Changes to the Turkish tourist Visa system in the recent month, has left many people bewildered and confused. A quick clarification for you. It was recently announced that any English traveler could only stay for a period of 90 days out of 180 days.
Anyone wanting to go over this allowance would have to apply for a residency visa. Then yesterday the Turkish Government announced that this change had been frozen until the foreseeable future. Apparently the British ambassador to Turkey whispered a few words in people ears, and pointed out to them the impractical implications of this change. Namely…
Implications of Turkish Tourist Visa Changes
1 – Turkey has many English travelers that come here for 180 days. They are either permanently traveling and staying in campsites, therefore would have no fixed abode to use as an address for a residency visa.
2 – Turkey has sold many houses to English people who stay here in the summer and return back to the UK in the winter. These expats have already had to face a drop in interest rates on their savings which they live off. They are now being asked to apply for a residency visa which was recently increased in price by a massive 56%. Hhhhm. Anyone think that was deliberate?
3 – Take Mrs A as an example. She visits Turkey for the first time, loves it that much, stays three months, returns to the UK but wants to go back to Turkey 30 days later. She can not, therefore Turkey is actually kicking themselves in the foot by limiting the income to their tourism industry.
So what are British travelers to do when entering Turkey? Well, you are going to keep a firm eye on the latest news where ever you go, however don’t take it personally as 62 other countries were also involved. I am sure Turkey is going to see the negative aspects of their plan and come up with another one just to confuse us all.
What do travelers from other nations do? Be sure to check with the Turkish embassy in your country as to the rules and regulations of Turkish tourist visas for your nationality.
Update : Since this post was published, the Turkish government has altered the rules a number of times. Readers can find out the latest status by reading the FCO website on entry requirements to Turkey. FCO website on entry visas to Turkey.
Update : Since this post was published, Turkey has now introduced the e-visa system. Please see here for further details