Turkey is the land of Dervishes, a wonderful tourist location. The country is now going to give privileges to European tourists with its visa policy changes. This move will improve its diplomatic relations with European countries.
Turkey has decided to offer visa-free travel to 6 more European countries. These countries are the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Austria, and the UK. The new change will be implemented from March 2, 2020. This move is poised to be a significant one for a better disposition with Europe.
The removal of visa requirements is applied to the member countries of the European Union Schengen area and the United Kingdom. This will be applicable on tours made to Turkey for every 90 days within the 180-day period.
Under the present system, British travelers must spend $35 (£27) for a permit to travel to Turkey. They can apply online for the permit. From March 2020, British tourists will not need visas to visit Turkey.
The new measure aims at boosting Turkey’s tourism industry. It will increase the country’s potential with European countries as the tourists will get an impetus to travel to Turkey. It will also benefit relations with European countries in the fields of culture, economics, and trade.
European travelers should ensure that their passports are valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey. Also, there should be a full blank page to place entry and exit stamps.
In 2018, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik had made an important announcement in this regard. He stated that Ankara had met all 72 requirements to secure its citizens’ visa-free travel to the Schengen Area. Turkish officials added that Ankara had submitted all related documents to EU officials to fulfill the visa liberalization process.
New momentum in Turkey’s relation with the European Union and the United Kingdom is expected with this liberalization of visa requirements.
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