ABU DHABI, March 17 — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised UAE citizens holding ordinary passports and wishing to travel to Turkey, of the need to obtain the necessary electronic visa for entry into Turkey, with effect from April 10th, 2014.
Ahmed Alham Saeed Al Dhahiri, Director of Consular Services in the Ministry, said that the new system for Turkey’s visas, which was effective from 17th April 2013, requires travellers to obtain a new electronic visa instead of the previous sticker visas that were issued at the Turkish borders, adding that the Turkish authorities will continue, as a temporary measure, to accept two visas, both electronic and sticker, up until 10th April this year. After this date, it will only accept the electronic visa.
Al Dhahiri added that citizens can apply for the new visa to enter Turkey via the official evisa website, by filling in the relevant form according to data contained in the traveller’s passport and paying the fee by credit card, a response can be expected after 24 hours. He added that after obtaining approval, the traveller will be able to print out the visa and present it at Turkey’s border crossings and entry points. –Wam