South Africans can once again access an electronic visa to enter Turkey. Image: Ali Khalil/pexels.com
- The Turkish Embassy in Pretoria says South Africans can once again obtain electronic visas.
- This follows Turkey’s sudden exclusion from its online e-visa platform.
- The embassy said Friday evening that the “technical problem” had been resolved.
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The Turkish Embassy in Pretoria says South Africans can once again obtain electronic visas to enter the country.
This follows Turkey (the country recently changed its name to Türkiye) excluding South Africans from its online e-visa platform from July 6, 2022.
In several Tweets, the Turkish Embassy said on Friday evening that: “The technical problem was solved tonight, and the e-visa site is back online. My apologies for the inconvenience caused.”
Although no reason has been publicly given for the technical issues, travel agency Flight Center said it was told the problem was temporary.
“We had received feedback from the Turkish Embassy that the electronic visa application system or the e-visa online system had been temporarily disabled for applicants,” said Flight Centre, Customer Experience Team Leader, Lynette Machiri.
Previously, when South Africans tried to apply the viva system online, they were told:
“Unfortunately, nationals of the country you have selected are not eligible for e-Visa. Please visit the nearest Turkish Mission to apply for a visa. Please visit http://www.visa.gov .tr for the full list of Turkish embassies and consulates.
Turkey is a popular tourist destination for South Africans. This can be seen in the number of South Africans visiting Turkey rising from 24,402 in 2008 to 74,652 in 2018.
However, the Covid-19 crisis has seen a sharp drop with only 12,251 visits in 2019 and 6,088 visits in 2020.