Turkey Lifts Visa Restrictions For Nationals Of Six EU Countries

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.

Visa-free regime

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.

Prior restrictions

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.

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Fishermen on the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. ©Paliparan


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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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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