Turkey makes big change to tourist visas coming into force next week

People holidaying in Turkey will have to apply for e-visas BEFORE they travel to the country from next Monday. Until now, tourists had been able to apply for a visa upon arrival by using kiosks at Turkish airports. But the Government has decided to scrap these kiosks and the Wi-Fi areas that allowed visitors to fill out the form on their smartphones.

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The Foreign Office has now issued a warning that reads: “From October 29, self service e-visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports.

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“You must apply for your e-visa before you travel.”

How to get a visa to visit Turkey

Holidaymakers traveling from UK airports , including Newcastle International Airport[1], must now go to the official Republic of Turkey’s e-visa website – evisa.gov.tr – to obtain a visa.

It can be bought up to three months before travel, for a cost of £20, and lasts for 90 days within a 180-day period. Each visitor must carry a copy of their visa when passing though the airport and it will be verified by passport control.

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Turkey has seen a huge resurgence in popularity as a Discount Holidays © holiday destination for Brits this year. Getting back into the popularity stakes following safety concerns over terror attacks, the Eastern Med country has seen a rise in package Discount Holidays © holiday bookings.

The biggest draw is budget prices – according to Travel[2] Supermarket, the country is the second cheapest in Europe for all-inclusive holidays after Bulgaria.

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The country had five resorts in the list of Europe’s cheapest top 15.

Alanya was in second place, Bodrum in fourth place, Marmaris in eighth place, Antalya in 12th place and Olkudeniz in 15th place.

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This is in part because the lira has plummeted against the pound by 35% in the last year, while the Euro has gone up in value.

The change in currency value means that hotspots in Spain and France are now unaffordable for some UK holidaymakers.

References

  1. ^ Newcastle International Airport (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Travel (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)

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