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Political tensions may affect immigration between Russia and Turkey

In light of the recent increase in political tensions between Russia and Turkey, more stringent border checks, immigration requirements, and an end to visa-free travel between the two countries may be imminent. Visa-free travel between the countries was first established in 2010 and allowed Turkish and Russian citizens to stay in each other’s country for up to 30 days and 90 days for Highly Qualified Specialists.

However, on 27 November 2015, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs publically announced Russia’s intentions of suspending visa-free travel for Turkish citizens as of 1 January 2016. While this temporary freeze has not yet been officially announced, it is strongly anticipated that Russia will implement the suspension should political relations not improve between the two countries in the upcoming weeks.

At the time of this writing, Turkey has not announced any similar plans to suspend visa-free travel in response to Russia’s plans.

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