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UPDATED: Non-US Citizens Can Still Travel Via Turkey

UPDATED:In a recent missive issued by each government, The US and Turkish embassies in each country are now accepting applications for a limited number of non-immigrant visas and processing will begin right away. Although it is small start towards normalizing the riled up situation, the two embassies are hopeful that it will soon iron out the differences.

Amid rising tensions among the diplomatic and political relations between the United States and Turkey, visa services had been suspended until further notice. This affected only US citizens wanting to travel to Turkey and citizens of Turkey who may want to come to the US on a visa. This had precluded all other travelers transiting from or traveling to Turkey irrespective of their origin from the US.

While overall numbers have dropped in the recent years, statistics reflect that number of travelers from the United States to Turkey have gone down from 798,800 to around 459,500 in the last year alone. As ties between the two countries deteriorate, these numbers may see a further slump. However, with the holiday season around the corner, many travelers have planned trips that may take them either to Turkey or transit through it.

Things to Know if You Are Non-US Citizen Traveling to or Via Turkey

Things to Know For US Citizens Traveling to Turkey

If you are a US citizen and hold an American passport and have a trip planned especially on Turkish Airlines or AnadoluJet flights, you will be affected by the recent visa suspension. You may have the following options –

There have been no updates regarding non-immigrant visas which is required for business, tourism and study, as well as more specialist visas, including journalist and diplomatic visas. Given that Turkey is not part of the US visa waiver program, these have to be applied for through US missions. Stay tuned here for further updates on the matter.

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