turkey business visa

Turkey Business Visa - Definitive Guide

Business and trade in Turkey have been popular for quite a long time. In fact, Turkey was located along the famous Silk Route and several other major trade routes. Being among the world’s most developed nations, the Turkey business visa has been used extensively by businesspersons visiting the country to take part in business-related activities. 

What is Turkey Business Visa?

The business visa lets individuals visit Turkey and take part in business activities including meetings, conferences, seminars, negotiations, etc. A lot of nationals actually do not need a visa to enter. A lot of other nationals can, in fact, get the visa on arrival. However, citizens of a few countries including India will need to apply for a visa beforehand. Although, as an Indian, if you hold a valid Schengen, US, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit, you are also eligible for the business e-visa.

Visa characteristics: - 

  • Sticker - Maximum stay duration of up to 90 days in a 180-day period, and available as single, double, or multiple entries. 
  • E-visa - Maximum stay duration of 30 days in a 180-day period, available only as single-entry.

Note:- The e-visa type of the Turkey business visa for Indian citizens will not be valid if your UK, US, Ireland permit is also an e-visa.

How to Apply for Turkey Business Visa?

Turkey business visa from India

The application for the Turkey business visa from India can be done in multiple ways. However, before starting your application, you must check that you are eligible to apply for the business permit. You may then proceed as follows - 

At Embassy

  1. Visit the website of the Turkish diplomatic mission in India as per your state of residence.
  2. Start by filling the online visa application form ( pre-application) available on the website accordingly.
  3. If you are eligible for the e visa, you can choose to be redirected to the relevant portal. Else, you can proceed with the application form.
  4. Note the reference number you receive on your email. 
  5. Proceed to book an appointment at the diplomatic mission as per the jurisdiction. 
  6. Download the offline application form and fill it manually. You must mention the purpose of your visit as ‘business’.
  7. Attend the appointment along with the duly signed application form, documents, and the fees.
  8. Submit the application and pay the fees at the mission.

At Visa Application Centres (VAC)

  1. Visit the website of the embassy outsourced VAC as per the jurisdiction. 
  2. Fill out the application form manually with a blue or black ink pen, and in capital letters. Mention the purpose of the visit as ‘business’.
  3. Contact the call centre of the VAC and proceed to book an appointment for the application submission. 
  4. Along with the application form, documents, and the fees, attend the appointment slot.
  5. Submit the application and pay the fees at the VAC. 

E visa 

  1. If you are eligible, visit the e-visa portal of the Turkish ministry. 
  2. Fill in the visa application form with all the required details. 
  3. Pay the fees and submit the application.  

Note: - Ensure that you provide correct information and genuine documents. Providing fake documents or false information are automatic grounds for visa refusal.

Eligibility for Turkey Business Visa

In order to be able to apply for the Turkey business visa for Indians, you must meet the following eligibility conditions - 

  • You must be living in India while lodging the application. If you are living on a residence permit in another nation, you will have to apply to the respective authority there.
  • You must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of your entry in the country. 
  • Your sole purpose of the visit must be to take part in business-related activities (tourism is permitted). 
  • You must possess sufficient funds to support your stay (50$ per day for e-visa).
  • You must be invited by a company in Turkey to perform business. 
  • If applying for e-visa - you must possess a valid entry permit or resident permit for Schengen countries, UK, US, or Ireland.

Documents Required for Turkey Business Visa

As per the Turkey business visa requirements from India, the following are the list of documents you must possess for the business visa application. However, note that the documentation requirements may slightly vary based on the Turkish mission you are applying to.

  • Fully filled and signed application form.
  • 2 photos as per the specifications. 
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Proof of funds such as bank statements. 
  • Invitation letter from the Turkish company. If you are applying for a multiple-entry visa, the Turkish company will have to state the long term relationship with your Indian company.
  • Proof of employment such as employment letter, company registration documents, etc. 
  • Round trip flight tickets. 
  • Proof of ‘intent to return’ such as house agreements, property agreements, etc 
  • Covering letter from the sending Indian company.
  • For E visa - Valid Schengen/UK/US/Ireland visa or residence permit.

Photo Specification of Turkey Business Visa

As per the Turkey business visa photo requirements, the photos to be submitted must meet the following conditions - 

  • 35mm X 45mm
  • Colour: Coloured
  • Head must occupy the central position
  • Must be captured within the last 3 months
  • Background: Solid, plain white or grey
  • 80% face coverage
  • Neutral expression
  • Glasses: Thin framed and prescription glasses only
  • Headgears - only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair - permitted

Processing Time for Turkey Business Visa

The time taken to process the Turkish ‘sticker’ business visa is normally around 12 working days. However, this can vary significantly based on multiple factors. It can depend on the volume of applications at the embassy/consulate, the number of entries, your previous travel history, the authenticity of your documents, and so on. As a result, you must ensure that you apply well in advance in order to avoid any complications.

