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Turkey was quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world prior to the pandemic. With its breathtaking natural beauty,  archaeological sites and oceanfront resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts, the country truly has something for everyone. 

Turkey is now looking to restore its tourism economy with some of the most relaxed COVID-19 entry requirements in the world. Here is everything you need to know before booking your trip.

Countries Permitted To Visit Turkey For Tourism

Turkey is welcoming travelers from all countries. 

Aerial view of Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey
Aerial view of Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Starting December 28: All passengers entering Turkey will need to present proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. 

Arrivals from UK/Denmark/South Africa have additional rules: Due to a new strain, Turkey is temporarily prohibiting flights from Denmark, UK and South Africa. Any traveler who has been in these countires within the last 10 days will need to undergo a PCR test on arrival, plus a quarantine for 7 days. 

Flying over Cappadocia, Turkey in a hot air balloon

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Turkey. 

If a traveler is showing symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19 with a verified PCR test, they will be medically quarantined at their own cost. 

Antalya-Old Town-Harbor
Antalya-Old Town-Harbor

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Turkey

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Turkey

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Turkey:

  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces. This rules was made country wide as of September 8.
  • Follow all social distancing markers
  • Undergo mandatory temperature scans and health screenings upon arrival 
Tourists Wearing Masks in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Turkey

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Turkey has not announced plans to make a proof of vaccine record (POVR) mandatory for entry.  

Visa Entry Requirements For Turkey During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Turkey will still need to follow regular visa requirements. 

If you are from a country that requires an e-visa (like USA, Canada and Australia) you can apply here.

Refer to the map below to check if your country requires a visa before traveling to Turkey.

Turkey Visa Requirements (Image: By Datastat/Wikipedia Commons)

For countries that require a visa required in advance, contact the Turkish consulate/embassy in our home country. 

Aerial view of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea
Aerial view of Beach near Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea

PCR Tests at Istanbul Airport:

Istanbul Airport (IST) has one of the fastest and most reliable airport testing facilities in the world right now. They are pumping through thousands of tests, all while aiming to deliver accurate results within 4-8 hours to desperate travelers.

You can get one done on a layover, making Istanbul the perfect stop before entering a country that requires negative test results for entry. 

Read our guide on How To Get A PCR Test at Istanbul Airport

Turkey Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Do not travel if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  2. Check if your country needs an E-Visa or Visa before arrival
  3. Follow all COVID-19 health protocols while in Turkey

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Disclaimer: Current Turkey travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


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Article originally published August 25, 2020

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