I have a Greek ID. Can I fly to Instabul (Constantinople) from Athens with just my ID, do I need a passport?

This guide states that:

Nationals of the following countries can travel to Turkey as tourists or as business travellers with a valid identity card or a valid passport: [...], Greece, ...

Is this true? Can anyone confirm or provide an official website source?

2 Answers 2


The Turkish MFA site confirms:

Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Türkiye with their national ID’s


  1. Greece


  • 1
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems pretty official :)
    – gsamaras
    Commented Jul 11, 2023 at 18:58
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    Strangely "Multi-Factor Authentication" works here too... Commented Jul 12, 2023 at 4:01
  • Unfortunately this applies only for new type of IDs, rather uncommon from my experience in Greece; see my answer.
    – gsamaras
    Commented Jul 13, 2023 at 17:18

Do Greeks need a passport to visit Turkey?

Not necessarily.

I asked Greeks that flew to Constantinople and they told me that if your ID is older than 15 years, you may experience delays, or even problems (at worst).

Indeed the Greek MFA mentions:

οι Έλληνες πολίτες μπορούν να εισέρχονται στην Τουρκία με νέου τύπου αστυνομική ταυτότητα

Greek citizens can enter Turkey with a new type of police identity card

In Greece it's very common to have old type IDs, mine is 17 years old because I had to get my Cambridge English diploma (rather typical for Greek students).

  • Why is the diploma relevant to what type of ID you have?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jul 13, 2023 at 19:46
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    Because you need to have an ID to give the exams, which was what triggered issuing the ID for most of the kids back in my school days @JonathanReez-onstrike. I believe the Greek citizens reading my answer in the future will relate.
    – gsamaras
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 8:46

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