Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Apply For A Turkey Tourist Visa In The Philippines

Türkiye, why only fifteen days? Whyyy (Looks at the sky with fists up in the air)?!

... Snaps back to reality.


Just flew in Istanbul today from Singapore, with a three-hour layover in Abu Dhabi International Airport.  Though sleep-deprived, my heart's racing. A couple of hours into our Turkey trip, I've already fallen in love — we haven't even seen any of the sights yet! And oh, a lot of Turkish people have fallen in love with Luna too.

I tell you, I have to be dragged out of this bewitching country when my visa expires. Seriously? Fifteen days? We were thinking three months to see everything on our list. 

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We took it obviously. I dreamed of Turkey far too long. As for the hubby, he's simply ecstatic to be back.

Are you (my fellow Filipino) planning to visit someday too? This post could be of help. They do not accept inquiries on the phone. I paid them a visit just to inquire about the requirements and I had to pay for the shuttle service!

Requirements for Turkey Tourist Visa Application and Business Visa Application

1. Completed application form. Form is provided at the embassy.
2. Passport-size photo. To be attached on the form.
3. Passport and photocopy of the first two pages.
4. Certificate of Employment. The applicant's job title, work record and monthly/annual income must be indicated.
5. Latest Individual Income Tax Return
6. Company's latest Income Tax Return if travel is business related.
7. For business owners - Company Business Registration such as SEC and DTI
8. Original Bank Deposit Certificate addressed to the embassy. No specified amount, but some travel agency officers I spoke with in the embassy suggest P100,000+.
9. If invited by government or private sector and international companies or institutions holding office in Turkey - Original invitation letter adressed to the embassy. If invited by a Turkish national - Original invitation letter must be notarized in Turkey, affidavit of support and pertinent credentials of the invitee together with the Turkish IDs and other supporting documents.
10. Confirmed hotel accommodation booking.
11. Round-trip airline ticket.

Application day:

Unfortunately, the embassy resides in Dasmariñas Village, which means you have to pay P150 for a round-trip shuttle ride. Take note, as a non-resident you're not allowed to walk to the embassy from the gate nor from the embassy to the gate, no matter how close the distance is. But some travel agency officers do it anyways because the shuttle (there's only one) comes by every 20-30 minutes. If you're coming in by private car/taxi, the guard at the gate most probably will tell you to take the shuttle also. The embassy's address:

Embassy Of The Republic Of Turkey
2268 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village
Makati City

How to get to Turkey Embassy: By public transport, simply take the MRT and alight at Magallanes MRT Station.

When you get to the entrance (gate beside Ecology Village), do not forget to write your name on the logbook. If you can't find it, ask the guard. The driver may not let you board if you don't. He sometimes uses this as basis on who to serve first.

Payment of shuttle service is done at the village office. The driver takes you there first, before bringing you to the embassy.  

Bags are checked in at the embassy's guard post. Mobile phones must be left there too. You can only get in the office with your documents.

You'll be asked to write your name on a logbook inside the office. The guard will then give you your application form and number. 

Wait can take up to three hours. Dedicate your whole day for the application. Do not come with an empty stomach (the embassy guards discreetly sell biscuits and cup noodles at their post, ask if they have some if you're about to pass out from hunger).

Original documents and their photocopies are presented/submitted to the secretary. Incomplete documents are not be accepted. If satisfied with the documents, secretary will ask for the P2,500 single entry tourist visa fee and will give you a claim stub with the date of visa release. Also, ask if you can take the original documents with you (except passport and bank certificate)  after the secretary has seen it, because they might not remember to give you back come visa release.

How long is the processing time for a Turkey visa? Within ten working days from the receipt of the application.

- All invitation letters will be submitted by the applicant and should be faxed to the embassy prior to application. 
- Guards will let you in from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Embassy will serve everyone who came within such time window until afternoon.
- Embassy is open from Monday to Friday except Wednesday.

Visa Release Day:

Pay another P150 for the shuttle service. Register at the embassy guard. Oddly, you may give the secretary your claim stub at anytime, so long as she's not speaking with another applicant. In my case, I handed it to a guy who came downstairs (office has two floors) to release passports to travel agency officers.

He gave my passport within a minute, but I still waited for more than an hour prior because there was no staff in sight on the ground floor except the guard.

If you have work on weekdays, you may seek the help of a travel agency for your application. I initially planned on doing so because I don't have a COE. I decided to apply myself when the travel agency "boss" appeared hesitant about my application just because my onward flight goes to the country Georgia, which she does not know of! 


