As a gesture from the Republic of Turkey, Turkish visas will be free of charge for all registered and paid Forum participants. Paying your Forum registration fees or being funded by the PAID programme is a prerequisite for receiving your Turkish visa free of charge.
After registering for the Forum, your details will be dealt with one of in two ways, according to whether or not there is a Turkish embassy or consulate in your country of residence. When completing your registration, you will be informed about the next steps to pick up your Turkish visa.
- If there is a Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence, after registering you should go to there to pick up your visa, before leaving for Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given instructions to the embassies around the world to speed up the visa process for Forum participants. Your registration details will be made available to that embassy or consulate, and after confirming that you have indeed registered and paid your registration fees, the visa will be duly delivered.
- If there is no Turkish embassy or consulate in your country of residence, and if you have already registered and paid for the Forum, you will be able to pick up your Turkish visa upon arrival in Istanbul, at either Atatürk International or Sabiha Gokcen airports. In this case, an “OK to board” letter will also be sent to you, which will allow you to board your plane at any stopovers on the way to Istanbul. The process to obtain an “OK to board” letter may take some time, so we kindly invite those participants in need of this letter to finalize their registration as soon as possible.
You will find the list of countries where there are Turkish representations on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.