Turkey: Extended visa period cheers Russian tourists
Tuesday, 08. May 2012, 18:40
Turkey has increased visa-free visits from 30 days to 60 days for Russian citizens, according to an announcement published in the Official Gazette.
On April 17, 2011, visa-free travel for 30 days between
Russia and Turkey came into effect, marking a historic cornerstone in the
Russian-Turkish relationship, as people from both nations for the first time
were able to cross their respective borders without needing a visa.
With the implementation of this scheme, Russia became the
58th country to which Turkish citizens are able to travel without the need of a
However, with the high demand from Russian visitors who
usually stay in Turkey for 45 to 60 days, renting property for a summer
vacation, Turkey decided to extend the period to 60 days.
Turkey has also contacted Russian officials to extend the
date for Turkish citizens visiting Russia. Last year, Ministry of Culture and
Tourism data showed there were 3.5 million Russian visitors to Turkey and that
each tourist contributed approximately $1,000 to the country’s economy.
Turkey aims to attract 4 million Russian tourists in 2012.
Experts say that with the extension of visa-free travel and recent approval by
Parliament of legislation increasing the limit on property foreigners can
purchase in Turkey from 2.5
hectares to 30 hectares,
Russian real estate investment around Antalya and other
holiday locations in Turkey will increase.
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