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At Turkish Airlines, we want your flights and your travel to proceed as smoothly as possible. On this page, you can find information on visa requirements for the country to which you are traveling, as well as information on the documents required for a problem-free journey.

Domestic trips

For domestic travel, the following documents are accepted as legal identification:
  • Identity card
  • Temporary identity card document
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport and/or document used as a passport / legal/official document accepted as a passport by the issuing nation
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate (For infants up to one month old, along with parents' identification)
  • Photographed, sealed/stamped documents with T.R Identity number, issued by official institution(s)
You may complete your check-in using any of these documents.

International trips

Countries’ visa requirements may change over time. We suggest that you check the current visa requirements of your destination country via the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the websites of the national embassies.


You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. If you are obtaining a passport for the first time or renewing it, please remember the process can take several days.

For more information on documents required for the passport application, and to make an appointment, please see Turkey's Ministry of Interior Passport Services page (link in Turkish).

Visas and other documents

Countries’ visa requirements may change over time. We suggest that you check the current visa requirements of your destination country via the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the websites of the national embassies

Private security information (APIS)

Some countries require visitors to provide personal information known as Advanced Passenger Information (API) or Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS). This information must be collected by the airline before the passenger boards the flight.

You will need to provide this information during the reservation process to ensure that you can use other self-service check-in options.

Information required for APIS:

  • Name and surname (as written in the passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiration date
  • Passport’s country of issue
  • Country of residence
Additional information required for flights to/from the United States:
  • Address of your accommodation on the first night
  • Green Card number (if any)
  • Redress Control Number (if any)

How is APIS information shared?

Your APIS information is provided solely to the relevant authorities of the country concerned. We do not share the data with any other person or organization.

How can APIS information be added?

You can add APIS information for your purchased tickets via the Manage My Bookings tab on our website.

According to new regulations, children are no longer permitted to travel on a parent’s passport. Your children must have their own passports and visas.

According to new regulations, children can no longer travel by being registered on a parent’s passport. Children must have their own passports and you must also obtain a visa for them.

Important notices

  • Check your passport to make sure it is not damaged in any way. Ensure that passport pages are not partially or completely separated from the cover and that the laminate on the photograph page is intact.
  • For international trips, make sure that your passport has a blank page for entrance and exit stamps.
  • The information on all your travel documents (passport, ID, and ticket) must be the same. If there has been a name change due to reasons such as marriage or divorce, you must have an official letter (marriage certificate, divorce certificate), relating to the passport renewal or amendment, with you.
  • If your current visa is on an old passport (expired, empty page, older version passport, etc.), you must contact the consulate or embassy of the country you are traveling to.
  • As the passport validity period varies according to the country of travel, ensure that your passport is valid and that there is no damage to your passport. The signature area must also be signed by the passenger.
  • For visa-free transit travel through Germany, Turkish citizens must have a visa or residence permit for one of the following: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Romania, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or the European Union. At the Frankfurt and Munich airports, use of the transit hall use is limited to a maximum of 24 hours. At the Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf airports, use of the transit halls are as follows:

    Operating hours

    Hamburg: 04:30-23:30

    Berlin Brandenburg: 06:00-23:00

    Dusseldorf: 06:00-21:00

  • In the case of a valid or invalid Israeli visa or entry-exit stamp on the passport, entry into some Arab countries may not be permitted.
  • A passport is not obligatory when traveling to Ukraine and Moldova. For Turkish citizens, the new version Turkish identity chip card is sufficient. Passengers under the age of 18 can enter these countries with their new version, chip identification documents. Additional travel documents (consent letter) may be requested when traveling with a child, a parent or anyone else.
  • Travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus does not require a passport, but you must have your T.R identity card or identity card. Passengers under the age of 18 may enter these countries with their identity cards. For child passengers, additional documents (consent) may be requested from the parent(s) or guardian(s) traveling with the child.