Spring 2014 will see the introduction of Turkey’s new visa rules which will require travellers there to buy an e-visa on-line prior to arriving in the country.
Turkey launched its new online visa application system in April 2013, running it alongside its traditional system that grants visas at airports. However, from 10th April this year temporary holiday visas will no longer be obtainable on arrival at an airport terminal in Turkey.
According to ABTA, a Turkish e-visa costs $20 per person but on the plus side, it counts as a multiple entry visa valid for 180 days from the date of issue. ABTA added that with regard to cruise passengers, visitors don’t need an e-visa if they don’t leave the ship or if they only tour in the respective port city of Turkey, in which case, visitors will be given permission by local border police authorities to enter Turkey.
An ABTA spokesman said: “We have already informed our members about the need for consumers travelling to Turkey to apply on-line for a visa for travel after April 10, 2014 and we will be reminding them again. Turkey is an extremely important destination for our members and we are concerned that consumers, particularly those who have not booked through ABTA members, may not be aware of the new requirement and may be refused entry.”
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry reported in January that since the launch of the on-line application system it has received more than 833,000 applications but issued 712,300 e-visas, generating it US$10.7million. The largest number of visa applicants came from Iraq, followed by the UK and USA.
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