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Turkish ambassador inaugurates new visa center
July 7, 2018, 4:21 pm
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The Turkish Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Ayse Koytak inaugurated the new visa-center in Al Sanabel Tower in Kuwait City on 4 July in the presence of Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Europe Affairs Ambassador Walid Al-Khubaiz, as well as a large gathering of Kuwaiti officials and members of the local community.

The new visa-center is located on the ground floor and is fully equipped to deal with the substantial rush of applicants seeking Turkish visa. Ambassador Koytak told The Times Kuwait that applicants for Turkish visa will henceforth not be entertained at the embassy for visa submission.

The new visa center has a 24/7 hotline for emergency cases, while visa processing will take the same time as before said Ambassador Koytak, who also emphasized that visa criteria for various nationalities will remain the same and that there was no change in policy.

Ambassador Koytak, while praising the excellent ties between Turkey and Kuwait, revealed that the purpose behind opening the visa-center was to facilitate the travel of residents of Kuwait including Bedoun residents to Turkey. Mentioning that around 225,000 Kuwaiti tourists visited Turkey last year, the ambassador went on to express hope that the number of tourists this year would exceed 300,000. There is excellent connectivity between Turkey and Kuwait with several direct and indirect flight options to all the major tourist destinations in Turkey, he added.

The center is expected to ease the huge rush witnessed at the embassy and make it more convenient for applicants to apply at the outsourcing center, where there will be the regular service as well as a VIP service at an extra cost.

In his speech at the inauguration, Ambassador Al-Khubaiz lauded the bilateral relations between Kuwait and Turkey as setting a record in terms of their development, particularly since they enjoy special patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  He added that the relationship between Kuwait and Turkey has seen rapid growth to the effect that Turkish companies have invested in major projects in Kuwait.

- Staff Report

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