Turkiye Digital Nomad Visa

Last Updated on April 24, 2024

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Türkiye, through its Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has launched a promotional campaign aimed at attracting digital nomads. This campaign highlights Istanbul and Dalaman as key destinations, providing visas and promoting the country's cultural, historical, and natural treasures.

This new visa was recently announced and many details are forthcoming.

Visa Requirements and Benefits

Successful applicants receive a Digital Nomad Identification Document to facilitate visa processing at Turkish visa centers upon meeting the following requirements:

  1. To have a travel document/valid passport for at least 6 months as from the date of arrival in Türkiye
  2. Diploma or Certification of Degree document showing that you are a university graduate
  3. Document showing that the applicant works in the Digital Nomad field;

    a) Employment or Business Contract, if applicant working within the company (except companies located in Türkiye)

    b) If applicant is self-employed, the business contract between applicant and the company (except companies located in Türkiye)

  4. Biometric photo
  5. Document proving that the applicant has a monthly income of 3,000 USD or 36,000 USD annually.

Eligible Nationalities

If you are from one of these countries, you can apply for Turkey's digital nomad visa:

France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania , Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, United Kingdom, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus.

How to Apply

If you are a dedicated digital nomad, visiting the GoTurkiye Portal is your first step.

You will need to create an account and upload the requested documents (from above).

If your application concludes successfully, you will receive a certificate which can then be used to apply for a Turkish visa.

Alternatives to Turkey's Digital Nomad Visa

Turkey has a few alternatives to a digital nomad visa. Read more about getting a Turkish visa.

Tourist Visa

Many nationalities are eligible for a 90-day visa on arrival to Turkey. This allows for 90 days of stay within a 180-day period (similar to a Schengen visa). Turkey is located outside of the Schengen region so it is a popular place for digital nomads to visit. Turkey recently changed its laws to allow visa free entry to Americans, Canadians, and other nationalities. Read more here. If you need an e-visa, apply via the official site.

Tourist Residency Permit

Turkey has a maximum one-year residence permit which can be issued to eligible applicants. However, in the last 2 years, it has been more challenging to receive this visa. Even after satisfying the official requirements, many applicants, particularly in large cities & popular areas, are finding high rates of rejection.

Other Visa Types

Turkey also offers other visa types such as work permits, family residence permits, student residence permits, and residency based on investment and real estate. You can also get temporary residency for medical treatment purposes. Read more on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official site.

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Where to Live & Work in Turkey: Key Destinations

The campaign also recently ranked Istanbul among the top ten cities in Europe according to research done by Resonance Consultancy. This recognition is based on diverse metrics including quality of life, educational and employment opportunities.

The promotional campaign by the Ministry focuses on three main cities, each offering unique attractions for digital nomads:

  1. Istanbul: As Türkiye's economic powerhouse, Istanbul offers a vibrant business environment and a rich historical backdrop. The city has been recognized among the top European cities for its quality of life, educational, and employment opportunities.
  2. Dalaman: Known for its tranquility and natural beauty, Dalaman is an ideal spot for those seeking a peaceful work setting. The region is surrounded by pristine beaches and lush landscapes, providing a perfect blend of work and leisure.
  3. Izmir: This city attracts digital nomads with its warm climate year-round and its vibrant urban culture. Izmir offers a mix of modern amenities and historical sites, along with beautiful beaches and a lively social scene.
  4. Antalya: Antalya often attracts digital nomads due to its Mediterranean climate. There is a digital nomad community as well as some coworking spaces in this coastal city.

Benefits of the Turkish Digital Nomad Visa

Turkey offers many benefits for foreign remote workers.

Diverse Living Environments

Turkey offers a variety of environments that cater to different lifestyles, whether you prefer bustling urban centers, tranquil coastal towns, or scenic rural areas. Istanbul, Izmir, and Dalaman, for instance, each provide unique cultural, social, and natural landscapes.

Cost of Living

Turkey is known for its relatively low cost of living compared to many Western countries. This includes affordable housing, dining, and transportation, which can significantly stretch the budget of a digital nomad. Read more about what it costs to go to Turkey.

Rich Cultural Experience

Turkey's rich history and vibrant culture offer a unique living experience. Nomads can enjoy everything from historical tours, local cuisines, arts, and festivals, enhancing their daily life and work balance.

Strategic Location

Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey offers strategic access to multiple continents and major cities, making it an ideal base for digital nomads who also wish to travel. Read more about where to go in Turkey.

Community and Connectivity

The growing community of digital nomads and expats in Turkey facilitates networking and social interactions, which can be crucial for professional growth and personal well-being. Additionally, Turkey's investment in internet infrastructure ensures reliable connectivity for remote work.

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Türkiye's digital nomad visa represents a significant opportunity for remote workers looking for a new base in a culturally rich, historically significant, and scenically beautiful country. With tailored benefits, strategic promotional efforts, and a focus on integration into the local culture, Türkiye is set to become a top destination for digital nomads worldwide.

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