Turkey has lifted visa restrictions for nationals of six major European countries allowing them to enter the country without needing to purchase an online e-visa.
Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will be able to visit Turkey without the need of a visa.
According to Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy, the new visa-free regime will go into effect on 2nd March. Under the new regime, visitors will be allowed to stay in the country for 90 days for each 180-day period.
Previously, nationals of these six European countries were required to purchase an e-visa beforehand. They could do so online, or in some cases as well at the airport upon arrival in Turkey.
Aksoy said that the visa-fee was abolished for these six nations in an attempt to boost tourism to Turkey, as well as improving economic and cultural ties.
Nationals of most other European already were allowed into Turkey without needing to secure an e-visa in advance.
Among others, nationals from Italy, Germany, France, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden and Finland were already allowed into Turkey on a visa-free basis.
It leaves Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Norway and Portugal as the only European countries whose nationals still need to apply for a Turkish e-visa.
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