Applying for a Turkey Tourist Visa in the Philippines for us Mortals without a US, Schengen or UK Visa in the year 2016

  1. Gather all your Docs: 2×2 Photo, Passport, Hotel Reservation, Round Trip Airplane Tickets, Proof of Income: ITR, Employment Certificate, Bank Deposit Certificate addressed to the Turkish Embassy Consul. Proof of Intent to Return to the Philippines: Land Registry Certificates, Bank Deposit (too), Leave Approval Form from your HR. Applied for Travel Insurance in
  2. Group the documents into 5:
    • 01 Biometric Photo
    • 02 Proof of Income – ITR, Employment Certificate, Bank Certificate, Stock Certificate
    • 03 Flight Reservation – Cebu Pac Ticket, Qatar Airways Ticket
    • 04 Hotel Reservation – 2 Hotel Reservations
    • 05 Intent to Return – Transfer Certificate Title, Leave Approval Form

Scan your photo into a JPG File. Scan the other 4 into PDF files, each file not exceeding 2 MB.

3. Go through the Pre-Application Process in  Upload files made in Number 2 during the process. End result is a pre-formatted and filled in Visa Application Form. Printed Visa application form.

4. Submit Everything. Site prompts you to Make an Appointment after Submitting Everything. Proceed to Making an Appointment with the Turkish Embassy.  Printed Screenshot of the Approved Appointment.

5. Prepare Docs prior to appointment: Passport, 2 x 2 Photo White Background, Photocopy of all Passport Pages with Stamps and Visas, 2835 Pesos for the Tourist Visa Application Fee (kulang yung pera ko yikes), Printed Hotel Reservations, Printed Roundtrip Ticket, Printed Certificate of Insurance from World Nomads. Certificate of Employment. Bank Certificate. (Not to be submitted but brought with me anyway: Leave Approval Form, ITR, Transfer Certificate of Title, Stock Cert. Basically hard copies of all things mentioned in Number 1. 150 Pesos for Embassy Shuttle in Dasmarinas Village.

6. Appointment Day – Find yourself in MRT 3 Magallanes Station. Walk on the Alphaland Side of Magallanes then Ecology Village then the Dasmarinas Village beside it. Leave an ID with the Guard if he’s in the mood to get IDs. Ride Shuttle that goes around every 30 mins. Write down your Details on the Shuttle Log-Book. Shuttle stops at Dasmarinas Village Office. Pay 150. Contemplate whether to withdraw from the ATMs  in the Village Office for Visa Fee risking getting left behind by the shuttle. Did not withdraw. Big Mistake. Ride Shuttle Again. Shuttle stops at the Embassies in the Log-Book. Russia. Nigeria (Maraming Filipinos sa Nigeria). Libya. India. Got off the Shuttle when driver shouted “Turkey!”

7. Enter a Dasmarinas Village-sized House Gate. Leave Bag and Cellphone with Guards in exchange for an Visitor’s Pass.

8.  Enter House if Guard allows you to. They allow people to enter probably when the Secretary is there. Lucky me she arrived around 9:30 AM.

9. Enter House/Embassy. Dim 70/80s style Bungalow Mansion welcomes you – but its not actually a bungalow since there’s a second floor where the Ambassador probably holds office. Line up to write Details again in another Logbook inside the house.

10. Wait. Make Chika with your fellow Visa Applicants. Listen to their stories and reasons they were there with you applying for Transit, Permanent Residence, Tourist and Student Visas. Listen to their stories of Anorexic Amos, of crossing the Cyprus-Turkey Border, of their knowledge of Anatolia, Izmir and other provinces of Turkey. Of Circumsized men and if its masarap. Of traydor Filipinos and why they don’t trust other Filipinos easily anymore, or of kind Filipinos who provide clothing to students during the cold winter months when the students who have nothing. Of standing their ground so their employers won’t abuse them.

10. Guard calls your name. Proceed to Secretary’s Room. Greet Secretary a good morning. Greet everyone with a Good Morning. Secretary inspects your documents. Ask you questions. Why are you there? Why Turkey? Said I was there for the Kebabs. Mentioned the places I wanted to go to: Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque.. And genuinely want to be there. Secretary asks for Employment Certificate and Travel Insurance. I provided the Copies.

11. Secretary asks for 2 Claim Stubs. Where do I get those? Get it outside. Gone outside and got 2 Claim Stubs. Went back in and gave the claim stubs. Asks for 2835 pesos. I brought only 2650 with me. Secretary returns the Documents: Come back if your payment is complete.

