How to Get a Turkish Tourist Visa from the Philippines

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(Updated October 2017)

 

Philippine passport holders, like me, would need a Turkish visa to enter Turkey.  Before the trip, I was looking through the internet on how to do this from the Philippines.  And here’s what I have learned…there is very little information about the application process and requirements, and whatever little information is available, is mostly outdated.  Which is why I’m providing this information here, for all those Filipinos wanting to visit Turkey and needing a Turkish tourist visa.

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Turkish tourist visa from the Philippines

There are two ways to apply for Turkish tourist visa:

 

1. Apply e-visa online through www.evisa.gov.tr. This is the easiest way to get a Turkish visa.  However, in order to be eligible to apply for a tourist e-visa, you must satisfy the following requirements listed:

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If you have a valid visa or residence permit from any one of the Schengen countries, or you have a valid US, UK or Ireland visa, then getting a Turkish e-visa will be a breeze.  Just follow through the instructions online and fill up the required fields.  After this, you’ll be prompted to pay online.  The cost is 20 USD.  After payment, your e-visa can then be downloaded.  Print your e-visa and bring on your trip, along with your other travel documents.  Make sure that you satisfy all the pre-requisites and that you can show your valid Schengen, US or UK visa during your travel.

 

2. If you do not qualify for an e-visa application, you have to apply for a sticker visa (meaning the normal visa that will be stamped on your passport) at the Turkish embassy. Address of the embassy in the Philippines is below:

2268 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village Makati City, 1222 Philippines

The gate to Dasmariñas Village can be reached just as you get down from MRT Magallanes station (you have to cross, if coming from North Avenue or going southbound).

Before going to the embassy, you should already have submitted an online application form and have scheduled appointment.  These can be done through this website: www.visa.gov.tr

Do not attempt to go to the embassy without a confirmation e-mail of online appointment.  The guard at the Dasmariñas village gate will not let you in the village without proof of appointment confirmation.

 

Here are the steps to submitting a pre-application for sticker Turkish tourist visa:

 

a. Go to visa.gov.tr.

b. At the upper center portion, select Philippines in the “Select Country” drop down list. Then select Turkish Embassy in Manila in the “Select Mission” field.  Next, in the “Make Appointment” beside “Select Mission” field, choose Visa Pre-Application for Foreign Citizens.

c. Part 1: Nationality and Visa Details. Carefully complete the required information, then Save and Proceed.

d. Part 2: Personal Information.  If you are eligible for an e-visa, you can click, “Proceed with e-visa” and you will be directed to www.evisa.gov.tr.  Otherwise, click “Continue online form”.

e. Carefully read the Visa Conditions, as follows, and check “I agree with the statements above.” Completely fill-up your personal details.

 

f. After clicking Save and Proceed, you will get this message:

An e-mail will be sent to the email address you indicated, providing you with a Reference Code.  Copy the code and input this to the Reference No. box.

g. Part 3: Contact Information. Completely fill-up all required fields.

h. Part 4: Travel Information. Completely fill-up all required fields.

i. Part 5: Required Documents. Prepare the required documents for a Tourist Visa, as listed above. You will need e-copies of these for uploading in their online system.  Upload the required documents in the “upload documents” page. An acceptable biometric photo is a 2×2 ID photo on a white background.

As indicated in Step e, those applying with sponsor from Turkey should have an invitation letter, with the required information. Other supporting documents from the sponsor could include:

– bank statement

– salary payrolls

– certificate of employment

h. Verify your details and then click Submit.  Download and print your Visa Pre-Application form in pdf format. You need to bring and submit this to the embassy on your scheduled appointment, together with the supporting documents.

In case you haven’t finished and submitted your application, you can later save your uncompleted application form and retrieve your encoded details.  To retrieve this, you can go to “Application/Appointment Status” and enter your Application Reference Number. This is the same reference code emailed to you in Step f.

i. After online submission, you can now schedule for an appointment at the Turkish Embassy in Manila, also through their website. You will see a link for this after your online submission. You will receive an email confirmation of your online application and selected appointment date. Print this, as well, to show the guard at the Dasmariñas village gate and at the Turkish embassy guard.

Bring your printed Application Form, email confirmation of appointment and one set of all the required documents (original and photocopy) and your 2 x 2 photo, at the date of your appointment.

j. Be present at the Dasmariñas village gate at least 30 minutes before your appointment date. If you have a car and a non-resident of the village or arrive through taxi, you will not be able to get through the gate because only the designated service vehicle inside the village is allowed to take you to the embassy.

Dasmariñas village is home to embassies of other countries other than Turkey, like India, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.  The shuttle service is for all visitors to these embassies.  The shuttle will first take you to the Dasmariñas village administrative office, for you to pay Php 150 (roundtrip).  Expensive, huh?! That’s the way it is! After all, you’re inside the rich and famous’ village.  It is, hence, important to always check that you bring ALL requirements with you.  Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for the transport service each time you go back to the embassy.  The Turkish embassy only accepts visa applicants from 9 to 11 AM.

As for me, aside from the standard requirements, I was asked for my friend’s Turkish e-visa and copy of his passport and visa page (US, Schengen, Ireland or UK).  The consul asked who I’m going with and when she learned that my friend already has an e-visa, she required me to show and submit her the additional documents.

i. Once all documents are accepted, you will be asked to pay for the visa fee, which is 60 USD for single entry tourist visa. A claim stub indicating the date of visa release will be provided. In my case, I got my visa after 7 working days.  Some visa applicants I chatted with informed me that visa processing time varies from 3 days to one week.

That’s it! I hope this information helps you with securing a Turkish tourist visa. Good luck!

If you need a sample Turkey itinerary, check out my 14-day Turkey itinerary here.

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337 thoughts on “How to Get a Turkish Tourist Visa from the Philippines

  1. B

    Hello! Just wanted to ask how far away your appointment was from the date of submission? We just found out that we have to get a sticker visa (we thought a Japan visa is still acceptable for e-visa. Apparently not anymore. :() and the schedule’s a bit tight with the 10 working day processing time. Thank you! 🙂

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi! Yes,they used to honor visa from OECD countries. I was given a release date a week after I submitted the application. You will be provided the date of release on the day you submit complete papers. Good luck!

      1. Lovely

        hi. How about if you have no friend there? You just want to have a tour there by yourself. Is that okay? Is it really required to have an invitation?

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hi Jayvee. Kumuha lang ako ng travel insurance after ma-approve ng visa. You can compare prices and coverages or inquire/purchase online from Pacific Cross, Mapfre Insular, Axa or BPI Travel Insurance.

          1. Verojane C.Dulay

            Hi ,can i ask question do i need appointment if we report my child birth in philippines.his father is turkish.can you help what are their requirments for my son?

          2. findingjing Post author

            Hi po! All Turkish visa applications will need appointment po. As for the requirements, sorry, I can’t answer your question po as I only have experience getting tourist visa. What kind of visa do you plan to apply po?

    2. Sheila Sembrano

      Hi jing! I’m just wondering if the PSA Birth Certificate have to be a fresh document? or one released last 2016 would be okay? looking forward to hearing from you! <3 xxx

      1. findingjing Post author

        Hi Sheila! Not sure about the embassy’s rule on this but it wouldn’t hurt I guess to request a new one with the PSA stamp. One copy lang naman ang kelangan. 🙂

        1. Tikya

          Hi

          im planning to go to Turkey for 1 week travel..how much show money do i need for that before i get bank cert.

          hope to hear from you. thank you.

          1. Tikya

            Hi jing,

            Wala ako na receive na email confirmation nung appointment ko, pero pag inippen ko yung website nila, andun yung appointment schedule ko… Can i just take a screenshot? so i can show it to d guard?

  2. Jillian Gonzales

    thank you for this information. im far away from manila though and i’m going to have my visa application with the help of a travel agency. I have all the required documents needed. hopefully i can get a visa too.

      1. Jillian

        Sory i forgot the travel agency that i went to but they wont do more help than just assisting to see if you have all the needed documents. Unfortunately you have to personally be there at the embassy since the secretary will ask you some questions. Make sure to have an appointment letter printed out.
        Ps. If this is your first time to travel abroad theres a very minimal chance of getting a turk visa. Hope this helps.

    1. Nanie Catadman

      We have been issued a Schengen visa last year and is already expired(good for 15 days only) Can we use it to support our application for a evisa for Turkey? We planned to travel to Istanbul then Europe early next year.

  3. soithinkicanblog

    Great Info!

    I just had a questions with regards the biometric photo. All my other documents are successfully uploaded but the biometric photo..It’s a 2×2 inch in dimension. I have uploaded it for a number of times already but not successful. I’m wondering if do they have specific instructions as to, not smiling in the photo etc. because i cant find it in their website.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! I did the same with the biometric photo, also uploaded a 2×2 inch size photo. I checked their website and it appears to have been updated from the time I wrote this blog. I remember they have a side note at the right of the page about biometric photo guidelines and the instructions are quite the same as for any other passport photos (clear image, full face visible, correct white balance, etc.). I checked my visa application form (can be downloaded after you submit successfully online) and the size of the photo is about 5×6 cm cropped version of the 2×2 photo I submitted online. You can probably try resizing your photo to this dimension for online uploading. But the actual photos I submitted at the embassy office is the 2×2 photo.

      I hope this helps. 🙂

      1. soithinkicanblog

        I have finally uploaded it. hehe

        Apparently, it doesn’t accept anything that I have resized in photoshop but when i tried resizing it in Paint, it finally uploaded. Weird. Thanks to you!

        Just one more thing, I am planning to go backpacking for 2 weeks in Turkey on July, do you have a sample itinerary of your trip with the costs? 🙂

        1. findingjing Post author

          Weird nga.hehe.Glad that finally did it. Sure,I can share my itinerary and costs with you. I can probably send you by this weekend as I don’t have my files with me right now.

      2. Ronalyn

        Hi im planning to visit my fiancee in turkey this november. what documents would be needed for applying a tourist visa? Your reply would be appreciated

        1. Michelle

          Hi ronalyn.. Me too,, i was planning to visit my boyfriend in turkey but i do not know how to start..i’m hoping somebody help us…

          1. findingjing Post author

            Hi Ronalyn and Michelle! Sorry for not replying sooner. The procedure and requirements for the application are indicated in this article. Feel free to ask should you need other information not discussed therein.

          2. Gezel

            Hello.im planning also to visit someone in turkey. And im looking for a travel agency to help me. Do u know someone? Thank u

  4. marika

    Hi jing, how long did it take for you to recieve the email confirmation for the schedule, because we already did schedule but have not recieved the email yet thank you

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! I remember receiving the confirmation immediately after submission. Do you still have your reference code? I’m not sure about this but maybe you can retry submitting your saved data.

      1. Cherry

        Hi
        I have a working visa from turkey and i sm planning to go for vication in philippines what is the requirement to back to turkey.do i need sticker

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hi Cherry! Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question as I only have experience with getting tourist visa from the Philippines. Will your working visa still be valid until you go back to Turkey from the Philippines? You can probably seek assistance from your employer and the Philippine embassy in Turkey.

