Turkey visa requirements for South Africans 2023

Turkey visa requirements for South Africans

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 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.

The Turkey visa

Traveling from South Africa to Turkey requires a visa for both business and tourist purposes. Luckily, the Turkish government has simplified the process through the e-Visa system. This online method of obtaining a visa replaces the old 'sticker visa' that was previously issued at the border crossings.

To begin the Turkey eVisa application process, ensure that you have a valid South African passport. It should be valid for at least six months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Moreover, you'll need a valid email address to receive notifications about your application and the e-Visa itself.

Once you have this on hand, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Turkish e-Visa Website: The official website for Turkish e-Visa applications is evisa.gov.tr. Be wary of other websites claiming to provide this service, as they might not be legitimate or they might charge additional fees.
  2. Fill in the Application Form: You'll need to provide your personal details, passport information, and travel plans. Make sure all the details match your passport and travel documents.
  3. Make Payment: After you submit your application, you'll be prompted to make the payment online if a payment is due. Please keep your credit card details ready.
  4. Receive Your e-Visa: Once your payment is successful, you will receive your e-Visa via email within 24 hours, although it's often much quicker.
  5. Print Your e-Visa: Although it's an electronic visa, it's recommended to print a copy of the e-Visa and keep it with your travel documents when you travel.

A few points to remember:

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date.
  • You should apply at least 48 hours before your departure.
  • The e- visa is valid for a total period of 180 days from the date of issue but a stay cannot exceed 30 days.
  • In case of rejection, you can apply through a Turkish embassy or consulate.
  • South African citizens can get a multiple entry visa which is handy if you are planning to visit other countries then return to Turkey.
  • You will also need to have a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard) for the online payment of the e-Visa fee, if required.
  • e-Visas are only issued for tourism and trade purposes. The e-visa is issued for a maximum of 30 days and is free. If you want a visa for a longer period than 30 days, you will need to visit the embassy.
Turkey visa requirements for South Africans

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Cost of Turkish visa

There is no cost for the Turkish e-visa for South Africans.

Turkish embassy in Pretoria

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 embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr

Read about my visits to IstanbulEphesus and Kusadasi.

In conclusion, applying for a Turkish visa as a South African citizen has been made quite simple with the online e-Visa application system. It's a convenient process that allows you to apply from the comfort of your home and receive the visa electronically, eliminating the need for any physical application or visit to the embassy. Happy travels!

See how to apply for a Turkey eVisa for Americans. 

"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."

-Ahmet Davutoglu

New Turkey Visa Requirements for South Africans

21 comments on “Turkey visa requirements for South Africans 2023”

  1. My friend and I are visiting Turkey in September, her passport is not valid for 180days from the start of the visa, does anyone know how to get the single entry point which requires 90days validity period, we are only going one week. I got my visa but hers is a problem. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  2. I applies online free of charge. So what i understand isnthat this can be uae as before. Did mine amonth ago online

  3. It was just a glitch in the system and e-visas are active again. I have just had mine issued successfully.

  4. This is ridiculous 😭 booked for 20th July a whiiiile ago but now how and where will I find the time to do this before then. So sad

    1. Breaking News: After a huge outcry, they have very quickly scrapped the new requirements - so the online E-Visa system is back to normal - South Africans, go ahead and get your E-Visas and enjoy Turkiye.

  5. south africa is not eevn listed here in the countries . so this is so confusing as at 8 July 2022. So how do we proceed

    1. From what I saw, it says that citizens of the listed countries should apply months in advance however South Africans still need to apply too. I confirmed with the embassy.

  6. Definitely a bad decision, probably didn’t think it through … logistical nightmare for most South Africans that will have to travel in to Pretoria from other parts of the Country … I’d rather holiday somewhere else .

    1. It's a great deterrent to travelling to Turkey. Getting all the required documnts will be a mission in itself.

  7. This won't work for some people it's just too far too get too the embassy.Turkey will loose lots of tourist from South Africa

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