Turkey (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Turkey without PCR test and quarantine.

Currently, Turkey accepts all vaccines when it comes to international travelers.

There is no requirement for travelers to have any specific type of COVID-19 vaccination. The rules simply state that individuals who were fully vaccinated 14 days or more before arriving in Turkey may enter.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation is required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.10.2021
1. Flights from Brazil, Nepal, South Africa and Sri Lanka are suspended.
2. Until 30 December 2021, passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, if in the past 14 days they have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa or Sri Lanka.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
3. Until 30 December 2021, passengers arriving from Egypt or Iran 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.
4. Until 30 December 2021, passengers arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa or Sri Lanka, must:
– have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– 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 arriving from Hungary or Serbia with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by Hungary or Serbia, and their accompanying minors younger than 18 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival;
– merchant seamen.
5. Until 30 December 2021, a completed “Traveler Entry” form must be submitted at most 72 hours before departure and presented at check-in and upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://register.health.gov.tr
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
6. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Afghanistan, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa or Sri Lanka must have a confirmed hotel reservation before departure. They are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days, at their own expense, in a government designated hotel listed at www.shgm.gov.tr/tr/covid-19-tedbirler/6599-izolasyon-otelleri
7. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 14 days.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
8. Diplomatic and official passports issued to nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) which expired on 31 July 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The Turkish government does not prohibit any nationalities from entering Turkey based on citizenship. However, it does place restrictions on who may come into the country based on the departure point.

There is a ban on flights to Turkey from Bangladesh, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Most other international tourists can travel to Turkey either visa-free or, for those fitting the requirements, with an eVisa (https://www.visasturkey.com/requirements/).

Some countries may only enter with a conventional sticker visa, which individuals can only obtain at a Turkish embassy. This includes national citizens of:

Algeria
Cuba
Guyana
Kiribati
Laos
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Myanmar
Nauru
North Korea
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
South Sudan
Syria
Tonga
Tuvalu
 

Lockdown Details

Starting September 6, entry into establishments such as concerts, cinemas, theaters, and crowded events will require proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to the event. This requirement applies to individuals 18 years old and older. including foreign nationals with Turkish residency. Individuals who fail to provide the necessary documentation will not be permitted to enter into these venues or participate in crowded events.

Grocery and other food-related shops are open normal operation hours.

Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafés, and cafeterias are open for in-person dining and delivery services with no restrictions.

 

Sources

https://www.visasturkey.com/travel-and-entry-restrictions/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co