I am a French citizen and I want to go Turkey. As I see in their Ministry of Foreign Affairs page, I can go to Turkey with my national ID. My passport is expired 3 years ago. And again, as I see in their Ministry of Foreign Affairs page, I can go to Turkey with an expired passport (5 years most) Looks like it's ok but when I am boarding the plane, will staff ask my passport? Or when I am going to gates, will the passport police ask my passport in the passport check point?

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    Where do you find this information that you can enter Turkey without a passport? I don't think this is the case. See also travel.stackexchange.com/questions/80610/… Aug 4, 2017 at 11:32
  • Here I found it. mfa.gov.tr/… Aug 4, 2017 at 11:43
  • @lafemmecosmique This question is about a peculiar Swedish law and rules for Swedish citizens.
    – Relaxed
    Aug 4, 2017 at 11:43
  • Interesting! In this case, perhaps your obstacle will be at the airport. If the airline understands that you can enter Turkey without a PP, it may be fine. Aug 4, 2017 at 11:45
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    @lafemmecosmique I don't see how this is a duplicate. It seems very likely that the asker of the present question does want to enter Turkey. Aug 5, 2017 at 0:35

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Yes, ground handling staff will want to check your documents (because airlines can be held responsible if they bring someone without proper documentation) and you will have to go through an official passport control (Schengen exit check from the French police). But as a French citizen you can indeed enter Turkey with a national ID card and you won't even have to pay for the Turkish eVisa which many other European citizens have to get.

In practice, since the rules can be very complicated, airlines use a database called Timatic to figure out visa requirements and, as of today, it does include all the information you found on the official Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website so I would not expect any trouble with the airport staff.

As for the police, there is no reason they should prevent you to leave but I don't really know. Leaving the Schengen area with a valid national ID card is definitely allowed and unproblematic. I don't think they should really be concerned about Turkey's rules but I suppose you might encounter a police officer who is surprised about it and requires an explanation. Nowadays, I mostly use the automated passport gates at major airports and nobody even asks for my destination so I have no first-hand experience to report. I don't know how the machines would respond to an expired document either.

  • So I can go out from Schengen exit check without my passport? Aug 4, 2017 at 11:50
  • I will call the airline and ask. Maybe they know about the prosedure Aug 4, 2017 at 11:54
  • @ÜnalBatuhanUysal Generally, yes, that's not a problem at all. I am regularly flying to the UK with my ID card for example. But last time I went to Turkey I did have a passport and used an automated gate so I don't know if the police cares about it. Holidays in Turkey are not uncommon so I think they should be familiar with it. The worse that could happen is to meet a police officer who doesn't know the rules but you can always explain them and point to the official website. It is definitely fully legal and not uncommon to go to Turkey and a few other countries without a passport.
    – Relaxed
    Aug 4, 2017 at 11:55
  • They told me "Yes you can go" Aug 4, 2017 at 12:15
  • Personally, I would never depend on another person or database being fully aware. If I were in OP's place, I would carry a print-out of the official regulation. And, if not flying on a Turkish airline, a French or English translation!
    – WGroleau
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:58

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