  5. Lulu

    Hi! Your post is amazing! I’ve been searching for months! The latest I could google was 3 years ago then luckily, I stumbled on your blog. Thank you very much! I will apply next week! 😀

    1. findingjing Post author

      Thanks! I know, I experienced the same thing when I applied this year. The first time I went, I only got as far as the village’s gate because I don’t have appointment and didn’t know the procedures. Good luck on your application. 🙂

  6. Aisha

    Hi jing, just wanted to ask i already got my appointment and went to embassy they took my documents and gave me a receipt indicating the release of my visa , they told me to check my email when i can take my visa but usually itll take 3-4 weeks , does that mean my application is accepted?will it actually takes 3-4 weeks ? im just still bit nervous Thank you

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Aisha! Medyo iba yung naging procedure nung sa akin. March this year lang ako nag-apply. They gave the receipt/ claim stub which indicates the date when I should return to the embassy. Ngayon pala via email na para malaman yung release date. I can’t really tell if that means the application is approved. Meron kasi akong nakasabay, sabay kami ng schedule of (supposed) release. Unfortunately, disapproved daw yung tourist visa application niya. But she thinks that was because she is unemployed that time, may mag-sponsor daw sana sa kanya. The timeline from the time they accepted my documents to the visa release was 5 working days. I wish you good luck on your application. 🙂

      1. Aisha

        Oh i see .. Thank you .. Mejo worried parin kasi ako, 1 month dn ba ung sa claim stub mo ? Or really 5 days lang ? I just applied last aug 18 and according sa receipt ko i can get my visa on sept 19. I applied here in kuala lumpur since my job is here and i have invitation letter from turkey.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Ah, kaya pala mas matagal kasi sa KL galing yung application. Hehe. Yes, 5 (working) days yung sa akin, pero sa embassy sa Magallanes ako dumiretso. If the receipt says you can claim the visa on that date, then let’s keep a positive mind that you’re visa will be or has been approved. 🙂

          1. Aisha

            OMG! hopefully thank you jing your blog is really helpful, ive been searching for months for an updated blog regarding on applying turkish visa. XD..ang tagal nga lang nung sakin 3-4 weeks pa bgo marelease :/

  7. Wena

    Hi Jing! I applied for a tourist visa to Turkey as well, I completed all requirements and was also given a claim stub dated 2 weeks from the day i applied. When I went back to claim it, what i saw is a very small stamp on my passport indicating the date i applied for the visa. so i really cannot tell if i was approved or not. I was thinking na dapat naka indicate sa visa yung date of entry and kung how many days ako…am i rightt? i was calling the consulate to seek clarification pero no one’s picking up. I hope you can help me…my flight it ever is on Sept 10 already.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! The size of my sticker visa was almost a full page of the passport, with duration of validity. I am not sure about the small stamp, but it is best to clarify with them personally. I hope you’ll have the approval soon.

    2. Jillian Gonzales

      Hi wena. I also got the same small stamp with a date after i applied for visa. I wasnt able to clarify why i got this to the embassy, coz my travel agent claimed my passport for me. The agent told me that the embassy didnt give visa but there was no reason why. For sure my documents are complete. Oh and i applied last july. After that i cancelled my tickets.

    3. Jillian Gonzales

      Hi wena, I also have the same experience as you. my documents were complete i have sponsors my turkish bf and my parents also i work as a virtual assistant. I was given a claim stub then on the release date they returned my passport and had a small stamp on my visa with a date. Do you have any updates? I wasnt able to clarify it to the embassy since my travel agent claimed it for me. unfortunately i bought my tickets already after that incident i cancelled everything. oh an i applied last july 2016

  8. Nestor Angelus (@nestlydelcarmen)

    Hi Jing! Ask ko lang, had you booked an airfare tickets before getting Turkey visa or nag reserve ka lang ng airfare tickets? If you did reserve, what airline? I am thinking kasi baka mamaya madeny, sayang naman ung airfare tickets.. Also, may tour package ka ba or DIY lang? If DIY, can you share your itinerary with me para may mapag refer-an ako. Thank you 🙂

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi po. Yes, I had a confirmed booking on Qatar airways when I applied for the visa. Yung transfers po namin from one city/region to the next ay DIY lang po. Some days, we went for a one-day tour kasi mas makakamura po kami. For Istanbul po DIY lang lahat. Send me your email po sa info@findingjing.com, I can share my itinerary.

      1. Annalyn BUnales

        Hi jing! My fiancee inviting me to visit his family is Turkey. And I applied tourist visa. Tomorrow is my schedule to claim it. I just confused right coz when I check the status of my viss online. It’s saying that under process of being completed. Well hope they approved my visa.

  9. yang

    Hi Jing. I cant apply personally po. Pwede po bang ang mag-lodge ng application ko at mag-appear sa embassy ay yung friend ko? salamat po.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Yang, sorry I can’t give precise answer to your question. I’m not sure whether they accept proxies. Normally po kasi personal appearance is a requirement. Otherwise, it has to be an accredited travel agency to apply on your behalf. You may call the embassy po para sure.

  10. len

    hi ,

    ask ko sana reagrding dun sa pagprint ng applciation form online, nung pinrint ko na kasi ung form, ung picture halos sobra liit lang, kailangan ba dun sa printed applcation form, dapat 2×2 din ung printed size ng photo ?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Len. ang tanda ko po ay hindi naman saktong 2×2 yung print size. Bring the original 2×2 po na ini-scan nyo for the application. Hihingin din naman po nila yun.

  11. Oguz

    Hello Jing , first of all thank you for all information you present and nice thoughts about my country Turkey , ı need a little help from you and anybody who reads this , my gf is from Philipinnes and she wants to visit Turkey to see my family and me 🙂 . I sent an invitation letter to her and she aplied for visa 3 weeks ago . Last friday she went to embassy to get back her passport but unfortunately she was denied 🙁 ,worst thing is we had already bought ticket .

    And there is a girl there who is really unkind , her name is Gladys , Anyways i wanna ask how do you get a tourist visa ? how much money should she has in her bank account ? or she should ask for help from an travel agency ? what do you suggest ?

    Thank you very much for reply

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi! Thanks for your message. I don’t know your circumstances but did the embassy tell your gf why the visa was denied? The e-visa site indicates at least $50/day of stay pocket money. If the trip will be sponsored, additional documents would be that attesting the sponsor’s income status. I have applied for a tourist visa just once and for me, it’s best to seek advise from a travel agent. Good luck and all the best!

      1. Jan

        hi Jing I have the same experience with Oguz. I applied also for tourist visa last June 2018 with original invitation Stamp in turkey of my turkish friend together all his docs and bank docs and ID. We are friends for more than 2yrs. He is married in turkey but legally separated he is always visit me here in Manila for 3times in a yr to explore and know about philippines. That’s y he wants me also to see the turkey. when I apply a visa we go to embassy togther with my turkish friend we gave all his docs and my docs fr work. They never ask anything about our docs. Specially him they don’t interview. The lady just get the docs and 60$Fee that’s it. She gave me stamp after 10workings days when I come back i get deny. And my friend so disappointed about the visa. And now 6 mons ago he wants me to reapply again but without his documents. I will apply using my own docs. But I have only less than 3,000€ in my account I saved that money from my 12yrs work in my previous company. Now I am working different company but under agency an I am earning like basic salary since I am new like almost 2yrs under agency. I don’t have properties under my name.
        The question is do u think I can get the visa now if I will reapply again????, since I’m earning like basic salary per month, although I have 3000€ in Bank. No properties under my name.
        And do u think that’s y I get denied at first time because my friend is married in turkey? That’s y now I have to reapply without his documents.
        Hope I can get response.
        Thanks and advance…

          1. findingjing Post author

            Hello! Sorry po i only applied visa once so honestly, di ko po masagot yung tanong nyo about your chances of being approved. Ang nakalagay po sa evisa application, at least 50 usd per day ang dapat maipakita as proof of capacity to pay for own travel,so you can use that as initial basis. You can try po applying without sponsorship.

  12. Maria valerie

    Good day po miss jing,mag aaplt po ako ng toyristvisa sa turkey atmay nagsponsor po sa akin yung bf ko po, yung concern ko lang po anu ba kailangan ko ipasa na documents? Kailangan ko pa ba ng employment cert orhindi na? Yung pera ko sa banko ay 60k lang,ok na ba yun? I need your advise po.thanks

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Roxie! I paid for my travel insurance after securing the visa. However, I already asked quotations from travel insurance providers and I attached one of this in my application documents. I don’t know if that helped but you can say that you’ll get the insurance after getting a visa.

  13. Mercy Kay Talao

    Hi Jing, i just wanna ask if what is the right name of embassy to put in the bank cert. im afraid kasi na baka magkamali ako sa pag request sa bank.thank you

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello Ayla. I did not have a sponsor pero ito yung in-email sa akin after masubmit yung application online, para sa mga dadalhin sa embassy sa appointment date:

      Do not forget to bring the following documents with you!

      1. Visa Application Form
      2. Biometric Photo
      3. Documents attesting to the income status of the applicant and inviting person
      4. Flight Reservation
      5. Hotel Booking or Invitation
      6. Supporting document on the applicant’s commitment to return (Land registry, business certificate, salary table, bank account statement)

      1. Rox

        Hi jing yung number, what kind of document is that? Para sa walang sponsor? At yung supporting documents, un b yung kung anu lang available na merun ka?

        1. findingjing Post author

          Yan yung nareceive ko sa email, no sponsor. For documents attesting to income status, I submitted my annual ITR. Then yung supporting docs, I submitted my bank statement.

  14. Joan

    Hi po.. Tanong lng po ako.. May online form na po ako at na fillup ko na din lahat at ung mga ducuments po.. After appoiment po di cla nag email sa confirmation i only got the confirmation if i check reference number..

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Joan. Did u receive email na may nakalagay na confirmation ng appointment? Yun ang ipiprint at ipapakita sa guard. If not, try rechecking your online application kung na-submit na.

  15. Sela

    Hi guys FYI lang po in US dollar na ang payment ng Turkish visa. 60 usd for tourist. Kindly bring payment in USD. Starting January 2017. Papabalikan ka pa nila if wala kang dalang dollar

      1. ayla kapili

        kapag po ba pangalawang punta na sa turkey malaki po ba ang chance na mabigyan ng visa and ilang months po kya?ung una q po kc apply na nbigyan aq ng viaa eh last year sa oman po aq nag apply.

        1. Kylie

          Hi Joan,

          Is your VISA approved? im really worried altho im holding a JAPAN multiple entry visa at may mga sdtamp din old and new passport ko,

  16. Jocelyn

    Hi. Guys,, i have a question for sure, based po s experience nio.. Thanks ms.jing,,

    I have turkish bf, he will sent me an invation letter, then i ask if had invation how much to spend, then what are requirements? How many days process? And kelangan po b ng show money khit may invation n.. Ano p need iprovide ng bf ko pra isahang process nlng.. Slamat and God bless guys..

    Jhoe

  17. Michelle lynn Yuro

    Hi,there ask ko lang po,i am planning to go to Turkey with my Bf,..Need pa talaga nila yung booking ng hotel as a requirement?Kasi may sa Yacht lang ksi ako ng bf mo magstay.Ang hirap ksi magpaliwanag na iba ung treatment if you are holding a Philippine passport,e compare nya kasi sa akin ung passpprt nya sa Iceland na easy lang sa knya magtravel..

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Michelle. Sorry for the late reply. My suggestion is to get a booking that you can cancel for free, or you can just explain that to the embassy officer who will interview you when you submit the application.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Rori! I don’t have a solid basis for this but I think 90 days before the travel should be fine. If you’re taking the e-visa application, I think they give 6 months validity for short stays. However, for the application lodged at the embassy, as for mine, they granted me validity dates that are exactly the same period as with my plane ticket itinerary. Just to be sure, submit docs (e.g. bank statements) that are fresh from the date you will apply.

      1. Rori

        Thank you for replying! My schengen visa is already expired so I’m planning to apply at the embassy! Btw, did you already buy your ticket at the Qatar Airways prior to your application or did you just reserve it? Thanks!

  18. Anne

    Hi hello po..iba na talaga ngayon..nag apply ako noong feb.6 for tourist visa to turkey at pagbigay ko sa mga requirements agad kinuha at nag ask sa akin ung lady na nag work ba daw ako ..sabi ko wla na, dati nagwork ako, un lng tapos na, masungit ung lady don prepare lng kayo sa kanya heheh..tapos binigyan niya ako nag papel para sa release date. Feb.20 tinawagan ng bf jo ang embassy kung ok na ba or aprove ba o hindi..di nila sinasabi kailangan daw andun ako at tyaka ko lng malalaman..eh layu kami nasa negros.so may pinsan ako sa manila at nkiusap ako sa kanya na cya lng kukuha..at yon..denied ang visa ko..ngtanong pinsan ko kung bakit..eh wlang sagot bigla lng tumalikod..at ung turkish kay doon mabait talaga yon..tumakbo at hinabol pinsan ko..sabi eh masmabuti kasal daw kami sa bf ko mas maaaprove daw talaga..at sabi pa na in one month wla daw cyang narinig na inaaproved ung visa na tourist visa..

