The visas may be secured from Turkish embassies and consulates overseas, the statement said.
However, the Foreign Ministry's statement pointed out Syrian nationals travelling via land crossings from Syria would continue to be exempt from visa requirements.
But all border crossings between Turkey and Syria have been closed to Syrian civilians in the direction of Turkey, except for exceptional cases for several months, the rest forced to wait for weeks before denied or granted permission to cross.
The New Arab's correspondent in Turkey said a memorandum with new instructions reflecting the decision has been issued to airlines operating flights from and into Turkey.
The move could be part of the measures Turkey pledged to implement under an agreement with the EU to reduce the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe via Turkey.
Earlier reports had suggested the Turkish prime mininster told an EU-Turkish summit in Brussels in mid-December his government would impose visas on Syrians.
Turkey concluded a deal with the EU to help reduce the number of refugees flocking to European shores in return for a $3 billion aid package.
Yet, Turkey needed to apply stricter security checks for Syrians entering Turkey, especially at airports, a senior Turkish official told Turkish press at the time.
“There is a significant increase in Syrians who try to reach Turkey by travelling from third countries, especially from Egypt and Lebanon. Among those Syrians, there are also fake passport holders,” the official said, noting that additionally, there are Syrians who travel to Turkey not for basic humanitarian concerns, but for economic reasons.
“Measures are in place for dealing with this issue,” he added, indicating that those measures were related to address possible security threats stemming from third countries.
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