Decision on online visas for South Africans canceled

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The Turkish embassy said South Africans can once again obtain electronic visas to travel to the country.

It comes after travel agencies warned their South African customers that their electronic visas to enter Turkey were not valid, even if issued online from July 6, 2022.

South Africans can usually apply for a visa online to enter Turkey at least 48 hours before their flight departs.

The Turkish embassy blamed a technical problem for the confusion.

The technical problem was solved this evening and the e-visa site is back online. Apologies for any inconvenience caused,” the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria tweeted on Friday evening.

“The technical issue was resolved tonight and the e-visa site is back online. Apologies for any inconvenience.”

A website where South Africans can apply for their electronic visas, Turkey Visahad previously posted a message on their website regarding the “changes”.

“As of July 8, 2022, South African nationals are no longer eligible to apply for an online visa for Turkey. If you need to travel to Turkey, contact the nearest Turkish embassy or government,” a he declared.

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Travel agency Flight Center said the Turkish embassy told them the problem was temporary.

“We have received feedback from the Turkish Embassy that the electronic visa application system or the online ‘e-visa’ system has been temporarily disabled for applicants,” said team leader Lynette Machiri. of customer experience, to Business Insider SA.

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