12. Hurriedly rush out to meet the Shuttle just on time. Ride back to the Dasmarinas Village gate. Withdrawed money from BDO in Alphaland. Made it back in time for the next shuttle trip. Did not get off to pay the fee.

13. Got off at Turkey. Left Cellphones with the Guard.

14. Waited for around 30 mins and Made Chika. Secretary was upstairs entertaining someone who’s there to meet the Ambassador.

15. Secretary goes down, calls names and gives first batch of Released Documents, passports and sukli of application fees.

16. Guard Lines up the next batch of Interviewees for the Secretary. Went ahead of the line to Pay. Got my Passport Taken. Got my Claim Stub saying release date is on the 6th of October.

17. Got out again to meet the Shuttle just in Time. Guard in Gates line up IDs of those making their way out of Dasmarinas Village. Got my ID.

18. Ate Bagnet at Shoops (?) in Alphaland for a Job well done.


22 thoughts on “Applying for a Turkey Tourist Visa in the Philippines for us Mortals without a US, Schengen or UK Visa in the year 2016

  1. can i ask question what if po no work? kakaresign ko lng po sa previous work ko last year of December 2016. i can able to submit my COE and ITR. what are other papers to proof that i will back to Philippines.

    1. Well if you probably have a substantial amount in your Bank Account – which is certified in your Bank Certificate, and a Roundtrip ticket with Hotel accommodations, then I think that would be enough proof.

  2. Hi, paano ba ko mgpa inquiry apppoinment? I called them then they told me to do it online, d ko naman mahanap kng anung site. Is there any possible way to contact you privately? Please let me know soon, thank you

  3. Hi! Did you pay in pesos or in usd? Is it okay to show a reservation ticket and not the paid one? Thank you 🙂

    1. Paid in Pesos 🙂 Hmm, with regards to the ticket I’m not really sure. I guess it should be okay just as long as you can prove that you’ll be returning to your home country.

  4. It’s sad that ordinary Filipinos (like you and me) with ordinary passports are subjected to such dehumanising ordeals just to apply for a tourist visa. I’m glad that you were still able to find humour in your experience, but I just find the entire process totally ridiculous. I’m fortunate enough to have a valid US visa, so I’ve been to Istanbul, Turkey (and the UAE) a couple of times with just an e-visa, which is hassle-free and stress-free to get online. Sadly, I’ve been to different countries (e.g. Georgia in the Caucasus) visa-free not by virtue of my Philippine passport but because of the US visa that is found on one of its pages.

    The nearest gate to the Turkish Embassy is situated at the corner of McKinley and Banyan Roads and is accessible via the Ayala MRT Station on EDSA. It is just 80 meters away, which is at most a 5-minute-walk, but the procedure in place would force any visa applicant to enter the Magallanes gate that is at least 1.2 kilometres away from the gate of the Turkish Embassy. What’s worse is that shuttle service provided to visa applicants has to traverse the entire subdivision, making regular stops at the different embassies there. In effect, the visa applicant who just needed to go to let’s say the Turkish Embassy would have to literally go around the world first, visiting each and every embassy along the way. I just cannot fathom the absurdity of this protocol.

    I still have a lot to complain about, but I’ll write a long email to our public officials in the hope of galvanising them into action to provide better solutions and to ensure that Filipinos are not treated like second-class citizens in their own country. I just find it totally ridiculous that consular missions should be inside exclusive residential complexes.

    I have a few questions to you, though.
    1) Before you showed up at the embassy, were you informed or did you find anywhere during the pre-visa application online the fee that you were supposed to pay?
    2) Did you realise that you could have easily walked to the San Antonio Plaza Arcade, which is just a two to three-minute walk from the embassy? The Arcade is next to the Santuario and has BPI, ergo ATM from which you could have withdrawn your money. You could have also easily walked all the way to Ayala MRT station on EDSA from the embassy and not wait for the shuttle to take you out of Dasmariñas after your application. The walk would only take you around 8 to 10 minutes.
    3) How would you describe the behaviour of the female secretary who attended to you?

    1. Oh wow, thanks for the long reply man. Hmm lets’ see:
      1) Nope. I based my estimate on the blog entries that came up googling the procedures.
      2) Yeah, that was mentioned in someone’s blog entry too, that they tried to walk to they village BUT the village guards wouldn’t allow you to do it. Everyone’s required supposedly to use the shuttle. Guess for security purposes na’din.
      3) She had no complaints with my application so I guess that was okay. Nothing special. But then when I returned to claim my visa it was a different secretary already so I don’t know what happened to the previous one.

