December 28, 2017
Turkey and United States Resolve Dispute and Start Issuing Visas Again
The United States and Turkey suspended reciprocal visa services for political reasons back in October. That’s why it’s been quite difficult, though not impossible, for Americans to enter Turkey for the past few months. It looks like the dispute has been resolved as both countries are now issuing visas again.
The US State Department announced today that it will reissue visas in Turkey after Turkey made assurances that “local staff of [American] Embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties.” I’d take those assurances with a grain of salt.
Turkey has also resumed issuing visas for Americans online, on arrival in Turkey, and at embassies in the US. But its Washington embassy put out a statement that Turkey made no assurances about cases already being tried in court.