  19. jelai

    Just want to add that day to day itinerary is needed as well as NSO Birth Certificate
    And yes, payment will have to be 60 in US Dollars

    1. mel

      Hi miss Jelai ask ko lang sana if was it this year yan na new requirements add-on? Am going to apply for visa again kasi.. last year walang requirements so far na add on day to day itin.. Thanks. 🙂

  20. Tin

    Hi Jing! Is medical insurance required? If yes, may recommendation ka ba for this? kung saan pwede mag apply na ang cover lang is temporary, during the stay lang. Thanks! Regards

  21. romanticwish

    Hi, im planning to apply a turkish visa and i have a sponsor. Ive travelled in Asutralia before, will this be a good chance of getting a visa? I would also like to asked since one of their requirement Is the COE, my last COE was from my last job, is it okey to submit that docs? Im currently unemployed. Thanks jing. Would you also reccommend any travel agency? Thank you

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi! I only applied once and I honestly am not sure of the weight of factors for visa issuance such as capacity to fund travel and employment record. May sponsor ka naman po so the burden of proof of capacity to fund your travel will probably be more of your sponsor’s. But it also helps din yata if you are also employed,as reason naman for return. Wala rin po akong marecommend na travel agency as I did not used one po when I applied.

  22. James

    Hello. Just wanna reinforce the 60USD single entry payment as told by Jelai. And also, I read in the guard’s office in the embassy the need for a 30k euro travel insurance.

  23. lanz

    Hello po Ms. Jing,
    I’m working here at Turkey invite po ng employer ko yung husband ko gusto ko lang po malaman Un requirements and procedure para ma approved po un visa nya wla po work sa pinas I need your advice
    Thanks p.o.
    Lanz

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello Lanz! I’ve only tried applying for tourist visa without invitation/ sponsor so I’m afraid I cannot provide the complete list of requirements. I think yung requirements po ay makikita kapag nag fill-up na ng application online.

  24. Amy

    The Kabbalah string-wearing Filpino embassy staff there (not sure if she’s the consul) looks so miserable and unhappy in life, and just downright unpleasant and haughty to everyone. String is obviously not working to ward her off negative energies coz she’s a ball of negative aura herself, lol

  25. Kylie

    Hi Jing,

    I love reading this blog, im planning to apply, plan trip will be aug. help nman po sa daily itin pls and i would like to know also may ibang visa ba passport mo before you apply? What do you think are tge reasons kaya nadedeny visa sa turkey?

      1. Kylie

        Hi jing,

        Thanks for this, im planning 14 – 15 days din sana. Did you pre bookd your flight to Nevsehir Airport as well, plan ko n kc sana mag book ng ticket pero aug ko p plan pmunta. Mura kc ng ticket to istanbul can get 600usd round trip.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hi again. Yes, i already booked the local flights to Turkey as well. I used Turkish airlines and Pegasus Airlines sa local flights kasi mura sya relatively (U can check sa itinerary link, I included the cost).

          1. findingjing Post author

            Hi Tel! I applied in 2016 and payment was still in pesos. Other readers here who applied more recently have advised applicants to bring USD.

  26. Michelle lynn Yuro

    Hi ,its me again ask ko lang Jig if how many days yung binigay sayo for Turkish tourist visa?Try to book online kasi so i can fix my date sa booking ng airfare..I am confused nga sa requirements to ksi may police clearance from TRNC pa. I have to call the embassy in Manila where can i get it…Thanks

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Sakto sa arrival in Turkey and departure from Turkey yung binigay sa aking visa. I was not required the police clearance. How many days po ang plan nyo sa Turkey? I only have 14 days, di naman ako ni-require dati (March 2016).

  27. Phoebe

    Hello ms. Jing. I applied for the tourist visa as well but i really would like to stay for a month. Do you think they will give it to me? Plus i have read some comments that you will only know on the day of the date they gave you if you have been approved or not, If you have been denied, then what is the purpose of paying the $60 processing fee? Its like you’re paying for nothing really. Unless they give it back. Hoping for your help. Thank You

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Phoebe. I really can’t answer because it’s still the discretion of the embassy. The processing fee is unfortunately non-refundable. Even if they deny the applicants a visa, they still have to go over the same review process. It’s like that also, say for US visa. Anyway, good luck po onyour application. 🙂

        1. Kylie

          Hi Phoebe, were you able to get turkish visa?
          Im also worried kung ganon b cla kahigpit as us or schengen visa
          Im planning to visit turkey by aug as a tourist kc.
          Thanks

    1. Kylie

      Hi Ms. Rhea, when do you plan to visit Turkey? im planning to apply visa too for Aug 17 – 30 may ticket na ako pero i hope i will ba able to get a visa.
      baka mas madali kung group tour gusto mo sabay tayo apply visa?

  28. thewanderinggem

    Hi miss Jing. I was so happy reading your blog about visa processing to Turkey because I was reading some blogs and most of them were outdated. Anyway, I just want to know if itinerary and hotel reservation is required in the visa application. I used to work in Qatar before and came back to Philippines last November 2016. I am currently employed though here in the Philippines. My Turkish boyfriend (whom I met in Qatar) wants me to see his country and meet his family. He will obviously provide the accommodation. So I just wanna know if the embassy is strict on asking for hotel reservation and/or itinerary. Please… I really wanna know so that I don’t need to book a hotel.

    1. Rachiel

      Hello. We have same situation. But I am here in Kuwait and I am planning to come home in Philippines next month and apply turkey visa there. What visa did you take? Did turkish embassy have sponsor visa?

  29. Flordeliz Villavicencio

    Hi miss jing.. Im really glad sa pag shashare mo ng mga experiences mo while applying for turkish visa.. Thank you so much very informative at very helpful.. Just want to ask if i was invited by a turkiah national need pb na meron kme parehong bank certificates o pdeng sa kanya nlng manggagaling yun? Thank you so much

    1. iris oliva

      Hello po, ask ko po sana kung kailangang bumili na ng ticket or kahit reservation lang muna and pati sa hotel, kasi I’m thinking panu kung hindi magrant visa , sayang lang ticket and hotel. thank you in advance for your answer

  30. cheddy

    hi ms.jing!!
    i want to ask what if my Turkish husband is here in Philippines then he want me to go with him in turkey what are those possible requirements we should provide then. We are married only in islam and the embassy is not accepting me to apply for a husband visa..so i want to apply for tourist visa.. can you provide me for some details here’s my email add cheradeepadua@gmail.com

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Cheddy! Is your Turkish husband working in the Philippines or just visiting? If he’s working in Turkey, then I’ve already listed the possible documents that may be required for your Turkish husband, plus the requirements that you should be able to show.

      1. cheddy

        well actually he’s here in the Philippines he is also a resident here and we are living together.. anyway thank you for your response ..take care

  31. lynnbayocboc

    Hi there, its nice reading your blog….ask ko lang po about sa e- visa that can obtained online. I have a valid uk visa but will expire on june 21, and I’m planning to go to stanbul on june 17th until june 24th. I’m not sure what they mean about the validity of the visa. My uk visa will expire on june 21 but will stay stanbul until 24th. Do I’m still eligible to get an e-visa online? or It needs to be valid during my entire stay in turkey…Salamat po.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Thanks for reading 🙂 My understanding is that your UK visa should be valid during the duration of your intended travel. I know it would be late to suggest moving your travel dates earlier.

  32. Dear

    Hello co-tourist travelers hehe like me.. Tips lang sa requirements for this year para sa normal sticker visa (updated 2017).. so far i already applied twice and approved naman :)..
    1. Printed appointment page (yong may congratulations be on time atleast 15mins on your date you choose keme.
    2. Printed online application form of course.
    3. COE
    4. ITR
    5. Bank certificate not bank statement much better if 100k up (50k up if dami ng stamped passport mo)
    6. Bank account statement of the invitee
    7. ID and Payslip ng nag.invite sa’yo
    8. Confirmed flight ticket dapat may “eticket numbers”
    9. Hotel reservations not needed if invited ka (if not invited book thru third party site pay later free cancellation)
    10. Insurance..accredited like bluecross malayan
    11. 60usd not php currency
    12. NSO or yong PSA birthcert na ngayon
    13. Day to day itinerary (again bok your htls paylater free cx)
    14. 2×2 pic (2pcs)
    15. Ballpen haha kasi you are going to write something sa claim stub
    16. Passport front page lang photocopy
    17. Of course your passport bring it
    18. Dress presentably embassy yang pupuntahan mo hindi mall or palengke
    19. Smile.. Yes smile, say good am/pm. Gladys is strict talaga pero tactic din yan nila na stiff yong pag.apply pabalik-balik dahil alam mo na “money”..yong fare sa shuttle haha.
    20. Sa pic pa la pag.upload online di sya 2×2, visa schengen sya na size.
    Hope these helps para same day lang process.
    Normal application lang to..if you are unemployed walang coe or itr mahirap, big chance declined pero try lang even if may bank cert ka pa. 🙂

    1. findingjing Post author

      Haha! super thanks for this, dear! You’ve listed a pretty comprehensive list of things to prepare and do for Turkish visa application. Will update my blog to include whatever’s missing in my blog. And yes…always wear a SMILE. 🙂

      1. MarzWander

        Hello Dear. I will apply for visa for my travel on Aug 10. Gano katagal ngayon ang processing? Nakareserve ako ng flight til July 11 with reference number, tatanggapin ba sya? At regarding sa itinerary, does anyone have a sample that can be used for visa application? Nag iisip kasi ako kung kukuha nalang ng 11-day tour at kung may mga need n internal flight, kelangan din nila ng tickets para dun? Please help. First time ko din kasi mg apply for a tourist visa.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hello MarzWander! I applied in March 2016 and the processing took 5 working days. Yes, you can use your reserved flight booking for visa application. Here’s my sample itinerary for 14 days http://findingjing.com/14-days-turkey-itinerary/. You can modify based on your preferences. For internal flights, I already purchased before I applied the visa. May nakita kasi akong murang fare (Php 800 plus one-way, Pegasus Airlines). Pero yun nga, I took the risk here kasi wla pa akong visa when I purchased. If you’re getting the tour package, you can just submit the itinerary from the tour operator. Most likely,domestic flights or transfers/land transpo is included naman yata sa package, so you don’t have to show domestic air tickets. Hope this helps. 🙂

          1. MarzWander

            Thank you Jing! I am currently unemployed. Do I need to submit my latest ITR? Would it be okay if bank certificate lang masubmit ko for the income status nd to support my tourist visit?

          2. findingjing Post author

            Yes, you can submit your ITR, better if you have for 2016. Also submit your bank certificate. Being employed will be to your favor but you can still try as long as you can prove you or your host, kung meron, can support yourself/you.

        2. Dear

          Hi Marz 🙂 ..I applied last May then my Bro just applied this month June 2017.. It took me 2weeks to be exact to claimed my passport with visa sticker. For example, if you applied July 03 the releasing date would be July 17 or 18.. Yes they would still accept it if you applied July 03 pero ang flight is July 11 na, once tapos ka na sa pag.apply need mo pa rin to resched your flight. Regarding internal flight no need na may confirmation or flight book ka just state lang kung anong flt no. and what airline sasakyan mo. like Pegasus 707 IST-ESB 7AM. Hope this helps a bit. 🙂

          1. Jozeny

            Hello Dear,
            Wala bang way to expedite yung release ng visa? I submitted my requirements today and they claim stub is on Sept 7 but my flight to Japan will be on Sept 5 then from Japan to Turkey will be Sept 7.. its a group visit and also sponsored yung ticket ko what shall I do?

    2. Ling

      HI Miss Jing, I will be applying for a tourist visa and i am invited by my bf’s father. My questions are:
      1.needed pa ba ang day to day itinerary kahit invited?
      2. kailangan ba magfile ng leave of absence for the proposed date of visit kung employed?

    3. princess

      hi, how many days did you get ur passport and sticker visa after submitting the complete documents? The earliest appointment on the Turkish Embassy website wen applied last November 25 was December 8 and my flight is on December 19.

  33. Ann

    hi jing… wow, im so happy i found this blog. at least now I have an idea of what to do… May I know your itinerary. may you please send it to annbmari@yahoo.com. I am planning to stay for 30 days in turkey, does it mean I should provide my hotel booking for 30 days? actually I have a close friend in turkey and she wants me to stay in their house. Thanks a lot.

