I am responsible for the analysis, development, and implementation of the Turkish Electronic Visa System used by the more than 8 million foreigners who annually get visas at the Turkish ports of entry.

Background and Details

Turkey is the 6th largest tourist destination in the world and 40 million foreigners visit Turkey annually. According to the current visa policy of Turkey, 25% of these visitors must hold a valid Turkish Visa. Before the project, more than 8 million foreigners had to get visas at the ports of entry with waiting in visa lines.

The project was launched in June 2012 and went live on schedule on April 17, 2013. The project has to date issued over 33 million e-visas and total state revenue of USD 770 million has been securely collected online. Over past 6 years, the website has been visited more than 40 million visitors from 209 different countries.

The project also has resulted in 51.000 e-Visas issued per day, a world record. The project was awarded the 1st prize in the e-TR e-Government awards in 2013 under the category of Government to Citizens e-Services. The project reached the finals in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services” at the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) in 2015.

The project can be accessed at https://www.evisa.gov.tr, pages are served in 9 different languages.

The project appeared in local and international media several times. For example, Independent (UK), The Telegraph (UK), DailyMail (UK), Anadolu Agency (TR), NTV (TR)

After the success of the project, several different states took the project as an example and started their own e-visa projects. And The Ministry made bilateral agreements and workshops with some other states about supporting their e-visa projects.

Experience acquired

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