Turkey has announced visa-free travel rules for citizens from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and four more countries as it looks to boost tourism and develop international ties around the world.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issued a decree for visa exemptions for citizens of:
- Saudi Arabia
The major announcement for certain countries in the GCC and North America provides passport holders of the named countries visa exemptions for 90 days in every six months.
Turkey announces visa-free travel
The official announcement on visa rule changes were published in the Turkish Official Gazette.
It comes as the GCC and Turkey are looking to boost economic and trade ties.
Last month Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi said the leaders of the GCC countries are keen to strengthen economic cooperation with Turkey, based on the depth of brotherly relations between the two sides.
The trade exchange between the GCC countries and Türkiye amounted to $22bn in 2021, he said.