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How is it that Australian passport holders are not eligible for visa free entry status to Türkiye when countries such as NZ,UK,EU, USA and Canada are eligible? What have we done to not be on the exempt list?

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    Reciprocity, usually. If you're not important enough to give up the principles then that's the result.
    – littleadv
    Commented Mar 27 at 6:36
  • I’m voting to close this question because it's about politics, not travel
    – AakashM
    Commented Mar 27 at 8:39
  • Visa requirements are a combination of immigration policy (what percentage of citizens of country X do not misuse the immigration system of country Y) and how country Y treats the citizens of country X. I don't see this as being strictly about politics. Asking for the reason why, is in my mind, is a valid travel question. Commented Mar 27 at 9:20

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when countries such as NZ,UK,EU, USA and Canada are eligible? What have we done to not be on the exempt list?

As one comment has mentioned already: Reciprocity, usually.

Turkish citizens require from both Australia and New Zealand a visa, but for New Zealand the visa seems to be free of charge as apposed to Australia which charges about twice the amount that Australians must pay for a Turkish eVisa (US$60).


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  • In this case it has little to do with reciprocity. UK, EU, USA and CAN all require visas from Turkish nationals, yet nationals of those countries don't need a Turkish visa. Why? Mainly because Turkey wants to attract western tourists. Australia is probably too far away to be important in this aspect and charges exorbitant amounts for visa for Turkish citizens... Commented Mar 27 at 10:00
  • @Johnnyjanko New Zealand is even further away but doesn't charge for a visa, which my be the reason why Türkiye does not require a visa for New Zealander. All guesswork of course, since publicly the real reasons won't be mentioned. Commented Mar 27 at 10:07
  • exactly, the NZ case is the only one where reciprocity seems to play a role. That's why I didn't mention it in my previous comment ;-) Commented Mar 27 at 10:13

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