IMPORTANT NOTICES
 


The provinces of Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Çanakkale, Denizli, Edirne, Istanbul, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Manisa, Muğla, Sakarya, Tekirdağ and Yalova are currently under the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Istanbul. All applicants from these provinces who wish to seek visa and consular services are advised to deposit/submit their applications in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul.

This is to inform the general public that the Consulate General of India in Istanbul has not authorised any other agency to accept applications on its behalf.
  

Advisory for Indian nationals residing in/visiting Turkey

 

Terror attacks in Turkey, including in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other cities point to a heightened threat from terrorism.  Further terror attacks, targeted and indiscriminate, cannot be ruled out. Indian nationals residing in/visiting Turkey are requested to be extremely careful and vigilant and aware of their immediate surroundings. Avoid crowded places/demonstrations/rallies and large gatherings. Please follow instructions of local/security authorities and monitor local news. 

 

Travel to parts of Turkey along the border with Syria, Iraq and Iran may be avoided. 

In case of emergency or any difficulty, please contact Embassy in Ankara/Consulate in Istanbul.

Emergency contact numbers

 

Consulate General of India, Istanbul

Mr. Sanjay K. Bharadwaj, Consul (Cons.)

Tel No: +90 212 2962128

Mob +90 5446 754668  [outside office hours]

 

Mr. Puranjoy Das, Assistant Section Officer (Cons)
Tel No:  +90 212 2910942

Mob+90 541 2385632  [outside office hours]

 

Embassy of India Ankara

 

Shri Stalin Babu Cheekatla, First Secretary

Tel: +90 312 4408259

Mob: +90 5303 142203[outside office hours]

 

Mr. Mohan Lal, Second Secretary (HOC)
Tel : +90 312 4385371
Mob:+90 5303 142205 [outside office hours]

 

 

Advisory - Indian nationals transiting through Istanbul/Turkey
 

Indian nationals may please note that a valid visa for Turkey is required for transfer between Ataturk Airport, Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Istanbul during transit at Istanbul. Without a valid Turkish visa, travel from one airport to the other airport within Istanbul is not permitted.

 

In addition, those who intend to travel by Turkish Airlines with a transit connection at Istanbul are advised to carefully check their visas for travel to the destination Country and ensure that they are valid in all respects before starting their journey.

 

Please note that double/multiple entry Schengen visa is required if you are transiting through Istanbul/Turkey while travelling between distinations in the Shengen zone. Kindly also check with the airlines before your travel. 

 

Advisory for  Indian tourists

 

There has been an increase in cases of lost passports reported to the Consulate by visiting Indian tourists to Istanbul in last few months. Indian nationals visiting Istanbul and other places in Turkey are advised to take care of their belongings, in particular handbags, passports and travel documents especially in crowded public areas like airports / bus stops, shopping malls and places of tourist interest.

 

Advisory - Indian nationals visiting Istanbul on Turkish e-Visa

 

There have been instances of Indian nationals, who after arriving at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, have been denied entry by Turkish authorities and sent back by the next flight on the grounds that they did not fulfill the criteria for grant of an e-Visa for entry into Turkey.

 

Indian nationals who intend to visit Istanbul on the basis of a Turkish e-Visa are advised to carefully read and comply with the prerequisites and must ensure that they meet the criteria for obtaining an e-Visa for Turkey. One of the pre-requisites is that one should hold a valid supporting document. The prescribed supporting document can either be a valid visa from one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK or Ireland; or a valid residence permit of one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK or Ireland. The supporting documents should be valid as on the date of entry into Turkey. Please note that e-Visas are not accepted as a supporting document.

 

The Turkish diplomatic mission may be consulted if required, in regard to Turkish visas. It may be kept in mind that persons who are denied entry have to stay within the confines of the designated holding area at the airport till the next available flight back and are not allowed access to the airlines lounge or a hotel in the city or at the airport.

 

Advisory - Fake employment offers

 

It has been noticed that Indian nationals have been receiving fake employment offers, allegedly from Turkish companies. The offers ask applicants to deposit money for processing Turkish residence / work permits.  The companies are also sending fake travel documents to Indian nationals. Indian nationals receiving such offers may kindly check the credentials of the concerned companies before accepting the offer.  

 

Consular advisory on fake calls

 

Recently, an incident has come to notice wherein an unknown fraudster called an Indian national living in Istanbul, pretending to be an official from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Immigration Office. The fraudster used the ruse that there were certain issues/problems with the individual’s residence permit and asked for a sum of money to avoid any impending action.

 

The fraudster was apparently able to spoof certain telephone numbers to make it appear legitimate and also had access to a few personal particulars, as mentioned in the passport. 

 

The Consulate General of India, Istanbul would like to advise all Indian citizens to ignore such fake calls, as the intention is to dupe gullible foreigners. It is easy to establish a fraudulent call by calling back on the supposed number. Chances are that neither the caller nor the number would be in existence. 

 

If an Indian national receives such a call, he/she is requested to immediately inform the police authorities and the Consulate at cpv@cgiistanbul.org with all the relevant details. 

 

Advisory - Indian Visa Related
 

All visa applicants intending to travel to India are alerted that fake visa websites such as www.e-touristvisaindia.com, www.indianvisaonline.org.in, www.e-visaindia.com, etc. are operating with the intention of cheating Indian visa seekers by giving erroneous information and misguiding applicants resulting in wastage of time and in many cases financial loss. In order to mislead applicants, some of these websites have created images and home page templates mimicking the official Government of India website.

 

All visa seekers should note that the correct website for filling online visa / e-visa applications is https://indianvisaonline.gov.in. Visa applicants are also advised not to deal with other websites that do not belong to the Government of India.

 

Visa applicants in the consular jurisdiction of Consulate General of India, Istanbul may seek information on visa procedure either by visiting the official website of the Consulate General of India, Istanbul: www.cgiistanbul.org or by sending an email to cpv@cgiistanbul.org

 

Public Advisory: Handwritten passports, passports valid for less than six months and exhaustion of visa pages.


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