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Visa-free countries with Turkish passport

Turkish passport allows its holder to enter 110 countries without applying for a visa, including Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Moreover, an investor can obtain a C-2 Schengen visa for five years and a tourist visa to the USA for ten years.

The article explores the complete list of visa-free countries for holders and considers all possible ways to get a Turkish passport.

Visa-Free Countries With a Turkish Passport

How Turkish citizens enter other countries without visas

Turkish citizens can travel to some countries visa-free. In others, they get a visa on arrival or obtain an electronic visa (eTA) before a trip. 

Visa-free entry allows visiting a country without getting a visa in advance. Turkey has visa waiver agreements with 72 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. 

Visa on arrival means that an investor doesn’t apply for a visa beforehand but obtains it when he reaches the country. Visa on arrival is only applicable when a person is travelling as a tourist. A traveller provides hotel reservations, proof of funds and a return flight ticket to get it. 

ETA, or Electronic Travel Authorization, is the electronic visa that an investor obtains online 3—5 days before the trip. Usually, a person pays a fee for the submission of eTA.

Getting a tourist visa to Sri Lanka with a Turkish passport
An eTA form for obtaining a visa to Sri Lanka. The user fills out the application, pays $20 to $40 and receives approval confirmation

Which countries are visa-free for Turkish citizens

Turkish citizens freely enter 110 countries: 

  • 72 are visa-free;
  • 35 issue visas on arrival;
  • 3 countries require getting electronic ones in advance.

The list of visa-free countries and entry conditions can change — check the information on the country's consulate website before the trip.

List of countries which are visa-free for Turkish citizens

Country Conditions of entry
1 Albania Visa-free
2 Azerbaijan Visa-free
3 Belarus Visa-free
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa-free
5 Georgia Visa-free
6 Kosovo Visa-free
7 Moldova Visa-free
8 Montenegro Visa-free
9 North Macedonia  Visa-free
10 Serbia Visa-free
11 Ukraine  Visa-free

 

Americas

Country Conditions of entry
1 Argentina Visa-free
2 Belize Visa-free
3 Bolivia Visa-free
4 Brazil Visa-free
5 Chile Visa-free
6 Colombia Visa-free
7 Costa Rica Visa-free
8 Ecuador Visa-free
9 El Salvador Visa-free
10 Guatemala  Visa-free
11 Honduras Visa-free
12 Mexico eTA
13 Nicaragua Visa-free
14 Panama Visa-free
15 Paraguay Visa-free
16 Peru Visa-free
17 Uruguay Visa-free
18 Venezuela Visa-free

 

Asia

Country Conditions of entry
1 Bangladesh Visa on arrival
2 Brunei Visa-free
3 Cambodia Visa on arrival
4 Hong Kong Visa-free
5 Indonesia Visa-free
6 Japan Visa-free
7 Kazakhstan Visa-free
8 Kyrgyzstan Visa-free
9 Laos Visa on arrival
10 Macao Visa-free
11 Malaysia Visa-free
12 The Maldives Visa on arrival
13 Mongolia Visa-free
14 Nepal Visa on arrival
15 Pakistan eTA
16 The Philippines Visa-free
17 Singapore Visa-free
18 South Korea Visa-free
19 Sri Lanka eTA
20 Taiwan Visa on arrival
21 Tajikistan Visa on arrival
22 Thailand Visa-free
23 Timor-Leste Visa on arrival
24 Uzbekistan Visa-free

 

Africa

Country Conditions of entry
1 Botswana Visa-free
2 Cape Verde Islands Visa on arrival
3 Comoros Visa on arrival
4 Eswatini Visa-free
5 Gabon Visa on arrival
6 The Gambia Visa-free 
7 Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival
8 Madagascar Visa on arrival
9 Mauritania Visa on arrival
10 Mauritius Visa-free
11 Morocco Visa-free
12 Mozambique Visa on arrival
13 Namibia Visa on arrival
14 Rwanda Visa on arrival
15 Sao Tome and Principe Visa-free
16 Senegal Visa-free
17 Seychelles Visa on arrival
18 Sierra Leone Visa on arrival
19 Somalia Visa on arrival
20 South Africa Visa-free
21 Sudan Visa on arrival
22 Tanzania Visa on arrival
23 Togo Visa on arrival
24 Tunisia Visa-free
25 Uganda Visa on arrival
26 Zambia Visa on arrival
27 Zimbabwe Visa on arrival

 

Caribbean

Country Conditions of entry
1 Antigua and Barbuda Visa-free
2 The Bahamas Visa-free
3 Barbados Visa-free
4 The British Virgin Islands Visa-free
5 Dominica Visa-free
6 The Dominican Republic Visa-free
7 Haiti Visa-free
8 Jamaica Visa-free
9 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa-free
10 Saint Lucia Visa-free
11 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Visa-free
12 Trinidad and Tobago Visa-free

 

Middle East

Country Conditions of entry
1 Armenia Visa on arrival
2 Bahrain Visa on arrival
3 Iran Visa-free
4 Jordan Visa-free
5 Kuwait Visa on arrival
6 Lebanon Visa on arrival
7 Oman Visa-free
8 Qatar Visa-free

 

Oceania

Country Conditions of entry
1 The Cook Islands Visa-free
2 Fiji Visa-free
3 The Marshall Islands Visa on arrival
4 Micronesia Visa-free
5 Niue Visa-free
6 Palau Visa on arrival
7 Samoa Visa on arrival
8 Tonga Visa on arrival
9 Tuvalu Visa on arrival
10 Vanuatu Visa-free
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Benefits of a Turkish passport

Besides visa-free entry to 110 countries, a Turkish passport allows investors with a C-2 visa to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days, relocate to the US or provide a “safe haven” for themselves and their families.

