Authorities in Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina have reached an agreement to permit citizens of both countries to enter each other’s territories without being obliged to hold a passport.

Such a decision has been confirmed by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, VisaGuide.World reports.

“We have now made the decision to (enable) travel between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey with identity cards,” Erdogan pointed out in this regard in a conference in Sarajevo held with the three members of the Presidential Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to an AA report, the President of Turkey emphasized the fact that both countries are working on passport-free travel, stressing that such a process will be finalized soon.

In addition, Erdogan has considered the relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina exceptional, expressing support for the country’s territorial stability and integrity. The President also stressed that Turkey is ready to do its best in order to overcome the difficulties that are present in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Being here on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations has given our visit a historic character,” Erdogan pointed out.

In this regard, the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, said that both countries enjoy friendly relations, adding that Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking forward to enhancing ties with Turkey.

According to the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports of 199 countries in terms of the number of destinations their holders can access without being obliged to apply for a visa at first, Bosnia and Herzegovina is placed in the 51st position.

It means that holders of Bosnia and Herzegovina passports are eligible to travel to a total of 118 destinations without a visa, while they need a visa when planning to enter a total of 99 destinations.

The report shows that holders of Bosnia and Herzegovina passports are required to apply for a visa when wishing to enter the following European countries: Azerbaijan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Kosovo and Gibraltar.

Before traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the President of Turkey stressed that his country pursues a policy that supports stability as well as the development of the Balkans and its integration process into Euro-Atlantic structures.

“We will endeavor to find a solution to the political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina during our visit,” Erdogan pointed out.

After he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey’s President will also visit Serbia and Croatia.

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