Agencies (Qasioun) - Turkey on Sunday suspended non-immigrant visa services at all Turkish diplomatic facilities in the United States, in a tit-for-tat move amid escalating tensions between the countries.
Just hours after the US mission in Turkey announced it was applying visa restrictions, the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, hit back with an almost identical statement.
"In order to minimize the number of visitors to our Embassy and Consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all Turkish diplomatic facilities in US," read the statement on Twitter, echoing an earlier announcement by the US mission to Turkey.
The Turkish embassy said the measure would apply, with immediate effect, to visas in passports, as well as e-Visas and visas acquired at the border.
The US move, meanwhile, means that Turks will not be given visas to visit the US unless they are planning to move there.