6.3 million visitors get Turkish visa in 2015

6.3 million visitors get Turkish visa in 2015

More than 6.3 million foreigners obtained a Turkish visa in 2015 using e-Visa - Electronic Visa System, according to data obtained from Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

A total of 7,232,322 people applied for a visa through the e-Visa system in 2015, while some 87% of all applications were accepted, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 25. The e-Visa figures showed a 17.4% increase in 2015 compared with the previous year. On average 17,379 e-Visas were granted daily in 2015. It was also reported that $140.66 million in visa fees was collected.

Citizens of the UK, Iraq, Netherlands, Poland and Belgium, many of whom own a property in Turkey, were granted the most visas in 2015.

Individuals are able to apply for e-Visas on “evisa” in about three minutes on average. The e-Visa helps eliminate queues at border gates and airports.

Tourist and commercial visas can be obtained in the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s offices abroad, at border gates and as well as on e-Visa application system.