Turkey abolishes visa requirement for Polish citizens

Polish citizens will no longer need a visa to visit Turkey after the government of the latter approved visa-free travel for Polish citizens.

The decision was confirmed by a statement published on April 19 by the Official Journal, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In this regard, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree allowing visa-free entry for Polish nationals.

The visa waiver will be valid for citizens of Poland, traveling to Turkey for tourism purposes and transit passes with a maximum residence period of 90 days out of 180 days.

Due to the fact that Poland is a member of the European Union as well as the Schengen Area, Turkish citizens planning to visit Poland must obtain a Schengen visa to be allowed to enter Poland.

Last month, President Erdogan received his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda during which the two presidents discussed new ways to further strengthen bilateral relations.

During the meeting, Duda underscored the fact that there are many opportunities as well as great capacity to advance the bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We reiterated once again that we expect our trading volume to exceed the figure of $10 billion,” Duda remarked.

The Polish president described Turkey as Poland’s strongest ally in its region and said he believed the two territories could fend off external threats within the framework of NATO.

In addition, Turkey is also trying to attract more Polish visitors, as previously pointed out by the Turkish authorities.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has previously stressed that the country is looking forward to increasing the number of tourists from Poland over the next few years to a total of 1.5 million.

In 2020, Turkish authorities pointed out that citizens of six European countries may soon be eligible to travel to the country without a visa.

These countries included Belgium, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Despite the fact that Poland has also been heavily affected by the spread of Coronavirus and its new strains, the country’s authorities are also constantly trying to revive the tourism sector and attract international tourists.

In this regard, Polish authorities announced earlier this month that they had lifted all restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, allowing travelers from EU and third countries to enter Poland without be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result.

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