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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. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Aug 21 '15 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? – user2520938 Aug 21 '15 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. – user2520938 Aug 21 '15 at 18:28
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    @Him see 5 msges previously; i called them but they didnt know – user2520938 Aug 21 '15 at 19:41
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    @pnuts I have arrived at my destination, the id card was fine – user2520938 Aug 23 '15 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 '15 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 '15 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. – user2520938 Aug 22 '15 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 '15 at 8:39
  • Virgin Atlantic does not accept French ID Cards on flights from London to St Lucia, despite it being accepted for entry to St Lucia – Crazydre Sep 23 '16 at 14:45

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