Turkish citizens to be able to visit Greece without visa

10:47 - 2.04.2024

April 2, Fineko/abc.az. Turkish citizens will now be able to travel to the Greek islands without having to obtain a Schengen visa.

ABC.AZ reports that Greek islands launch special visa program for Turkish visitors. Officials on the Greek island of Rhodes opened a new vacation visa terminal for Turkish visitors Monday as part of a diplomatic effort to ease long-standing tensions between the two countries.

The limited-access visa will allow Turks to visit 10 Greek islands for up to a week without having to apply for full access to the European Union’s passport-free travel zone, known as the Schengen area.

Granted at participating Greek ports, the new visa will cost 60 euros and will include a passport check and fingerprint recording, while visitors will not be allowed to travel onto other EU member states, Greek officials said.

The islands in the vacation visa program all lie near the Turkish coastline and also include Lesbos, Limnos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Symi, and Kastellorizo, with the smaller islands due to join in June.

The agreement on visa-free entry of Turkish citizens to the Greek islands was reached during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece, where he held a meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.