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Turkey extends visa-free stay allowed to this country: Details inside

12:32 PM | 23 Feb, 2024
Turkey extends visa-free stay allowed to this country: Details inside

ANKARA - In a bid to facilitate longer stays and promote legal residency for Kyrgyz citizens, the Turkish government has announced an extension of the visa-free regime for up to six months.

This decision was announced by Ruslan Kazakbaev, the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Turkey, during a meeting of the Parliament’s Committee on International Affairs, Defense, Security, and Migration.

Previously, Kyrgyz nationals enjoyed a visa-free entry to Turkey for a duration of three months but the extension aims to encourage Kyrgyz individuals with expired visas to regularize their stay in Turkey for extended periods.

Ambassador Kazakbaev disclosed that there are currently around 20,000 Kyrgyz nationals residing in Turkey, with the number surging to 40,000 during the summer months, largely due to the extended holiday season in Antalya.

The basic problem faced by the citizens from Kyrgyzstan was the 90-day limit on visa-free stays, which has now been addressed through collaboration between authorities of both countries.

Besides the extension in visa-free stay, a green corridor has been established for Kyrgyz citizens who may have violated local laws, allowing them to exit and re-enter Turkey after paying fines to streamline the process for individuals previously blacklisted or banned from entering Turkey.

In another development, Turkey has issued a final warning to Kyrgyz citizens whose three-month tourist visas have expired, providing them with an opportunity to secure employment and legalize their residency within the country.

Like other countries, Turkey has also changed its visa policies in recent months to recover from the damages caused by the pandemic. The country granted visa-free entry to six additional countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Canada, Bahrain, and Oman. 

Effective December 2023, citizens of these countries can now stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without requiring a visa for tourism purposes. However, individuals intending to stay longer for work or study purposes will need to undergo the necessary visa procedures.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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