Everything You Need to Know About Applying for a Turkey Visa as a Jamaican or Haitian Citizen

You’ve been considering taking a vacation to Turkey, but you haven’t committed to going yet. Why not take advantage of the government-offered Turkish visa that was created specifically with people like you in mind? Now Haitian and Jamaican citizens can apply for and get Turkish visas, which will allow them to visit Turkey and enjoy everything the country has to offer. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for one of these special visas as either a Haitian or Jamaican citizen!

Who can apply for this visa?

Anyone from Haiti or Jamaica can apply for a Turkey e-Visa. However, you must have an original document issued by your local Turkish consulate (such as your original passport). This visa is valid for sixty days and allows you to stay in Turkey during that time. It costs $30.00 and can be paid online with a credit card, bank card, money order, etc. There is also an expedited fee of $50.00 that guarantees processing within five business days instead of ten business days (for urgent situations such as weddings, job interviews, and funerals). TURKEY VISA FOR HAITIAN CITIZENS

What are the requirements and documents needed?

The documents required to depend on your nationality and their requirements. As of 2015, most are required to fill out an online application, upload several documents (including proof of income), book an appointment at their nearest Turkish embassy/consulate, take their completed paperwork to their appointment, get fingerprinted and photographed, pay visa fees in cash only at that time and receive their passports back with temporary visas inside. In general, you will need proof of income (or another source of funds) over $1,000/month. It is possible some applicants may be asked for more information but never expect that you will be asked until after your interview since some embassies provide thorough instructions online about what all is needed.

How long does it take?

If you’re applying with a family member or legal guardian in Turkey, you can have your visa on arrival within 72 hours. If you’re visiting Turkey for tourism purposes, it can take about 3 days if all your paperwork is in order. If something goes wrong, it could take much longer. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining a visa from Turkey: Traveling between countries isn’t free. It takes money—money that could be going toward more meaningful pursuits than just traveling—to get into another country legally. The fee varies based on your nationality and how long you plan on staying in Turkey, but many countries require at least two weeks of bank statements and/or proof of employment before they will grant entry. TURKEY VISA FOR JAMAICAN CITIZENS

What do I need to consider when preparing my application?

If you’re an applicant from Jamaica, Haiti, Nepal, India, Vietnam, or Kenya then you may be eligible for a Turkey visa. If so, there are some things that you need to consider when preparing your application. The first thing you will need is an invitation letter from an accredited Turkish University that has been recognized by Turkey’s Higher Education Board (YÖK). Furthermore, if you’re applying with your spouse and/or dependent children then they too will also need their own invitation letters. In addition to your invitation letter, you will also need additional documentation such as school certificates proving that both yourself and any dependents are high school graduates. Finally, applicants must bring 4 passport size photographs when attending their visa appointment.

Where should I send my application?

The first step is to send your application to either one of Turkey’s Consulates in New York, NY, and/or Atlanta, GA. Those are your only two options. Now, let’s talk about what you need in order to apply: A valid Passport with at least six months left on it; photocopies of that Passport; photographs of yourself; $30 (USD) for processing fees payable through Western Union; and proof that you have received medical clearance from your doctor. That last part is critical because without it you won’t be able to get your visa. So if you haven’t had a physical lately go do that now!

Do I have other options if my application is rejected?

If your application is rejected, you will be given two options: apply again and include more evidence that your spouse would not need public assistance in Turkey, or appeal to have it re-evaluated. Re-applications must follow all of the same rules as original applications; they must also include new evidence proving that your spouse would not need public assistance.