Updated 2 November 2021
Turkey is one of the very few countries open for leisure travel right now, but this does not mean everyone can enter the country. There are certain countries where travel is strictly prohibited, but most travellers can now freely enter the country and explore culture, luxury, architecture, nature and hospitality at its finest.
Which countries are on Turkey’s green list right now? Is the country fully open for tourism? What are the latest entry, testing and quarantine requirements? Here is the latest information on Turkey green list 2021.
Does Turkey have a green list of countries?
At the moment, Turkey has not classified countries as “safe” under any green list. Travellers of all nationalities who meet Turkey’s immigration regulations can enter the country.
However, entry for travellers from the following list of nations deemed to be “high-risk” is currently banned:
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
There is no obstacle for the passengers travelling from these countries to have a transit flight via Turkey, and our flights from the mentioned countries currently continue.
Turkey entry requirements
All incoming passengers to Turkey over the age of 6 must complete a “Traveler Entry Form” at least four days before their arrival in Turkey. Children under 6 are exempt. After registering their details with the online Entrance Form system, travelers are issued a reference number and barcode, which they will be required to present on arrival.
To successfully complete the Entrance Form, travellers must provide basic personal data, contact details, and travel information, including:
- Full name, age, and nationality
- Email address and mobile telephone number
- Date of arrival and departure
Travellers are also asked to declare whether they are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. All the information provided must be accurate and truthful.
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
All passengers arriving in Turkey must
- have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
- have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
This does not apply to:
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival;
- passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival;
- merchant seamen.
Apart from the above-mentioned testing requirements, some countries have different testing protocols in place. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Iran, Singapore or the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
Travellers 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. In such cases, passengers from Bangladesh, India or Pakistan will have to quarantine for 10 days. If the result of the PCR test taken at the end of the quarantine is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
Permitted travellers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka must quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination and testing status. Similarly, all travellers from Afghanistan will be placed under quarantine in locations to be determined by the governorships.