DAMASCUS, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Passport-holding Turkish citizens no longer need an entry visa to visit Syria for tourism for 90 days or less, starting from September 18, the Syrian Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday.
Vice versa, Syrian citizens who carry valid passports of any kind can travel to Turkey without an entry visa, also starting from September 18, as long as their visits do not exceed 90 days, according to the official statement.
The decision was taken after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to cancel visa requirements between the two countries during Assad's visit to Istanbul on Sept. 16, the statement said.
However, Turkish citizens, who wish to visit Syria for more than 90 days, have to procure an entry visa from Syrian embassies and consulate in Turkey. Both Syrian and Turkish citizens must make sure that their passports are still valid before planning any trips, the ministry noted.
On Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that Turkey has put the decision to cancel entry visa requirements for Syrian passport holders into effect.
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