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Practical Information

Information Note

The Secretary-General will hold the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey. The Summit will be held at the highest level and will bring the global community together to reaffirm our solidarity with people affected by crises, and our collective commitment to humanity. In Istanbul, global and local leaders from government, business, civil society, among others, will announce concrete actions and commitments to end conflict, alleviate suffering and reduce risk. The Summit will also serve as a platform to exchange experiences and showcase innovations and best practices.

The present note provides an update on the organization of the World Humanitarian Summit.

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Visa Information For Foreigners

The Government of Turkey will facilitate visa procedures for participants to the Summit. The participants who require visas to enter Turkey can obtain them from the nearest Turkish mission abroad. Valid invitation letters provided by the United Nations should be submitted at the time of application. The applications should be made online prior to submitting the original documents to the Turkish missions. These visas will be issued free of charge.

The participants who require visas to enter Turkey, yet not able to contact a Turkish mission abroad due to a force majeure, will be able to obtain their visas at the border gates with the documents mentioned above and free of charge. This option should be used as an exceptional case to avoid unnecessary queues at the airport.

The participants who prefer to obtain electronic visas should visit the official website www.evisa.gov.tr. E-visas cannot be issued free of charge.