Turkey Embassy in Canada

The Turkish Embassy in Ontario, Canada provides consular assistance to Turkish citizens living or investing in Canada, and Canadians of Turkish descent resident in Canada. The Embassy also serves foreigners who want to visit or move to Turkey.

This guide contains all you need to know about the consular services offered by the Embassy of Turkey in Ontario and the Turkish Consulates in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, and Vancouver.

It also includes all fees, processing times, and documentation required to complete the legalization process and apply for passports, visas, and public certificates, directly at the Embassy of Turkey, Canada.

Embassy of Turkey in Canada

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The Turkey Embassy in Canada

The Turkish Embassy in Canada and its consulates process passport and visa applications, civil status certificates, citizenship applications, and facilitate the legalization process.

There are close to 100,000 Canadians of Turkish descent in Canada, as well as several thousand Turkish students.

With such a large diaspora, the Embassy and Consulates are a point of contact to many. Knowing what kind of documentation is required for the service you need facilitates the process and saves you time.

Contact details

Embassy of Turkey in Ottawa Canada

Turkish Consulate in Toronto / Turkey Embassy Toronto

Turkish Consulate in Montreal

Turkish Consulate in Quebec

Turkish Consulate in Vancouver / Turkish Embassy Vancouver

Opening Hours

Turkey Embassy

Turkey Consulate, Toronto

Turkey Consulate, Montreal

Turkey Consulate, Vancouver

Payment Details

You must apply in person after making an appointment for any service offered at the Embassy of Turkey in Canada. This means that you must pay in person.

In some cases, documents can be sent and received by post.

Legalization/Apostille, Embassy of Turkey Canada

Power of Attorney
When is an attestation needed?
A power of attorney is a legal document where you designate another person to act on your behalf.
Description
  • Contracts and power of attorneys required to be issued at the land registry offices
  • Will
  • Sales with the condition of preserving ownership
  • Sales Commitment for Real Estate
  • Foundation Voucher
  • Marriage Covenant
  • Child Adoption or Recognition
  • Contract for Inheritance Partition
Who can apply?
Unkown
Fee (in CAD)
The fee to be paid for notary transactions varies according to the type of transaction and the number of pages of documents.
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for attestation

You’ll need: 

  • 2 passport size photos in colour, taken within the last six months (Both photos must be identical and in full-face view, directly facing the camera.)
  • The Proxy’s Turkish ID, name, surname, parents’ names, place of birth, date of birth (if the proxy is an attorney, necessary information shall include the name of the bar association, the registration number of the attorney, the related tax office and the tax registration number)
  • Turkish ID
  • Passport
  • Blue Card (pink card)
  • Forms 

 

For real estate related transactions

  • Title details of the real estate

 

 For motor vehicle related transactions

  • Vehicle’s title information
  • Buyer and assignee’s ID information (if this is unknown, a general expression such as "sell or transfer to whom he/she wishes" is included into the power of attorney)

 

For bank related transactions

  • Bank and branch details 
  • Account number

 

For transferring, dividing or selling inheritance related transactions

  • Legal name and surname of the deceased,
  • If the inheritance subject is real estate or a vehicle, then the title and license information of those.

 

For renting related transactions

  • The address of the real estate

 

For phone related transactions

  • Telephone number 
  • ID information of the person to whom the target phone to be transferred or sold.
How to submit
In person with the required documents.
Submission Notes
Make sure that all ID information is correct.
Authentication of Signature-Seal of Document from Foreign Authorities
When is an attestation needed?

Documents issued by Canada to be used in Turkey are valid after this process of authentication. This process is also called legalization or attestation. It is the equivalent of apostille.

Documents issued by the Turkish authorities to be used in a country that is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention also need this process of authentication. For example, Canada is not part of the Apostille Convention.

