In recent years, Turkey has been one of the most popular destinations for South Africans, with good reason. Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the country boasts a rich culture and history that is evident in its architecture, cuisine, and arts. Turkey also offers a diverse range of landscapes, from the coastal regions to the mountainous interior. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation, historic sights or an action-packed adventure, Turkey has something to offer everyone.
The United Nations has recently changed the Republic of Turkey’s name from “Turkey” to “Türkiye” however I will still use the old name here as the new name will take some getting used to.
Getting the visa was an easy, painless process whereby South Africans could apply online at least 48 hours before departure, and receive an e-visa by email. On 6 July, the Turkish government announced that the e-visa online system had been disabled for South Africans and a visit to the Turkish embassy was now required. The new Turkish visa requirements would be much more onerous for South Africans considering how long it will take to arrange some of the required documents.
After a huge outcry, this new system was revoked. It was blamed on a "temporary glitch". The e-visa online system is now back. Apply here.
Note: e-Visas are only issued for tourism and trade purposes. You will need to apply at least 48 hours before your departure. The e-visa is issued for a maximum of 30 days and is free. You will need a passport with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of your visa. South African citizens can get a multiple entry visa which is handy if you are planning to visit other countries then return to Turkey. If you want a visa for a longer period than 30 days, you will need to visit the embassy.
For visa applications, please visit www.visa.gov.tr and follow the visa process. You are required to complete and follow the steps by filling in personal information, passport information, upload documents, submitting and then downloading the completed pre-application form. After completing and submitting the application online, you will need to go to the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria along with the documentation as uploaded and originals of the required documents which include your passport, and two 5*5 biometric photos.
The list of required documents required to apply for a Turkish tourist visa can be found on the website and are as follows.
The cost of the visa will be R954 per person payable in cash at the embassy.
The Turkish Embassy in Pretoria serves the following countries: Republic of South Africa, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kingdom of Lesotho
It is located at: Turkish Embassy, 573 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Mucklenuck, Pretoria, South Africa
Contact +27 12 342 60 55-56 or [email protected]
Visa applications are accepted between 09:30-11:00 only. It takes 10-15 working days to process the visa.
"Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, a Balkan country, a Caucasian country, a neighbor to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these."