  34. Shela

    hi, im shela. do i have to buy a travel insurance before applying for a travel visa? and my monthly pay is minimal although i was able to save from previous employment which will suffice a daily minimum expense of 50USD. and i have a cousin in turkey. her family wants me to stay in their apartment.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Shela. I’m so sorry for not replying sooner. Got caught up with my “real job”. You can buy your travel insurance once you have an approved visa, just like I did. 50 USD per day is fine. You can submit sponsor documents (listed in the above article) if your cousin will sponsor your accommodation. Or you could also check online booking websites that provide free cancellation so you can use the booking reservations just for visa application purpose.

  35. yohan aki

    hi, im shela. do i have to buy a travel insurance before applying for a travel visa? and my monthly pay is minimal although i was able to save from previous employment which will suffice a daily minimum expense of 50USD. and i have a cousin in turkey. her family wants me to stay in their apartment. does that mean i still should provide for a hotel booking?

  36. lynnbayocboc

    ahhh really? hmm they should explained that visa must covers the period of intended travel in turkey. When they say valid visa is so vague and they will give 30 days . I got already my e visa online, well lets see if they ask me to leave on june 21 on expiration of my uk visa. I know sometimes immigration can be really tricky.ahhhh this visa thing is hassle. Thanks for the reply. I will update you.

  37. Patti Orense

    Hi Jing!

    Thank God for people like you who’s always willing to help. I was wondering if i could use the evisa if I want to go to other shengen countries like france and denmark?

    1. findingjing Post author

      You are welcome, Patti. The Turkish e-visa unfortunately is not valid in other Schengen countries because it is not a member of the EU. You will need a separate Schengen visa if you plan to go to Schengen countries as well.

  38. Lynn

    Hi there,just an update, my e-visa is ok. I entered turkey even though my uk visa was about to expire. So I entered turkey last June 17th and leave June 24th even my uk visa expire on june 21. My e-visa can stay until 30 days . The immigration don’t even asking me hotel booking or onward/ return tickets. I just hand my e-visa and everything was fine. I suggest that you should include this information about holding a valid visa from uk schengen or USA Japan which is ok if it’s not going to be valid during the duration of the intended travel in turkey. I think as long as you enter turkey with a valid visa from uk schengen countries or USA, it wont matter if it’s going to expire before u leave turkey. Just a suggestion. I keep reading your blogs very helpful. Do u have Facebook page? I’d like to follow you there.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi again Lynn! I really appreciate you providing us updates. Will definitely update the info on my blog. This will be very helpful information. My fb page is Finding Jing and IG: findingjing. Thanks a lot! Happy travels!

  39. MARELLE U VILLA

    hello Jing! I’m going to apply for a tourist visa this coming August pa.I’m married to a Turkish National and he sent an invitation already but he wasn’t able to courier the bank statement. Are they going to require original bank cert from my hubby or a scanned email copy will do?

    There is a question in the application form about who’s gonna pay for my trip and stay there,is it okay that I will cross mark both (myself and the host)? But the airfare ticket will be provided by my hubby.Is medical insurance mandatory or optional? How much money should I have in my bank? Thanks…

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Marelle! Sorry, but I’m not sure whether they accept scanned bank certificates. In case you submit this, sasabihin naman nila if you need to submit the original. If your hubby can send the original, pwede pa naman makahabol before August. Did you try marking both yourself and the host dun sa who will pay for your trip? Was it accepted by the system? If yes, then you’re good. If not, you can just maybe explain during the interview. You can still apply for the visa even without travel insurance. I only paid when I got the visa. Php 100,000 up may be enough.

  40. Tine

    Hello! About sa sponsor po for turkish visa. Is it okay if the sponsor(parents) is here in the philippines? Or the invitee should also be the sponsor? If it’s the first case what documents do i need? Salamat po 🙂

    1. findingjing Post author

      Visa sponsorship means that someone from the country you are visiting is taking responsibility for you while in that country. Hence, if you’re getting a sponsor fro a Turkish visa, then that sponsor should be someone who lives/works in Turkey who can support you financially while in Turkey.

      1. Tine

        I see. But is it okay lang po to present my parents’ itr or financial statement as supporting documents since they are going to finance my trip? Thank you 🙂

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hmmm…honestly, hindi ko po alam ang isasagot. hehe. You can try po, or are you open to the idea of your parents transferring money to a bank account under your name?

  41. sheryl

    hi im planning to apply for tourist visa.turkish ang husband ko and his working in germany .we plan na pumunta ng turkey sa august. newly wed kami so wala pa yung authenticated na marriage contract namin at d pa ako nagchanged status.im thinking kung sasabihin ko ba na married ako or hindi since d pa nachanged passport ko.

  42. Chona

    Hi Jing,

    Thanks a lot for your blog. Super helpful! We are planning to apply for a tourist visa. I already have a transit US visa. Do you have any idea if a transit US visa is already a valid visa and can be accepted by the embassy.

    Thanks a lot

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Chona. Glad you find it useful. Unfortunately, I am not sure whether a transit US visa will suffice for an e-visa. The site only indicates valid US visa. It is best to contact the Turkish embassy to be sure.

  43. Ron

    TURKISH EMBASSY ONLY ACCEPT US DOLLARS AS OF JULY 3, 2017.
    Bring $60. There are no ATMs and Currency exchange inside the village.

  44. Tine

    Hehe. I suppose i’ll try an affidavit of support na lang po. Thank you, Ms. Jing. Hopefully ma-approved ako 🙂

  45. Ela

    My appointment is in 2 days and I still haven’t received an email confirmation from the embassy. I already called them about this and they just told me to check my email or submit my application. I can only see my appointment whenever i check my application status through the reference number they gave. I’m not from Manila so I’m a little bit worried that they won’t let me in and that I’d be forced to make another appointment and come back. Is it okay if i just print the pre application page with appointment date and time on their website and present this instead?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Ela! Did you also check your spam mail? Baka dun napunta yung acknowledgement email nila? If you really did not receive email but the confirmation is indicated online on the embassy page,printing that to show the guard is a good idea.

    2. bianca

      Hi Ela,
      was wondering. Did this work? Ok lang ba iprint yung confirmation on the website? I didn’t receive the email din kasi. so i was wondering kung ok lang yung print nung from website.

  46. alwayssummer

    Hi Jing! I’d like to ask if you need a transit visa on your lay over flight to Turkey. I haven’t booked yet but just in case the lay over will take too long, I might as well check the city. Probably its Abu dhabi or Quatar. Please let me know 🙂

  47. Marie

    Hello Jing!

    Great blog! Question: my point of entry from manila to turkey is Dubai. Do I need to bring my MNL-DBX-MNL ticket during visa application? Also, once turkish visa is approved, is it still required to purchase travel insurance? Thanks!

  48. Jozeny

    HEllo jing,

    We will going to visit turkey on Sept. it’s together with Japanese crew. I’m holding multiple visa to Japan but they already change the requirements policy so I need to apply for sticker visa. I just want to make sure if I really need to have insurance before applying visa? Please email me please jozeny08@yahoo.com. Thank you

  49. Antonette

    Hi jing,I’m going to get a Turkish tourist visa,and this is also my first time….I have my Turkish boyfriend,he and he’s family wants me to visit to Turkey or maybe we’ll also get married there,but he don’t know how and where to send the invitation letter though he can’t speak English….can you please message me here is my email,antonietaestil@gmail.com,please I need your help….thank you!!!

  50. luxary

    hi.. just want to ask..paano po mag pa resched ng appointment ? kse nung pumunta ako nung sched ko ng appointment ko di ako pinapasok ng guard sa loob kse naiwan ko pala xerox ng nbi ko and nung appointment.. i pa resched ko nlng daw.. how po ba ?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi! As far as I can remember, you can reschedule by accessing your online application using the code the system emails you to retrieve your application data. Dun po yata sa “schedule appointment”, may option to reschedule.

  51. Claudine Molo

    I am currently filling up the application form online. How many days before they confirm a scheduled appointment?

    Also, this is a really big help for. Thank you for making this article. I don’t know what I’ll be doing without you.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Thanks a lot for your comment. You will be the one to choose an appointment date based on the available slots which you will know once you click through the appointment page.

      1. Claudine Molo

        Hello again. I just want to ask if I still need NBI clearance or something else of that scope? Sorry for being makulit. I have no one else to ask things about this. Thank you.

  52. Shelly

    Hi there. We’ll travel as a family. Do you think that personal appearance of ALL traveling participants is needed? Or one participant will do who’ll pass all the requirements?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello Shelly. Sorry, I’m not sure either if all of you needed to personally appear at the embassy. Pero may nakasabay ako nung nag-apply ako, he’s submitting additional requirements for somebody else.

  53. Nanie Catadman

    We have been issued a Schengen visa last year but has already expired (15 days). We planned to travel again to Europe via Istanbul. Can we use our old/expired Schengen visa to support our application for a Turkish evisa? We planned to travel early next year.

  54. Wanderer Juan

    Hi is the sticker visa valid for land borders or is it only possible for flights into Turkey? I’m planning to cross the border from either Armenia or Iran as I’ll include these countries in one trip.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! I have not tried crossing land borders from another country into Turkey by land, but the fact that Filipino passport holders will require sticker or e-visa in Turkey, either type of visa as long as it is valid will likely be checked at the border. When we took the bus trip from Cappadocia to Antalya, there was actually one bus stop when our passports (and visa) were checked. This is just a local trip and I would anticipate that the same will be checked when crossing borders by land.

      1. Zoe

        Ito rin sana question ko, travelling to turkey from there crossing land borders going to kurdistan erbil iraq. Ibig sabihin depende sa visa mo kung pwede ka mg crossing to other country or not.
        Pag sasakay nalang ng airplaine punta kurdistan, ganun din kaya?
        Or depende parin sa visa mo.

  55. Clau

    Can someone help/answer, please. My scheduled flight is on the 24th this October and my appointment is on the 16th. Am I going to have some problem here? Thank you.

    1. alwayssummer

      Hi Clau, how long did you wait for your visa to arrive? I’m also having the same problem 🙁 Please help. My flight is Nov 14 and my appointment is Nov 7 (earliest on the website).

  56. Alex

    Hi Jing! May I know the questions the consul will ask? Also, if I get denied, how many days can I apply again? Thank you!

    1. findingjing Post author

      I went with a friend but he applied through the e-visa route. I was only asked and required to submit a copy of his passport and e-visa. Just go to the embassy with the complete documents (prepare and submit an itinerary as well), be confident and answer the questions truthfully with a smile and you’re good to go! 🙂

    2. findingjing Post author

      I went with a friend but he took the e-visa route. I was only asked and required to submit a copy of his passport and e-visa. Just bring complete documents (also prepare itinerary) on your interview date, be confident and answer questions truthfully and with a smile and you’re good! 🙂 I don’t know how many days before re-application. You can always ask from the embassy, but I hope you won’t need to ask that. Good luck po!

      1. Alex

        Thank you for replying! Is it required for us to buy a plane ticket or this only applies to those who will be applying an e-visa? Also, did you choose single or multiple entry in the online form?

  57. len

    I was never interviewed when applied for visa, neither the other applicants that day on tourist visa. All the documents were just accepted.

  58. Sab

    Hi Jing! i’m currently in the process of turkish business visa application for a conference on nov 22-25. is there a minimum time frame with regards to granting of visa before the intended dates of travel? really hoping umabot…

    1. findingjing Post author

      Visa processing is about 7 working days from the date of submission of COMPLETE documents at the embassy. If your interview date is at least two weeks before your scheduled flight, then that’s I think enough time for the processing. Just make sure you bring complete requirements and other supporting docs with your during the interview so as to avoid having to come back again for the additional submission.

