Exchange students are advised to acquaint themselves with the necessary formalities in connection with their entry to and residence in Turkey. Students can find travel information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Consular Procedures of Republic of Turkey. If you need further information, please contact the foreign representation (embassy/consulate) of Turkey in your home country. See here for the contact data of the relevant foreign representation.

Please note that incoming students are responsible for applying for a visa themselves. Erasmus Office is not involved in the application process. As processing a visa application may take a long time, you are advised to file your application as soon as possible.

Visa Exemption

Some exchange students who are citizens of EU/EEA countries may not require a visa for Turkey. Please check the webpage for visa informaation for foreigners of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further information.

Please note that special conditions of visa/residence may apply non-EU/EEA country citizens, even if they have a residence permit from a European country.

Those who have visa exemption are obliged to apply for residence permit since they will stay more than 90 days in Turkey. For the residence permit, the applicants must hold a valid passport at least 60 days longer than their intended period of stay. In order to prevent any problems they might have, the incoming students are required to submit a valid passport copy in their online Erasmus application. Therefore, the ID card is not a valid document type for Erasmus application.

Supporting Document from the University

Students might need an acceptance or a confirmation letter to apply for visa. Students receive their letter of acceptance after their application is approved by the relevant academic department at YTU.

Turkish Citizens Living Abroad

Turkish citizens living abroad and holders of Mavi Kart only require a valid passport or ID card to enter Turkey. They do not apply either for visa or residence permit. If you are a Turkish citizen, please upload the copy of your Turkish national ID or Turkish passport or Mavi Kart for your online YTU Erasmus application.