Turkey passport legislation saga continues

If you're visiting Turkey at any time over the next year – for example on one of our small cruise ship holidays – be warned that the country is set to introduce further legislation that tourists should be aware of.

According to a statement from the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism, tourists will need to hold a passport that is valid for at least 60 days after the expiry of their traveller's visa, visa exemption period or residency permit.

So for example, someone departing on August 20th will need to ensure their passport is valid until at least October 20th in order to be allowed into the country.

It is the latest in an ongoing series of events that has seen Turkey introduce various changes to its border control, including abolishing paper visas in favour of an electronic system that tourists need to use before arriving in the country. The e-visa introduction is seen as a simple and quick modernisation of the previous system.

"Travellers without the required period of validity on passports will regrettably not be allowed entry into Turkey due to this new legal regulation," the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism said.

"The new rules form part of Turkey’s responsibilities within the framework of its European Union negotiation accession process, including as signatory to relevant international agreements within this framework."

Anyone who does not follow the new rules will be turned away after they come into effect on January 1st 2015, so it is important to check your passport with plenty of time in advance before travelling.

The requirment to have six months validity on one's passport has been a long standing advisory for British subjects on travel to most countries. While there are plenty of examples that show you probably won't be prevented from going on holiday, it pays to check your documentation.