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Turkey Stops US Visas, Blocking Tourist Travel
Submitted by: Backcountry Press Outdoor News
Posted on: 10/12/17
On Monday, October 9, Turkey halted all visa services to Americans, bringing US tourist travel to the country to a halt. Various international media outlets have reported on the visa restrictions, which have apparently resulted from a diplomatic row over the arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul.
As reported by The Guardian, the US suspended processing of non-immigrant visas for Turkish citizens on Sunday, and Turkey responded in kind early Monday. American citizens are unable to visit Turkey for the time being. Turkish Airlines, which uses Istanbul as a hub on many international flights, issued a press release on Monday reminding passengers that the visa restrictions will not affect passengers transferring through Istanbul. However, American citizens will not be able to leave the airport during layovers in Istanbul. For passengers planning to travel to Turkey, the airline has offered to refund tickets and to make any reservation or route changes free of charge. This press release may be viewed at https://p.turkishairlines.com/en-us/news-press-release/index.html.
There is no word yet on when this situation may be resolved. Hunters with plans to visit Turkey in the coming months or who are flying through Istanbul to other destinations should contact their hunt operator, booking agent or travel agent immediately.