You would probably need to apply for a Turkish eVisa if you plan to visit Turkey and American citizens are one of the nationalities who need this paper. This may be frustrating for people with a green card, but we stress that US green card holders should also request a Turkish visa. You should remember that due to the country of birth, the visa procedure can change.
Passport holders from more than 60 countries with a green card can apply online. Other tourists must attend a Turkish embassy or consular service.
Permitted travel reasons: vacation and business trips
The first requirement concerns the reason for your trip. You can only apply for the Turkey visa if the reason for your journey is a tourism or business trip.
For visa issuance, tourism is more than just vacation
“Tourism” as the reason for the trip includes both the journey to Turkey to go on vacation there as well as visiting friends and relatives. Attending a course or attending a training course can also be touristy if you have no business or professional reason to participate in the course.
Participation in a cruise and mooring in Turkish ports as part of this cruise is also a tourist reason to travel. If you are taking part in a cruise, you can also claim an exception rule that allows you to visit mainland Turkey for up to 72 hours without a visa when you moor your cruise ship.
“Business trips” are trips to Turkey to visit (potential) customers or suppliers, establish contacts, and participating in meetings, conferences, and training courses. You cannot enter into an employment relationship with a Turkish employer on a business trip, so you have to remain officially employed by your employer.
However, the latter may receive payments from a Turkish business partner for your activities. Read more about this on the page Working in Turkey with a Visa.
Requirements that your passport must meet
An American passport is required for the Turkish visa to be issued. You cannot receive an electronic visa for Turkey with an American identity card. The passport must be valid for at least 150 days on the date of entry into Turkey. You can read more information on the requirements page for your passport .
Are you a recognized refugee, and do you only have a residence permit? Then you cannot apply for a visa online.
Requirements relating to your length of stay
You can travel to Turkey as soon as your visa expires. This begins with the date you have entered in the application form as “Start date for visa validity,” and this date is also on the Turkey visa itself. You may not stay in Turkey for more than 90 days. You must have left Turkey no later than 180 days after the start date of the validity. You can find more information on the requirements regarding the length of stay on the page Validity and Validity of the Turkey Visa.
Do you meet all of the above requirements for the Turkey visa? Then you can apply for your Turkey visa directly online.