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Turkey: Proposed Changes to Visa Regulations Delayed

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 01, 2010 01:35 PM

Published: 2010-08-01 13:35:13
Countries: Turkey

Noonsite recently received reports that Turkish immigration procedures for British visitors (and the nationals of 62 other countries) had changed from 14 July. The change meant that British visitors were being issued with visas which were valid for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180 day period. Visitors with this type of visa had to wait until the 181st day before applying for a new visa.

Following these reports, it is now being reported that the British Ambassador called on the Turkish Minister of the Interior on 22 July to seek clarification. The Ambassador raised the difficulties that the implementation, without warning, would cause many British people in Turkey, and to the citizens of other countries affected. The Minister said that no change in rules would be taking place.

The Ministry of Interior has now confirmed that the proposed change has been delayed. All ports of entry have been informed and visa procedures will revert to those in place before 14 July. British nationals will once again be able to enter Turkey on 90 day visas.

As yet it is unknown if a new implementation date will be proposed and it is recommended if you were issued with a 180 day visa, to contact your local Turkish consulate.