  5. Hello again! Believe me, the letter of complaint I have sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and to their embassy here has been longer and more thorough.

    That’s exactly my point, how will the applicant know the fee when it was never on their pre-visa application online? Your response to my question validated my assumption that many Filipinos are now relying more on blogs written by previous visa applicants as their source of reliable information, which should not be the case. All relevant information must be clearly and explicitly stated on the official website of embassies. In my case, had I not emailed the embassy about the fee for my working visa, I would not have known that I needed to pay US$ 465. According to the email, I needed to pay US$ 60 initially when I file my working visa application and then pay the rest once the visa is approved. Yes! They need to be in US dollars (for a working visa). Again, I didn’t see that amount anywhere on the website nor during the pre-visa application for my working visa.

    I’m also writing an email directed to the DFA here, hoping they through diplomatic channels help provide Filipinos, especially those budget travellers, with a MORE HUMANE way of applying for consular visas here in the Philippines should they need to and perhaps even better to negotiate with their foreign counterparts to allow Filipinos to simply apply for e-visas if possible. I’m lucky enough to have a valid US visa, so I’m able to apply for tourist visas online (for Turkey and the UAE), but SADLY, like anyone else who happens to have the same visa or a valid Schengen visa, I am able to travel to more countries, NOT BY VIRTUE of my Philippine passport alone but because of a foreign visa that’s on one of its pages.

    I have nothing against embassies to be inside exclusive residential subdivisions. Yes! They have to be safe and secure, but I’m sure that they could also find that safety and security in other areas. Ideally, their consular missions that are responsible for receiving visa applications and releasing visas should be in areas that are EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, and I don’t mean that Dasmariñas shuttle service that takes you “around the world” first before you get to the embassy of your choice inside. That really doesn’t value the time of the visa applicant. From the other blogs I’ve read, Filipino visa applicants even suffer not just from the inconvenience of reaching those embassies inside the village but also become stressed from hunger, thirst, and boredom while waiting for the results of their applications. Things NEED to change for the better.

    Would you mind if I quote your blog as a reference for my letter to the DFA?

  6. Hello I submitted my requirements last August 24 I thought its very hopeful I can have visa 5 working days and my flight will be from Manila to Japan and Japan to Turkey. It will be on Sept 5 but the secretary told me the release will be Sept 7 which makes everything complicated because I will be joining a group and my boss will be the one paying my flight. Is there any way i can expedite my visa? Is it ok to call embassy to follow up or ask about that?

  7. I wish i had read your blog first before going to the turkish embassy so that i didnt have to go thru the hell i experienced earlier. From the embassy online site itself, they have no directions how to get there, so since i knew where dasmarinas village is, naively drove myself down there. I wasnt expecting the traffic however and it took me a good 30 mins to get to the gate for visitors, only to be lambasted by the guards that the only entry for visa applicants was thru a pedestrian gate along edsa. So it took me another 45 mins to that area and when i got to said gate at 11am, the shuttle had just left and the guard said it was the last shuttle and that operations would resume at 1pm. Good thing another applicant arrived and said the embassy was open up to 12nn, so the guard retracted and said that there would be another shuttle by and by. Unfortunately, after all that drama, i was still unable to enter because i hadnt printed my appt schedule (which i still say is not written anywhere to do)

  8. Hi, I’m curious if you also applied for dubai visa? does cebupac allows connecting flights from dubai without a transit or tourist visa? thanks 🙂

    1. No I didn’t apply for a Dubai Visa. Usually Airlines would have this information. You might want to checkout Emirate’s website for this 🙂

  9. Hi good day ..madam..ask ko lang panu kung wala me work and im only a housewife and my friend turkish national is inviting me there for a ten day vacation?anu mga possible requirements na pede ko i pass sa embassy?if tourist visa howmuch tLaga un magagastos?thanks

    1. Nagastos ko is around 70k Pesos including airfare, accomodation and tours. I guess mas mura for you since your friend is inviting you. Kindly check the embassy website for requirements, hindi din ako sure kasi. Thanks!

  10. Hello, I would like to ask how long would it take to process the tourist from application date given we have submitted complete docs? Our application date is on Apr 2nd (the earliest we can find) and our flight to Istanbul is on Apr 16th. Can we get our passports before 16th ( regardless if visa is approved or not.) Thanks.

  11. I applied for 25 days but they approved for 15 days 🙂 I dont like to blow my own trumpet but i really have good job and i have been in Europe countries many times before.And when i got Turkey that i saw the truth.I don’t think that Manila Turkish Embassy representing Turkey or Turkish people well.

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