TOURIST VISA APPLICATION WITH INVITATION LETTER FROM TURKEY

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Revised September, 2020 – Resource, Ministry of Foreigner Affairs Turkey
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1. HOW TO APPLY FOR TOURIST VISA TO TURKISH EMBASSY TO ENTER TURKEY?
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In order to provide better service to visa applicants, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey would like to inform that all visa applications for Turkey within some arrangement countries will be made only through (VAC) visa application centers authorized below:

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Visa applicants still need to fill in preliminary application form online at https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr. Please take a printout and sign. Please do NOT book any date online for Turkish Embassy appointment, and proceed direct to the authorized Visa Application Center (VAC) below with your application supporting documents;
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Announcement: From 02 Mar 2020 11 countries more join to enter Turkey visa-exempt.
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Foreigner may apply with documents below to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and pay transaction fees for entry. For India candidates apply to Gateway VAC in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad. Bangladesh must apply to Reired VAC in Dhaka. Pakistani must apply to Anatolia VAC in Islamabad in Lahore or Karachi. All Arab and Gulf countries must apply to VFS Global.
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Update African countries: In 2020 the Tourist visa applications are processed at MZVize VAC in Nigeria. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia may process directly at TSA Turkish Service Agency no appointment. Other Africa countries including Ghana and Kenya shall continue TOURIST VISA application at Turkish Embassy or Consulate missions on online appointment schedules.
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2. IF THE LETTER OF INVITATION IS PRESENTED IN THE TOURIST VISA APPLICATION
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When the letter of invitation is presented in the tourist visa applications, the letter of the inviting person, T.C identification number, Open ID, guest list, residence address, contact number, duration and purpose of stay, whether or not the applicant is related to the applicant must be present. In addition, the invitee is asked to declare in the invitation letter that the invitee will meet his / her request and his / her request, with the responsibility of the invitee and his / her obligation. The applicant is required to have adequate or regular facilities in Turkey.

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WHAT IS THE LETTER OF INVITATION FOR TOURIST VISA?
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What is a letter of invitation for a Visa?

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For a person who wants to travel to a country applying for a Visa, the letter in which someone living in the country applying for a visa tells him that he wants to write to the consulate and invite that person to see him is called a visa invitation letter issued by the Turkish Notary Public in Turkey.
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For example, if (David) wants to visit his friend (Mehmet) in Turkey, it is a letter that (Mehmet) wrote to the Turkish Embassy / Consulate in the manner that I would like (David) to visit me. There are topics that need to be clarified. We explained below what happened to them, how the letter should be written.
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If your passport is fresh, if you have no travel history, if you have been visa denied before, an visa invitation letter is supplied by a Turkish citizen (an acquaintance or relative) by oath to undertake you at all expense, for you to receive a short stay 1- 30 day visit Tourist Visa. It strengthens your application and will reduce the amount of documents required by applicant to save you time and frustration before your travel to Turkey. The invitation letter must be written in Turkish or in the native language of the country of reference.
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Who can write invitation letters?
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The inviting person should be a Turkish citizen of Turkey.
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How do you write an invitation letter?
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The visa invitation letter does not have a standard template, you can organize the content of the letter as you wish, but there is some information that must be included.
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An invitation letter must cover all these elements:
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1. Date & Location
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At the top, in the corner, the date and the city of the person who wrote the invitation are given information. Make sure that this date is no longer than 1 month from the day you applied for a visa. For example, if your Tourist visa appointment is on July 1, the date on the letter should not be longer than June 1.
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2. Visa invitation letter should be addressed to the Turkish Embassy / Consulate
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The inviting person (Mehmet) writes the invitation letter not addressed to the person (David), but to the Turkish Embassy / Consulate to which he / she applies for his / her Tourist visa.

  • ✖ False: “Dear David”
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  • ✔ Right: “To the Turkish Embassy”, to the Consulate General of Turkey
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  • ✔ Correct: “To whom it may concern”

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3. Details that must be explained in the letter about David the invited person

  • Name and surname as it appears on the passport
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  • Date of birth
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  • Address and phone number
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  • What is the relationship between the invitee and invitee? Degree of closeness (kinship, friendship, family friend, lover etc…), such as where, how they meet (former co-worker, 10-year neighbor, etc.)
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  • Purpose of the visit. Why is the person visiting you? For example, family reunion, Tourist visit, etc.
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  • How long the invited person will stay in that country (these dates must match the dates of the plane tickets. If you have a situation where you have to go and go constantly, you have to explain the reasons. July 01 – July  30, for example,” my friend will visit me for 30 days, the first of which 30 days visa will be offered ” such as.
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  • Where the invited person will stay and how the Turkish sponsor will finance their visit.

