ISTANBUL – A concert of the Turkish singer Arif Sag was cancelled last weekend because of the strict visa restrictions on nonEU citizens arriving in the Netherlands. Sag was questioned at length at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and was made to wait so long that he no longer wanted to enter the country and took the first plane back to Istanbul. Turkish papers, among others Radikal, write about a ‘scandulous treatment’ by the Netherlands.
Spicy detail is that the concert, organized by Kulsan cultural foundation, was to take place as part of the celebrations of 400 years of diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Netherlands. A few days earlier Sag passed through Schiphol for a rehearsal without any problems.
The strict procedures for visiting Europe have been angering Turks for years now.