Oct 25 2018

Turkey changes its visa application process for British citizens

British travellers will have to apply for an e-visa before they travel to Turkey as of Oct. 29 due to new Turkish visa application rules, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced on Thursday.  

Starting with Oct.29, tourists and business travellers will have to apply for an e-visa before they travel. Kiosks and designated areas to buy the travel document will no longer be available on arrival in Turkey.

FCO also advised against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the southeastern city of Diyarbakir due to possible "terrorist attacks" and the ongoing conflict in Syria.  

FCO also warned British citizens travelling to southeastern province of Hatay that roads leading to Syrian border might be subject to closure. 

Hatay borders with Syrian northwestern province of Idlib, which is the last major rebel-held enclave in Syria. Turkey and Russia have been establishing a demilitarised zone in Idlib according to a deal reached in September, which effectively postponed a military assault of the Syrian government against rebel forces in the region. 

FCO cited Kurdish armed groups and the Islamic State among terrorist organisations that might plan and carry out indiscriminate attacks. 

FCO said the Turkish authorities are stopping members of the public to conduct ID check which is considered as a normal procedure since a state of emergency was declared in the country following a coup attempt in 2016. The state of emergency ended on June 17, 2018, but the ID checks and some additional security measures of the Turkish authorities remain in force. 

"You should co-operate with officials conducting checks, and keep your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa or your residence permit with you at all times," FCO advised to the British citizens.