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A new route from Turkish Airlines features a long-haul direct flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Cancun, Mexico.

Both destinations have been very popular for those still traveling during the pandemic due to their relaxed entry requirements. 

Turkish Airlines

With Turkey announcing strict lockdowns on weekends and surging COVID-19 cases, nomads and travelers have been looking to move on to other destinations. This flight is the perfect recipe for travelers looking to get across the world quickly with no testing or quarantines. 

cancun beach and resorts

After 8 months of being suspended, the new direct flight from Istanbul to Cancun has now resumed and takes a mind-boggling 18.5 hours. 

There is one catch to the flight as it does have a 1.5 hour stopover in Mexico City but passengers do not switch planes. Hence the the name ‘direct' rather than ‘non-stop'.

Any other route from Turkey will take over 28 hours with 2 or more stops. 

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According to the Turkish Airlines website, the flight runs every Sunday at 9:35pm and arrives in Cancun the next day at 8:25 am. Keep in mind that Istanbul is 8 hours ahead of Cancun. 

Prices start at USD $1083 for economy and around $4000-$6000 for business class lie-flat seats. 

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turkish airlines economy

The Istanbul to Mexico City/Cancun route resumed on December 2nd and the flight will run once weekly on the Boeing 787-9.

The only Covid entry requirement for Mexico at this time is to fill out an online form prior to arrival.

Cancun has been one of the top destinations in the world during the pandemic and has already recovered over 60% of its tourism. For travelers headed to Turkey, again there are no testing or quarantine requirements upon arrival. 

Other than the very long flight, travelers can be confident of no entry problems on either side at this time. 

White sand beaches of Cancun, Mexico
Travelers arrive at the international airport in Cancun wearing masks

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