Culture & Travel

4 February 2022

It is one of most people's greatest dreams to travel abroad, at least for once. Many of us have even heard that the people we know have a purpose of traveling the world. Maybe we're among those people. As good as the idea of going to different countries is, unfortunately, the process of going abroad does not go as easily and smoothly as we think. It is a fact that the process of passport and visa takes a lot of time and is tiring, but this does not cause you to postpone your dream abroad and cool off from this idea, because there are countries where you can go using only your ID.

With the political decisions taken between countries, it is now very easy for you to step into other countries without visa barriers. However, your ID needs to comply with the new app, which means you can only enter countries with your chip ID card. Unfortunately, it is not possible to log in with old IDs with photos. For those who want to experience an easier and cheaper foreign experience where passport processing is not a problem, you can find these 5 countries where only ID is sufficient to enter from Turkey.

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Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

The first place where passport and visa processing is not involved and where you can go easily is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, called infant homeland. You can visit the place right next to our country that does not require passports from Turkish citizens without a visa and only with your ID, provided that it is 30 days. You can visit the Museum of Barbarism and the Selimiye Mosque in Lefkoşa, the capital, which is the most popular place on the island with numerous places to visit, and you will have the chance to look at the Othello Tower in Gazimağusa, which is thought to be the site of Othello, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays.

Especially in the summer months, Cyprus features many events and festivals. If you prefer to go in June and July, you can participate in the traditional Güzelyurt Orange Festival in Güzelyurt and enjoy your freshly squeezed orange juice while watching various shows. You can also participate in the International Girne Olive Festival in Girne, one of the most popular places on the island and known as the Pearl of Cyprus. For those who wish to visit the southern part of the island, a visa is required. This is because the region is part of the European Union.

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Azerbaijan

Another country you can enter using only your ID is Azerbaijan. As of 2021, you have the chance to stay in the country for 90 days without a passport and visa. Azerbaijan, which is considered a brother country, has many places to visit. In the country, which contains both historical and modern buildings, you can see the Flame Towers and the famous Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in the capital Baku. It is also possible to visit Han Vineyard, one of the oldest parks of all Caucasus, in Gence city. Especially in the country where there are many music festivals, you can watch various artists at Gebele music festival held every summer. In Göyçay, you can participate in many competitions in the traditional pomegranate festival called Pomegranate Day.

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Georgia

Georgia is another country where you can go without a passport. Georgia, where you can travel by airplane in less than 2 hours, has the longest time you can stay visa-free among 5 countries. It is possible to stay in the country for exactly 1 year without a passport and visa. Since 2011, unidentified inflows have been bringing many tourists from Turkey to Georgia and from Georgia to Turkey. One of the most beautiful places to visit in the country is the capital Tbilisi. Narikala Castle in the city, which is at the forefront with its history, fascinates you with both its historical architecture and its view. The Peace Bridge, which connects the newest and oldest part of Georgia with its modern architecture, is another of the architectural buildings worth visiting. If you coincide with your visit in October, you can enjoy the Tbilisi International Film Festival, considered one of the most important festivals in the country.

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Ukraine

Ukraine is among the countries where you can go without a passport. Since 2017, you have the right to stay in the country for 90 days without a visa within 180 days, which you can also visit only with your ID. The most popular tourist destination in the country with many tourist attractions is the capital Kiev. The capital, which houses a variety of historical buildings, dates back to the 18th century. The Mariinsky Palace, which has survived from the 19th century to the present day and is now used as the official ceremonial venue of the President of Ukraine, is located. Another historical building is St. Sofia Cathedral, considered one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine and one of the first heritage sites to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.

Another popular destination in the country is the city of Odessa, which is considered the Pearl of the Black Sea, and is famous for its beaches. At the same time, you have a good chance of participating in lively nightlife in these two cities. There are many music festivals in the country that you can attend, especially in summer. The most famous of these is Kraina Mriy, the Ukrainian World Music Festival, held in Kiev. You can also reach the heights of art with the Molodist International Film Festival held in Kiev.

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Moldova

Moldova is the last country to join the list of countries you can enter with your ID. In 2018, the agreement signed by the countries began the period of identity travel between the two countries.  You can enter the country without a passport and stay visa-free for 90 days. In Moldova, one of the smallest countries in Eastern Europe, the capital Kişinev, which has hosted various civilizations throughout history, is one of the places to visit with its cultural heritage. Nativity Cathedral, which was restored from the 1830s to the present day, is one of the historical buildings worth visiting. Another structure is the house where Pushkin, the most important author of modern Russian literature, lived. The house is currently waiting for visitors as Pushkin Museum. If you want more fun, you can go to the international documentary film festival Cronograf and add a different experience to your holiday.