Jan 02 2018

Full Visa Services Resume in Both Countries

Turkey, United States

The situation

The Turkish Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara have announced that the two countries have resumed full visa services for each other’s citizens. A mutual visa suspension between the United States and Turkey had been in place since a diplomatic dispute in October. 

Visa services at the U.S. Mission to Turkey

Visa issuance and appointment availability have resumed fully after a suspension in October and a limitation of services in November. Visa applicants should be prepared for possible processing delays due to pent-up demand.

Issuance of Turkish visas to U.S. citizens

  • Business and Tourist visas. U.S. citizens can obtain valid 90-day tourist and business visas from the Turkish e-visa site prior to travelling to Turkey.

  • Sticker visas. U.S. citizens may still be issued sticker visas at the border, if necessary. This may apply to U.S. citizens who did not apply for an e-visa prior to traveling to Turkey.

  • Work and special visa appointments. Those seeking to obtain a work visa or schedule an appointment (which is required for all other types of visas) at a Turkish consular post in the United States can again do so on the online system.

  • Impact.  U.S. citizens outside of Turkey can again obtain a Turkish visa at consular posts worldwide.

Fragomen worked closely with the Bener Law Office in Istanbul to prepare this alert. It is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to