Oct 31 2017

Turkey relaxes restrictions on U.S. travellers

U.S. travellers will again be able to buy visas as they arrive at Turkish airports and borders, but only if the last country of exit according to the stamps in their passport was not the United States.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the measure was intended to “reduce the suffering of U.S. citizens” as a result of the ongoing visa crisis.

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey said on Oct. 8 it would no longer issue visas in the country after a second local staff member was detained by police on charges of being a member of a terrorist organisation.

Turkey in return ceased issuing visas from its consulates in the United States.

While Turkish politicians have repeatedly said the visa crisis will end soon, United States representatives have talked only about “progress”.

The U.S. State Department, media reports said, is holding out for guarantees its staff will no longer be targeted.