Jetting off abroad can be a costly business and there are always added expenses that need accounting for on top of flights - including the cost of a visa.
But if you are planning a trip to Turkey this year, you will no longer have to pay for a visa, thanks to the introduction of new rules by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
No visas needed
Turkey is to abolish its current visa rules for UK tourists from March, meaning Brits will no longer have to pay the £27 fee for the e-visa permit to travel.
The new rules mean a family of four could save more than £100 on their holiday, if visiting the country from next month.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “As of 2 March 2020, Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for the members of the European Union Schengen area, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland as well as the United Kingdom citizens for touristic travels to Turkey for every 90 days within 180 day period.
“This step aims at increasing our tourism potential with these countries, as well as further developing our trade, economic and cultural relations.”
Will passport rules stay the same?
The rules regarding passports will remain the same for visiting tourists, with travellers required to have at least six months validity left on them to be permitted entry into the country.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states in its official travel advice for Turkey, “The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps.
“You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”