Turkey is open for tourism with new entry requirements. All visitors must bring proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test or documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to arrival.
Anyone showing symptoms of having COVID-19 will be taken to a hospital for examination and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Commercial airlines continue to resume their operation on a country-by-country basis.
Turkey Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates
April 30 – Turkey to enforce first full lockdown starting today
At the beginning of April the Turkish government imposed severe restrictions that were supposed to last only one month aiming to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. However, these restrictions were not as effective as expected.
According to the authorities, the country is currently fighting a massive spread of the virus due to the U.K. variant. More than 22 million people have been vaccinated in this country of 82 million inhabitants but it does not seem to be enough to contain the virus. So these are the main new restrictions,
- People must stay at home except for essential shopping trips and urgent medical treatments.
- All interstate travel is forbidden.
- All schools must close.
- Public transport will be allowed to operate at a very limited capacity.
- Alcohol sales are limited.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a month of strict lockdowns and restrictions, the time period aligns with Ramadan.
The measures include a weekday curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, a weekend curfew and restrictions on mobility for individuals over 65 or under 18 years of age. There is also a ban on all gatherings, including weddings, sports events or any social event.
Restaurants are allowed delivery services only and all non-essential establishments are closed.
Starting March 15, all visitors arriving in Turkey (excepting transit passengers) must fill out the “Form for Entry to Turkey” within the last 72 hours before checking in at the airport.
Additionally, depending on local restrictions, national and foreign citizens may be required to use a HES code (a personal code implemented by governments lately in order to reduce the number of passengers at an airport who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in closed contact with a positive patient), but in this case to enter official buildings, and public spaces such as malls, restaurants, cafes, libraries, sport centers, wedding halls, barbers, beauty parlors, massage parlors and game halls.
Effective March 5, the Turkish government started enforcing a new four-tier system on COVID-19 restrictions. As of today, provinces are now divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange), and very high (red) based on the number of infections and vaccination rates.
Visitors can check the map to see the restrictions that apply to their destination.
Is Turkey open for tourists?
Yes, Turkey is open to tourists from all countries without quarantine. They only need to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
Do visitors have to take COVID-19 test on arrival?
No, they do not. Unless they show symptoms during health screenings at the port of entry.
Do visitors need to quarantine in Turkey?
No they do not. visitors can freely enter the country once they pass health checks at the airport. However, those who don’t pass the screenings will be directed to a hospital to take a COVID-19 PCR test and if the results come back positive they will be required to quarantine until they can produce a negative test.
Can American tourists enter Turkey now?
Yes. They can. Turkey is one of the few European/Asian countries that are taking U.S. nationals at the moment.
Check the full list of countries open to Americans.
Is it safe to visit Turkey now?
The CDC warning is at LEVEL 4 (Very High Level of COVID-19) and only essential travel to Turkey is recommended. (CDC.gov)
What airlines are flying to Turkey?
These are some of the commercial airlines flying to Turkey at the moment.
- Anadolu Jet: https://www.anadolujet.com/en
- BelaviaAirlines: https://en.belavia.by/
- Pegasus Air: https://www.flypgs.com/en
- Qatar Airlines: https://www.qatarairways.com/
- SunExpress: https://www.sunexpress.com/en/
- Turkish Airlines: https://www.turkishairlines.com/ Direct U.S. flights available
- Keep in mind that restrictions are changing due to the second spike in COVID-19. So, although there is no curfew or other mobility restrictions in place for foreigners, rules like these can be enforced at any moment with little to no prior notice.
Current Coronavirus situation in Turkey
With 4,820,591 reported cases and 40,131 deaths, authorities have confirmed that there is an increase in infections in several provinces.
Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 are sent to a private hospital. Travelers are encouraged to check with their local authorities for restrictions when coming back home from Turkey.
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