Turkey had stopped the E Visa facility for the nationals of Iraq, after the ISIL militants kidnapped 46 Turkish nationals and three staff members from the Mosul consulate on the 11th June 2014, this was a day after the terrorist group ISIL took control of Iraq’s second largest city.
The 46 Turkish nationals who were held hostage by the ISIL were freed and brought back to Turkey on the 20th September 2014. Following the release of these 46 hostages, the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Mr. Faruk Kaymakci said in a written statement on the 2nd Oct 2014, that the Iraqi nationals will again be able to apply for the Turkey E Visa online for their travel to Turkey. They will no longer have to wait for an approval to enter Turkey via the Ibrahim Khalil border which is the crossing point between Turkey and Iraq.
After the E Visa facility resumed, excitement is seen among the tourists. The Turkish tourism industry is also expecting to overcome the losses which the industry incurred during the time of crises. Basaran Ulusoy, the president of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies said during a press conference that, It is expected that 42 million tourists will travel to Turkey by the end of the year and tourism revenues should reach $35 billion.
Passport holders of the eligible nations can apply for an ETA for Turkey and the document needed to apply for the E Visa are also very less, compared to old visa type for which travelers had to visit the Embassy and spend their time standing in long queues. Well, if the traveler is applying for the Visa online, he can easily get it approved in 24-48 hours by just providing his/her passport details and some processing fees. ETA visa is electronically attached to the applicant’s passport after the approval, An email is sent with the E Visa in a PDF format, which the passport holder can keep in his/her passport when traveling to Turkey. Thus the passport holder does not have to get the Visa stamped on their passport. There are many nationalities which enjoy the facility of VOA or Visa on Arrival at the Turkish Airport, but it is always advisable to check and cross verify the information before the travel date.
There are numerous websites which provide the service of applying the Turkey E Visa on their customer’s behalf and also provide certain services and benefits, However we recommend you to be sure and go through the terms & conditions of that particular website to save yourself from online fraud and get your E Visa on time.