Description

Personal documents: 

  • Birth certificates
  • Name change certificate
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Divorce Certificates
  • Power of Attorney
  • Criminal Record Checks (Police)
  • Adoption Papers
  • Doctor/ Medical note
  • Citizenship and Immigration documents
  • Statements In Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad

 

Education and work documents:

  • Degrees and Diplomas - College/University
  • Diplomas - High School
  • Transcripts - High School
  • Transcripts - College/University
  • Teaching Certificates
  • Other documents issued by educational institutions that are not degrees or transcripts
  • Professional Certificates
  • Apprenticeship certificates
  • ISO Certificates
  • TESOL certificate
  • Letter of experience
  • Letter of employment
  • Regulatory Documents
  • GMP Certificates
  • Medical Device Licenses
  • Veterinarian documents
  • Medical Documentation

 

Business and corporate documents: 

  • Certificates of Origin
  • Canada Revenue Agency documents
  • Letter of Appointment
  • Ownership document
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Amendment
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Affidavit - Agreement/Certificate of Incorporation
  • Purchase or sale agreement
  • Trade Marks Registration
  • Bill of Lading
  • Authorization of Agent
  • Sole Distributorship
  • Bylaws
  • Letter of Invitation
  • Patents / Assignments
  • Pharmaceutical Certificates
  • Business letter and other document business related
Who can apply?
Canadians who need to use their certificates in Turkey, Turks who need to use their certificates in Canada.
Fee (in CAD)
The fee to be paid for notary transactions varies according to the type of transaction and the number of pages of documents.
Processing Time
Approximately 3 business days.
Criteria for attestation

You need: 

  • Turkish ID or passport 
  • Application form 
  • Original document which is due for signature-stamp authentication + a photocopy

 

Commercial documents must be approved by the Chamber of Commerce prior to authentication by the Turkish Embassy Canada.

Prior to authentication by the Turkish Embassy, personal documents must be: 

  • Authenticated by Global Affairs Canada
  • Approved by a Canadian Public Notaries/Lawyers.
How to submit
  • In person 
  • Or by mail: 
    • The required fee and postal payment must be completed. 
    • The required documents must be included.
Certified Translator's Authentication of Signature-Seal
When is an attestation needed?
Official documents issued by the authorities of the Republic of Turkey, or by the foreign local authorities and translated into English or any other language by a registered translator, must be authenticated.
Description
This applies to all the documents listed in the table Authentication of Signature-Seal of Document from Foreign Authorities.
Who can apply?
Canadians who need to use their certificates in Turkey, Turks who need to use their certificates in Canada.
Fee (in CAD)
The fee to be paid for notary transactions varies according to the type of transaction and the number of pages of documents.
Processing Time
Approximately 3 business days.
Criteria for attestation

You need: 

  • Turkish ID or passport 
  • Original document which is due for signature-stamp authentication + a photocopy

Commercial documents must be approved by the Chamber of Commerce prior to authentication by the Turkish Embassy Canada.

Prior to authentication by the Turkish Embassy, personal documents must be: 

  • Authenticated by Global Affairs Canada
  • Approved by a Canadian Public Notary/Lawyer.
How to submit
  • In person 
  • Or by mail: 
    • The required fee and postal payment must be completed. 
    • The required documents must be included.
Application for preparing a copy of a document
When is an attestation needed?
For when an official copy of a document is needed.
Description
  • Turkish ID card 
  • Commitment Letter 
  • Domicile Transfer Document 
  • Disclaimer
  • Consent Letter
  • Child Adoption
  • Desist Letter
  • Child Recognition Deed
  • Deed of Donation
Who can apply?
Unkown
Fee (in CAD)
The fee to be paid for notary transactions varies according to the type of transaction and the number of pages of documents.
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for attestation

You’ll need: 

  • Turkish ID
  • Passport
  • The original document
  • Form
How to submit
No info given
Application for preparing a contract
When is an attestation needed?
Unkown
Description
  • Marital Property Division
  • Marriage-Cost Partnership
  • Participation in-Marriage Acquired Property
  • Cooperative Housing Share Transfer
Who can apply?
People who need to prepare a contract for use in Turkey or for use in Canada.
Fee (in CAD)
The fee to be paid for notary transactions varies according to the type of transaction and the number of pages of documents.
Processing Time
Unkown
Criteria for attestation

You’ll need: 

  • Turkish ID
  • Passport
  • Other relevant documents
  • Form

 

If applicable, documents issued by Canada must first be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.

