It may soon be possible for Turkish people to travel without a visa inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen area – thanks to conditional backing from the European Commission.

Any change to visa conditions could come into effect from July – but it must first meet the approval of the European Parliament and all member states.

“This possible adjustment to visa regulations is part of the deal that saw Turkey agree to take back migrants who crossed into Greece,” says Rob Dolbear. “This is a sign of improved relations between the country and the EU – clearing the way for further legislation in the future.

“The deal is for travel only – and wouldn’t grant Turks permission to work in Europe. But changes like these highlight the need to keep up-to-date with work and residency visa changes across the world.

“At HCR, we make it our business to ensure clients are fully aware of requirements. And, with the speed of change to laws in the nearly 200 countries that we help relocate employees to, this is incredibly important.”

The European Commission is also proposing visa-free travel for Kosovo citizens. And, In either case, the new rules will only apply for those carrying biometric passports.

“When our clients come to us, they know we’ll ensure a smooth transition for their employees – whether they are moving from the UK to abroad or vice versa,” adds Rob.

“We take care of everything – from arranging work permits, accommodation and insurance, to making sure employees have access to good schools and medical facilities.

“Our entire network of dedicated relocation specialists is standing by to provide information and advice to clients and their workers – wherever they happen to be moving to.

“Businesses trust us to meet the complex needs of individual employees. And making sure they are fully up to speed on possible changes to immigration, travel and residency laws – just like these for Turkey and Kosovo – is a big part of that.”

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