United States and Turkey suspend mutual visas

UPDATE: November 10, 2017

  • Limited visa processing has resumed at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul for Turkish nationals applying for U.S. visas.
  • Turkey has reciprocated by resuming limited visa processing for U.S. nationals in the U.S.

UPDATE: October 23, 2017

  • Turkish Work Permit Applications and Work Permit Renewal Applications: the Ministry of Labour has resumed review and approval of these applications however, individuals are still unable to collect their work visa at a Turkish consular post in the U.S..
  • U.S. citizens with dual nationality: U.S. citizens who need to urgently enter Turkey can re-submit their work visa application at a non-U.S. consulate, provided they hold permanent residence or dual nationality for that country.

UPDATE: October 16, 2017

There have been updates to the restrictions enforced on U.S. nationals:

  • U.S. nationals entering Turkey from a flight outside of the U.S. may be granted entry under a sticker visa. U.S. nationals are still restricted from arriving on a direct flight from the U.S. and attempting to enter Turkey under a sticker visa.
  • U.S. nationals are still unable to obtain e-visas.
  • Turkish Consulates outside of the U.S. are issuing visas to U.S. nationals, however some of these require the applicant to hold dual citizenship or a valid residence in that particular country.
  • Access to the residence permit appointment system is currently unavailable.

The U.S. has suspended visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. As a response, Turkey has suspended all consular activities at missions in the U.S. and blocked access to the e-visa service for U.S. nationals. Each government’s statement claimed that “recent events” had forced them to reassess the commitment of the other to the security of their facilities and personnel, and required them to minimize the number of visitors to their diplomatic and consular missions.

How does this impact U.S. citizens travelling to Turkey?

The United States and Turkey have suspended mutual visas.
The United States and Turkey have suspended mutual visas.

U.S. citizens holding a visa issued prior to October 9, 2017 are still allowed to enter Turkey. However, U.S. citizens can no longer obtain any physical Turkish sticker visas, e-visas or border visas. Those holding e-visas or Assembly, Maintenance and Service (AMS) visas issued prior to October 9, 2017 that have not been activated should be allowed to enter Turkey. U.S. citizens holding a valid work/residence permit for Turkey are not affected at this stage.

U.S. citizens holding an alternative, non-US passport can still use this to apply for Turkish visas.


How does this impact Turkish citizens travelling to the U.S.?

Immigrant visa services as well as current visa holders will not be affected at this stage. However the U.S. mission to Turkey has suspended all non-immigrant visa services including B-1/B-2, H-1B and L-1 visa issuance.

Key Considerations

  • Crown World Mobility strongly advises all current visa holders planning to travel to the U.S. or Turkey, to verify carefully whether this suspension has affected their visa.
  • U.S. nationals may be able to obtain visas to enter Turkey at Turkish consulates outside the U.S.. Crown World Mobility can verify this if needed.

Source: This update was prepared using information obtained from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA.