Can Polish citizens fly via Turkey just with a national ID (without a visa or passport)? Entry in the destination country is possible I'm sure, but the flight has a transfer in Istanbul Airport.


Polish citizens are not allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s.

Allowed countries:

  1. Germany
  2. Belgium
  3. France
  4. Georgia
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Spain
  7. Switzerland
  8. Italy
  9. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  10. Liechtenstein
  11. Luxemburg
  12. Malta
  13. Portugal
  14. Ukraine
  15. Greece
  • Op doesn't wish to enter Turkey – Crazydre Sep 10 '17 at 21:36
  • @Crazydre I was expecting this to be a partial answer (as allowed by SE network) since I don't know whether OP has to pass through the passport control. – ahmedus Sep 11 '17 at 0:14

If the trip is in one booking, you do not need to enter Turkey, and therefore don't need a passport.

However, awareness of this fact varies greatly between airport ground staff - anyone not understanding the fact that transit normally doesn't require anything but a connecting ticket (this ignorance is depressingly common) will deny you boarding.

So to be safe, bring your passport, but an e-Visa is definitely not needed if the trip is in one booking.

  • "awareness of this fact varies greatly between airport ground staff" - not just that. Once I asked at the embassy (of a different country) if I need a transit visa, and the clerk rather vehemently insisted that I do, quite contrary to the established rules and also contrary to the truth. – Radovan Garabík Sep 11 '17 at 12:58
  • @RadovanGarabík Embassies frequently don't have up-to-date information, or sometimes talk out of their bottoms, so not surprised. Anyway their opinion will hardly matter at check-in. – Crazydre Sep 11 '17 at 13:13
  • @RadovanGarabík The problem is that many staff think TWOV is only a visa exemption, and (incorrectly) that a passport's still needed. For example I e-mailed Belavia airport representatives at different airports asking if I can transit Minsk with just an ID card. Frankfurt and Geneva were adamant that I can, Helsinki and Milan equally adamant that I can't. Equally, when asking Turkish if I can transit Istanbul on my ID (Swedish - officially not accepted for entry to Turkey, although in practice they do let me in on it), Zurich and Stuttgart said no, while Basel and Munich said yes. Bizarre! – Crazydre Sep 11 '17 at 13:20

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