Medical Visa to Turkey

Last Modified: March 19, 2021  |   Created on: February 10, 2021
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Processing Fee for Medical Visa for Turkey

Visa Type Visa Processing Fee
E-Visa USD 15 - USD 60 (depending on the country)
Visa on Arrival USD 25 - USD 60 (depending on the country)

Turkey: A prime medical-travel destination

Turkey has been a popular location for international patients who seek quality medical care in other countries. Every year, medical travelers from all over the world come to Turkey on visa for medical treatment purposes. A majority of these patients are from the USA, Canada, Middle East, France and other European countries. There are many reasons for which patients choose health tourism in Turkey over other destinations. This includes:

  • Accreditations: Turkey has many hospitals that are certified by various national and international accreditation organizations such as Joint Commission International (JCI). This provides a benchmark for their standards of services and facilities for patient care. Patients travelling from abroad for their treatment can be assured of the quality of care offered by the hospital
  • Advanced healthcare infrastructure: The hospitals in Turkey are well-equipped with most updated facilities for patient care and the latest versions of the instruments. These hospitals offer clinical excellence across multiple specialities with top-notch instruments and technology. There are several referral hospitals that are also teaching facilities linked to Universities or research centers. This helps the hospital remain at the top of their class and provides advanced treatment methods suiting to the needs of the patient. It includes the most updated versions for robotic surgery systems, advanced radiation delivery technology, sophisticated patient monitoring systems and top-notch diagnostic instruments. 
  • Highly qualified doctors: The best doctors in Turkey are internationally trained and experienced specialists who have managed complex cases throughout their careers. Their knowledge and expertise in advanced medical care, ensure the patient is offered treatment with updated technology and advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment. The surgeons in Turkey have a vast experience in providing effective care of each patient with minimal post-operative discomfort and the best results. 
  • Affordable medical packages: A major benefit of travelling to Turkey for a treatment is the cost-effective packages offered by the top hospitals. International patients, particularly from countries such as the USA, France, Middle East and other Westerns countries, may save more than 40 to 60% on the overall treatment. The best part is there is no compromise of the quality of services and the waiting time is minimal, as compared to these countries. 
  • Hospitality services: The hospital in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities are reputed for their warm hospitality and patient-friendly environment. The entire hospital staff is very helpful and compassionate towards all the patients. 
  • Special international patient services: The best hospitals in Turkey have a specialized department and team for international patient care services. They provide a range of services to ensure complete comfort and hassle-free process for the foreign patients. 
  • Tourist attraction: Turkey is one of the most popular tourist spot and receives numerous travelers every year. In addition to the country’s beautiful natural landscape and rich cultural as well as historical background, the modern infrastructure and monuments, promotes the tourism. A part of Turkey lies in two continents – Europe and Asia, and has a close proximity to the Middle East. It is well-connected to many countries by land, air and sea to various countries. There are many tourist attractions in the country, including old churches, mosques, archeological sites, local markets and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many medical travelers plan their treatment in Turkey to also include some holiday time after the procedure. 

Application Process for e-Visa

Apply Online

Fill in the online visa application form on the official website

Make payment

Pay through a Credit or Debit card

Download the E-Visa

Download the E-Visa after the application is completely submitted

Visa to Turkey for Medical Purposes

As per the article 7.1b of “the Law on Foreigners and International Protection” no.6458, foreigners wanting to enter Turkey must carry a travel document/passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the duration of stay on their visa (e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit). Medical visa is the type of visa one requires for entering Turkey with a puspose of receiving treatment. The visa can either be obtained from the Consulate of Turkey or through the online Visa or eVisa services. The eVisa can be obtained in advance of arrival through the government’s online visa website

The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was started by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey on 17 April 2013. With this system, the visitors wanting to travel to Turkey are allowed to easily apply and obtain e-Visas online through the web portal – www.evisa.gov.tr. The procedure takes just a few minutes and e-Visa can be obtained 7/24 everywhere with internet connection. To obtain the visa, an applicant just needs to fill in the necessary information about their identity, passport and travel dates, followed by visa fee online payment. Fees for e-Visas are comparitively lower than the fees for visas obtained upon arrival on Turkish airports. To know more abour the visa fees, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – http://www.mfa.gov.tr/data/KONSOLOSLUK/e-visa-fees-en-31-december.pdf

The visa application process:

The goverment declared that all kinds of applications for Turkish visas will have to be made via the Pre-Application System of Turkish Sticker Visa (regular visa). 

