Visas: Bucharest opens the door to Turks
5 April 2012
Romania and Turkey are working out the implementation of a reform of visa attributions for Turkish tourists and business executives. The wait for a visa will be reduced to 10 days. This measure, on which the Turkish and Romanian presidents, Abdullah Gül and Traian Băsescu, reached agreement in March, should be operational by the end of the month, explains România liberă. The Romanian daily adds that –
in the near future, Turkish tourists (but also, in the same package of measures, those from the Arabian Gulf or China) will no longer have to wait for months in never-ending queues to obtain a visa for Romania.
Bucharest also hopes to create a five-year visa for Turkish business executives. Quoting the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, România liberă notes that Turkey is the only country having signed a customs agreement with the EU whose citizens are forced to get a visa to enter the Union. From this perspective, "Romania represents a solution for Turks wishing to obtain visas," but it is only a partial solution as long as Romania is not part of the Schengen Area. Baring a veto from the Netherlands, this could change in September.