      1. Sab

        Hi Jing! Just an update. So we went to our appointment at the embassy last Friday 11/3, and we made sure all our requirements are complete. But the girl named Gladys, a pinay who seemed to be the assistant, asked for additional documents from us (marriage cert and PRC license) so we had to come back today.
        Finally this AM, she accepted our application together with all our papers, as well as payment of 120USD.
        She was so cold, unaccommodating and the exact opposite of “nice”. She called the next applicant before I could even finish talking. She said there is no other way to ff-up the status of our visa app, but to come back on Nov 20 (Our flight btw is also on Nov 20…I know right?!).
        Also, she did not give us an acknowledgment receipt for the payment.
        Ganun ba talaga yun? Thank you.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Whoa! Sorry to hear that. That’s a difficult situation,unsure whether you’ll get your visa and knowing only the same day as your flight date. The option I see here is to rebook your flight after Nov 20, if that’s possible. I know she’s not an easy person to talk to, and that following up by phone is like impossible. She must have given you the acknowledgement receipt though.

  59. Joven

    Hi Jing, Good day. I just want to ask some help regarding my situation. Currently I am working in Kurdistan Region, Iraq but presently I am here in Phils. for annual vacation, Unfortunately, all international flights going to Kurdistan region has been cancelled starting September 30, 2017 and allowed are domestic flights only. One way to go back is through Bahgdad then to Kurdistan Region however, we need a transit visa for this route and it takes 30 days to acquire it. The company advised me to get a Turkish Visa as an alternate way to reach Kurdistan Region. Is there any chance that I can get it? Is there any agency that can assist with me? Thanks for all your help.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Joven! You can try going through the procedure in this post,or evisa route if you’re qualified. I know someone who got a Turkish tourist visa just so he can take advantage of the 10 hrs transit time in Istanbul and was approved. Sorry I do not know any agency.

        1. George

          Hello Sab

          May I know if you were able to get the business visa? Is 2 weeks enough?

          I’m also planning to go this March 28-31 for a business fair.

          And yeah that B#tch Gladys is so unpleasant to deal with. I applied last 2016 and got approve though.

          Thanks!

  60. Vin

    hello there. Currently I am working in Saudi Arabia after a week I will go on Philippines for my annual vacation. Here is my concern, I am planning to go Turkey by January 2018 but I don’t have time to process it here and since I have a lot of time in Philippines can i process it there? If ever requirements will be same? If you have any idea .. Please let me know. GB =)

    1. Len

      You can definitely apply in KSA. There are a few Filipino KSA expat blogs out there sharing the requirements. But do not forget to schedule an appointment online selecting the KSA consulate.

      1. Vin

        Hi len , thanks for your reply. The policy has been changed lately and confirmed with the Turkish Embassy here in KSA. All tourist visa must be done with affiliated Agency. When I went to Agency they need at least one month and in my case I will travel to Philippines on the 30th of November and I don’t want to take a risk if any delay of issuing the visa if ever.

        So sad I don’t have any same case as an OFW applying visa during vacation however I contacted Jing and she helped me a lot , praying that there’s no issue about the bank statement since it was issued here , No ITR coz I am an OFW.

        God bless.

  61. Yusuf Sky Santos

    Just an update for those who will apply as tourist. Result of application will be received after 10 working days, so it is about after 2 weeks. Better if you apply way ahead of your travel date/plan to avoid time constrain. 🙂

  62. Yusuf Sky Santos

    TIPS: For those who will commute going to Turkish Embassy, Never alight at MRT Ayala Station to go at Dasmarinas Village. From map view, Ayala has the easiest and accessible way to go inside Paraiso St. but from that gate they do NOT have a shuttle that will bring you inside the embassy. Shuttle is at the gate of Dasmarinas Village, MRT Magallanes station.

  63. Tomas Benjamin Abella Lastrilla

    Hi, Jing

    I understand that the Dasmarinas guard wont let you in the village if you dont have an appointment but since I can go into the village anyway, does the embassy check your appointment date? Im travelling on Feb 28 and the soonest appointment I can get is Feb 19. So gipit sa oras.

    Do you remember if the embassy itself checked your appointment schedule?

  64. Grace

    Hi po, pwede po mg.ask how to apply for family unification visa, d ko po alam pano mgsimula. I’m married to a turkish national. Thank you p0!

  65. Dezzybeauty

    For filipina wife na asawa ng turkish citizen sa pinas.na kinasal sa pina visit my youtube channel dezzybeauty.nka upload dun sa channel ko kung pano mag process ng family unification visa at mga requirements.i am pinay turkish citizen wife also at 5month nako dito sa turkey now

    1. marelle

      hello @dezzybeauty! i received an email last March 6 that my spousal visa was approved pero di ako nakapunta coz I got sick. I’m planning to go there on 26th.How many days or months ba binibigay nila for a spousal visa?thanks

  66. Andi

    Hi Jing good day we have an appointment on Apr 2, 2018 and our flight to Istanbul will be on Apr 16th. Given we have submitted complete docs, is it possible they will release our passport (regardless if visa is approved or not) before our flight on the 16th? Unfortunately, flight reschedule is not an option and that’s the earliest we can find. Thank you.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Based on the comments here, passport release ranges from 5-10 working days. Parang paiba-iba po depende siguro sa number of applications. Mine was 5 working days po. You can probably request for an earlier release should they schedule it after April 16. The best I can advice is to prepare all necessary and supporting docs po so they can start processing on the date of your original appointment. 🙂

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hello Haydee! My visa was valid from the date of my arrival in Turkey until my departure date, based on the e-ticket I submitted. As in sakto lang sa travel dates.

  67. Rhea

    We are planning to go to Turkey this August 2018. Can we apply for visa this early (within March)? Thanks Jing! Very helpful info. You are right. There’s not much useful info when you access the embassy site.

    1. Len

      The earliest to apply is 3 months before the intended travel date. Two months before travel date is optimal.

  68. serhat

    hello rhea, I think March is too early for apply. ı guess, It would be better if you apply a month before your flight date. I hope you’ll like the turkey. have a nice holiday. greetings from Turkey…

  69. ianTan

    Hi Jing!

    Great write-up! I almost read all comments and replies, but did not see scenario loke mine. Curious ako at concerned sa requirement na “Hotel Booking”. I will be travelling from Georgia to Dubai and will have a 18 hour stop over in Istanbul. I want to maximize my stop over and see the city for several hours. Would having no Hotel Bookings, in my case as a “day-tour tourist” affect my visa being denied?

    What suggestions/recommendations can you possibly give?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Thanks for your comment. I know someone who also transited to Istanbul (from Israel) on his way back to the Philippines and did the same as you intend to do. No need for hotel booking as they will see from your plane ticket that you’re only transiting for several hours, and you can explain at the Embassy. He successfully got a Turkish visa and was able able to go around Istanbul.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Do you have an insurance covering your travel period from Georgia to your final country of destination? You can use that if you have. I did not submit proof of travel insurance during my appointment date at the embassy but I did purchase after I got the visa.

          1. ianTan

            i dont have insurance yet.
            Would it be ok to ask about Georgian Visa application here? Just wanted to ask if travel insurance is required for Georgian Visa.
            Thanks in advance.

          2. Len

            Hi IanTan, Georgian visa can be applied online without travel insurance. But you will need to have travel insurance once you pass through Georgian immigration. They may or may not look for it, but it is a requirement while inside the country.

  70. can

    Hi,
    My filipino friend wants to travel Turkey. But she doesnt need a sponsor. So, does she still need an invitation letter from me?

  71. Mercy Mendez

    They denied me.I am a dentist and i have been working for 7 years.Actually this is the first time in my life my visa apply denied 🙂 Anyway maybe they are just looking for so rich tourists or i dont know 🙂

      1. Len

        Hi. Usually kapag female applicant, red flag talaga. But the chance of approval increases kapag may kasama ka sa tour. Cover letter, while not a requirement, also helps.

  72. ianTan

    Hi Jing!
    From our earlier conversation, you said that there’s no need for hotel booking as I am only transiting for several hours. But, when filling-up the online pre-application, hotel booking is required in the Travel Information section. How should I proceed with this? Should I create a dummy hotel booking or just reason out in the application form?

    Here’s the comment in the Pre-Application form
    Please provide the name of reference person or company as well as contact person in this company, inviting you to Turkey. If not available, please provide name of the hotel or your temporary accommodation address arranged for your stay in Turkey.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! If you cannot proceed without uploading a hotel reservation, you can maybe just book a cancellable hotel booking and explain to the embassy officer that you are just transiting and wanted to go around Istanbul.

    2. Bianca

      Hi Ian,

      Was your visa approved? I went to the Turkish Embassy today in Manila, but the lady didn’t even look at my papers. She said they don’t issue transit visas. haha! But in the pre-application form, i was only required to show flight reservation and document stating my next destination. I booked a turkish airlines ticket to serbia and i have a 13 hr layover at istanbul. Turkish airlines is providing a free tour for guest with long layovers. I brought my fully paid ticket and my serbian visa, even a travel insurance even when it’s not required. But the lady told me that transit visas are only issued to seafarers. weird weird weird. how can they not know? I just want to join the free while waiting for my next flight. huhu!

      1. findingjing Post author

        Hi Bianca! Someone I know also went around Istanbul during his layover and he applied and got approved for a tourist visa. They don’t issue transit visa.

        1. Bianca

          Hi Jing!
          How? Why? What did he submit? Yes, Single Transit is a Tourist Visa.. The staff who was accepting applications didn’t even read my application.. I have all the requirements stated on the pre-application online. T.T

          1. findingjing Post author

            Hello Bianca! He undergone the online application system as described in the procedure above (fill-up online form, schedule appointment, submit docs at the embassy on the scheduled appointment). That was in 2016, I think. I don’t know why they did not accept your application if you have all the requirements. . They could have at least explained or advised what you need to do.

          2. Bianca

            i did submit online at https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/.. that arrogant staff asked me what i need and i said, a tourist visa for single transit.. and that i already submitted my pre-application.. ewan. she just told me na wala daw tourist visa for single transit.. sa seafarers lang daw yun. and then she said balik daw ako if i have all the requirements na for touristic visit (invitation letter, hotel reservations, etc which does not apply to me.) kainis lang..

  73. Elvira Smuggle

    I think i applied last year for Turkey (maybe february 2017).They denied me.now they denied me again :))
    i am 28 and i have job.Is there anyone recommend summer holiday in Caucasia or Mid-east? :)) (But please except Georgia,Dubai,Qatar,Iran and Lebanon)

  74. eireen

    Hi everybody and hi Jing.From Texas with love.mmmm my question about Turkey also. i mean Turkish embassy in manila.I can not reach them.I sent an e-mail but still no reply last 3 weeks.I have valid USA tourist visa valid till 7th july 2018.So it means that i can fly Turkey? One of my best friend living there now (in Alanya) i am planning to visit her 1th july

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Eireen! I reviewed the comments thread and Lynn had the same situation as yours, except that hers is a UK visa. Here’s her comment: “I entered turkey even though my uk visa was about to expire. So I entered turkey last June 17th and leave June 24th even my uk visa expire on june 21. My e-visa can stay until 30 days . The immigration don’t even asking me hotel booking or onward/ return tickets. I just hand my e-visa and everything was fine. I suggest that you should include this information about holding a valid visa from uk schengen or USA Japan which is ok if it’s not going to be valid during the duration of the intended travel in turkey. I think as long as you enter turkey with a valid visa from uk schengen countries or USA, it wont matter if it’s going to expire before u leave turkey.”

  75. deborah

    Hi Jing.I think it is not good idea to apply Turkey tourist visa as a solo traveller.Especially for woman.Since yesterday i’ve read about this but %90 deny.(also other Filipino blogs) it’s better to get a tourist visa from Schengen countries maybe.So it will guarentee Turkey tourist visa ..I am planning to visit some Mediterranean countries if i can get visa .(Italy,Greece,Turkey).But idk that if its possible coz i am simple sales-lady..

  76. patrick

    Hi Jing.I think my situation is different.I applied tourist visa for 30 days(plus 2 days for flights) but they granted only for 15 days.First of all my dad is a Turkish citizen.He is my sponsorship and also i have my own job here in Manila.My dad didn’t believe me …it sounds like i was looking for reason coz my visa is valid between 14th-29th June and my half sister gonna marry 2th July.I would like to be there at that time but i donno know.dO YOU THINK THAT can i extend my vsa when i got there??

