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 the 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.
Turkey’s Testing Entry Requirements
As of June 1, 2021, passengers from all nations will have the choice of how they would like to enter Turkey. ONE of the following will be valid for entry:
- A negative 72-hour PCR test
- A negative 48-hour antigen test
- Proof of vaccination, with 14-days having passed since the final shot
- Proof of recovery which includes a positive test 14-180 days old, along with a certificate of recovery.
Exceptions to the above: Almost all nations worldwide are able to choose from the above list, except where variants of concern exist.
Afghanistan. Passengers from this nation can still enter but with a 72-hour PCR test and 14-day government-approved quarantine.
Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka. There is currently a ban on flights from these nations.
United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt, Singapore. Passengers from these nations will still be required to submit a negative 72-hour PCR test, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Turkey, unless they are coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
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.
Passenger Information Form
Starting March 15, 2021, all passengers must present a completed ‘Passenger Information Form’ upon arrival into Turkey.
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.
- Proof of vaccination or a negative PRC test is required to enter crowded spaces such as cinemas, concerts, and public transportation.
- Follow all social distancing markers.
- Undergo mandatory temperature scans and health screenings upon arrival.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Turkey has not announced plans to make a proof of vaccine record mandatory for entry.
They are making exceptions to PCR testing for fully vaccinated passengers.
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.
For countries that require a visa required in advance, contact the Turkish consulate/embassy in our home country.
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:
- Perform a PCR test no longer than 72 hours before arrival, or show proof of vaccination or recovery
- Do not travel if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Check if your country needs an E-Visa or Visa before arrival
- 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
Article originally published August 25, 2020