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visa requirements for tourists from the US

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visa requirements for tourists from the US

We are thinking about making a short (& last minute) trip to Istanbul in late Dec.. We both hold US passports and have read on the US State Dept. & the Turkish embassy websites that we can obtain our visas to Turkey upon entry.

Has anyone tried this, and does it really "work" in real life without much delay or hassles? (I don't think we will have time to apply for a visa before our departure, since we are doing this last minute.) Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts & experiences on this.

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1. Re: visa requirements for tourists from the US

Yes, it takes only as much time as it takes for the official to place the stamp in your passport plus waiting in line. However, be sure to have $20 US bill for each of you. (There are stories about no change, nothing else accepted, so we did not take any chances.)

Seriously, just place a $20 US bill in each of your passports. After getting off the plane, but before getting in the passport control entry line with all the stanchions, look just to your left for the marked visa booth. Go there, hand over your passport and $20, and that's it. There were probably 2 people in line in front of us in September, and it literally took probably one minute total. (Also sure beat the $60 our cruise line wanted!)

Have a wonderful trip.

Pam

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2. Re: visa requirements for tourists from the US

Pam: Thank you for your helpful reassurance. We are doing this so last minute, and so we are now just trying for something easy and straightforward or else we will lose our vacation days!

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3. Re: visa requirements for tourists from the US

Yes it works, and it's easy too. Have your US $20 bill ready for your Visa. When you get off the plane follow the signs. You will first get in line for your Visa, have your money in your passport. It took all of about 5 minutes, including waiting in line. Then you will go through passport line. Then you go get your luggage and you are good to go. You should have no problems. When leaving the plane I was out of the airport in just less than an hour.

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4. Re: visa requirements for tourists from the US

Hi Diane44: thank you for your very helpful comments. Despite our last-minute approach, with your and Pam's helpful reassurances, I think we will go ahead and plan for Istanbul! Thank you!

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