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How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019

How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019

By DAN FORTEZA

So you wanna go to Turkey? That’s right. Turkish tourist visa is the first thing you need to be concerned about in order to set your foot on the Turkish land.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
Istanbul and its Bosporus Strait | Dantravels.org

In this blog, I will show you the step-by-step guide on how to get your tourist visa based on my experience. If you want to know the questions thrown at me during the interview, I created a separate blog post about that. Click HERE to read the post so you’ll get an idea of what questions you’ll be facing during your interview.

Please note that I will only be discussing here the tourist visa, so if you’re looking for another type of visa other than the tourist visa, then this blog is not the right one for you.

But first, I’d like to start off by saying that no one can give you the guarantee of your Turkish visa’s approval – not me, not even a lawyer or a travel agent. If anyone does, is most likely a scammer.

As a travel blogger, what I can offer you here is just a guide with helpful tips to increase your chances of getting that Turkish visa.

So let’s get started. 

Read also: My 3-Day Itinerary in Turkey with Cost Breakdown

TWO WAYS TO GET A TURKISH TOURISH VISA

There are two (2) ways to get a Turkish Tourist visa.

(1) If you have a valid visa or residence permit from any one of the Schengen countries, or you have a valid US, UK or Ireland visa, then you may course your application online at www.evisa.gov.tr. This is the E-Turkish Visa.

The time I applied for my Turkish Visa, I have none of the above and thus I was not eligible, so what I will explain further in this blog is the ‘long process’.

(2) If you are NOT eligible with (1), then you should prepare your requirements, apply for pre-application via Turkish Consular website, schedule your appointment, personally go to the Turkish embassy and return on the release date of your passport/visa. That is why I call this the ‘long process’ and I have personally experienced this. More details of this application of this process will be discussed below.

HERE ARE THE STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR REGULAR TURKISH VISA

PART I: Pre-Visa Application And Scheduling An Appointment

(1) Gather all your documents and scan them. Group them into seven (7).

1 – 2”x2” Biometric photo with white background scanned in jpg;

2 – Proof of Income scanned in pdf, I included ITR, Bank Certificate, and Passbook copies;

3 – Flight reservation scanned in pdf;

4 – Hotel Booking scanned in pdf;

NOTE: I booked all my hostel accommodation at booking.com.

Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option. 

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

Or try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

5 – Proof of commitment to return. Certificate of Employment will do just fine.

6 – Passport Copy scanned in pdf. I also included my old passport.

7 – NSO Birth Certificate – NSO original scanned copy in pdf.

You can request an original copy of this through online via PSA website. I got my mine which was home delivered after three (3) working days. Click HERE for the link.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
Here is the snapshot from the Turkish embassy website informing applicants that they should have those required documents prepared first before continuing with the pre-application online. | Dantravels.org

(2) Go to visa.gov.tr. Complete ALL the required fields on Nationality and Visa Details, Personal Info, Contact Info, and Travel Info. There is a portion there that will send the reference number to your personal email. Just follow through and when done, proceed to the document upload.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
From the visa.gov.tr website | Dantravels.org

(3) Upload those seven files. Woo hoo! By the way, ensure that each file is 2MB or less! Then proceed!

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
How I grouped my files | Dantravels.org
Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
This is how it looks when you successfully uploaded your files | Dantravels.org

(4) Review your info first, download your pre-application form, and click submit.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
The e-file version of my application form | Dantravels.org

Then you will be prompt to make an appointment. 

IMPORTANT: You can expect that the earliest available appointment date is one month after your pre-application date! (at least per my experience.)

(5) You’re done! Screenshot and print your appointment details and show it to the guard on duty on your date of appointment.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
Snapshot of my appoinment details | Dantravels.org

After one month…

PART II: Document Filing And Interview At The Turkish Embassy

WHERE: 2268 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village
Makati City, Metro Manila 1222
Philippines

OFFICE HOURS: Mondays – Fridays; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM (morning only for visa application)

(1) Make sure that you have printed all the required documents prior to your Interview at the Turkish Embassy, including your passport, a copy of your passport’s data page, two pieces of 2″x2″ ID photo. Otherwise, your documents will be rejected and you’ll be asked to come back once your documents are complete.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
Printed copies of my application documents | Dantravels.org

IMPORTANT: Bring also a copy of your travel insurance. Please make sure to get one because this is often asked by Interviewer on top of your basic requirements. I bought one from the World Nomads where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

(2) Your documents will be collected by the Consular Officer, and he/she may ask you a few questions regarding your trip/financial capacity.

I created a separate blog about my experience during the day of my appointment and interview at the Turkish Embassy. Click HERE so you’ll know what are the questions thrown at me during the interview and how I answered them.

After which, you may pay the visa fee which is 60 USD for a single entry tourist visa.

NOTE: Please have an exact amount of 60 USD for your payment.

