Turkey's VISA Rules For Brits To Change In 2020 And Holidays Could Be Cheaper
The alterations are set to happen from March 2020 and they will mean that British citizens won't have to pay a fee of approximately £27 ($35) each for the e-VISA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement: "As of 2 March 2020, Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for the members of the European Union Schengen area, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland as well as the United Kingdom citizens for touristic travels to Turkey for every 90 days within 180 day period.
"This step aims at increasing our tourism potential with these countries as well as further developing our trade, economic and cultural relations."
This means that if you're travelling as a family with children you won't need to pay for anyone's VISA which could end up saving a family of four (two adults, two children) over £100 ($130).
It's worth noting that despite VISA changes, passport validity will remain the same under the current regulations.
The FCO travel advice for Turkey explains: "The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
A spokesperson for ABTA said of the changes to visa rules: "It's welcome news that UK holidaymakers travelling to Turkey after 2 March 2020 will now no longer have to obtain a visa. Getting an e-visa is a straight forward process, but it will still be one less thing to do before going away and give a boost to this already popular holiday destination for Brits.
"With the visas costing around £30 per person this bonus will add up to a free Turkish meze and baklava to finish courtesy of the government, especially with exchange rates currently being favourable."
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