Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Turkey extends e-visa deadline

Late Breaking news .....TRAVELLERS visiting Turkey this summer will no longer be obliged to apply for an electronic visa before they travel after authorities agreed to postpone the introduction of the new system until the end of the year.

Although the e-visas are already up and running, they had been due to replace the existing visa-on-arrival system entirely from April 10. However, ABTA - the travel association - had been urging the Turkish government to extend the transition period to prevent holidaymakers being caught out.

"We have received official confirmation from Turkey's London embassy that the transition period of the e-visa process has been extended until December 31,” said an ABTA spokesperson. "This means that during the transition period from now until December 31, Turkish visas can be obtained both online and at the port of entry.”

Whether purchased online or at an airport kiosk, the cost of multiple entry visas - which are valid for 90 days - is £10 per person. Visitors buying an e-visa, however, must pay by credit or debit card.

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