Turkey-bound British holidaymakers will need e-visa

6th Jan 2014

Turkey has long held a fascination for holidaymakers with its city breaks to metropolises such as Istanbul and cultural sites such as Topkapi Palace.

In order to continue enjoying them, British tourists will now have to apply for an electronic visa in advance from this spring.

The e-visas, which must be obtained before arriving in Turkey, are already in place, but will succeed the present visa-on-arrival system completely from April 10.

The price of the multiple entry visas, which are binding for 90 days, will stay at £10 per head.

But these will payable by credit or debit card, not cash.

The official Turkish government website - www.evisa.gov.tr - is recommended for visitors to apply through.

Travellers should be wary of unsanctioned websites trying to charge an extra application fee.

Although the visa system is slightly different, Turkey's eternal charm never changes.

Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly four centuries (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign, is now a vast library.

It is home to one of the world's most important collections of works on Islam. The recently renovated Library of Manuscripts boasts 21,438 books, 2,816 rare prints and more than 10,000 miniature paintings.

Istanbul's other tourist treasures feature museums, mosques, pavilions, fortresses, statues, monuments, towers, castles, seafood restaurants, Turkish baths and incredible shopping.

The Grand Bazaar, introduced in 1461, is one of the planet's oldest and biggest covered markets, while Nevizade Street, Nisantasi and Bebek offer the most vibrant of nightlife destinations.

An emerging Turkish destination is Alaçatı, which is challenging Bodrum for the accolade of the country's most stylish Aegean hotspot.

Its transformation has occurred without compromising the laid-back, villagey charm.

Applicants wanting e-visas must give their name, date and place of birth, a valid email address, and details of their passport.

Once approved and the £10 fee paid, the visa will then be emailed to them, and should be downloaded and printed out.

It must be shown to Turkish airport and customs officials. The whole process takes under 10 minutes.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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