Uncertainty over Turkish visa requirements

Turkish nationals who want to work in the Netherlands do not have to have a visa because of Turkey’s free movement treaty with the EU, Trouw reports on Thursday.

On Monday, a court in Haarlem said a Turkish businessman who was arrested in 2009 after returning to the Netherlands from a short stay in Turkey without a visa should not have been detained.
The treaty was signed in 1973 and states that the rights of Turkish nationals to free movement within the EU should not be curbed.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said in January that because there was a visa requirement for Turkish nationals in 1973, this is still the case.
According to Trouw, it is not yet clear what action the ministry is planning to take or if it will appeal against the Haarlem ruling.

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