Turkey (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: 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: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.07.2021
1. Flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa and Sri Lanka are suspended.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Adana (ADA).
3. Until 31 July 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 6 years.
4. Until 31 July 2021, passengers arriving from 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 6 years.
5. Until 31 July 2021, passengers arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, 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 6 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.
6. Passengers arriving from a country other than Egypt, Iran, Singapore or the United Kingdom, could be subject to a PCR test at their final destination in Turkey.
7. Until 14 September 2021, a completed “Traveler Entry Form” must be 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.
8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days at their own expense; details can be found at https://www.hssgm.gov.tr/Covid19Tedbirleri .
9. 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

Within the scope of the measures taken against the Covid-19 pandemic, the following decisions are effective on July 1, 2021 regarding entry to Turkey, per the Turkish authorities:

1. Entry of passengers coming to Turkey from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka are suspended until further notice. But passengers traveling from these countries may transit to other countries without entering Turkey; our flights continue.

2. Passengers who are arriving to Turkey and who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in locations to be determined by the Governorships. If the PCR test result to be made at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. Passengers whose PCR test result is positive will be taken into isolation as soon as the positive test result is received and the measure will be terminated with a negative PCR test result which will be made at the end of the 14th day.

3. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan and Pakistan and passengers who have been to these countries in the last 14 days are required to stay under quarantine for 10 days. If the PCR test result to be made at the end of the 7th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. If the test results are positive, they will be treated in accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

4. The quarantine for passengers who are arriving to Turkey and who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, or arriving to Turkey from Afghanistan or Pakistan or who have been to these countries in the last 14 days will be at dormitories determined by the Governorships or at accommodation facilities serving as quarantine facilities. The terms and conditions regarding the quarantine hotels, accommodation fees, transportation of the passengers from the borders, etc. will be set and announced by the Governorships.

5. Passengers arriving to Turkey from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore must present a negative PCR test result taken in the last 72 hours prior to arrival to Turkey.

6. Passengers from countries other than the ones mentioned in articles 1, 2 and 4 and who submitted a document issued by the relevant country’s official authorities showing that they had been vaccinated at least 14 days before their arrival in Turkey and/or that they had recovered from the disease in the last six months starting on the 28th day of the first positive PCR test are not requested to submit a PCR/rapid antigen test and they will not go under a quarantine. In case a certificate of vaccination or documents indicating that they have had/recovered from the virus is not presented, the result of a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test (performed within the last 48 hours) in the last 72 hours prior to arrival to Turkey from these countries must be submitted.

7. Passengers are subject to PCR testing on the basis of sampling at arrival. These passengers will be allowed to proceed to their final destination after the test samples are taken. If the test results are positive, they will be treated in accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health. Passengers and the persons with close contact with passengers with positive test results will be quarantined for 14 days at the addresses they have determined, and quarantine conditions will be terminated if the PCR test results to be performed at the end of the 10th day are negative. The quarantine conditions of those who are found to be carrying the Delta variant will be terminated with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 14th day.

8. Turkish citizens entering Turkey must submit a document showing that they had been vaccinated at least 14 days before their arrival in Turkey and/or that they had recovered from the disease in the last six months starting on the 28th day of the first positive PCR test and those who can submit the result of a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test (performed within the last 48 hours) in the last 72 hours prior to arrival to Turkey are allowed to enter.

In addition:

-As of March 15, 2021, passengers who enter Turkey on international flights (excluding transfer passengers and passengers under the age of 6) must complete the Turkey Entry Form, which they can access on this page, within 72 hours prior to their flight. A paper printout or mobile screenshot of the completed form will be checked at the stations before the flight.
-All passengers are required to wear masks at airports and during the flights.
-Passengers must complete a Passenger Information Form on flights to Turkey.
-Temperature measurements at Turkey’s airports have been removed for all destinations apart from flights to and from Canada, Singapore and Guangzhou, and for passengers using hot connection points (points used by transfer passengers with a connection time of 90 minutes or less) due to short connecting times.
-A PCR test result, vaccination card or a proof of recovery showing a Covid-19 positive PCR test that was taken a maximum of six months ago are not requested from passengers below 6 years of age.
-Passengers entering Turkey can submit molecular tests, also known as nucleic acid amplification, genetic, RNA or PCR tests.
-These requirements are not mandatory for international transfer passengers.
-Sailors, truck drivers, and flight crew are exempt from taking a SARS CoV2 PCR test and are not subject to quarantine.

It is obligatory to obtain an HES code for flights taken within Turkey. There is no HES Code requirement for non-Turkish citizens. For details, please check the Hayat Eve Sığar page (https://bit.ly/3r4LAAT).
 

Lockdown Details

During the Sunday curfew supermarkets, green grocers, bakeries, and butchers will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., individuals may shop for their essential needs at the closest store within walking distance (driving is not allowed).

Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafés, and cafeterias will be open for in-person dining and delivery services with the following restrictions:

-In-person dining outdoor seating up to three (3) persons per table permitted
-In-person dining indoor seating up to two (2) persons per table permitted.In person delivery pick-up (takeaway) service during 7 a.m. until 9:00 p.m on weekdays and
Saturdays. Restaurant delivery

* Monday – Saturdays: service available during 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.
* Sundays: service available during 7 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.

-Dining establishments in all accommodation facilities (hotel, motel, hostel, etc.), including tourist facilities, will only be able to serve guests with accommodation
reservations. Only up to two people per table will be permitted indoors and up to three people per table will be permitted outdoors.

Smoking in public spaces is banned.
 

Sources

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