I'm from the Netherlands and will be travelling to Turkey very soon. On my ID-card it says that it allows me to travel to Turkey (i.e. I don't need a passport). However, on the website of the airline I'm flying with it says that I do need a passport. So now I'm panicking a bit, since there's no way to arrange a passport at such short notice, and I was under the impression that I could travel to Turkey with just an ID-card.

So my question is: is this possible? Can it be that I can enter Turkey with just an ID-card, but that the airline still requires me to have a passport regardless?

Edit: I called them (already before posting this question), but it wasn't very helpful. The conversation went something like this

  • Me: Do I need a pasport to fly from the Netherlands to Turkey?
  • Them: Yes you need a passport
  • Me: Even if an ID-card is sufficient for getting into Turkey?
  • Them: Hold please...
  • Them (20 secs later): We don't know, this is not our responsibility

So after that not so helpful conversation I came to this site to ask for more information. I'll update this answer either after I'm denied or after I arrived on my destination.

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    Of course they can. The airline's terms and conditions are not necessarily related to the requirements for immigration in your destination country. Aug 21, 2015 at 17:14
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Oke. Do you think there's any chance for me to still get on the plane even without a passport or is there basically 0 chance? Aug 21, 2015 at 17:16
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    @pnuts Thanks so much for helping me and for the encouragement. I'm flying in around 30 hours from now, and I'll be sure to let you know how it went. Aug 21, 2015 at 18:28
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    @Him see 5 msges previously; i called them but they didnt know Aug 21, 2015 at 19:41
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    @pnuts I have arrived at my destination, the id card was fine Aug 23, 2015 at 12:24

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According to Timatic, which is THE authority used by airlines for determining passport, visa & health requirements for travelers, your National ID is an acceptable travel document. Timatic for Netherlands - Turkey

Chances are the call center agent only looked at the general rules which state a passport is required, but the check in agent will be able to reference the full Timatic listing for your nationality - destination pair. But to be ultra safe you could always print out a copy of the Timatic page and take it with you as a back up.

Timatic also goes on to state that Visas are required, but National ID holders can get a Visa on Arrival for 25 Euros.

  • I think based on my opening statement, it can be deduced that the answer to the OPs title is no (unless they are dealing with a non-IATA fly by night airline)
    – user13044
    Aug 22, 2015 at 2:30
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    Pegasus is a member of IATA, why they do not appear in the online form linked to in the comments is unknown.
    – user13044
    Aug 22, 2015 at 2:47
  • Thanks Tom. This is good to hear. At this point I have some of my confidence back, and I think everything will turn out fine. Aug 22, 2015 at 5:55
  • Various airlines impose additional restrictions above and beyond the legal minimum. One such example is RyanAir wanting passports on domestic flights when no legal requirement exists
    – Gagravarr
    Aug 22, 2015 at 8:39

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