Turkey (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 23 May 2022

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: 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.

But in some cases, there are 3 vaccines approved for use in Turkey. these are:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Sputnik V
  • Sinovac

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Most vaccinated travelers can now enter Turkey without quarantine. Valid proof of vaccination is required. Foreigners without proof of vaccination could be subject to self-isolation for up to 14 days on arrival in Turkey.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Turkish nationals will no longer require a government-provided Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code before international or intercity travel on public transport.
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open

Detailed Travel Advisory

International Restrictions:

  • All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
  • You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
  • Your information regarding COVID-19 may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary.
  • Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.
  • If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without needing to test or quarantine.
  • At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or World Health Organization.
  • Proof of vaccination status: You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Turkey.
  • Turkey will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), Rapid Antigen Test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months, when entering Turkey. You should arrange to take a private test.
  • If you’ve had COVID-19 in the last six months: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, you can enter Turkey. You’ll need to show evidence of a positive PCR test (taken more than 14 days and less than six months ago). You will not need to take an additional COVID-19 test.
  • You can use the COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 recovery when entering Turkey.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 11 and under can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travellers to enter Turkey.
    *Exemptions: There are no exemptions to the entry requirements for Turkey

 

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.

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:

  1. Algeria
  2. Cuba
  3. Guyana
  4. Kiribati
  5. Laos
  6. Marshall Islands
  7. Micronesia
  8. Myanmar
  9. Nauru
  10. North Korea
  11. Palau
  12. Papua New Guinea
  13. Samoa
  14. South Sudan
  15. Syria
  16. Tonga
  17. Tuvalu

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.

Passengers over the age of 12 must have a document showing a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Turkey. Either:
– PCR test taken in the last 72 hours
– Rapid antigen test taken in the last 48 hours

Quarantine is carried out at accommodation facilities determined by the Turkish government.

On arrival in Turkey, passengers and airline crew will undergo a brief medical check, including temperature controls. Individuals who are not displaying any symptoms can continue their journey.

Most other international tourists can travel to Turkey either visa-free or, for those fitting the requirements, with an eVisa.

Get the eVisa for Turkey (https://application.visasturkey.com/application)

To see if you eligible for a turkey E-visa click here https://www.visasturkey.com/requirements/

All incoming passengers 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.

The purpose of the form is to contact individuals who have been in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Visitors should provide contact information and the accommodation address in Turkey.

The “Form for Entry to Turkey” must be completed online and takes a few minutes. All passengers need to present it before boarding a flight to Turkey and again on arrival.

Submit your Form for Entry to Turkey here https://bit.ly/3DC6Zqc

 

Lockdown Details

The Ministry of Interior issued a circular on 4 March 2022, specifying the new conditions for outdoor mask mandate, submission of negative PCR test result and contact tracing (HES) code requirement. According to the circular, in addition to outdoors, the mask mandate has also been lifted in indoor areas where physical distancing is applicable and proper ventilation is available. However, the mask mandate will continue in places where physical distance can’t be maintained such as schools, hospitals, theatres, movie theatres and all kinds of public transport, including intercity transportation.

HES codes won’t be required in theatres, shopping malls, astro pitches and transportation.

Grocery and other food-related shops are open during 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

Data Source: covidcontrols.co