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Gozit Mar 5th 2020 7:39 pm

Re: Dual UK / Canadian citizen stranded in Jamaica
 

Originally Posted by DigitalGhost (Post 12816622)
Not necessarily. Until recently both my current and former partners could visit Turkey visa-free despite me requiring a visa. I travel under a UK passport and they had South East Asian and East Asian ones respectively. Turkey just dropped its via requirements for UKC's a few days ago in an effort to boost tourism and simplify border processes.

Ditto for when I visited Egypt last year. I needed a visa whereas my partner didn't and she has what most people would consider a far less desirable passport than I do.

TLDR: geographic region rarely has a huge amount to do with it.

AFAIK UK citizens could apply for a Turkish eVisa for ~20 quid ish. Not a huge deal.

Now it seems the UK and a number of other EU countries (Malta included) do not require an eVisa or a regular visa to visit Turkey, whereas Canadians still need the eVisa. Wonder why the change. Either way its positive for us!

DigitalGhost Mar 5th 2020 9:02 pm

Re: Dual UK / Canadian citizen stranded in Jamaica
 

Originally Posted by Gozit (Post 12816660)
AFAIK UK citizens could apply for a Turkish eVisa for ~20 quid ish. Not a huge deal.

Now it seems the UK and a number of other EU countries (Malta included) do not require an eVisa or a regular visa to visit Turkey, whereas Canadians still need the eVisa. Wonder why the change. Either way its positive for us!

The first time I went to Istanbul which wasn't even all that long ago, it cost £10. Then they introduced eVisa and with it came a flat fee of $20. I recently got evisas for my parents and it cost $35 each plus a payment surcharge.

They've dropped the visa requirement for UK citizens to boost tourism as for a number of reasons it has started to decline in recent years. There's no new affinity for the British versus Canadians or anyone else. It's just that after Germany, the UK is Turkey's most lucrative tourist market and perhaps they're also capitalising a bit on Brexit.

Officially Turkey only offers visa free access on a reciprocal basis which is why most Asian countries and some European nationalities have always been exempt. I think the UK has made it quite clear to Turkey that visa free access to the UK for Turks is never going to happen at this point though.


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