Go, get the on­line visa power: Turkey

The Turk­ish govern­ment launches e-visa ini­tia­tive for 94 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia. A valid UK, US, Schen­gen or a valid visa from any of the OECD mem­ber coun­tries is enough for an on­line tourist visa to Turkey

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most of the coun­tries we nor­mally have a re­cip­ro­cal sys­tem, this is the gen­eral pol­icy of the Turk­ish govern­ment. How­ever, In­dia has a large pop­u­la­tion, and we see a big po­ten­tial in this mar­ket. That is why we have Visa-onAr­rival (VoA) fa­cil­ity for In­di­ans in Turkey, even though there is no such fa­cil­ity for Turk­ish na­tion­als in In­dia. Evisa is much eas­ier you give all the in­for­ma­tion, you make your pay­ments in ad­vance and you just take a print­out of the visa and carry your pass­port while trav­el­ling. VoA was also a good fa­cil­ity, but you had to go through one counter to make pay­ment and an­other counter for the check­ing pro­ce­dure so it was tak­ing time. E-visa is all about sin­gle win­dow clear­ance.”

The e-visa is help­ful for those who would like to travel to Turkey for tourism or busi­ness pur­poses, as peo­ple do not have to waste time stand­ing in queues at Turk­ish Em­bassies or Con­sulates or at the air­port to ob­tain a visa. The e-visa is only valid for peo­ple trav­el­ling as tourists or for busi­ness pur­poses. If you want a study or a work visa, you re­quire reg­u­lar visa given by the Turk­ish em­bassies or con­sulates. “In­di­ans travel very fre­quently to Europe and Amer­ica. The share of the peo­ple who have valid Schen­gen, UK and US visas in In­dia is very high so I be­lieve the use of e-visa will also be very high here,” says Ay­turk.

Talk­ing about the gen­eral ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote tourism in Turkey, Ay­turk says, “We are look­ing to en­gage in some joint ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns with some big play­ers in the travel trade in­dus­try as well as or­gan­ise some cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. We are plan­ning a few fash­ion shows in which we are get­ting de­sign­ers from Turkey to show­case here. Once we de­cide on it, we are go­ing to look for some col­lab­o­ra­tions in In­dia as well. Also, we had hosted the Turk­ish hote­liers’ fed­er­a­tion in In­dia last year as this gave the hote­liers a plat­form to in­ter­act with the In­dian travel trade and their coun­ter­parts in the ho­tel in­dus­try. I also wanted them to see the po­ten­tial of the In­dian mar­ket for them­selves and I wanted their In­dian coun­ter­parts to see what the Turk­ish re­sorts and ho­tels have to of­fer to the trav­ellers. The event was a great suc­cess and now I have re­ceived a call from the fed­er­a­tion say­ing that they want to come again this year in Novem­ber. But this time, the fed­er­a­tion want to come with the travel agents as well.”

Ozgur Ay­turk

Cul­ture and Tourism Coun­sel­lor Turkey

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