Aside from members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and a few other countries, the majority of Muslims around the world need visas to enter the UAE.
Turkey has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the EU to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc, says Turkey's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin.
The Turkish prime minister said that his country was the only country to have held full EU accession talks without being granted visa-free travel.
Only those with biometric passports can take advantage of the visa-free travel for the time being, for stays of up to 90 days every six months that don't include work.
Under the deal, visa requirements may be reintroduced if there is a surge of citizens from a non-EU country like Ukraine or Georgia staying irregularly in EU territory.
Speaking at a press conference in Ankara, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on the PKK to cease all attacks against Turkey and said that the EU will continue working on a visa-free deal with the government.
Turkey's President Erdogan says unless Turkish citizens gain visa-free travel to Schengen Zone, Turkish Parliament will block laws related to the readmission agreement on refugees.
The EU wants Turkey to change its definition of terrorism in return of visa-free travel, but Turkey refuses to entertain the EU's request.
European Union to propose visa liberalisation for Turkey on May 4 if it takes necessary measures to fulfil remaining benchmarks
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