The U.S. and Turkey Lift Visa Restrictions

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After two-and-a-half months of restricting visas for travelers between the two countries, the United States and Turkey have both fully resumed visa services. The sanctions began in October after Turkey detained two employees of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, which prompted Washington to stop issuing non-immigrant visas to Turkish citizens. Turkey responded with the same measures, banning American visitors (save those who had already obtained a visa) from the country.

Though the visa restrictions have been lifted, there is still tension between the two countries. In a statement, Washington claimed to have received assurance from Turkey about the safety of its staff, prompting the resumption of visa services. But the Turkish embassy in Washington, said in its own statement that they've issued no such formal assurances: "We do not find it right for the United States to claim it had received assurances from Turkey and misinform the U.S. and Turkish publics." 

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