Turkey launches e-visa system for citizens of 94 countries

25 April, 13:52

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 25 - Aiming to attract more tourists from all over the world, Turkey has launched a new revolutionary online visa application system for the citizens of 94 countries that enable the issuing of tourist visas within minutes under certain conditions. ''Around 30 million foreigners visit Turkey each year. 65% of them are exempted from visa. Our target is the remaining 10 million foreigners. They are allowed to enter into Turkey after they get their visa from our consulates or at the border gates.

    This system is designed to transfer all of these procedures to the electronic context,'' Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru told the Hurriyet daily in an interview. As the architect of this system, Koru is well known for his expertise in digitalizing many functions of the ministry. The system categorizes countries under two large groups. The first group is composed of 40 countries whose citizens will get online visas without conditions. Among them are the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Republic of Cyprus, Qatar, Norway, the United Kingdom, etc. The citizens of the second group composed of 54 countries will however get their quick visas under certain conditions. A visa obtained from an OECD country will suffice for applicants from these countries to get an online touristic visa for Turkey. In addition, holding a residence permit from an OECD country is also sufficient for an online application. This group of countries is mainly from Africa. (ANSAmed).

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