The applicant must upload all the data required for visa applications to the system. After filling the online application, the applicants should apply to the Turkish Missions in order to complete the procedures. This involves submission of their duly signed visa application forms and passports along with the original copies of the required application documents that have been already uploaded on the online system.

For people applying from countries where internet connection is not good enough or the applicants is experiencing difficulties in filling in the application form, visa applications can be made directly to the relevant Turkish Missions in their country. In countries where there is no consular representation for Turkey, applicants can also use online scheduling for appointments with the nearest accredited consular office of Turkey.

The applicants who meet the requirements for eVisa system will be directed by Pre-Application System for Turkish Sticker Visa. The application process is simple with three steps – 

  • Fill the application form online: Depending on the applicant’s nationality, there might be requirement of additional documents. These requirements will be known after the apllicant selects the country of travel document and travel dates.
  • Make payment: A credit or debit card (only Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay) can be used to pay the visa fees. It should be noted that the card does not have to be necessarily under the applican’t name.
  • Download: The link to download the e-Visa is provided on the final step when the application has been completed successfully. In addition, the same link to download the e-Visa will be emailed to the applicant.

Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for the e-Visa provided that they meet required criteria. To find out these criteria, go to Main Page, click on Apply button and select your Country of Travel and Type of Travel Document.

Afghanistan Cape Verde Gambia Malawi
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Algeria Central African Republic Ghana Maldives São Tomé and Príncipe
Angola Chad Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus Mali Saudi Arabia
Antigua and Barbuda China Grenada Malta Senegal
Armenia Comoros Guinea Mauritania Sierra Leone
Australia Congo, Republic of the Guinea-Bissau Mauritius Solomon Islands
Bahamas Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Haiti Mexico Somalia
Bahrain Côte d’Ivoire Hong Kong (BN(O)) Mozambique South Africa
Bangladesh Croatia India Namibia Spain
Barbados Djibouti Indonesia Nepal Sri Lanka
Belgium Dominica Iraq Netherlands Sudan
Benin Dominican Republic Jamaica Niger Suriname
Bermuda East Timor Kenya Nigeria Swaziland
Bhutan Egypt Kuwait Oman Taiwan
Botswana Equatorial Guinea Latvia Pakistan Tanzania
Burkina Faso Eritrea Lesotho Palestine Togo
Burundi Estonia Liberia Philippines U.S.A
Cambodia Ethiopia Libya Portugal Uganda
Cameroon Fiji Lithuania Rwanda United Arab Emirates
Canada Gabon Madagascar Saint Lucia Vanuatu
  Zimbabwe Yemen Vietnam Zambia

General information about visa to Turkey

  • It is highly recommended that travelers who wish to visit Turkey should read the related information about the visa regime:
  • The applicants must know that visas submitted to foreigners do not guarantee absolute rights of entry to Turkey.
  • It is recommended to apply for visas at least one month prior to the planned travel, in order to avoid inconveniences that may be caused by delays in processing.
  • Visa fee is not refundable in cases where applications have been rejected
  • Applicants must have a medical insurance that will be valid throughout the duration of their stay in Turkey.
  • For all types of visa applications, consular offices of Turkey may issue visas with a maximum duration of stay of 90 days. The vistors who wish to stay longer than 90 days in Turkey, must apply for “Short Term Residence Permit” at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration for extension of their residence time. The residence permit of the foreigners is cancelled if they stay outside Turkey for more than 120 days in total during the last year.
  • The length of stay as per the visa or visa exemption cannot exceed 90 days within each 180 days. All foreigners travelling to Turkey are subjected to the regulation of 90 days of stay within the last 180 days. It is not possible for foreigners holding two passports to stay in Turkey for 90 days each with their two different passports within the last 180 days.

