SELECT Philippine passport holders holding valid visas from the US and Europe may now enjoy less-hassle travel to Türkiye by applying for visas online, the Turkish Airlines announced Wednesday.
Filipino expatriates living in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman may also enter Türkiye by applying for an electronic visa (e-visa).
Quoting a presidential decree by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that was issued on December 23, 2023, the Türkiye flag carrier said nationals from the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia – may enter Türkiye without visas.
Tourists from these four GCC countries may stay for a maximum of 90 days in Türkiye without visas.
“Nationals of Algeria, Egypt, India, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines and Yemen holding a valid visa or valid residence permit from one of the Schengen countries, USA, UK or Ireland can apply for the e-visa,” the Turkish Airlines added.
The Turkish Airlines applauded Erdogan’s visa exemption rule and e-visa privileges to promote tourism and cultural exchanges between Türkiye and countries covered.
Instead of applying at the Turkish Embassy in Manila, select Philippine passport holders can apply for a tourist visa at the website: www.evisa.gov.tr.
To be eligible for a tourist visa, the Philippine passport holder must also have in possession a valid visa or residence permit from the US, Schengen member countries, United Kingdom or Ireland.
OFWs from GCC member states may also be eligible to apply for Turkish e-visa.
According to the website, e-visa applicants should be ready with their credit or debit cards (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay) as these are the only mode of payment acceptable.
E-visas for select Philippine passport holders is only valid for single entry, up to a maximum of 30 days.
However, these selected Philippine passport holders are not eligible to apply for a visa upon arrival at Turkish airports or ports.
According to Turkish Airlines, transit passengers who chose to travel anywhere around the world using the Istanbul Airport as a stopover can discover Istanbul “free of charge.” If the layover time is within six to 24 hours, passengers can go on a guided city tour. If the layover time at Istanbul Airport is 20 hours or more, the transit passenger can explore Istanbul at their own pace with complimentary accommodation at their partner hotels.
“Turkish Airlines’ transit passengers are eligible to unlock two destinations with one flight ticket, as the national flag carrier offers two layover services, free hotel stay and free city tour, to explore the city of Istanbul when in transit,” it said.
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