(3) Then you will be given a claim stub with the date of your passport/visa release. Just wait for it and claim your passport on the scheduled date. This usually takes one to four weeks.

(4) You need to return to the date of your passport release. I do hope by that time, you have a Turkish visa sticker on your Philippine Passport!

What does a Turkish Tourist visa look like?

Here is a single-entry Turkish tourist visa. VISA APPROVED!

Dan Travels How To Apply For A Turkish Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
My Turkish Tourist Visa | Dantravels.org

SUMMARY:

Visa Type: Tourist
Visa Validity: One (1) month
Entry Type: Single Entry
Visa Fee: 60USD (USD cash only is accepted)

BOOKING ESSENTIALS

  • Hotel / Hostel
    • Booking.com. I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

    • Airbnb. Try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

  • Flights
    • KAYAK. All of my flight bookings are all from KAYAK. Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines and searches hundreds of travel sites.

I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.

  •  Travel Insurance
    • World Nomads. Please make sure to get a travel insurance because this is often asked by Interviewer on top of your basic requirements. I bought one from the World Nomads where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

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Juan

Hi there, thank you so much for the detailed explanation.

Maya
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Maya

Hello! May I ask how many weeks it took from your day of appointment until your visa approval? I was interviewed on Feb 8, 2019 and until now there has been no feedback about my visa. I was not asked to submit additional documents.

Maya
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Maya

Thank you! 🙂 yes they gave me a claim stub but with no specific date. The secretary just said that they will get in touch with me after a month. But it’s been more than 6 weeks already 🙁 when I emailed for an update, they just said that it is still awaiting approval. I was just concerned because according to other blogs, they got their visa within a couple of weeks only.

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Ana

Hi, sa certificate of employment, kelangan ba specified dun ang approved vacation date or COE ay enough na? And how about if i have a sponsor, not a Turkish but he works in Turkey, do I still need to provide my proof of income or yung sa sponsor ko lang pwede na?

Jem
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Jem

Hi wanted to to ask how long is the full duration of the visa application

Janine
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Janine

Hi Dan,
Can you provide me a copy of your itinerary, the one you used during your application for your Turkish visa. Thanks in advance!

Zhel
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Zhel

Hi Dan! I found your website through Facebook. Thank you for sharing your experience! I’m planning a trip to Turkey for 2 weeks next year. I’m worried about the flight reservation. Do they really need confirmed flight tickets? The tickets are expensive and would be a waste if my visa isn’t approved or do you gave any suggestions on a cheaper way of getting there? My idea is to transit visa Dubai through Cebu Pacific. How much were you able to get your tickets? Thank you!

Loreen
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Loreen

Hello Dan,

Pwede bang hindi USD ang payment? Bale ung equivalent lang neto in Peso? Thank you.

Thank you for your blog. It really helps people.

Marlon
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Marlon

Hello, Thank you for this comprehensive guide. Total life saver. Quick questions. 1. Is it still 60 USD as of Aug 2019? I know I should call the Embassy but they are already closed today, Fri and Mon is a holiday. I have my appointment scheduled Aug 27. 2. I read that I should paste my 2×2 photo in the application form and I would like to confirm that the pasted photo will cover 99% of the “Personal Information” Header Tag in the form. Can you confirm? 3. Did you receive any email confirmation when you finally scheduled your interview… Read more »

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berry

hi dan. I want to ask if I can apply for appointment with the embassy of turkey in manila kahit nasa labas ka ng pinas and I’ll take appointment nalang sa day ng balik ko sa pinas, pwede po ba yun? thank you.
btw. I was in turkey last april 2019 I obtained my tourist visa in Riyadh KSA that time but I’m planning to go back on march 2020 but this time sa pinas na po ako mag process.

Anafe
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Anafe

Hi Dan, how are you? Soon magsesend ng invitation from Turkey ang Freind ng anak, that’s notarized and with all his information, etc etc supporting document that his capable to accommodate her during her stay in turkey for 3wks,still does she need to book a hotel reservation???? Or valid enough ang incantation na isesend ng freind nya???

Manilyn
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Manilyn

I’m an ofw here in malaysia and I’m planning to take a tour in turkey next year, Is there any possible way that I can apply my turkish tourist visa here

Dear
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Hello Dan, Greetings! Just an inquiry if you have any ideas ba. Ipapa.apply ko mommy ko (age 59) for tourist visa retired employee na sya pero wala pang pension di pa sya 60 eh. Do you think mahirap for her to get the visa? Invitational pa la from my husband (Turkish man). Thanks dear. 🙂

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Miguel

Hi Dan! Thanks for this! Very helpful. I plan to visit Turkey in March 2020. I’m wondering how soon I should be applying for the visa. Most, if not all, images of visa online shows that its valid for 6 months, and you can stay for 30 days. Does this mean I can apply as early as October this year?

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