What You Need to Know About The Turkish Visa Ban
ICYMI: Turkey and the U.S. aren’t on the best of terms right now. But, some things have changed since October 8th when visa services between the two countries were halted. Here, everything you need to know now.
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On October 8th, following the arrest of an American consulate employee in Istanbul, the U.S. suspended all non-immigrant Turkish visas. Within hours of the decision, Turkey followed suit, suspending American visas (other than those obtained before the ban—those are still valid). Now, a month after the spark of the diplomatic dispute, things are starting to look up.
This past Monday, the U.S. began to ease up on its visa ban against Turkey. Following assurances from the country’s government that no other U.S. consulate employees are under current investigation—and that should they plan to detain any additional workers they’d first notify the U.S.—a limited number of visas will be processed.
Turkey’s response is still TBD—if you check the e-visa website, it’s still impossible to obtain a tourist visa—but there are hopes of a reconciliation sooner rather than later. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim landed in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, November 7th for a four-day official trip that is expected to relieve tensions between the NATO allies.
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