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Turkey suspends all visa (and evisa) services at Turkish missions in the US

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TURKEY & USA REINSTATE VISA SERVICE! 28 Dec 2017


Link to Bloomberg article.

The visa exclusion no longer applies.

Announcement from Turkish Airlines:

https://p.turkishairlines.com/en-us/...ase/index.html

Parallel discussion in Turkish Airlines forum:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/turk...-issuance.html

Another parallel discussion in the Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate forum:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chec...es-turkey.html
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Old Oct 8, 17, 4:22 pm
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Turkey suspends all visa (and evisa) services at Turkish missions in the US

"Recent events have forced the Turkish government to reassess the commitment of government of the United States to the security of Turkish mission facilities and personnel," the statement by the Turkish embassy in Washington said on Sunday. This appears to be in retaliation to American actions.

As a USA resident, when you try to buy an online VISA, this is the message you get:

Unfortunately, nationals of the country that you selected are not eligible for e-Visa. Kindly visit the nearest Turkish mission to apply for a visa application. Please visit http://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr for the full list of the Turkish Embassies and Consulates."

https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/
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Old Oct 8, 17, 6:02 pm
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If you have non-US passport and it's eligible for eVisa you'll still be able to apply online. I just tested mine and it works.
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Old Oct 8, 17, 8:35 pm
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Trying to find out if I even need a visa on a US passport. We booked an ANA award ticket and will be flying with Turkish Airways to IST for a ~20 hour stopover and then taking an Etihad flight to AUH.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

Any ideas?
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Old Oct 8, 17, 8:39 pm
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Any ideas?
Single ticket and not leaving the airport you're fine without a visa. But that is an awfully long time to spend in a pretty mediocre airport. There's an airside hotel at least but still.

Separate tickets you are probably screwed. I'm not sure you'll be able to get the onward BP to get through the transit security line 20 hours prior to flight. Even if the EY desk is staffed that could be challenging.

And if you're checking bags through on separate tix forget about it. That would require entry, bag claim and exit the following day. That's no longer viable.
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Old Oct 8, 17, 8:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Trying to find out if I even need a visa on a US passport. We booked an ANA award ticket and will be flying with Turkish Airways to IST for a ~20 hour stopover and then taking an Etihad flight to AUH.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

Any ideas?
In addition to what may happen at IST, I'd be concerned about whether the airline will let you board.
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Old Oct 8, 17, 8:52 pm
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In addition to what may happen at IST, I'd be concerned about whether the airline will let you board.
Just great... ANA had to put me on Turkish Airways due to Etihad pulling out of SFO. It's not till December. Wonder if things will change by then.
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Old Oct 9, 17, 7:24 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
In addition to what may happen at IST, I'd be concerned about whether the airline will let you board.
Expand on this please. Is the concern just the two separate airlines/tickets? I have a 9 hour layover at IST in November, but it's on TK the whole way.

I'm thinking this may make it difficult for me to leave the airport, but otherwise I should be ok. Am I missing anything?

Can I obtain a visa at IST? It appears there's a consulate here in Chicago, so that might be an option, although I wonder whether they'll make it difficult for Americans in general...
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Old Oct 9, 17, 8:18 am
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Expand on this please. Is the concern just the two separate airlines/tickets? I have a 9 hour layover at IST in November, but it's on TK the whole way.

I'm thinking this may make it difficult for me to leave the airport, but otherwise I should be ok. Am I missing anything?

Can I obtain a visa at IST? It appears there's a consulate here in Chicago, so that might be an option, although I wonder whether they'll make it difficult for Americans in general...
I think you are stuck in the airport. The State Department said no stickers are being issued at the border (this likely includes the airport) and no visas are issued at Turkish consulates in the USA.
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I think you are stuck in the airport. The State Department said no stickers are being issued at the border (this likely includes the airport) and no visas are issued at Turkish consulates in the USA.
Lovely, but thanks for the answer.

I was looking forward to trying TK's free Istanbul tour. Of course I'll still try to see if there's any way once I'm there. Maybe things will normalize in the next 6 weeks .
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Old Oct 9, 17, 10:22 am
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Turkish Airlines has issued an announcement about how they are handling this.

https://p.turkishairlines.com/en-us/...ase/index.html

Dear Passengers,

Due to the recent developments some changes have been made on Turkey-USA and USA-Turkey visa application processes. These changes do not affect passengers transferring to connecting flights in Istanbul.

Excluding passengers transferring to connecting flights in Istanbul; for all passengers holding Turkish passports flying to the USA and all passengers holding American passports flying to Turkey on Turkish Airlines and AnadoluJet Turkey-USA and USA-Turkey flights between October 9th, 2017 and October 31st, 2017, with tickets issued on or before October 9th, 2017, the following procedure can be carried out till October 31st, 2017:


See link for further details.
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Old Oct 9, 17, 6:49 pm
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Lovely, but thanks for the answer.

I was looking forward to trying TK's free Istanbul tour. Of course I'll still try to see if there's any way once I'm there. Maybe things will normalize in the next 6 weeks .
From Vox:

What makes it so ominous is that it doesn’t seem clear how either side backs down from this,” Danforth says. ( Nick Danforth, a senior policy analyst focused on Turkey at the Bipartisan Policy Center). “For Erdoğan domestically, so much of his persona and political identity is being a strong leader who stands up to the West.”

Trump also hates the idea of looking weak, or like he's buckled to a foreign leader. And so there’s good reason to believe this crisis likely won't end anytime soon.

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/10/9/...ravel-visa-ban
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What about existing eVisas? Are they cancelled?
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What about existing eVisas? Are they cancelled?
They are still valid but of course the situation could devolve more.
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Old Oct 10, 17, 6:16 am
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I have my current visa and currently in country. I bet my employer is going to guarantee me more flights out to Turkey now since my fellow coworkers can't get visas.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Trying to find out if I even need a visa on a US passport. We booked an ANA award ticket and will be flying with Turkish Airways to IST for a ~20 hour stopover and then taking an Etihad flight to AUH.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

Any ideas?
If you don't leave the airport and remain in the transit areas you should not need a visa. If you intend to leave the airport (thus enter Turkey), you'll have trouble.
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