In accordance with “European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe”, the citizens of following countries are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s 

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Georgia
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Greece

Citizens of following countries may hold passports which are expired but are considered as valid for a certain period of time: 

  • Germany – Passports expired within the last year or ID has expired within the last year
  • Belgium – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • France – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • Spain – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • Switzerland – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • Luxemburg – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • Portugal – Passports expired within the last 5 years.
  • Bulgaria – Valid ordinary passport

Documents required for Turkey Visa Application

An applicant must be ready with certain important documents they will be required to submit in order to apply for a medical tourism visa:

  • Original passport with valid for a minimum of six months from the return date of travel. 
  • A minimum of two blank pages available on the passport for visa stamps. 
  • Copies of their old passports that has their previous travel information. They must be duly filled and signed by the applicant.
  • Two recent passport size photographs with 80 percent face coverage, white background and no borderlines. The photographs should be matt finish or semi-matt finish with dimensions of 2.5”x 2.5. Also, they shouldn’t be used in any form prior to the visa application.
  • A cover letter from the applicant mentioning the applicant’s name, passport details, travel dates with the reason and length of the visit. The letter should be duly signed by authorized signatory and have a company stamp. It must addressed to the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey.
  • Confirmation of Hotel bookings as per travel itinerary 
  • The confirmed return air ticket showing travel itinerary
  • Travel insurance and medical insurance is mandatory for a person traveling to Turkey.

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Extension Of The Visa

The Turkish eVisa has a validity of a total of 90 days during a 180-day period. Visitors who are in Turkey and wish to extend their tourist visa, can visit immigration officials, a police station, or an embassy to know the necessary steps that you can take. If a person wants to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, they should either apply for a longer stay visa before the travel, or get a residence permit by applying to the nearest Provincial Directorate of Migration Management or local authorities in Turkey before their 90 day stay validity has elapsed. There might be the possibility to extend the visa based on the reason for the need of extension, initial reason for visiting, and nationality.

In case of overstay than the visa’s validity, the foreigner might have to pay fines, get deported or even get banned from future travel to Turkey for a specific period of time.

Cost Of The Visa

The visa fees differs from one country to another. For detailed information, please go through the following http://www.mfa.gov.tr/data/KONSOLOSLUK/e-visa-fees-en-31-december.pdf.

Visa On Arrival In Turkey

Citizens of the following countries are applicable for Visa on Arrival

Antigua and BarbudaEstoniaMexico
ArmeniaGreek Cypriot Administration of Southern CyprusNetherlands
AustraliaGrenadaNorway
AustriaHaitiOman
BahamasHong KongPoland
BahrainIndonesiaPortugal
BarbadosIrelandSaint Lucia
BelgiumJamaica
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
BermudaLatviaSpain
CanadaLithuaniaU.S.A.
CroatiaMaldivesUnited Kingdom
DominicaMalta 
Dominican RepublicMauritius 

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Is a separate e-Visa for people accompanying me needed to enter into Turkey?

Yes. Each traveller must have their own e-Visa.

Will I have to enter Turkey on the exact date specified on my application?

No. The the date specified in the application indicates the begining of the validity period of the Visa. One may enter Turkey on any date within the validity period of their visa.

Can I avail a refund if I do not use my e-Visa?

No. There will be no refund payments for unused e-Visas or even rejected Visas.

After applying for a visa at a Turkish mission (Embassy's Consular Section or Consulate General) where can I get updated on my application status?

You should contact the respective Embassy or Consulate General to get information about the application status. There is no need to send a request for an update from the e-Visa Support Desk.

What are the important documents that a person travelling to Turkey for medical pusposes must carry with them?

What are the important documents that a person travelling to Turkey for medical pusposes must carry with them?

An international patient travelling to Turkey must carry the following documents:

  • Relevant medical reports, referral notes from local as well as Turkey doctor or any other such important medical information.
  • Personal contact information such as ID card, passport copies, driver’s license, and residence details.
  • Passport size photographs
  • Bank statement or proof of financial statement
  • Key details of health insurance (if any)
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