Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Turkey eases visa rules, Indians set to benefit

Turkey has relaxed its policy of not issuing visas on arrival (VoA) from October 28 to a number of nationalities, including Indians.
Indian passport holders who have valid visa or residence permit from Schengen, US, UK and Ireland will be eligible for Turkish e-visa, said Deniz Ersoz, culture and tourism counsellor at the Turkish Embassy.
Such Indians “can obtain their e-visa on the site https:// in three minutes for a fee of $44.5,” Ersoz said.
Indians who do not have valid visas or residence permits of these countries will, however, need to apply for sticker visa, with the single entry visa fee being Rs 3,940.
“Turkish e-visa is equivalent to the Turkish sticker visa issued at Turkish missions.
With e-visa one can enter from any border gate to Turkey and stay along the period that e-visa allows,” he added.
Asked if passengers transiting through airports in Turkey need a transit visa, he said: “If passengers are not leaving international transit area, they do not need any type of visa. It is advised to confirm the matter with airlines company if exiting transit area would be needed.”

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