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paul | walkflypinoy said...
May 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Bookmarked! Question. How about freelancers? Digital nomads? Any idea? Should I just forget about Turkey? Lol.

Gay Emami said...
May 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hi Paul, I have no idea :( I resolved to saying I'm a "housewife" so I gave Sherv's COE. But I submitted a 2006 ITR, and attached the contract of my last job as OFW. Baka pwede gawan na lang ng ibang paraan... *wink*

daene, said...
May 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Turkey, astig! One of the places I hope to see for myself in the next few years. Thanks for the tips on the visa! :)

Gay Emami said...
May 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Hahaha! Yes, Turkey is healthy. Pero I still prefer chicken :)

Gay Emami said...
May 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Welcome! Oohh, you're gonna love Turkey :)

Neil Jabian said...
June 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Thank you po for this information. Sana makahanap ako ng travel agency dito sa Bacolod para d ko na kailangan pumunta ng Makati for it.

Angel Lidasan said...
July 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Hi pinay travel junkie!

Im new here in your blog and i am really amazed with your travel blog entries. I, too, is a traveller and we have common destintions so far.

I'd like to add comment on this post that Turkey by far is very lenient when it comes to visa granting. Mine was 30 days (applied in Dubai) and they dont mind the outstanding amount on your bank account.

I love Turkey so much! So Europe but not that expensive.

Mehmet said...
July 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM said...
July 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Perhaps it is different when you apply from another country? I spoke with the embassy staff, they cannot give more than 15 days for a tourist visa.

Anna Silverio said...
July 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Hi! Just curious, what route did you take going to turkey?:) Via HK ? Thanks!

Anna Silverio said...
July 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

And thanks for this! I tried calling them but,yes, they wont give info over the phone!:) said...
July 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hi Anna! I flew from Singapore, with a quickie stop in Abu Dhabi. said...
July 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM


Monique said...
August 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Hi pinayjunkie! Im planning to visit Turkey by end of October. Just have some questions on your post. Im an airline employee and I think, we've got a different process of availing tickets due to some privileges we can avail. Can I not buy yet my ticket to Turkey? maybe just a booking? and same for the hotel? and when I apply for the visa, should the requirements be really complete?

Thanks for the help.. said...
August 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Hi Monique, as mentioned in the article, incomplete requirements are not accepted.

Hazel Vidanes Fernandez said...
August 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I agree

RsgJelai Lapetaje said...
August 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

hi pinaytraveljunkie,ask lang po ako kong magkano ba lahat ma babayaran sa pag apply nang turkey tuorist visa at madali lang ba itong makuha?kasi yong fiancee ko is inviting me na pumunta sa turkey he will give me an invitation letter..madali lang po ba ak ma releasan nang tourist visa?ngayong september 2013 po sana nya ak ipapapunta for 5 days lang ang stay ko doon please nman po advise me what to do kc first time ko po mg apply..

michymichymoo said...
August 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Hi Gay! Can you give me an idea on how much I will spending for a roundtrip ticket to Turkey? :) Thank you! :)

steph said...
August 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM

First timer applicant is minimum for 15 days mine was 3 months=) been there 3x

steph said...
August 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

By the way, how did u book for an appointment in the Philippines? I wanted my sister to visit me... said...
August 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

There's no need to book for an appointment. You just have to be there before lunch.

Jollybee Pascual said...
August 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Hello po miss pinay travel junkie..ask ko lng po kung iaaply ko po ng visa yung parents ko para mkapagattend sa ksal ko on November. .pero po wla n po xang bank self employed tatay kohouse wife nman nanay ko..wla n po bang ibang way para mkapunta cla sa turkey para magattmagaatend sa kasal . salamat po said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Ikaw ba ay nakatira sa Turkey?

Jollybee Pascual said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Hindi po.dito po kmi pareho ngtratrbho sa qatar pero sa November po kmi pupunta sa turkey para mgpakasal said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Oh, just read this Michy! We paid about P22,000 from KL to Istanbul. Going back we flew from Armenia na. So not sure if it's around the same price :) said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Ask your fiance for a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Turkey Embassy in Makati.

