Updated 26 October 2021
Turkey is rightfully considered the paradisiacal land of the Middle East, filled with ornate chapels and green hills, turquoise lagoons and beaches, lively resorts and quaint little villages. The country has had strict travel restrictions in place for several months to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep checks on the movement of international passengers.
However, on the bright side, travellers of all nationalities, including Pakistan, who meet Turkey’s immigration regulations, can enter the country. Here are the latest entry, testing and travel guidelines you should know while travelling from Pakistan to Turkey.
Can I travel to Turkey from Pakistan?
In short, yes.
Turkey is one of the few countries that are currently open for tourists from all nationalities, albeit with some additional safety measures for travellers from certain countries.
Vaccinated travellers who have been vaccinated at least 14 days before their arrival in Turkey can skip testing and quarantine. Fully vaccinated and recovered patients are exempt if they can provide either:
- Vaccination certificate showing the last dose was given at least 14 days before arrival
- Medical certificate showing recovery in the last 6 months
Travellers entering or transiting through Turkey from Pakistan are required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before the scheduled departure date of their flight. Children aged 6 and below are exempt from testing.
All travellers must submit a Turkey Entrance Form within 72 hours before travel and may be subject to PCR testing on arrival in Turkey.
Arrivals from the UK, Egypt, Iran and Singapore must undergo mandatory testing before entering the country.
Travellers coming from Pakistan will be exempted from the quarantine requirements if they submit proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure. Travellers who can’t submit these documents must quarantine for 10 days.
If the result of the PCR test taken at the end of the 10th day of the quarantine is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
Those who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka 14 days before travel will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.
Foreign travellers who wish to travel to Turkey must either apply for a visa or an electronic travel authorization. To obtain a visa to Turkey, citizens of many countries must attend an embassy or consulate. However, to apply for the Turkey e-Visa, the traveller can simply complete the online form, which only takes a few minutes.
Travellers from Pakistan need not apply for their visas at an embassy or consulate. Instead, they can get their Turkey electronic visa through the online system. When applying for a Turkey e-Visa, the traveller must have a passport valid for at least 5 months.
Flights from Pakistan to Turkey
Daily flights from Pakistan to Turkey flying to popular cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya are available with Fly Dubai, Jazeera Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, among many other prominent airlines.