TURKEY holidays are a popular choice for Britons right now thanks to the favourable exchange rate. However, a travel agent has warned that British holidaymakers must do one thing before they head to Turkey or they risk being turned away from their flights.

Turkey holidays require UK citizens to obtain a visa in order to enter the Middle Eastern country. Tourists and business travellers alike have to apply for an e-visa before they travel after a change was implemented in October 2018. Kiosks and designated areas to buy the travel document are no longer available on arrival in Turkey. However, a travel agent has shared her travel advice and cautioned that it’s not enough to just have the e-visa on a phone or tablet.

“If you don’t have this you are not allowed to board the plane. There’s been loads of people turned away and missed out on their holiday.

“The tour operators don’t always inform you of this when you book. Please allow extra time at the airport.” (sic)

This advice is also issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Republic of Turkey’s e-Visa website – where travellers can obtain the document.

The Turkish site states: “Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-Visa on their system.

“However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa with you either as a soft copy (tablet PC, smartphone, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure on their system.”

An e-visa costs $20 (£15.50) and you can pay using a credit or debit card. Tourists can apply up to three months in advance of their travel date.

The FCO warns against being scammed when it comes to purchasing visas on unauthorised websites.

“Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-Visas, and for submitting applications,” said the FCO.

These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government.

“Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.”

Turkish visit visas are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

Source:  https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles (abridged)

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