Jollybee Pascual said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Salamat po. .so pwede po yun lhat wla clang bank certificate?

hana aharad said...
September 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Hi pinay travel junkie how are you am hana I just want to ask how much to buy visa in Turkey and how to get that visa and how much all to pay thank u hope u will advice me

John Edward Diaz said...
September 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

hi ? what are the requirements that i needed to have visa. im just a student please reply thank you !

tess tello said...
September 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

if there's no bank account, pwede p rin b mag apply? said...
September 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

All requirements must be met.

mary jane pabro said...
December 10, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Hi pinaytraveljunkie just wanna ask.. Wala kasi ako income tax return.. Pano po kaya yun? Ive been working in philippines pero yung napapasukan ko na company di naghulog ng tax so till now wala akong record..
Nakita ko sa ibang site di naman nagrerequired ng ITR..
But still want to ask others opinion.. Hope you will reply..


mary jane pabro said...
December 10, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Hi pinaytraveljunkie just wanna ask.. Wala kasi ako income tax return.. Pano po kaya yun? Ive been working in philippines pero yung napapasukan ko na company di naghulog ng tax so till now wala akong record..
Nakita ko sa ibang site di naman nagrerequired ng ITR..
But still want to ask others opinion.. Hope you will reply..


dharLyn87 said...
December 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Hi. I want to go Turkey too. Am Here in abu dhabi. I am planning to go there on November 2014. Possible ba na directly from abu dhabi going to turkey?

Fatih ve Chareez said...
January 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

have you tried to apply the visa? how was it? my tukish bf will come here around July and we will apply together

Fatih ve Chareez said...
January 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I went there to inquire.. I think mas higher ang chance magkavisa if may mga stamp abroad ka sa passport .. ang sabi sakin ng secretary dun if wala edi wala as long as satisfied sila sa ibibigay mong documents.. maybe you should ask on your case

Fatih ve Chareez said...
January 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I asked that too since same tayo ng problem you can tell to your HR to indicate on your COE about the tax thing

Rai said...
January 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

hi, concern ako sa round trip ticket kailangan bumili na agad? what if denied ang visa?pwede b refund ung ticket?

Joanne Mae Dalhog said...
January 17, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Hello po Ma'am!I am a student po. And hindi pa po ako ngwowork. Kailangan po tlga imeet yung mga requirements like certificate of employment, latest income tax return,etc..
I'll be staying lng po in Turkey like mga 1week. Thank you po. And God bless you..

vivian bell said...
January 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

hello, Ma'am I planing to visit turkey by march this year, paano mag apply ng tourist visa

April Gonzales Balbalin said...
February 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Hello! I'm having plans to have a tour in turkey but i am not employed my mom will give me all the money needed..pwede bang mag apply ng visa kahit unemployed?? Ano ang pwedeng gawin?

Alex Sta Cruz said...
February 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Hi Gay! It's great that you shared your experience in getting a Turkish visa coz I've been checking online and I couldn't see anything as informative as your blog. :)

Anyway, regarding the RT airline ticket, do you really have to purchase the ticket already? Or, would you know if a booking reservation will suffice? :) Thanks a lot! said...
February 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Hi Alex, if you could give me an email. I could send you a tip :)

Alex Sta Cruz said...
February 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Awesome! I'll send an email within the day :) Thanks a lot!

Raisa Řëí said...
February 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Hi ma'am I'm confused why u only had 15 days valid visa? And how mush is the fee for the multiple entry?
With the COE issue how can I sort it out? Coz I just finished working at Dubai back now here at PH.

Thanks :)

Mary Jean Alfonso said...
February 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

hi po mgtatanong lng sana ako kung pano mg aply ng ticket n po ako roundtrip papunta turkey..ano po ang mga kailangan na papers para sa from zamboanga city po..

Rosetta Online said...
February 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

hi po! do you know if A4 size paper ang gagamitin for the application form or short bond paper. thanks po said...
February 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Hi! I used A4.

Tomoki Sakurai Herson said...
February 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

mam i like to know cost of ticket fair to turkey .. and im planing this august.. for 15 days.. and isa po sa iniisip ko un sa requirements like yun ITR. wala po ako nun or yun Bank Certificate just like you mention amount..
Aug is a long way pa.. Ill try to reach that Amount you mentioned for Bank Account. Tnx Mam for your Blog Its a Big ... Big.. Help...

kristel said...
February 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hi po.ask ko lng po kng posibleng from turkey mkapunta din ako ng Romania ng wlng prblema.thanks

Joanne Mae Dalhog said...
March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hello po, i just want to ask lang po if paano po pag estudyante ang mag-aaply ng visa? What are the requirements po?

augiereyes . said...
March 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hi, just a quick

augiereyes . said...
March 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Hi! I would like to ask what travel agencies can I apply this turkish visa? Can you name some?

