Sunday, May 08, 2011

Visa on arrival @ Istanbul

Thank you Turkey; for issuing tourist visas on-arrival to Indian passport holders (with an UK visa). Considering I made last minute plans for a holiday, I was basically looking at countries that didn't make you jump through too many hoops for documentation.

I arrived at Istanbul airport with some trepidation, never having travelled internationally without supporting documents. I need not have worried, the Turkish authorities were amazing. All I had to do was walk up to the visa desk and hand over my passport, the officer scanned the pages, found my UK visa, attached a Turkish tourist visa stamp (1 month single entry) on a nearby page and asked me for 15 Euros, no other questions and no harassment (if you travel on an Indian passport, you'll know what I mean). The entire process took under 2 minutes. One is required to have a return ticket and hotel reservation documents handy, so i'd suggest carrying these but they didn't ask me for them.

If you're thinking of going, start packing already.

Link to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (visa information)

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