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Protocol on visa-free regime between Azerbaijan and Turkey comes into force

01.04.2021 72 просмотров

Azerbaijan and Turkey have switched to mutual trips of citizens on internal passports.

Citizens of Azerbaijan and Turkey from Thursday will be able to make mutual trips using internal identity documents. This is provided for by the protocol on amending the intergovernmental agreement on mutual exemption from visas dated February 25 last year, which enters into force on April 1.

According to it, the list of documents entitling Azerbaijani citizens to travel to Turkey, Turkish citizens - to Azerbaijan, have been issued identity cards that have the status of an internal passport in both countries. The protocol was signed on December 10 last year during the visit of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Baku and ratified by the Azerbaijani parliament on February 1 this year. The Turkish side approved the relevant document on January 30.

On Tuesday, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issued a comment saying that citizens of the country will have the opportunity to travel visa-free to Turkey both with diplomatic, service and civil passports, as well as on the basis of a biometric identity cards. The period of visa-free stay in Turkey is set at 90 days. At the same time, a biometric identity card can only be used when traveling directly to Turkey. When traveling to third countries through Turkey, citizens are required to carry a foreign passport.

The commentary also emphasized that Turkey is the first country with which Azerbaijan has signed a document on the use of identity cards as a document for crossing the border. “This is a clear manifestation of friendly, fraternal relations and a high-level strategic partnership between our countries,” the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan emphasized.

СCommunication between Azerbaijan and Turkey

At present, citizens use air transport for mutual trips between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Every day, several flights in both directions are operated by aircrafts of Azerbaijan Airlines and Turkish Airlines (Turkish Airlines), as well as the Azerbaijani low-cost airline Buta. Planes fly from Baku not only to Ankara and Istanbul, but also to Izmir and Antalya. Before the pandemic, bus trips through Georgia were also in high demand, but due to the closure of land borders, they are now not carried out.

The two countries also planned last year to launch passenger transportation via the Baku railway, which opened in October 2017 - Tbilisi - Kars, but they had to be postponed due to the pandemic. According to the project, up to 1 million passengers per year can be transported along this highway with a further increase to 3 million.

In addition,in mid-February, the construction of the Horadiz-Agbend railway in the Fizuli region adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh was launched, which in the future will create a direct railway connection between the main part of Azerbaijan and the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic through the territory of Armenia and will open a direct outlet to Turkey.

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