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June 5, 2024
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Visa-free countries with a Turkish passport

As of June 2024, the Turkish passport allows its holder to enter 126 countries without applying for a visa, including 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.

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Visa-Free Countries With 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 66 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

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

The eTA, or the 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 eTA submission.

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 126 countries:

  • 66 are visa-free;

  • 37 issue visas on arrival;

  • 23 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

Europe

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

Moldova

Visa-free

7

Montenegro

Visa-free

8

North Macedonia

Visa-free

9

Russia

eTA

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

Bhutan

eTA

3

Brunei

Visa-free

4

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

5

Indonesia

Visa on arrival

6

Japan

Visa-free

7

Kazakhstan

Visa-free

8

Kyrgyzstan

Visa-free

9

Laos

Visa on arrival

10

Malaysia

Visa-free

11

The Maldives

Visa on arrival

12

Mongolia

Visa-free

13

Myanmar (Burma)

eTA

14

Nepal

Visa on arrival

15

Pakistan

eTA

16

The Philippines

Visa-free

17

Singapore

Visa-free

18

South Korea

eTA

19

Sri Lanka

eTA

20

Tajikistan

Visa-free

21

Thailand

Visa-free

22

Timor-Leste

Visa on arrival

23

Uzbekistan

Visa-free

24

Vietnam

eTA

Africa

Country

Conditions of entry

1

Angola

Visa-free

2

Benin

eTA

3

Botswana

Visa-free

4

Burkina Faso

Visa on arrival

5

Burundi

Visa on arrival

6

Cameroon

eTA

7

Cape Verde Islands

Visa on arrival

8

Comoros

Visa on arrival

9

Congo — Kinshasa

eTA

10

Côte d’Ivoire

eTA

11

Djibouti

eTA

12

Egypt

Visa on arrival

13

Equatorial Guinea

Visa-free

14

Eswatini

Visa-free

15

Ethiopia

eTA

16

Gabon

Visa-free

17

The Gambia

Visa-free

18

Guinea

eTA

19

Guinea-Bissau

Visa on arrival

20

Kenya

eTA

21

Lesotho

eTA

22

Libya

Visa on arrival

23

Madagascar

Visa on arrival

24

Malawi

eTA

25

Mauritania

Visa on arrival

26

Mauritius

Visa-free

27

Morocco

Visa-free

28

Mozambique

Visa on arrival

29

Namibia

Visa on arrival

30

Nigeria

eTA

31

Rwanda

Visa on arrival

32

Sao Tome and Principe

Visa-free

33

Senegal

Visa on arrival

34

Seychelles

Visa-free

35

Sierra Leone

Visa on arrival

36

Somalia

Visa on arrival

37

South Africa

Visa-free

38

South Sudan

eTA

39

Sudan

Visa on arrival

40

Tanzania

Visa on arrival

41

Togo

Visa on arrival

42

Tunisia

Visa-free

43

Uganda

eTA

44

Zambia

Visa on arrival

45

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

Dominica

Visa-free

5

The Dominican Republic

Visa-free

6

Haiti

Visa-free

7

Jamaica

Visa-free

8

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Visa-free

9

Saint Lucia

Visa-free

10

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Visa-free

11

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa-free

Middle East

Country

Conditions of entry

1

Armenia

Visa on arrival

2

Bahrain

eTA

3

Iran

Visa-free

4

Jordan

Visa-free

5

Kuwait

Visa on arrival

6

Lebanon

Visa on arrival

7

Oman

Visa on arrival

8

Qatar

Visa on arrival

Oceania

Country

Conditions of entry

1

Australia

eTA

2

Fiji

Visa-free

3

The Marshall Islands

Visa on arrival

4

Micronesia

Visa-free

5

Palau

Visa on arrival

6

Samoa

Visa on arrival

7

Tonga

Visa on arrival

8

Tuvalu

Visa on arrival

9

Vanuatu

Visa-free

How to get a Turkish passport by investment

Investors obtain Turkish 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 apartments, commercial properties or plots of land. 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.

Individual cost calculation of the Turkey citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the Turkey citizenship

How to obtain Turkey citizenship

To obtain Turkey citizenship by investment, a foreigner buys real estate, submits personal, real estate and other documents, and passes the governmental check — Due Diligence.

Generally, obtaining Turkey citizenship takes 6—8 months and consists of several steps.

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

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 you 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 them and their family in international databases.

6

At least 2 days

Obtaining a passport

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

3 benefits of a Turkish passport

Besides visa-free entry to 126 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.

1. 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.

2. 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 their 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.

3. “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.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for citizenship and residence by investment programs in the EU, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East. Take advantage of our global 15-year expertise — schedule a meeting with our investment programs experts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Turkish passport holders can visit 126 countries without visas:

    • 66 are visa-free;

    • 37 issue visas on arrival;

    • 23 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 they can use it for travelling and business trips.

  • How long does obtaining Turkish citizenship by investment program take?

    Real estate purchase is the most popular option in the Turkey 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.