2023 witnessed a remarkable surge in American tourism to Türkiye, and the anticipation is that 2024 will surpass even that, especially with the elimination of the visa requirement. American tourists can now travel to Turkey without the need for a visa, making the process of visiting much more convenient.
According to tourism officials, the new visa regulations, which are applicable to both American and Canadian travelers, came into effect at the beginning of this month. Previously, travelers had to apply for an e-visa in advance, costing them $51.50.
In a statement shared with Travel + Leisure, Go Türkiye expressed, “Americans vacationing in Türkiye no longer require a visa to visit what has become one of America’s favorite overseas travel destinations. 2023 was the best year ever for American tourism to Türkiye, and with the cancellation of the visa requirement, 2024 is expected to be even bigger.”
However, it is important to note that travelers still need a valid passport that does not expire within six months of their entry into the country. Additionally, the passport should have sufficient space for entry and exit stamps. Visa-free entry is applicable to ordinary passport holders who plan to stay in Türkiye for up to 90 days within a 180-day period, as stated by the U.S. Department of State.
Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that Istanbul alone welcomed over 16 million foreign visitors in the first 11 months of last year. In November, visitors from the United States constituted the fourth largest group of tourists in the city.
While Istanbul is renowned for its rich history, impressive architecture, and vibrant markets, there are also numerous attractions outside the city, such as the ancient ruins of Turkey’s Lakes Region and the stunning coastline of Bodrum.
While Türkiye has eased visa requirements for U.S. travelers, Brazil is taking the opposite approach. Starting from April 10, travelers from the United States will be required to obtain an electronic visa to enter the South American country. The Brazilian Tourist Board informed Travel + Leisure that the cost of the e-visa will be $80.90 per person.