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Turkish Passport Holders No Longer Need ETIAS Approval

According to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, those who have Turkish special passports and Turkish service passports can travel to Schengen countries without any approval from the European Union. This is contradictory to reports from some media outlets that have been reporting that people who hold special and service passports must get pre-approved electronically by the ETIAS to travel before they can travel to Schengen Zone countries. Also, Hami Aksoy, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, has also stated that the European Travel Information and Authorization System, which was accepted in 2018, will be implemented in 2022. He also mentioned that ETIAS visa will not have any hold on Turkish citizens who can enter Schengen countries without a visa thanks to the initiatives that the Foreign Ministry established with EU authorities.

The statement goes on to add, “Because of these initiatives that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has established with the EU Commission, we now have confirmation that citizens who already have special and service passports have no obligations to the ETIAS system.”

Who Will Need The ETIAS Visa?

Albania, Australia, Malaysia, Andorra, Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, British, United States of America, and more are eligible.

What Does The ETIAS Entail?

Once a person’s ETIAS visa application is approved, it is valid for three years. And if the document that was used to apply for it expires before those three years, it expires with the document too. Such a person can travel as many times as they like within that period, but they can only stay for 90 days out of any 180-day period.

If a traveler’s ETIAS visa application is denied, they will be told the reason. Such a traveler can then appeal the denial or modify their application and submit it again. If there is a strong reason that suggests that a traveler obtained ETIAS in a fraudulent way, it can be revoked.

The ETIAS allows travelers to scan their passports so they can enter the area. Before they can travel throughout the area, they have to enter through the country listed on their ETIAS application.

The introduction of the ETIAS will make traveling around Europe simpler and more straightforward for travelers who do not need a visa. It also makes traveling a lot safer for visitors who are ticking some destinations off their bucket list.

ETIAS Requirements

To apply for an ETIAS visa, you must have a passport, an accepted means of payment, and an internet-enabled computer or mobile device. You can complete the application in less than 20 minutes, and the application for an ETIAS visa does not start until January 1, 2021. However, if you would like to know about ETIAS visa requirements, check them out below;

  • You have to fill out the application fields, which entail your personal details and passport details.

Documents To Have With You

Make sure you have the following documents;

  • A valid passport
  • A machine-readable passport
  • An electronic passport.