U.S. residents need a passport and visa to travel to Turkey. Passports should be valid for at least 90 days from the date of entry into Turkey and must have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps. Beginning on January 1, 2013, if there is not enough space for entry and exit stamps in your passport, you will be denied entry into Turkey. If you are traveling as a tourist, you must purchase a tourist visa at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate outside of Turkey. Please see the note below about visa changes effective April 1, 2014.
Residents from Countries outside the United States
Attendees should contact the Embassy/Consulate in their area for country-specific regulations on travel to Istanbul.
Attendees may be asked to provide some or all of the following:
- Original passport (with at least 6 months until the expiration date and one unused visa page).
- One original passport photo that was taken within the last 6 months. Passport photos must have a light colored background, be 2" by 2" in size and must be on photo paper.
- One completed and signed visa application form.
Please note: Beginning April 11, 2014, the Turkish authorities will start to phase out the practice of providing visas upon arrival at points of entry in Turkey. Once this program is phased out, all foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions aboard or from the e-visa application system, depending on eligibility. For more information, click here.
Turkish Visa Process
Letter of Invitation
To request a letter of invitation you must first register for the meeting and pay any registration fees prior to requesting a letter. Please send requests, including registration receipt, to firstname.lastname@example.org. A letter of invitation will be emailed to you on Biophysical Society letterhead.