    1. findingjing Post author

      That’s absurd! Were you able to explain that one of the reasons you’re going is to attend your sister’s wedding? I’m not sure either about applying for extension once there but it is best to confirm that before you leave for Turkey. I don’t know any other source of that info except the embassy or perhaps an agency (which I don’t have any contact either). I do hope you get the extension.

      1. patrick

        Yes i know it is weird Jing.I tryed to exzplain there.But Filipino woman was in hurry up at that time.Maybe she didn’t understand me well.And also i have been in Turkey 3 times before.i Think i have been there in 2014 the last time.It was not hard to get a tourist visa from Turkey.I was so surprised when i saw that i granted only for 15 days.I haven’t overstayed there ever or i didn’t make any fault.
        Last night i talked with my dad again and he said if i go to Immigration Office in Turkey it is possible to extend.He asked somebody already.And i think when i reacched there i will go to Immigration office and gonna extend like at least 15 more days.

        1. findingjing Post author

          Good to hear that possibility. I really hope you get your visa extension in Turkey. You have a clean record which is a great reason for keeping it positive!

  77. ruby

    Hi Jing.From Georgia with love.I started my journey last march 30th and now i am in Georgia.It is really beautiful country here but the hotels kinda expensive especially in Batumi.I have been Thailand,China,Japan,Azerbaijcan and Georgia this year.i also heard about Turket that iss why i wanted to apply tourist visa here in Georgia Batummi ..And alsoi am so close to Turkey now (i think only 25 km distance). bUt tUrkish Embbasy in Georgia didn’t accept my application.They said ‘only Georgian people can apply or the people who has residence permit here ‘ So the personnel saitd it is better when i came back to Phils apply for Turkey tourist visa.
    So if the Filipinos want to travel Turkey they have to apply Manila Turkish Embassy as long as they dont have any valid residence or work permit from another country..Have a nice day!!

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Ruby! Thanks a lot for updating us. That information will be really helpful. It is unfortunate to know that you can’t cross Turkey even if it’s too close. Anyway, enjoy beautiful Georgia!

  78. annabel

    They didn’t grant me too.It was very short story.The woman employee got my papers and told me that come back here 15th may.And when i came back to Manila Turkish Embassy,,i find out that they denied 🙂
    By the way i think Turkey is the most affordable country if we compare Greece,Italy or Spain.I remember i paid only 150 $ for accommodation. and it was week and 4 star hotel.And especially foods in Turkey much more cheaper than Europe countries and really delicious.
    Maybe next year i can apply again for now i am planning to go to Bangkok.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Annabel! I love your positive attitude! Enjoy Bangkok and I hope you get approved for Turkey travel in the future. You are right, Turkey is cheaper compared with other European countries and it’s really a beautiful country and I find Turkish people very friendly, as well.

  79. Villacampa

    My tourist visa granted just for 15 days.But after i got my passport in Turkish embassy i was really confused.Because i applied for 26 days.When i asked the reason a Turkish woman said to me that ‘it is better if i extend my tourist visa when i got Turkey’.I don’t know why but they are really so arrogant.They don’t even wanna speak and don’t wanna explain the things about visa.The tall Turkish guy there also didn’t help me and he really doesn’tn know anything about tourist visa and extension in Turkey.In fact i already have 7200 USD in my bank account and it is really good budget for 26 days.Additionally i already bought my tickets and had 26 days hotel reservations.
    Btw if you wanna apply turkey tourist visa you have to show them 50 USD per daily stay in Turkey.And in my case it costs like 1300 USD (26 days stay) and i already had 7200 USD.And the problem and i really didn’t understand that they didn’t even wanna talk with me.I don’t think that if they really read my documents and my travels in the past..
    In my life this is the second time i have been denied.The first was Sweden Embbasy in 2006. but i was ok with that because i was just 19 years old and i had never been in any countries before (except philippines and cambodia).But since 2006 i have been many countries (more than 20)
    and this second deny was embarassing for me.I am a teacher and have been working as a teacher since 2010.As i said i am Not a beggar Turkish guys!!

    Actually i was planning to stay there 26 days and just because of this firstly i cancelled my last 10 days hotel reservations.But i was still confused and i couldn’t stop myself thinking about their attitudes in the Embassy?? All my papers were completed and i bought the tickets from Turkish Airlines and just yesterday i cancelled my flight also.And unfortunately i couldn’t cancel my first week hotel reservations in Istanbul because it was non-refundable.And i lost like 18.000 php.
    Yeah we Filipino mostly have poor budgets but it doesn’t mean that they can behave us like a slave!! And i am not unemployed or low salary worker etc.I really got angry.I am sorry for this but if i notice that someone want go to Turkey i will remind them Manila Turkish Embassy! They will see..

    Btw i don’t have problem with Turkish people and i am not racist.I am sure the embassy here in Manila doesn’t provide turkih culture or people’s attitude.Have a nice day Jing.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! I understand how you feel. Someone also commented from here who had a similar case as you, granting only 15 days when he requested for 30 days to attend her sister’s wedding. He informed me that it is possible to extend his visa once in Turkey. His father is a Turkish and was the one who inquired for him in Turkey. I would agree that the embassy staff needs to improve on customer relations. There had been a lot of negative comments about how they deal with applicants and I believe this needs to be addressed.

  80. Rose

    It is really weird.Turkey is not even a part of European Union but it seems like most of the Filipinos can not get Turkey tourist visa even though if they are financially stable.I have been Turkey once 2017 for 2 weeks.Because i got work permittance from Spain before.So i did not need to apply for Turkey tourist visa.
    But I read some comments here that they had denied many Filipinos and also i remember one of my classmate has been denied by Manila Turkish Embassy last year and instead of going to Turkey she went to Israel.First of all Turkey people or i should say Turkish Consulate or politicians should focus Syrian refugee problem.Especially in Istanbul i saw so many homeless and dangerous Syrian people.I think there is couple millions Syrian refugee living in Turkey now.Especially in big cities you can see them anywhere anytime.So it is better if they focus Syrian people instead of refusing all the Filipino tourists.
    And Turkey is still beautiful country,But the problem is that they can not speak English well.but if you have been Greece or Cyprus before i am sure that you will like Turkey..

  81. Santiago

    Hi Jing.
    I am going to visit Turkey this coming June 4th.I was looking for some information about Turkey then i found this website too.
    What a coincidence that they approved my visa only 15 days also 🙂 Haha
    But it is ok.I waas granted Crotia tourist visa (valid for 30 days) so if i want to stay in Turkey i can stay longger 🙂

  82. Rena

    Hi guys!!
    I was refused by Manila Turkish EMbassy but after there almost 1 month later i applied Greece tourist visa and just yesterday i am granted .. Finally i could visit my fiancee.But we probably gonna meet in Greece

  83. Isabella

    Hii guys!
    The topic is about Turkey and that’s why i wanna share some info about Turkey and tourist Turkey visa.
    I have been in Turkey 2 times before (as a tourist) The last one was 4 years ago i think..Until a few years ago if you provide your bank statements,travel insurance,hotel reservations and return tickets,Turkish Embassy used to approve tourist visa before.But it seems like everything has changed now.Last april me and my brother (he has been in once Turkey) applied for tourist visa.But we both have been denied.

    First of all my mom used to work in Turkey before and she still has valid Turkey residence permit.Additionally i’ve a half sister there living in Turkey and she’s a Turkish.Me,my younger brother and my mom were planning to visit her.Because we haven’t seen each other about 4 years
    and unfortunately she lost her dad last March.So we all just wanted to support her and also you know all of us but especially my mom wanted to cheer up her.As you guess my mom doesn’t need a visa because she already had residence permit.She came to Manila Turkish Embassy just for making the things easy.

    When we got the Turkish Embassy Manila,we all shared all the things about our family.Maybe we couldn’t express ourselves,i really don’t know.
    But the staff there didn’t spare enough time for us.I can’t clearly remember how many minutes we talked but i think that wasn’t more than 2 mins.And i read some comments here and the people mostly complained about same thing “arrogance”.I can’t say that all the staffs there cold person or arrogant but all i can say that all the women staff there never pay attention! I just tried to explain how important to see our sister.And not only once i did this 3 times.In same week i went to Embassy 3 times.But they always ignored us.We really wanted to see her but they denied.

    After Manila Turkish Embassy we shared this some of our Turkish friends.And also some of my sister’s relatives really tried their best.And they had gone to Immigration Office in Turkey.But there is no solution.Only my mom can go to Turkey.Maybe her husband died but she still has residence permit.And she can’t work now because she is diabetic.And I think Turkish government pay 800 Turkish Liras(equality 10k php) for my sister.Because he rfather is retired and she started to get some money after he died.But it is still insufficient.But me and my younger brother will always support her and also my mom.We know she feels lonely there but at least my mom is there now.And she’s always with her.

    As a result if you are not married with a Turkish Citizen,you are not eligible to visit Turkey except tourist visa.But as i said before it is really hard to get a tourist visa now.Even though if you have sister there! I can not say that they refuse all the Filipino tourist visa applications but i think they mostly deny.But the good thing is that my mom can go there anytime and she’s already there now.I am happy for my sister but it seems like we can’t see each other till she turns 18.At least she doesn’t need visa if she wants to fly Philippines in the next.

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Isabella! Thanks a lot for taking the time to share this here. This will offer useful insights for those interested to apply Turkish tourist visa.

  84. Bernadette

    Hi Guys!
    I am working in tourism agency and Turkey is not an attractive destination for us.I mean Turkey is not a favourite destination for Filipino.But it seems like they don’t want us to go to Turkey,like so many Filipino guys want to go there but they don’t.
    Additionally Manila Turkish Embassy don’t care about financial situation of Filipinos.This is absolutely correct.But Turkey is not a rich country too.You can check google.Turkish people’s sallary about 18k salary mostly.
    So why Filipino Governement doesn’t ask visa from Turkish people?? I don’t want them to act Filipino guys like that.First they have to look at their countries.They are not perfect!!

  85. can

    Hi,

    My friend will apply for a tourist visa soon. She didnt get travel insurance. Is that really necessary? How much is it to get travel insurance for 15 days?

    1. ferro

      They don’t care about travel insurance or financial situation.If your friend is a girl,i don’t think that if they approve.But if she has been in Europe or USA before maybe they might approve her.

  86. madeillene

    Wow i know Manila Turkish Embassy really well.How can i forget 🙁
    I have been denied couple times until i got married with my Turkish boyfriend and now he is my husband.Just because of visa refusals i have never been in Turkey yet.i think i applied 3 times and meanwhile my husband started to work here as an English teacher and his salary 60k php and he said in Turkey he used to make 2.500 Turkish Liras (30k php) so it is better if he stays here 🙂 I was kinda angry so why you forced me a lot to go to Turkey ha!!!
    Hahaaha i am joking.But if i go to Turkey some day i will share my experiences here ,have a nice day everybody!!

  87. Andre

    Hi Jing.I am in Turkey now.All i can say it is so hoot !!! 🙂 But i only have 6 days .Because my visa expires 16th June.But it is ok i am gonna visit Georgia and Armenia too.I will share some information soon 🙂

  88. Janice

    I was denied Turkish visa last may.Now i am gonna fly Georgia.After there i might go to Armenia and Azerbeijcan.Someone commented above that we can not apply Turkish Visa from Georgia.If it is true i will never apply again.

  89. Laura Sheila

    It seems like Filipino guys have overwhelmingly have bad impressions about Manila Turkish Embassy.And i agree with them.Actually i was granted Turkish Tourist visa for 15 days.But when i asked the Turkish woman there, “why only 15 days,in 2014 i was granted for 30 days”? She said Turkey has so many visitors now and until september they can not approve for 30 days”.And this time time i showed my hotel reservations (between 22th July-20th August) and asked her, “so if Turkey is so crowded now,how i had reservations all along 30 days” She ignored my hotel reservation papers and said “it is not your business”.
    I have been there in 2014.But i would never ever go to Turkey again.We are not slaves or cheap people.

  90. Laila

    Hi Jing!!

    I am Lyn from Cebu. I have been in Turkey too but i have never been granted by Turkish Manila Embassy.Thanks to Schengen Visa and Spain Embassy.