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4. Details that must be explained in the letter about the invited person

  • Name and surname as it appears on the passport
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  • Date of birth
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  • Address and phone number in that country.

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5. File reference number of visa applicant
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Adding a File tracking number of the Visa applicant, speeds up the job of Turkish visa officers..
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WITH THE TURKISH PERSON TO UNDERTAKE,  I HEREBY DECLARE THAT I AM ENTITLED TO ALL THE EXPENSES OF INVITED PERSON AS TO HIS / HER ACCOMMODATION, EATING, DRINKING, HEALTH, ROAD AND SIMILAR PERSONAL EXPENSES DURING HIS / HER STAY IN TURKEY, AND THAT I WILL ENSURE HIS / HER DEPARTURE TO ABROAD ON THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE VISA.
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THE FOREIGNER APPLICANT GIVES 5 LESS DOCUMENTS
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3. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR TOURIST VISA APPLICATION WITH INVITATION LETTER?
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Visa Application Form duly filled and submitted on online system, printed and signed by the applicant. (CNIC number, father and mother names, complete residential and host (if applicable) addresses are must).
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Passport / travel document valid for at least 6 months as from the date of your arrival in Turkey.
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Copies of the recent and old passports along the used pages concerning visa entry and exit stamps (If it is relevant and not empty pages!).
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Two biometric photos of the applicant with the size of 5×5 cm and white background recent color.
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Travel health insurance certificate covering the minimum of Euros 30.000, the period of stay in Turkey and the repatriation costs as well.
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Polio vaccination certificate from the Government Hospitals or the authorized laboratories (The validity of the vaccination should cover the travel period and the vaccination’s date should not be more than one year old).
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Copy of the flight reservation (Reservation only not the ticket).
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Original Invitation letter stamped and sealed by the Turkish notary public in Turkey.
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4. EXTRA DOCUMENTS FOR TOURIST VISA APPLICATION WITHOUT INVITATION LETTER?
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Copy of the hotel reservation (Reservation only).
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Employment letter stating the name, position, salary, profession or type of skill (if there is any) from the company (if there is any).
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Bank account maintenance certificate and original bank statements of the last three months [the current balance should cover all the expenses (air ticket + accommodation + food and beverages)] which are signed and stamped by the bank officer.
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Supporting document on the applicant’s commitment to return (Land registry, business certificate, salary table, bank account statement).

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Consent letter of the applicant for verification of documents.

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Conditional documents:
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Consent letter of the parents
arranged by the Notary (if the applicant is under 18 years old).

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Bonafide letter (If the applicant is a student).
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Professional Qualification Certificate from the board of the professional organization / Skill Certificate from the related association (if there is any).
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Original family civil registration act (if the family travels together).
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E-Visa copy / copies (if the applicant accompanied by any person who has a valid Turkish E-Visa).
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HOW TO CONVERT TOURIST VISA TO TOURISTIC RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKEY?
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Touristic Residence Permit is available for 1 or 2 years living in Turkey

  • After entered Turkey with the Tourist visa, online application is lodged to the Directorate of General Migration Management offices in Turkey to obtain the Touristic Residence Permit ID Card next.

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Benefits of Touristic Residence Permit ID Card

  • Foreigner in our country with valid Touristic Residence Permit ID Card may live in any city and travel within the boundaries of Turkey. Residence permit is permission to live in Turkey.
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  • Foreigner may work at jobs and get Foreigner Work Permit ID Card, setup business or Turkish company.
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  • Foreigner children may attend university or public schools.
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  • Foreigner may at anytime enter and exit Turkey visa free on future travels at 66 airports, 129 harbors and 26 borders.
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  • Foreigner may travel to other countries worldwide and easily apply for EU, USA, UK, Schengen Visa at foreign country embassies or consulates in Turkey (as opposed to long line ups on your own country)

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Start your experience in beautiful Turkey, and enjoy to live or work as planned or travel.
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