Travelling to the Schengen area. Turkish passport holders can obtain a C-2 Schengen visa for up to 5 years. This visa is nonimmigrant — an investor can’t live or work with it in the Schengen area, but they can use it for travelling and business trips.

Open a business in the USA and relocate there with the whole family. Turkish passport holders can obtain an E-2 business visa: an investor opens or buys a company in the USA. The minimum investment threshold isn’t defined by law, but investors usually contribute $100,000 or more to their US business. 

With an E-2 visa, an investor can’t obtain a Green Card or American citizenship: E-2 is valid for five years with a right for renewal. To get a green card, an investor can change his visa to an immigrant type one: for example, if they invest $800,000 and become eligible for an EB-2 visa application. Unlike E-2, EB-2 provides opportunities for obtaining a Green Card and US citizenship.

Turkish citizens obtain B-1/B-2 visas for ten years — these visas allow travelling and business trips to the US. They apply for it and pass the interview in Istanbul or Ankara.

“Safe haven”. Investors with a Turkish passport can visit Turkey whenever they want — it’s precious in case of a political crisis, epidemic or threat to the safety of family members.

How to get a Turkish passport by investment

Investors obtain citizenship by investing $400,000+ in Turkey’s economy:

  1. Real estate purchase — $400,000 and more.
  2. Business investments — $500,000 and more.
  3. Opening a bank deposit — $500,000 and more.
  4. Purchase of units in an investment fund — $500,000 and more.
  5. Purchase of government bonds — $500,000 and more.

Purchase of real estate. Investors buy an apartment or commercial property, a piece of land, or a share in a real estate project. After three years of owning, an investor can sell the object and return his money. Most program participants choose this option: after several years, the cost of property may grow up to 25% or even double.

Make business investments in the capital stock of a Turkish company. An investor can do so or establish his own company. In case of opening the company, at least 50 jobs must be created. After three years, an investor can sell the business.

When an investor opens a deposit, he can save money in any currency accepted by Turkish banks. The average rate on deposits in 2022 is 12,5% on lira and 2—3% on euro and dollar deposits. As in previous options, an investor can withdraw money after three years.

Buying units in an investment fund allows an investor to earn passive income. After three years of owing, an investor can return his money.

After buying government bonds, an investor preserves assets for three years and then can sell them. 

To obtain Turkish citizenship by investment program, an investor buys real estate, submits personal, real estate and other documents, and passes the governmental check — Due Diligence.

Obtaining Turkey citizenship takes 6—8 months

1
1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence


Immigrant Invest conducts the check. It lowers the risk of citizenship denial to 1%
2
2 to 4 weeks
Preparation of documents


Immigrant Invest lawyers provide the investor with a list of personal and financial documents
3
2 to 4 weeks
Purchase of real estate along with preparation of documents
Our real estate department selects properties that meet the investor’s requirements
4
5 to 6 weeks
Preparation of documents for real estate

Our lawyers help to get a certificate of ownership and a VAT exemption of 0% per transaction
5
3 to 4 months
Governmental Due Diligence check

Specialists study the investor’s documents, check information about him and his family in international databases
6
at least 2 days
Obtaining a passport


An investor receives at a Turkish embassy or a consulate in another country

Frequently Asked Questions

How many countries can Turkish passport holders go to without a visa?

Turkish passport holders can visit 110 countries without visas:

  • 72 are visa-free;
  • 35 issue visas on arrival;
  • 3 countries require getting electronic ones in advance.
Can Turkish citizens travel to the USA without a visa?

Turkish citizens obtain B-1 or B-2 visas for travelling and business trips to the US. They apply for it and pass the interview in Istanbul or Ankara.

How to get a Turkish passport through an investment program?

Investors obtain citizenship by investing $400 000+ in Turkey’s economy:

  1. Buying real estate — $400 000 and more.
  2. Making business investments — $500 000 and more.
  3. Opening a deposit — $500 000 and more.
  4. Buying of units in an investment fund — $500 000 and more.
  5. Buying of government bonds — $500 000 and more.
Can Turkish citizens travel to the Schengen area without a visa?

Turkish passport holders can obtain a C-2 Schengen visa for five years. This visa is nonimmigrant — an investor can’t live or work with it in the Schengen area, but he can use it for travelling and business trips.

How long does obtaining Turkish citizenship by investment program take?

The purchase of real estate is the most popular option in the Turkish citizenship by investment program. The registration process usually takes 6—8 months:

  1. Preliminary Due Diligence — 1 day.
  2. Preparation of documents — 2 to 4 weeks
  3. Purchase of real estate — 2 to 4 weeks, along with preparation of documents.
  4. Preparation of documents for real estate — 5 to 6 weeks.
  5. Governmental check Due Diligence — 3 to 4 months.
  6. Obtaining a passport — 2 days.

 

Visa-free countries with Turkish passport

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