Travel agents warn tourists visiting Turkey to print off electronic visas

Travel agents warned tourists traveling from the United Kingdom to Turkey to print off a hard copy of their electronic visas in order to avoid the risk of being denied entry to the country, the Independent reported on Thursday.

However, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for issuing e-visas, told that a phone download was sufficient, the newspaper said.

Earlier this month the Foreign Office updated its advice on travel to Turkey urging holidaymakers to keep with them a hard copy of their e-visa, the Telegraph said.

“You are advised to keep your e-visa with you either as a soft copy (tablet PC, smart phone, etc) or as a hard copy in case of any failure on their system,” says the official website for Turkish e-visa applications.

Over the past several days, stories have emerged of passengers being prevented from boarding their flights as they did not have hard copies, the Times said, adding that according to one report more than 30 passengers turned away before an EasyJet flight to Bodrum after being told that mobile phone versions were not acceptable.

Two local branches of Travel agent Thomas Cook posted their social media accounts warnings to those travelling to Turkey, the Independent said.

“To anyone travelling to Turkey, you will need to have and show a paper copy of your visa at UK airports. If you don’t have this you will not be allowed to board the plane,” said Thomas Cook Ballymena on Facebook and Twitter.