Turkey to abolish Visas for Greek Cypriots
as Part of EU Deal
Greek Cypriots will no longer require visas to visit Turkey under an EU-Turkey agreement on visa liberalization, however this does not amount to Turkish recognition of Cyprus, a Turkish official has said.
Turkey’s cabinet approved waiving visas for EU citizens once Europe relaxes its own visa requirements for Turks, according to a decision published in Turkey’s Official Gazette on May 3, only a day before the EU’s executive arm presents its third visa-liberalization progress report.
The move is one of the 72 criteria required by Brussels for Turkey for the visa liberalization.
The Turkish official confirmed on May 3 Ankara’s relaxation of visa requirements for EU citizens would also apply to Greek Cypriots.
“Right now, Greek Cypriots can already travel to Turkey, but we are issuing their visa on a separate paper. With this new arrangement they won’t need a visa.” Accordingly, Turkish citizens will also be able to enter Greek Cyprus provided that they do not transit from Turkish Cyprus.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News