How to submit
N/A

FAQs

Yes. Turkey joined The Hague Apostille Convention in 1985. Documents issued by Turkey need to be apostilled before they can be used abroad. However, if the documents are to be used in countries that are not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, they must be legalized. Legalization is also sometimes called attestation. 

The same applies if your document was issued in Canada. Since it is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, it cannot issue apostilles or recognise them. Therefore, you’ll need to legalize the documents. 

If your documents have been issued by Canada, they must first be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and then legalized by the Turkey Embassy Canada. You can read more about this in the table above.

The signature on the document must be authenticated and legalized. This signature must come from a certified authority, such as a Canadian lawyer, notary public, select members of the RCMP, and signatories at the various provincial vital statistics offices across Canada.

This signature is then authenticated at Global Affairs Canada. This takes up to 20 business days if the documents are sent by mail or courier, and this does not include shipping time to and from Global Affairs Canada. Commercial documents must be authenticated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce prior to sending it to the Embassy of Turkey.

Once the document is authenticated, it is ready to be sent to the Turkish Embassy in Canada or one of the Turkish Consulates to be legalized. Details regarding fees, required documents, and processing times can be found in the above tables. Once legalized, the document is ready to be used in Turkey.

However, this is a fairly complex process with many documents and waiting times involved. At Document Authentication Canada we work closely with the Turkey Embassy in Canada and Global Affairs Canada to facilitate and expedite the legalization process. Get in touch with our expert team on 1-855-700-5840 for assistance.

Only what’s known as a ‘Competent Authority’ can issue apostilles. In Turkey, apostilles are done in Governorships and sub-Governorships. The Ministry of Justice, Justice Commission, and Heavy Penal Courts also issue Apostille approval for documents under the Ministry of Justice.

To facilitate the apostille process, Turkey launched an e-apostille system where documents can be processed online.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused some problems with travel, but Canadians are still permitted to leave the country as they wish despite the Government issuing an advisory to avoid non-essential travel out of Canada. However, upon return, all travelers face a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and they must provide a negative 72-hour PCR test before boarding their flight home.

Turkey has now reopened for Canadian tourists. There are direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Istanbul via Turkish Airlines.  

Under normal pre-Covid rules, Canadians need to apply for an e-visa before travelling to Turkey. To enter, visitors must present a negative 72-hour PCR test, proof of recent recovery, or proof of being fully vaccinated. 

You must also present a “Form for Entry to Turkey” which can be filled through the website of the Ministry of Health of Turkey within the last 72 hours prior to your flight to Turkey.

If you visited Brazil, the UK, Denmark, or South Africa within ten days of your arrival to Turkey, you will have to do a mandatory 14-day quarantine at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. A mandatory PCR test is issued on day 10 of the quarantine. If negative, the quarantine ends. 

The situation remains fluid. It’s best you check the latest official travel advisories prior to your trip.

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All other services offered by the Embassy of Turkey in Canada

The Turkish Embassy offers a number of other services related to birth, death, marriage, civil registration, passports, citizenship, visas, military exemption, driver’s license, and judicial issues. The following subsections give information about each of these services.

Civil Status Certificates

Turkey Birth Certificate

  • Birth registration for children born within conjugal union
  • Birth registration for children born out of conjugal union 
  • Application for International Birth Certificate

 

To register the overseas birth of a child, you must notify the Turkish Embassy no later than 60 days after the birth. 

