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Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Agents warned about Turkey visas

ABTA has warned travel agents that visitors to Turkey will soon have to apply for a visa online or they may be refused entry.

The Turkish Consulate has advised that the stamp / sticker visa on arrival will be abolished from  April 10, 2014 and will be completely replaced by the e-visa application process.

All visitors to Turkey from April 11, 2014 will be required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website prior to travel.

But the association believes many agents may not be aware of the new requirement.

An ABTA spokeswoman said: "We have already informed our Members about the need for consumers travelling to Turkey to apply online for a visa for travel after 10/4/14 and we will be reminding them again this week.

"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 as a consequence be refused entry to Turkey."

The Turkish Consulate said: "The application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates will continue together (simultaneously) with the e-visa application until 10th April 2014."

Currently, the cost of the e-visa is $20 US.

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  • Visas only available up to 7 April 2014

    The website presently only allows for entry up to 7 April. Therefore I presume what the journalist/ABTA/Turkish government failed to point out is that you cannot apply on-line more than 3 months in advance of arrival

    By Vince Furnier, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • That's the way do to it...

    e-visa to Turkey is so simple that I cannot imagine, that somebody would even think that Visa on Arrival (and waiting times in IST up to 2 hours sometimes) is the best idea. I have used that few days after they introduced this scheme and it worked perfectly. Comparing to my previous visits my passport control was very quick and efficient and visa printout included all information you as a visitor may need. I think they should also remind some agents (or customers), that Turkey is not an EU member and therefore a PASSPORT is required and National Photo ID (some European countries have them) will NOT be accepted. I think e-visa will also reduce number of such cases and mistakes.

    By Marek Maslowiec, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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