    All i can say Turkey is really beuatiful country and i think 2 weeks not enough to discover Turkey.I stayed there 32 days and i really liked the west part of Turkey.There is no difference between west part of Turkey and Greece. Especially Antalia and Bodrumm is amazing. But next time i wanna discover middle and east part of Turkey and i am planning to stay there like 3 weeks. Coz i know there is so many beautiful places there too.

    But i won’t apply from Manila Turkey Embassy.I don’t know why but those people so strict there.Before i was granted from Spain and Romanian Embassy in Manila.But however Manila Turkish Embassy denied me 2 times in last 2 years. The second time when i asked the reason and i was kinda insistent but not disrespectful.OH my gosh!! i still remember the Turkish woman face there. Her face was gotten dark for a while because of me. Actually i didn’t swear or i didn’t say any bad words. But i was curious that why they rejected me? Anyway if you get Schengen Visa you don’t need to go there guys and as i said Turkey is really so beautiful country and i think cheaper than Spain.

  91. Maricel

    When i got Manila Turkish Embassy,the Turkish woman said “why won’t you extend your USA residence permit visa,so you don’t need to get a Turkish tourist visa”. But i applied Turkish tourist visa. And i was refused a visa. Anyway couple months later i extended USA visa and now i can go to Turkey.But it is obviously weird. How come? How come it is easier to get a visa from USA than Turkey? Are they crazy? Hahaha.
    I can’t control myself. I am still laughing. If the problem is money i have really good budget. Who do you think you are Turkish guys in Manila?

    I am telling you Turkish diplomats,politicians and managers.You must control your Embassy In Manila. I know Turkish people kind and you really have beautiful country.I had so many Turkish friends in USA. But here in Manila Turkish Embassy OMG!! They are really lazy. If i go to Turkey i would share this with some Turkish Guys.

  92. sharon

    Hi everybody!!
    I used to live in Turkey before (about 3 years ) and that’s why i can speak Turkish well.And after 4 years i just wanted to visit Turkey but my tourist visa denied.And then i said “why,how come” ? I was shocked but in my opinion we can’t blame Manila Turkish Embassy.Coz it is Turkish Government’s command. They said “they can not decide by their own,especially about tourist visa”. The Turkish woman attendant said to me that “when a Filipino applies a visa doesn’t matter derivative,tourist visa or working permit, they directly send the documents and informations Turkish Immigration Office.Then the Immigration Office decide this.Maybe they will approve or they will deny.And if you don’t have valid Schengen visa or US visa,it is not easy to get a visa from Turkey.Because Turkish Immigration Office is obviously strict,”she said to me. So if i am not wrong,except derivative visa you have little chance.Of course Turkish Immigration Office doesn’t deny all the attemps.But i think only %5 or maybe %10 of apllications being approved.
    . So my friends it is better if you apply from Schengen Coountries.Especially Spain and Slovakia.If you have 2K US dollars in your bank account you are almost eligible to get a tourist visa from Spain,Slovakia or Greece.But also you have to provide your return ticket,travel insurance and hotel reservations.And about 10 days you can get your tourist visa.Like me.And after you get your tourist visa from Schengen Countries,you can fly Turkey too if you want.Coz you don’t need Turkey tourist visa anymore.

    1. Fernando

      What? It doesn’t make sense. If they deny %90 of attempts so why we pay 60 US dollars for tourist visa fee? And how come Turkish Immigration Office can take the responsibility? They live in Turkey they don’t know anything about us. On the other hand we’re talking with the Consulate or vice consulate face to face here in Manila. So they have to know about us much more than Turkish Immigration Office. Anyway it seems that Manila Turkish Embassy treat us for a fool. Or maybe their government want this IDK. We are not miserable people. It is really too much.

      I am sorry Jing i don’t wanna be rude but i am gonna report them to Duterte. Look at all the comments here. They can’t treat us like that and they mustn’t!!

      1. Aiza

        I obviously agree with Fernando. If they don’t want Filipino tourists so why do they allow us to make an appointment? And why are we gonna pay 60 USD? And don’t get me wrong Sharon but that Turkish woman had made fun of you. And What do they mean that “if we don’t have valid Schengen or US visa it is not easy to get Turkey tourist visa” Whattt? Is Turkey a country like Japan or Germany? Let me explain some realities about Turkey.

        Turkey is a country like half Arabic and they don’t even have democracy. Even if you comment about their President the cops might bring you jail. And they have terror problem and every year almost one thousand Turkish and Kurdish people dies because of this chronic civil war. And the funny thing is that they already have 4 or 5 millions Syrian refugees already.And still so many Syrian people comes to Turkey because of Syrian civil war and most of them planning to go to Europe countries. Because it is not easy to live in Turkey.Unfortunately Europe countries took extra security measures from their borders and they never allow the Syrian people to come in.Because of this they are obliged to live in Turkey and most of them don’t even have records,ID or something like that. And let’s talk about Turkish economy. Maricel,if i were you, i would ask that Turkish woman how much is the minimum wage in Turkey. And you know their minimum wage 1.600 Turkish Liras per month. You can check from this link below (1.600 turkish liras equal 350 USD)
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_wages_by_country

        My youngest sister is working in Manila as a sales lady and her salary is 18.500k PHP and 18.5k PHP equals and in Manila minimum wage about 500 php and more.And i wanna ask Turkish Manila Embassy consulate and the other official workers there? If a Filipino can make 1.600 Turkish Liras here in Manila why would they work in Turkey? What’s the difference? Of course Turkey is still richer than us but as a Filipino i would never plan to work in Turkey and who wants to work there 18.5 k per month?

        And in spite of all these things “it is not easy to get a Turkey Tourist Visa?”

        My dear friends,all the Filipino guys,Just remind them some realities about Turkey.Actually i would write so many negative things about Turkey but i did not. Because Turkish people nice. They are mostly hospitable and of course Turkey is exactly beautiful country. But the Turkish guys in Manila Turkish Embassy think too highly of theirselves but this is absolutelly nonsense. And i believe that they aren;t working well. Lazy and arrogant. And i hope some Filipino guys and also Turkish guys reading all those comments top to bottom. Especially a senior official from Turkey.

        Thank you so much for this blog Jing. All the best!!

  93. petmalu

    May nagsabi sa akin na kaya daw mahirap na makakuha ng tourist visa sa Turkey ay dahil sa, ang pinoy ay known sa pagtratrabaho abroad, passport or tourist visa di na bumabalik sa pinas, working na, which is true din naman, marami din ang pumapasok sa ganyang paraan kaya nga siguro doubtful sila sa atin.

    Pero guys iba talaga ang embassy nila dito sa Manila compare sa embassy nila sa Hong Kong. Sobrang accommodating ng mga staff doon. pumunta ako sa Turkey embassy, HK., lahat ng tanong mo sasagutin ka ng maayos at tuturuan ka pa di gaya dito na i ignored ka. iba ang strikto sa walang modo. Sana kahit proper treatment man lang magawa nila di yong papasok ka pa lang ng pinto pinpaalis kana, wag naman sana nila tayong perahan, nasa Pilipinas sila pero ang binabayad natin in dollar?.

    Sana nga lang mabigyang pansin ito ng gobyerno natin, kong sa kanilang bansa maayos tayong nakikitungo sa kanila sana ganun din sila sa atin.

  94. Cittadelle

    I have a Filipino friend who lives in Istanbul now and her name is Laura. And she married with a Turkish guy almost 1 year ago. And i have another friend whose name is Joana, she is still living in Philippines and her husband is French and i think they married 2014 or maybe 2015. Let me talk about them. Joana still living in Philippines cause she can’t speak French well and this is the only reason why she could’nt get derivative visa. And Laura. She doesn’t even know anything about Turkish language and i don’t wanna insult here but she can’t even read English well.And also she can only speak basic English. despite all she easily got derivative visa from Manila Turkish Embassy and i remember she said they didn’t even ask any question about her english or turkish level.
    In this case we can’t say that it is so hard to get a visa from Turkey. And also we can’t say that they are so arrogant. But that’s for sure THEY ARE LAZY, as you said. They don’t really research about the people and it is really embarrasing that they don’t even allocate even two mins for the applicants and i also know that they only work like 2 hours a day.i know this, because i witnessed this also. It seems like they have prejudges about Filipino but i know they are just lazy this is the gospel truth.

    BTW i don’t really agree with you Aiza. yeah Turkey has some problems but they’re getting more powerful year after year and you should know that they aren’t Arabic. They are Turkish and really big nation. And please don’t judge the Turkish people because of lazy Embassy workers and consul. Turkish people is really hardworking like Filipinos even though if they make small money. I remember the farmers that they were working under 40 santigrad. .Yeah Manila Turkish Embassy might harm Turkey’s reputation but not Turkish people.

  95. Slyvia

    hello there!

    The staff who accepts the applications didn’t even ask me any question. And she only took my return flight. So does it mean that they gonna approve? I am confused coz i prepared all the requirements but it seems like i prepared them for nothing.

  96. Len

    Hi Everyone. In my experience, the staff do not ask questions because I think the papers that you will submit will speak for themselves. So make sure that when you hand over your documents, everything is complete. I submitted two copies actually, one pile are photocopies and they returned the photocopy pile. They retained all the originals (except for ITR which is always a certified photocopy by the company). They even returned my bank statement, only the bank certificate they took. In cases like this, writing a cover letter and a daily itinerary will surely help as this will totally explain your objective and this adds a note of professionalism. It is much like Japan, Korea (recently), Australia (through VFS) where you submit documents (via third party) and no interview, the only big difference is that in the Turkish Manila Missions, you submit your papers personally. However, it is still up to their discretion for approval or not.

    1. robredo

      I wonder how old are you Len?

      “the staff do not ask questions because I think the papers that you will submit will speak for themselves”.

      I don’t wanna embarass you but this not the right way to choose the tourists… I think you are so young otherwise you wouldn’t say this. And you can easily fix the papers ,wherever you are it doesn’t matter as long as you have enough money. And if i were a sharper,, i could easily prepare fake papers as same as original copies. And they would never understand.
      Anyway i also applied for Turkey tourist visa last march. but i got denied. And about 2 months later i applied France Tourist Visa. . Believe me it was like oil and water if i compare Tukishy and French embassy. They asked me many questions. Why i am going there? Why France? Do i have enough budget? How long i have been working? . Do i have kids ? If so wheere are they? Do i like my job? etc etc.. I don’t know how how mny questions they asked me. Trust me this the real visa interview. I was sweating in French Embassy despite of comfortable aircon room.And i remember they were looking for a mistake about my travel plans, my life or any of my family member. And how about Turkish Embassy?? They could have done same thing to me like French Embassy in Manila . But they didn’t. But Turksih Embassy denied. And however French Embassy approved. So this is a little strange right? What do you think my friend??

      And now i have 1 year valid Schengen Visa. Actually i had concerns before going to French Embassy and when i was there i was like interrogated. They were polite but they kept asking questions all along the visa intervieww. I remember in 2014 when i applied Spain tourist visa, the visa interview was really though too.. And after the application i was confused and honestly i had no hope about being granted.. And at that time my montly salary wasn’t equal 1k euros i remember. But i was granted. So my friend read the comments above and look why they complain about Manila Turkish Embassy. For Filipino travellers Turkey is not a attractive destination. And Philippines not like before.Our country developping very fast in recent years. And for example in the past, when i travelled a country it was really rare to see Filipino travellers. But now i could easily see Filipino tourists everyywhere. Last week i was in Portugal and i sstayed one of my Filipino friend’s aunt home. And middle of June i stayed in Rome for 3 days and i could find an affordable room from AirBnb and you know what the Italian woman said to me? ” you Filipino guys keep the room very clean, that’s why i accepted you, coz i have never seen any dirty Filipino” And one of my neighbour was a Filipino backpacker. We both travelled Turkey too. I really liked Turkey. Such a beautiful country and much more affordable than Europe countries. And Turkish people is the most hospitable one i have ever seen in Europee. Nevertheless i didn’t like Turkish staff in Manila. If they keep doing same things again and again they will lose so many Filipino tourists and for a Filipno Turkey will be unknown country forever.