If the notification is made after 60 days, you will be charged a penalty. The notification must be made by either of the parents by sending the Birth Certificate of the child to the relevant Turkey Embassy or Consulate. 

The registration date is the day the documents are mailed. If for some reason you couldn’t issue the notification, you can submit the original foreign birth certificate and a Turkish translation to the relevant authorities in Turkey.

Names containing the letters “w”, “q”, and “x” are not accepted since these letters do not exist in the Turkish language, unless one of the parents is a citizen of another country that is a party to the International Commission on Civil Status Convention on the Recording of Surnames and Forenames in Civil Status Registers. 

A child who is born within conjugal union is a child that is born while the marriage is ongoing or within 300 days of the end of the marriage. If a child is born out of wedlock, and the parents marry each other, the child is considered to be born in marriage. You’ll need to produce your personal documents. 

Fee: CAD 17. 

For children born out of conjugal union, you’ll need to produce official documents and submit this petition in order to register the child. 

To obtain a birth certificate, individuals themselves, their spouses, legal guardians, first degree descendants or ascendants, and legal representatives can apply. You’ll need official documents, and Power of Attorney if applying on someone else’s behalf.

Turkey Death Certificate

  • Application for the Document of Funeral Transportation (for the ones who will be buried in Turkey)
  • Application for Death Registration
  • Application for the International Death Registration Copy
  • Application for Heritage

 

You can apply for a document of funeral transportation at any Turkish Foreign Mission in the country. Blue card-eligible individuals or owners in Turkey will get a document of funeral transportation. 

However, others must apply for permission from the Turkish Ministry of Interior. Along with official documents, you’ll need to submit a Mortal Remains Information Form and this petition

To register a death, you’ll need official documents and this petition

To get a copy of the international death registration, their spouses, legal guardians, first degree descendants or ascendants, and legal representatives can apply. You’ll need to present official documents. 

When dealing with matters of heritage, the inheritance of the deceased who passed away in a foreign country needs to be transferred to the Court of Probate of the region where they are registered in Turkey.

If this region cannot be determined, the inheritance shall be transferred to the Ankara Court of Probate. The cost of the transfer of inheritance to Turkey can be either covered from the inheritance or by the heirs. If this cannot be covered, a list of the estate (including the value of goods) shall be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to transfer goods as payment. 

Cash inheritance can be directly transferred through a bank to the Court of Probate if the foreign exchange laws of the host country allow. 

If the laws do not allow, the cash inheritance is transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via courier. The valuable possessions of the deceased delivered to the Turkish foreign missions should also be sent to the Ministry of Foreign affairs via courier. 

If the heirs of the deceased are abroad, it is possible to deliver the inheritance to the heirs with the order of the Court of Probate.

Turkey Marriage Certificate

  • Preliminary Application for Marriage in Foreign Representation (Document Acceptance Stage)
  • Application for Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry/Marriage Licence (For marriage before foreign authorities)
  • Application for Marriage Registration
  • Application for a family record book
  • Application for International Marriage Registration Copy

 

Applying for marriage in a foreign mission (to obtain an international marriage certificate) requires official documents and 2 colour headshots taken within the last 6 months for each spouse. 

If the marriage was done before a foreign authority and not registered in Turkish records, the couples applying for a marriage certificate should initially apply for marriage registration. These are the relevant forms

Fee: CAD 20. 

Persons holding dual-citizenship or if one of the spouses is a foreign country citizen, the couple must apply for a marriage license, since they cannot get married at the Turkish Embassy. 

They can get married in the presence of foreign local authorities after obtaining a marriage license from the Embassy. Official documents and this form are required. If one of the spouses is 17, permission from the parents, custodians, or guardians is required. If they are 16, permission from a relevant judge is needed. 

To register a marriage, an individual application by one of the spouses must be submitted. You can fill out and sign the petition and send it by post with the necessary official documents. The procedure must be conducted within 30 days after the date of the marriage abroad, otherwise, you’ll be fined.