Time taken for the processing of the e-visa type of business permit is usually just 48 hours. However, to account for any unfortunate delays, the ministry asks that you must apply at least 2 days in advance. 

Turkey Business Visa Fees

The fees for the business permit is dependant on the number of entries and the foreign exchange rates. The fees for the business e visa must be paid in USD. As a result, while making the payment, the exact amount will vary according to the exchange rates at that particular time. For the sticker visa, you may also have to pay additional service charges and delivery charges (if applicable). As a result, ensure that you check the exact amount before starting the application.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal 30 days 3 months 8471.0
Multiple entry Normal 30 days 3 months 18621.0
Single entry Normal 30 days 6 months 3000.0

After Submission

Once you have made the application, it will be processed accordingly. Even if you have applied at a VAC, the business visa application is forwarded to the embassy/consulate for the processing. The VAC has no influence regarding the processing. Once approved, you can collect the passport directly from the mission/VAC or you can have the VAC deliver it to you for an additional charge. The jurisdiction of the Turkish missions in India are as follows - 

  • Turkish Embassy in New Delhi - If your state of residence* is Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.
  • Turkish Consulate in Mumbai - If your state of residence is Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar, Lakshadweep Islands
  • Turkish Consulate in Hyderabad - If your state of residence is Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

*   - State of residence refers to the state where you have been residing for the past 6 months. 

If you have applied for the business type of the e visa, you will receive a link via your email, on approval. You may then download the permit through the link.

How to Check Visa Status?

There are multiple ways in which you can check the status of your business visa application depending upon your mode of application. 

Embassy - If you have applied at the embassy/consulate, you can track your application status by clicking here and entering your reference number and passport number. 

VAC - If you have applied at a VAC, you can check the status here. Alternately, you can call or email the VAC to know the status.

You can also contact the travel agency you have applied through, to check the status.

When you have this visa

Once you receive your business visa, you must keep in mind the following few points to ensure that you have a hassle-free journey -

Before you travel - 

  • Note the validity and number of entries mentioned on your visa. You must not stay in the country beyond this period. You must also follow the entry type given. 
  • Carry all your travel documents before you travel to the country. 
  • For e visa, carry the downloaded visa as a softcopy or a hardcopy.

At the border

  • You must show your passport with the visa to the immigration officer. Your entry stamp will be stamped on the passport.
  • You may be asked to show the copy of the other documents submitted as part of your application. 
  • You may be asked about the basic details of your visit, including details of the Turkish company Ensure that you answer honestly and without any hesitance. 

When you enter Turkey

  • While you are on a business permit, you cannot take part in any work activities.
  • You are permitted to extend this visa if you have a valid reason. 
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa while you are travelling within the country.
  • You must respect the culture and customs of the country, as well as abide by the immigration laws during your stay.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Extend My Turkey business Visa?

You can extend the Turkish business permit in certain limited cases. If you have a proper reason to extend your permit, you will have to visit the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management or a Police station in Turkey and apply for the ‘short term residence permit’. If you are unable to get it extended, you must leave the country on expiry. The e-visas are non-extendible.

After Expiring My Turkey business Visa, How Long Can I Stay?

Once you have expired your permit, there is no provision for a stay-back period. As a result, you are expected to leave the country upon expiry. Alternately, you may apply for the extension before your permit expires. However, if you do not receive the extension in time for your expiry date, you must leave immediately. Staying back in the country after expiry is considered as an offence and can attract hefty fines and even lead to deportation.

What is the Medical Test for a Turkey business permit?

As per the requirements, there is no medical test for the business permit. However, you are required to have medical travel insurance valid for Turkey. It is also suggested that you get a medical check-up done before travelling to a foreign nation, for your own safety.

Can I Convert My business visa for Turkey into a Work permit?

No, it is not possible to convert your business permit into a work permit. You are also not allowed to work in Turkey without a valid permit. If you require the work permit, you must return to your home country and apply for a new one.

How Much Bank Balance is Required to Get Turkey business permit?

Normally, there is no fixed rule on the exact amount of funds required for the business application. As per the requirements, you must submit bank records that show that you have sufficient funds to support your entire stay duration. However, if you are applying for the e-visa, you are expected to have at least 50 $ for every day of your stay.

How many months before the trip should I apply for a Turkey business permit?

Since it takes nearly 12 working days to process the sticker type of the business permit, you must apply for the permit at least 2 weeks in advance. However, as per the embassy recommendations, you are advised to apply nearly a month before your travel date. The e-visa application must be done at least 48 hours before your travel date.


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