      And last, thank you so much for this blog Jing. Thanks to you that we can share our experience and ideas and it helps us to choose our travel destination. Greetings from Marseille with love!

        1. Len

          Thanks Robredo. I also already submitted visa applications to France, Germany, Greece and the Czech Republic and never have I been interviewed like you experienced. I am wondering why I was never even asked questions, I wish I did. They only asked for my old passports to verify the photocopies of my old visas I submitted as evidence of previous travels. There was even once instance that I applied with a travel buddy, same itinerary, same dates of travel and sharing accommodation in Greece but she was subjected to more than 20 minutes of interrogation while I for one was not even asked a single question wondering why but only to be told to expect any calls for clarification and return for passport pick up. The only thought that I have is all my papers might have been complete and and that they may have “already spoken for themselves” and did not merit anymore interviews. So no, you do not embarass me.

          “They could have done same thing to me like French Embassy in Manila” – this is a very valid point. But not for them. They are anything but the French Embassy in Manila. Unfortunately a sad truth even. If you were denied a tourist visa from the Turkish Missions in Manila, well then I am sorry to say that them not interviewing applicants is inevitable. We cannot dictate what they are supposed to do and each and every consulate has their own ways and rules whether we like them or not. Congratulations for having your one year valid Schengen visa. Mine was valid for 5 years by the way. And no I was not able to use my Schengen visa since it recently expired and that I needed to apply for Turkish visa unfortunately. Thank you for your insightful comments we are supposedly here to share whatever we can and not to insinuate judgmental comments to other travellers.

          1. noemi_nam

            Hi Len!
            I wonder Why you applied Schengen countries seperately ?? ( you said you applied Germany, France, Czech Republic, Greece) . You don’t need that. And at your point if you had 5 years Schengen valid visa you can visit all the Schengen countries. I think there is 20+ Schengen Countries.

            Anyway there is so many negative comments here Jing. I am so confused. Maybe some guys making a big deal about Turkish Embassy in Manila but I don’t think that if they all lying.

            And Me and my bf gonna apply Turkey tourist visa next week. I just wanna know if marital status important for Turkey tourist visa? Maybe here or another website i can not remember clearly but i read a comment,Turkish Embassy so strict about the couples who are not married. And We gonna marry this coming October. So if it is not easy to get a Turkey tourist visa maybe we can wait till October or maybe we can apply for any Schengen countries. But i think october is not a good time to visit Turkey , i searched, after september it is kinda cold there.

            Thanks in advances Jing
            .

          2. Len

            Hi Jing. Thank you very much once again for your very informative blog. I applied for the second time recently, and I my visa was granted again. Just like last year, I was not interviewed. Upon return on the designated date of my passport pickup, I noticed a consul (perhaps new) is interviewing both work and tourist visa applicants, respectively. And when I say interview, it took a substantial amount of time per applicant.

  97. can

    hi,

    I want to ask you about the bank statement. It should be covering the last 3 months? or last 6 months? thanks,

  98. FT

    Hi Jing, I have a few questions:

    1.) It says proof of finacial capacity and also supporting documents (land title etc) — can I just submit a bank certificate and a COE? Would that be enough? I dont have land titles etc

    2.) Is your tour DIY or part of a group tour? If I may ask, is Istanbul expensive city?

    3.) I come across this travel agency offering a 5 day tour (istanbul to cappadocia to istanbul) with 4 night accommodation. Tour includes Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topaki, Grand bazaar and flight to cappadocia (overnight) and just sight seeing in cappadocia then return to instanbul — will cost about 40K php. Do you think that is already a very very very good deal? Or I can do better DIY?

    Thanks

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi FT! 1) Yes,bank certificate and COE will suffice. I did not submit land title either.
      2) We did a combination of DIY (E.g. Istanbul) and group tour (Cappadocia, Ephesus). Istanbul is relatively cheaper compared to its neighboring European countries.
      3) I think you can go cheaper that Php 40k if you DIY. Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are just opposite one another, while Grand Bazaar can easily be reached by tram (with a little walking from the station). If you DIY, I suggest you get a hotel in the Sultanhamet area, where Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern are located. That way, you can just walk your way from the hotel to these sites. For Cappadocia, we purchased e-tickets online for domestic flight. Try looking at Turkish and Pegasus Airlines. Turkish Airlines has the cheapest fare that time at less than Php 1k one way from Istanbul to Nevsehir (Cappadocia). There are a lot of tour agencies in Goreme (where hotels in Cappadocia are concentrated) that offer day tours, or you can ask from your hotel. We opted to join a group tour in Cappadocia because the sites are far from Goreme and there is normally no public transport network to the attractions. You may want to check here our itinerary with budget/expenses so you’ll get an idea of the cost. Hope this helps! 🙂

  99. marie munoz

    I was in Turkey in the beginning of july. And last June i visited two other countries too. (Greece and Crotia). And i think Turkey is the cheapest one. In Crotia and Greece u have to use euro and 1 euro equals 62 piso. But Turkish liras equals 11 piso. I remember i could easily find cheap hotels in Turkey. Believe me or not i stayed in 5 stars hotels 1 week and i only paid 9.000 php in Turkey. But it’s also because of early reservation. I think i had hotel reservation 6 months before. And the last 4 days of my Turkey holiday i stayed in 4 star hotels in Izmir and it was like 7.000 php. Actually i made the reservation only 1 day before. And i can advise 4 star hotels in Turkey either. Very comfortable and clean.
    And maybe the most important thing about Turkey the foods. Such a delicious and cheap. I really fell in love with Kofte. I think they call kofte izghara. Omg that’s the most delicious food i have ever tasted. I wish i could bring here some but you know Turkey is too far. Next year i am planning to visit Turkey too. Maybe my 20th birthday time but i think at that time Turkey is kinda cold.

  100. Frank

    Dear Jing,

    I have several questions.

    I’m planning to visit Turkey on March 2019. I have seen some promo flight right now but It would be dumb to buy the tickets since I need to obtain a Visa first.

    If I’m planning to go March 2019, when is the best time to apply for a Turkish Visa?

    Can I apply next month and just state that I plan to visit Turkey March of 2019?

    Because if the case is we can only apply for a visa 60 days/ 3 months before departure, then that means I will be needing to reserve flights and hotels next year pa and prices might jump up.

    Please enlighten me. Thank you

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello Frank! If you are not eligible for an e-visa, then you can apply visa at the Turkish embassy 3 months prior to your intended trip. But if you’re eligible for an e-visa, I think 6 months yata iyon from the time you obtain the e-visa na pwede mo gamitin. For the ticket, I actually booked 6 months earlier even without a visa because I also came across a promo fare that time. It was a gamble and I was lucky to get a visa later. Even if you book next year, you will do so without a visa just the same because you will need to show a ticket to apply for the visa.

      1. Frank

        Thank you Jing. Your blog is really helpful. I’m not eligible of an E-visa.

        If I may ask, do they literally collect your air ticket itinerary? I mean literally they need proof that you booked your flights?

        In your case, aside from the manila to istanbul flight tickets, did you also show them already your flight tickets from ataturk to nevsehir etc? Even hotel reservations kinukuha nila? Yikes!

        Oh my, if yes, that means I should start booking na my flights and hotels. But sayang naman if denied ang visa ko. 🙁

        Around hm did you get your flight pala from Mnl to Ist? Mura na ba ang 40K roundtrip? Thanks Jing

        1. findingjing Post author

          Hello, Frank! I’m glad you found it useful.

          Air ticket and hotel reservations are part of the requirements that you need to upload when you apply in their online site. I also submitted these on my date of appointment at the embassy. For hotel reservations, there is not much risk because a lot of hotels and booking sites have free cancellation until specific dates prior to the booked date. Yung sa air ticket talaga ang risky kasi most likely, you will not get 100% refund upon cancellation. I also bought domestic flights already before the visa application. I didn’t know then that getting a sticker visa is not that easy. Pwede naman ipagpaliban muna yung domestic flights kasi you can say that you’ll take the land trip option.

          I got a deal from Qatar Airways. It was 700 USD roundtrip that time, so parang less than 35k kasi mas mababa ang exchange rate that time. May I know which airline you are considering? hehe

          1. Frank

            Hi Jing thank you for the response. I’m checking Etihad and Qatar as well.

            Thank you medyo clear na siya saakin. I really have to make a gamble on the flight. Crossing fingers hindi ako ma-deny ng visa!

      2. Frank

        Thanks Jing. Your travel blog is really helpful.

        So they literally collect your flight itinerary talaga so a confirmed booking is really a must? I mean need talaga ng proof na may flight details ka and and also hotel reservations? In your case they really got it including your flights from IST to Nevsehir?

        If that is the case, I really need to gamble.

        If I may ask lang, around how much did you get the promo flight from MNL to IST? I see kasi flights ranging around 40K so I’m thinking good deal na ito but do you think makakahanap pa ako ng much better so better wait? Since march 2019 pa naman target ko.

        I want to get your opinion on this:

        I’m working for the same company for 3 years already and I can provide naman an ITR and COE but my salary is really low. I mean really low (minimum levels) but I have show money naman since meron naman ako savings from my previous job. Do you think I will get denied a Visa?

  101. Mnl

    Hi Jing. Did you travel to Turkey with check in baggage or only hand carry? Does the donestic flights also includes check in baggage?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hello! Yes, I had one check-in baggage. Domestic flights do have baggage check in options, depending on the ticket class. You can purchase for check-in baggage if you find that your ticket does not include one.

  102. Mark

    I have been in Turkey 2012. But this time i got denied Turkey tourist visa. It was weird. Right? Is there anyone who got denied like me ? I mean the one who already has been in Turkey but second time has been refused. BTW in 2012 i was granted 30 days and i didn’t overstay there. Thanks in advance.

  103. emma

    I wonder why it is hard to get a Turkey tourist visa. I was working there before and i remember i could only make 400 dollars per month. Honestly Turkey is not a good destination for potentieal Filipino workers if that is the case and if they concern about Filipino travellers. I am in Phils now and i can make 400 dollars . So what is the difference between Turkey and Filipino. You should tell this Manila Turkey Embassy guys.

    1. Melanie

      Wow. I checked the minimum salaries in Turkey and you are right Emma. I think the minimum wage about 1.600 Turkish Liras per month in Turkey. ( I think it is equal 250 us dollars). So it is really interesting why Turkish Embassy in Manila so strict? It sounds like Turkey is as poor as Phils 😀

  104. Martin

    Hi, I want to ask you about turkish e-visa. What if I apply schengen visa and I get it, and then I will apply turkish e-visa without going to that schengen country I applied. I mean I will use that schengen visa to just apply the turkish e-visa. Is that ok, right? Do I need to enter that schengen country first before turkey?

    1. findingjing Post author

      Hi Martin! I see nothing wrong with that because what the Immigration officer will want to check is the validity of your Turksih e-visa and the validity of your Schengen visa. Do note however that to be able to get a Schengen visa, you need to show ticket reservation in a Schengen country as your destination.

  105. Janrose

    I was in Turkey last week. All i can say it is too hot!! But the foods and beaches marvellous. And the cheapest place in Europe. And i agree with some of the guys here. Turkish workers can make very small money like we Filipino guys. I asked some of the Hotel stAFF about their slary. And they mostly make between 1600-2200 turkish liras per month. (equal 250 USD to 375 USD). So for Filipino workers Turkey is not a big opportunity . I think working in Manila is better than Turkey. ( Antalia or Istambul)

  106. luisa

    I am a Filipino who is working in Germany currently. ( since 2015) . There is millions Turkish people living here. And when i asked them “why don’t you go back to Turkey? It is so beautiful country”. They always say “yes i miss there but the salaries small”. My sister’s husband is a Turkish and he also doesn’t wanna work in Turkey. Coz he can only make about euros per month in Turkey. So we can say Filipino and Turkish people has similarities. We both have beautiful country but because of salaries it is not easy to live in our motherland. Maybe that’s why i didn’t understand some of the comments here coz mostly Filipno guys say they got denied by Tuirkish Embassy. Turkey is very beautiful country but not rich. And i don’t hink that Turkish Government has problem with Filipinos. Maybe it is because of Manila Turkish Embassy.IDK.

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