Fee: CAD 28. 

A family record book or a family wallet is delivered to the newly married couple after the marriage is completed. 

If you lose the Family Wallet after getting married in Turkey, you need to communicate with the Population Directorate before asking for a replacement at the Embassy. This is to produce the place of marriage and marriage registration number, which you’ll need along with official documents and the request form. The family wallet is issued via registered mail. 

Fee: CAD 48. 

To get a copy of the international marriage registration, spouses, legal guardians, first degree descendants or ascendants, and legal representatives can apply. You’ll need to present official documents.

Civil Registration

  • Republic of Turkey Identity Card (TCKK) Application (Due to Birth or Change)
  • Republic of Turkey Identity Card (TCKK) Application (Due to Loss)
  • Application for Civil Registration Copy
  • Application for Declaration of Address

 

When applying for a Turkish ID Card due to a birth or change in details, the person applying or a person authorized by Power of Attorney may receive it. Parents can apply for their children under the age of 18. You must present official documents and this form

Fee: CAD 6; Postage fee varies from CAD 20 to CAD 5 

When applying for a Turkish ID Card because you’ve lost it, you must apply personally with a report from the local police authorities regarding the loss of the ID card. The same criteria and required documents apply.

Fee: CAD 12; Postage fee varies from CAD 20 to CAD 5 

The applicant, a spouse, parent, guardian, or individual who can document family ancestry are able to apply for a copy of the civil registration.  You’ll need to present official documents.

Population Registration

Every Turkish citizen is obliged to declare their address. To declare your address, you need to present official documents and this form

Adult members of the family whose residential address is the same residence can make address declarations on behalf of each other. The addresses of the children and the disabled are notified by the parents, guardians, and trustees. If they are not present, they are notified by the grandparents or adult siblings of the child, or by those who have the child with them.

Passports

The Turkish Embassy also issues passports in case of expiry or loss, and travel documents for those who need to return to Turkey but have no valid Turkish passport.

The Embassy also processes applications for Special Passports, Service Passports and Temporary Passports.

Citizenship & Blue Card

The Embassy deals with Citizenship matters, assisting persons of Turkish descent in Canada to apply for Turkish citizenship.

As a general note, you can apply for citizenship by marriage, residence, and other exceptional reasons. You can also reacquire Turkish citizenship. There is a specific application for TRNC (Northern Cypriot) citizens.

You can register your multiple citizenship at the Embassy, or apply to cease your Turkish citizenship.

The Embassy also processes blue card renewals and replacements.

Visas

In case of tourism or commerce, you can obtain an e-visa here in approximately 3 minutes. All e-visa fees are listed here

For purposes of work and study, visas are issued by the Turkish Embassy or Consulates.

Detailed information on types of visas, passport validity requirements, and requirements per country can be found here.

Other Consular Services provided by the Turkey Embassy in Ontario

The Embassy processes applications related to military service, including postponement (for employees, employers, and seamen, persons with dual citizenship, and students), exemption due to health issues and other unique considerations

You can also apply for a criminal record certificate, new driving license, a Turkey e-Government password and an interview with a legal advisor, all through the Embassy.

IN CONCLUSION

This guide should have provided a clearer idea of the legalization process, and all the services that are provided by the Embassy of Turkey Canada: services related to birth, death, marriage, civil registration, passports, citizenship, visas, military service, judicial issues, and others.

The legalization process, in particular, can be overwhelming, especially on top of relocation to another country or big life changes.

Our expert team can take care of the process for you, ensuring you meet all document requirements when submitting your request and that your timelines are met.

Get in touch with our expert team on 1-855-700-5840 to request a quote and a free document evaluation.

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Nidhal Abu, Director of Operations

Nidhal is an expert in the international community in Ottawa and is currently completing his paralegal license. He manages all client relationships and oversees DAC’s daily operations.