Restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey

Based on guidance from the Turkish Government and air-carrier companies, the U.S. Embassy has suggested new methods for private citizens obtaining a Turkish visa.

  1. Limited services via appointment are offered for personal applications, such as family emergencies or medical care.
  2. Turkish embassies will issue sticker visas to U.S. citizens applying from outside of the U.S.
  3. If a U.S. citizen holds a valid residence permit for another country, a visa upon arrival can be obtained.
  4. U.S. citizens holding a valid Turkish sticker or electronic visa are able to enter Turkey.
  5. U.S. citizens can still transit international terminals in Turkey en route to onward international destinations.
  6. U.S. citizens traveling on NATO travel orders or United Nations “laissez passer” holders are allowed to enter Turkey without a visa. 
Key considerations
The Turkish Government can make decisions regarding entry or transit at any time, and may change any of the above policies. Crown World Mobility advises U.S. nationals to carefully verify the latest travel requirements prior to traveling to Turkey. To do so, contact Turkish embassies or check their consular pages online. 
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Immigration Operations Director or Jennifer Baillie-Stewart, Global Immigration Practice Leader.