Riza Sarabia said...
March 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Only Requirement they were asked..
Original invitation letter addressed to the embassy. If invited by a Turkish national
- Original invitation letter must be notarized in Turkey, affidavit of
support and pertinent credentials of the invitee together with the
Turkish IDs and other supporting documents. ..
and they allowing also to stay for 3 months

evelyn said...
March 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

hi,pinaytraveljunkie,ask lng po ,i have plan to go in istanbul turkey,good for 2 weeks kailangan pa bang mag apply ng tourist visa?becuase nag tanong tanong ako dito sa travel agency sabi nila wlang visa fo

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Katherine Pe said...
April 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM

How long did it take to get the VISA? I am from Baguio and traveling to Manila can be hell for me even with TPLEX (now possible to get to Manila within 4 hours!).

I have about 30 days. I hope they are quick to review things. Otherwise, my VISA application and transportation expenses will be worthless. said...
April 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Processing time is on the post.

Katherine Pe said...
April 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I read it and was going to update the comment but I am still uncertain about that duration. My trip is last week of May. Company booked hotel for me. They are asking if I can get a VISA this week. It's holy week. I guess I am just really luck and unfortunate at the same time. Lacking time and cannot risk so much money even if I won't pay for it.

Efraim Mons said...
April 22, 2014 at 2:24 AM

ive been here in turkey, izmir to be exact! very nice place and cool people with beautiful women! =D

yasi said...
May 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Hi there.. i would like to ask.. is it okay if the invitation letter be scanned? Or they want it original.. so i could tell my turkish friend if there's no need to send it through a courier. your answer would be so much helpful..

Fatih and Chareez said...
May 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Hello everyone!!! I want to update all of you that there is a new and easier way to get a visa to Turkey without going to the Turkey Embassy and passing soooo much requirements anymore!

You can apply for an e-visa to Turkey through this link .. and guess what?! you can stay up to 30 days (the embassy usually gives 15 days for a single entry) and it is much cheaper than the visa that the embassy gives just for 20$ but it has prerequisites before you can buy the e-visa.. I don't have all the info's about it but you can check the link I included here and this one too is also a bit helpful :)

Well the only problem you will need to solve is how will you tick all the boxes on the prerequisites and how you can go thru the immigration in case they ask you somethings about your trip (you know how IO's can be sooo frustrating sometimes before you leave the country) and don't worry the e-visa has been recognized and approved by the Bureau of Immigration this is the link for it:

I will try my look soon! :) Goodluck to all! Hope this helps!

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love said...
July 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

hi po ms. pinaytraveljunkie, what other supporting documents ang kailangan e.attach ng invitee?

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Ibomert said...
August 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Good day! May fiancee po ako at may anak kami na 4yrs old ,every year po nag vivisit po cya dito at sinusoportahAn nya po kami,wala po akong trabaho kaya wala po akong ITR, bank certifacate pede ko pong ipasa,,makakapag aply po ba kmi ng anak ko ng tourist visa?plan nya po kasi na mag visit kami sa turkey,plan po kc ngaun year na vivisit cya dito sa pinas sama nya na kami bagpalik ng turkey for 15days visit visa,,,,thanks po

Ibomert said...
August 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Hello pinaytraveljunkie,ask ko lang po kung mag aaply kmi ng visa ng anak ko papuntang turkey ano po kilangan namin wala po akong trabaho may fiancee po ako at may anak kami na 4yrs old na plan nya po na mag visit kami sa turkey,,, every year po nag vivisit cya sa amin mag ina at sustentado nya kami,salamat

Ibomert said...
August 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM


Ibomert said...
August 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Hello pinaytraveljunkie,ask ko lang kahit po walang itr pwedi po maka pag aply ng tourist visa may fiancee po akong turkish national at may anak po kmi na 4yrs old na plan nya po kc n mka pg visit kami sa turkey ano po ang requirments para mka pg aply kmi ng visa.thanks

Ibomert said...
August 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM


Ibomert said...
August 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Hello,ask ko lang po ano po ibang requirements bukod po sa unemplyed po ko plan nya po na mag visit kami sa turkey ng anak ko may fiancee po akong turkish national, thanks

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