U.S. citizens are required to obtain visas before entering Turkey. Both a passport and visa are required.
For visits shorter than 3 months, holders of all types of passports can now purchase and print out an electronic visa ahead of their arrival in Turkey. Alternatively, travelers can purchase a 90-day sticker visa at the port of entry for 20 U.S. dollars in cash.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides up-to-date information regarding visa fees as well as details about the online visa application procedure.
For further information, travelers in the U.S. may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Washington, DC or the Turkish Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.
All those who are planning to stay more than three months for any purpose (such as doing research, studying, or working in Turkey) are required to obtain a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate in the U.S. ahead of their arrival. The application process can take a month, if not longer, so travelers are advised to apply as early as possible.
In addition to this visa, such travelers must also apply for a residence/work permit or Turkish ID card within the first month of their arrival in Turkey using an online appointment system. These online applications should be directed to the closest local branch of the Turkish National Police as listed in the system.
All travelers are advised to obtain entry stamps on the passport page containing their visa at the first port of entry before transferring to domestic flights. Failure to obtain entry stamps at the port of entry has occasionally resulted in serious difficulties for travelers when they attempt to depart the country.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.