Turkey has officially reopened its borders to all tourists under normal travel regulations.
Major update: June 29th
Turkey has reopened for tourism and is accepting all nations to visit.
The embassy for the United Kingdom in Turkey stated:
“All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey from 12 June.”
which we also confirmed with both the Canadian and American embassies this week.
When we first published this article on June 6th, there was a list of 40 countries first allowed to enter Turkey. Since that date, Turkey has now lifted all covid travel restrictions and is now allowing all nations to enter under regular ‘pre-covid’ regulations.
Entry Requirements for Turkey
Now that any covid-related travel bans have been lifted, there are still a few entry requirements for tourists entering Turkey:
- All nations that require an e-visa or stamp visa will obtain one prior to entering Turkey
- Tourists are required to wear a face-mask during the inbound flight to Turkey, as well as in the airport. Any tourist not wearing a mask will be denied entry.
- Travelers agree to a health screening and temperature check.
- Once in Turkey, the wearing of face-masks in public spaces is mandatory for many cities including Ankara and Istanbul.
Is Testing Mandatory to enter Turkey?
At this time, there is NO mandatory testing for tourists into Turkey.
However, any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties upon arrival will be will be required to undergo a PCR swab test. In the event that a test returns with a positive result, the traveler will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or at a private medical facility in Turkey at the travelers expense.
Visa Information for Turkey
Visa services have resumed, and Turkey is now issuing new travel Visas online. Many countries, including the USA, Australia and Canada, normally require a Visa to enter Turkey.
To see which countries require a visa and which countries can enter visa-free, Turkey’s Visa Wikipedia page is a great resource.
If you are a country that requires an e-visa (like USA, Canada and Australia) you can apply for a Turkish Visa here.
Turkey's Land Borders
Open Land Borders: Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iraq.
Closed Land Borders: Iran, Syria
What flights have resumed to Turkey?
Direct Flights Into ISTANBUL
- New York on Turkish Airlines starting July 10
- Washington on Turkish Airlines starting July 5
- Chicago on Turkish Airlines starting June 30
- Miami on Turkish Airlines starting July 10
- Houston on Turkish Airlines starting July 27
- Los Angeles on Turkish Airlines starting June 29
- San Francisco on Turkish Airlines starting July 16
- Montreal on Turkish Airlines starting July 15
- Toronto on Turkish Airlines starting July 1
Too many to list! Almost every major European city flies into Istanbul and other Turkish cities daily. The airline with the most flights is Turkish Airlines, but others include: Pegasus, Ukraine International, Belavia, etc.
Health Guidelines While in Turkey
On September 8, the Turkish Interior Ministry issued a notice to the public regarding new COVID restrictions/guidance while visiting. Violators will be issued fines for non-compliance.
The new restrictions/guidance are as follows:
- Face masks must be worn in public (e.g. streets, gardens, workplaces, etc.) at all times in all of Turkey
- Standing passengers will not be allowed in urban public transportation vehicles where physical distance rules cannot be applied.
- The playing of live music at restaurants and cafes after midnight is forbidden.
- Governors and district officials will increase the inspections of cafes, restaurants, and dining and entertainment venues to ensure adherence to COVID restrictions.
the original article (with the list of 40 countries that were approved into Turkey first) is now continued below.
The country has set out new guidelines for its hotels and resort facilities, such as temperature checks at entrances and at least 12 hours of room ventilation after checkout. Guests will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing according to CNN.
“The more transparent and detailed information we give, the more we will earn the confidence of tourists,” Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy told Reuters earlier this month while revealing plans to open around half of Turkey's hotels this year.
Meanwhile, restrictions on intercity travel have been lifted, while restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities are permitted to reopen from June 1, along with beaches and museums.
Ersoy stressed that Turkey started a detailed certification program for hotels due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It [the certification program] was the first in the world, and the EU also decided to initiate a similar one,” he added.
Disclaimer: Turkey’s reopening news is ever-changing 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 before traveling.