Few countries in the world seamlessly blend tradition with modernity like Turkey. Reflecting the best parts of Asia and Europe, Turkey is deeply soaked in vibrant culture and tradition. Explore the remnants of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires like the Blue Mosque, indulge in delightful Turkish Baklava, sail across the Bosphorus river and shop in bustling wholesale markets.
Can I travel to Turkey?
Who can enter?
Passengers departing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and those who are understood to be in these countries in the last 14 days will be requested to submit a negative PCR test report 72 hours before entering to Turkey, and these passengers will be quarantined for 14 days. Passengers departing from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test result which has to be made maximum 72 hours before entry.
Rules for travelers
Quarantine is not required for travelers arriving from approved countries. Visitors who in the past 14 days have been Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
- Mandatory medical test for coronavirus will be done on arrival.
- Mandatory to present a negative PCR test certificate carried out less than 72 hours before departure
Compulsory to submit a Passenger Locator Form before entering Turkey.
Recommended to download CoroWarn App
Is it safe traveling to Turkey?
Turkey was one of the first nations to be affected by the virus. The country has managed to reduce the rate of infection, which is now averaging up-to 4,000 cases every day, recording over 33,000 infections in the last 14 days. However, the authorities don't look forward to another nationwide lockdown. Instead, they are bringing about general awareness of being safe in public and have introduced a tag, "Safe Tourism" for all arrivals to Turkey.
Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
No, there are no quarantine rules for visitors arriving from the list of approved countries. Visitors who in the past 10 days have been in Brazil, India or South Africa are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?
Yes, all visitors entering Turkey will go through a health screening upon arrival. This includes temperature check and a visual examination of the individual's well being.
Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?
You will have to take a PCR test if you show symptoms of the virus upon arrival.
What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?
If you show symptoms upon arrival, you will undergo a full body check up and a PCR test will be conducted for the virus. You will be subjected to quarantine restrictions for 14 days if the results come back positive.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?
Yes, it is mandatory to submit a negative PCR certificate taken 72 hours before departure.
Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to Turkey?
No, it is not mandatory to have travel health insurance to visit Turkey. However, it is recommended to have insurance that covers COVID-19.
Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?
No, there are no additional medical certificates required.
Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?
Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in Turkey?
Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?
Yes, you may download the CoronaWarn App. Users receive alerts on the App if they encounter a COVID-19 positive user (if the person carrying the virus uses the App)
Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
Face masks: Wearing a mask is obligatory throughout Turkey in all crowded places and specifically in markets, supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops. Masks are also compulsory on all public transport, including the metro, buses, taxis and ferries.
Social distancing: Try keeping a distance of 1 metre in public. Avoid greeting people with a handshake or a hug.
Physical hygiene: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. Always carry an alcohol based sanitizer in case soap and water is not available.
Are there domestic travel restrictions in Turkey?
There are a few restrictions within the country as of now:
- There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition.
- Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times
- Sunbathing squares, smoking bans and restricted access to large groups have all been put into place.
- All Turkish nationals have to submit a HES form to travel between regions within the country
Are hotels open in Turkey?
Turkey mandates "Safe Tourism Certificates" for hotels which confirms that the facility abides by health and hygiene conditions put in place by international health organizations. If a guest is tested positive upon arrival, they can self-isolate at the hotel if special medical treatment is not required.
Are restaurants, cafes and bars in Turkey open?
Restaurants, cafes and bars have reopened with limited capacity only.
Are flights operating?
Yes, domestic and international flights have resumed. Passengers are still being screened at the airports to ensure that air travel is safe for all. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
Are trains operating?
Yes, train services have resumed at full capacity after the country eased restrictions. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew. Time tables and track routes may have been updated. Please refer to the official timetable for updated timings.
What is the status of local transportation?
Metro: Metro services across cities are running at limited capacity. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at metro stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers
Buses: Intercity buses and all forms of road transport have also resumed. Travelers are expected to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices.
Taxis: Taxi services have been resumed across all cities at limited capacity. Local city operators as well as app-based taxi services have resumed operations.
Where to go in Turkey
A transcontinental region, parts of Turkey lie divided between Asia and Europe. The country has a rich geography, with crystal blue seas, lakes and rivers at one end and Mount Ararat -- the highest peak in the country -- at another. Explore the length and breadth of this traveler’s paradise, from the capital Ankara and the vibrant, bustling Istanbul to the blue seas of Antalya and hills of Cappadocia.
Things to do in Turkey
Turkey is home to a variety of monuments, like the Göbekli Tepe that dates back 12,000 years and The Blue Mosque, interesting geographical landscapes like Cappadocia, and the Pamukkale thermal spa terraces. The country is home to a host of cultural experiences, sure to enthrall all tourists.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Turkey
Shuffle between history and contemporary times in Turkey. You can try unusual experiences like the natural thermal saunas of Pamukkale or visit the ruins of Ephesus, prepare to be mesmerized by the Dervish dances, and step back in time at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia monuments when you visit Turkey. Here’s a list of experiences that must be at the top of your travel itinerary:
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Turkey
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.