By on 28th Feb 2020

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Turkey abolishes its tourist visa for British visitors

The Turkish government has made the decision to scrap its tourist visa, currently required to enter the country, for several European nations – including Britain.

Turkey’s tourist e-visa has meant that British holidaymakers have had to pay the fee of $20 to enter the country, but as of 2nd March 2020 this will no longer be the case. British citizens will be free to enter Turkey for tourism purposes for up to 90 days, without a visa. Visitors will, however, be required to have a least 6 months validity on their passports, as well as a full blank page for entry and exit stamps.

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