from the overall visa regime effective for citizens of that particular country. For
further information, please contact the nearest Turkish mission.
6. The Personnel Assigned for Foreign Religious Foundations
The personnel employed officially in foreign religious foundations in Turkey - Work permits of the
foreigners employed in religious foundations are under the framework of exceptional condition.
Applications of permission are made via our Ministry and residence permits are issued by the
Ministry of Internal Affairs so that they can work in our country.
7. Turkey Official Visa
Official Visa is given to those who are on an official visit where they have a duty assigned in Turkey.
8. Turkey Student or Education Visa
It is mandatory to enrol at a Turkish University before applying for an education Visa. This is a
single-entry Visa and is generally valid for one year. The letter of acceptance from the institution
is required for the processing of this Visa. Within 30 days of arrival in Turkey, the Visa holder
can apply for a residence permit. This allows multiple entries for the period of validity.
9. Archaeological Excavation, Exploration, Documentary Purpose Visas
Foreigners who will shoot a documentary film conduct a research or an archaeological excavation should
get a special permission from the Turkish authorities in advance. It is necessary that the one
should enter Turkey by obtaining a relevant visa via our foreign representatives for excavation
The foreigners to come to our country for the purpose of movie and documentary shooting should obtain
a permit document from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Directorate General of Cinema and
the provincial Governorate.
One can directly apply to the related institutions for scientific researches, sound track recording,
filming documentaries and movies, photo shooting to be carried out on archaeological, historical,
geological, sociological and natural issues in Turkey, on land, in the air, at sea, at river
and at lake. Applications on surface explorations to be made on the land registry cadaster records
with archaeological excavations and underwater archaeological researches apart from these are
made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the applicant's own diplomatic mission in Turkey
and to the Ministry via Turkish foreign representatives abroad on the other hand.
10. Turkey Other Visa
The Other Visa is valid for seafarers, patients visiting for medical treatments, excavation and exploration
purposes and documentary purposes. All these purposes require a special permit from the Turkish
authorities well in advance.