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VISA AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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

Visa policies of countries may change over time. For this reason, we recommend that you get information about the current visa policy of the country you are going to from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the websites of embassies while making travel plans.

Passport

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

Visa policies of countries may change over time. For this reason, we recommend that you learn about the current visa policy of the country you are going to from the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies while making travel plans.

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 for any damage. Make sure that the passport book is not completely or partially detached from its container, and that the plastic sheet on the photo page is not separated or torn.
  • Make sure that there is a blank page in your passport for the entry-exit stamp of your international travels.
  • Passport, ID and ticket information in travel documents must be the same. For name changes, it is necessary to renew the passport or submit the official letter (marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) to the officer during the trip.
  • If your valid visa is in an old passport (expired, no blank pages, old-style passport, etc.), you should contact the consulate of the country you are traveling to.
  • Since the validity period of the passport differs according to the country of travel, make sure that the validity period of your passport is sufficient and that your passport is not damaged (torn, scraped, erased, etc.). In addition, the signature box must be signed by the passenger.
  • Turkish citizens must have a visa or residence permit from Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Romania, England, the United States of America or one of the European Union countries in order to travel visa-free through Germany. The airports that can be transited are Frankfurt and Munich airports with a maximum transit waiting time of 24 hours. Transit lounge hours are limited at Hamburg, Berlin and Dusseldorf airports.

    Working hours

    Hamburg: 04:30-23:30

    Berlin Brandenburg: 05:30-23:30

    Dusseldorf: 06:00-21:00

  • Some Arab countries cannot be entered if there is a valid or invalid Israeli visa or entry-exit stamp in the passport.
  • You can also travel to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with your new Turkish ID card. Child passengers must also have a new type T.C ID card with a photo.
  • Passengers under the age of 15 who will travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are allowed to travel with the new ID card without a photo until October 1, 2021, and after this date, the new Turkish ID cards without photos will not be allowed to travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Additional documents (consent) may be requested for child passengers traveling with their parents (any of them).
  • As of April 1, 2021, there is no passport requirement for direct travel to Azerbaijan. It is also possible to travel with the new ID card.