Visa-free travel to Turkey to be facilitated for Maldivians

The governments of Turkey and the Maldives have agreed to facilitate visa-free entry for Maldivians traveling to Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu arrived in the Maldives on January 28 for a two-day visit at the invitation of Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

The ministers met with the press following discussions between the counterparts, to brief the media on discussion points. Speaking at the event, Minister Shahid said while e-visa services are already available for Maldivians traveling to Turkey, the Maldives requested the Turkish government to facilitate visa-free entry for Maldivians. The request was accepted by Turkey, and the necessary arrangements will be made very soon, he said.

Turkey is the sixth country for which the government has arranged visa-free travel for Maldivian citizens. Maldivians can currently travel to the United Arab Emirates, Russia, China, Morocco, and China without requiring a visa. Other eases have also been facilitated for Maldivians traveling to Saudi Arabia, India, and Sri Lanka.