Egyptian Officials Say Young People Need Permit to Travel to Turkey

iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — Egyptian travel authorities say young men and women wishing to go to Turkey must have a special permit, part of an effort to curtail recruitment to extremist groups.

The new regulations stipulate that those ages 18-40 must receive special clearance before flying to Turkey.

Egyptian officials say they have already stopped more than 200 people from traveling based on concerns they would join Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.

The decision follows a recent announcement by Turkey’s foreign ministry that more than 7,000 suspected foreign fighters have been barred from entering Turkey since 2011.

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