Home Travel & Adventure Turkish National Football Team Players & Fans to Require Visas for Attending...

Turkish National Football Team Players & Fans to Require Visas for Attending Euro 2024, Unique Situation Among Attendees


After Greece beat Kazakhstan during the last European Championship qualifying game on Thursday evening, Türkiye officially became the sole country that has qualified for Euro 2024, the team and football fans of which, need visas in order to attend the games set to be held this June in Germany.

With five goals scored by Greece, and none by Kazakhstan, the latter has officially been disqualified from Euro 2024, leaving Türkiye as the sole participating third country in the European Union’s list the nationals of which need a visa in order to enter the Schengen Zone.

Other third countries that have qualified are also Albania, England (UK), Scotland (UK ), and Serbia. None of the nationals of these countries need a visa to enter Germany or any of the other Schengen Area Member States.

While citizens of Serbia and Albania started travelling visa-free to the Schengen Zone following arrangements made between the governments of these two countries and the EU in 2009 and 2010, UK nationals were automatically granted visa-free access to the Schengen countries post-Brexit.

The EU/Schengen countries that have qualified for Euro 2024 so far are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland, with Greece, Iceland and Poland still battling it out in another qualification round.

Turkish Footballers Without EU Citizenship or Residency Continuously Facing Visa Hurdles

While many of the Turkish national team players have either a second EU country citizenship or are residents of an EU country as they play for one of their teams, many others need visa arrangements in order to play in matches organised in the Schengen states.

For example, while players like Arda Güler who plays for Real Madrid, or Hakan Çalhanoğlu who plays for Inter Milan have their status regularised as EU sportsmen, and others like Ferdi Erenay Kadıoğlu who was born in the Netherlands have an EU citizenship, the case is not the same for many others.

Player Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu who plays for Galatasaray, a Turkish club, continuously needs to secure his visa for games within the EU territory.

According to Besart Bajrami, founder of SchengenVisaInfo, undergoing such procedures time after time is enough of a hurdle for footballers of this level.

These footballers play for the national team, so visa denials or delays aren’t really a problem for them. Yet, taking the time to complete the procedures on time and collect the documents required is enough of a headache.

Besart Bajrami, founder of SchengenVisaInfo

He further points out that other members of the national team face more often difficulties in this regard, than football players and coaches. And, of course, fans have it the most difficult.

In 2022, Türkiye became the largest source of Schengen visa applicants, with its nationals filing over 700,000 applications in 2022. This high number of applicants emptied over 62 million euros out of the pockets of Turkish nationals, a large share of which, 15 per cent, did not get their visas.

Facebook Comments Box
Previous articleAustrian Far-Right Leader Barred from Entering Germany for 3 Years
Next articleOver 5.4 Million Jobs in France Closed Off to Non-EU Foreigners
Monte OZ is a highly accomplished and respected international freelance journalist, travel and active adventure reporter, and leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger based in Africa. With a passion for storytelling, a sense of adventure, and an eye for all things captivating, Monte has become a prominent figure in the world of travel, entertainment, and lifestyle journalism. Born and raised in Africa, Monte developed a deep appreciation for the continent's diverse cultures, rich heritage, and vibrant entertainment scene. His upbringing fueled his desire to share Africa's untold stories and showcase its dynamic lifestyle to a global audience. Monte's extensive experience and expertise have made him a sought-after authority on all things related to travel, adventure, entertainment, and lifestyle in Africa. As an international freelance journalist, Monte has made significant contributions to various prestigious publications worldwide. His captivating articles, insightful interviews, and engaging features have graced the pages of leading entertainment magazines, lifestyle publications, and reputable news outlets. Monte's unique ability to capture the essence of Africa's entertainment and lifestyle scene has garnered widespread acclaim and recognition. With a love for exploration and a thirst for adrenaline, Monte also thrives as an active adventure reporter. He has embarked on daring expeditions, immersing himself in Africa's wild landscapes, and documenting his adrenaline-pumping experiences. Whether it's conquering treacherous peaks, exploring remote jungles, or engaging in heart-pounding activities, Monte's adventurous spirit and daring escapades inspire readers to embrace their own sense of adventure. In addition to his work in journalism and adventure reporting, Monte is a leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger in Africa. Through his influential blog, he offers readers an insider's view of the continent's vibrant entertainment scene, trendy hotspots, fashion trends, culinary delights, and cultural experiences. Monte's unique blend of storytelling, personal insights, and expert recommendations has made his blog a go-to resource for entertainment and lifestyle enthusiasts seeking the pulse of Africa's dynamic culture. Beyond his professional pursuits, Monte is a passionate advocate for promoting Africa's talent, creativity, and cultural diversity. He actively supports and champions emerging artists, musicians, designers, and entrepreneurs, helping to showcase their work to a broader audience. Monte's dedication to promoting Africa's vibrant entertainment and lifestyle industry has positioned him as a respected influencer and tastemaker within the African and global entertainment communities. With a commitment to excellence, a passion for exploration, and a talent for captivating storytelling, Monte Oz continues to captivate audiences worldwide. As an international freelance journalist, travel and active adventure reporter, and leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger, his work has left an indelible mark on the world of journalism, travel, and entertainment, solidifying his position as a trusted authority and go-to resource for all things related to African travel, adventure, and lifestyle.