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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Turkey
Data Last Updated: August 28, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

Turkey has reopened to tourists coming from all countries. However, the entry restrictions will vary depending on the country in which the tourist came from or visited in the past 14 days.

To be allowed entry, all travelers must submit proof of a negative result taken via PCR test in the past 72 hours of departure. If through antigen test, it must be taken within 48 hours of departure. Those who have been vaccinated and it’s already been 14 days since they received the vaccine can skip the testing requirement for as long as they can present a vaccine certificate.

Travelers who can show proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past six months can also skip the testing requirement.

Those who came from countries with high infection rates such as Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Egypt will be required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival. They can end the quarantine earlier if they will be tested for Covid-19 on the tenth day and the result is negative. 

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Places of worship were allowed to reopen from May 29. Several different establishments and facilities were also allowed to reopen, including cafes, restaurants, beaches, daycare centers and kindergartens, archaeological sites, museums, camps, and libraries.

Moreover, civil servants who were on leave or working from home have returned to their workplaces. Authorities have also lifted restrictions on individual sports, maritime tourism, and fishing.

Authorities continue to urge residents to stay at home - unless they perform essential tasks - and comply with social distancing rules. Face masks are mandatory in crowded areas. 

Protective face coverings must be worn in all public spaces in many cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, and must be worn in enclosed public spaces nationwide.

Turkish residents over the age of 65 are permitted to leave their homes between 1000-2000 daily, and people under 18 years are only permitted to travel in the company of a parent or guardian; these measures do not apply to foreign nationals in Turkey.

Airlines & Transport

As of June 12, officials reopened the majority of the country's air, land, and sea borders for all travelers, excluding with Iran, where air and land borders remain closed to passenger traffic until at least Sept. 1

Domestic flights in Turkey resumed from June 1. A government-provided HES (Hayat Eve Sıgar) code may be necessary for domestic flights for all passengers.

Officials have lifted entry and exit restrictions via land crossings for Turkish and foreign nationals; however, the land border with Iran will continue to remain closed until further notice.

Authorities previously lifted the nation's intercity travel ban, though many public transport services are likely operating on a reduced schedule; intercity rail services have resumed on certain routes serving Ankara, Istanbul, Eskisehir, and Konya. The use of intercity public transport will require a HES code. 

Status of Opening to Tourists

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More Details

Turkey’s borders have remained open to International visitors since June 2020. Having endured a spike in Covid-19 cases during the first half of 2021, which resulted in a 17-day lockdown, Turkey has now eased the entry restrictions for international tourists. As of August 2021, Turkish authorities have ended the nighttime curfew and Sunday lockdowns, and businesses have started opening up.

If you wish to travel to Turkey during the Covid-19 pandemic, here's what you need to know and expect.

Who Can Enter Turkey As Tourists

Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Turkey as tourists. However, the entry restrictions will vary depending on the country in which the tourist came from or visited in the past 14 days. Visitors who came from countries with high cases of Covid-19 infection or those with the virus variant of concerns will have to undergo testing and quarantine, regardless of the vaccination status.

Travel Entry Requirements for Tourists

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of everyone, the Turkish Government implemented entry restrictions for all tourists entering the country. The travel restrictions will vary, depending on the country they came from.

  • Those who came from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, or Sri Lanka are required to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Upon arrival, they must quarantine for 14 days at government quarantine facilities. On the final day of their quarantine, another test will be conducted. If negative, they can end their quarantine. Otherwise, they will be asked to complete another 14-day quarantine.
  • Those who came from Pakistan and Afghanistan must also submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Turkey. However, they will only spend 10 days in quarantine. A second test will be conducted on day 7. If the result is negative, they can end their quarantine. Otherwise, they will be asked to complete another 14-day quarantine.
  • Travelers who came from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore are also required to submit a negative PCR test taken within at least 72 hours of leaving for Turkey, regardless of their vaccination status.

All other international tourists must submit proof of a negative result taken via PCR test in the past 72 hours of departure. If through antigen test, it must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

Travelers who have been vaccinated and it's already been 14 days since they received the vaccine can skip the testing requirement. Those who can show proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past six months can also skip the testing requirement.

Other Travel Requirements

All passengers are required to complete the Turkey Entry Form at least 72 hours before their departure to Turkey. The form must be printed to present upon arrival. A soft copy can also be presented through a mobile phone.

Airport authorities are conducting random testing on all arriving passengers. Passengers who will be tested can proceed to their destination after testing, but if their test turned out positive, they will be contacted by authorities and be put in isolation for 14 days, together with their companions and close contacts. They will be tested on the 10th day, and if the result is negative, they can end isolation.

Kids below six years old are not required to submit testing. Passengers on transit at Turkish airports are also not required to submit a negative Covid-19 test result.

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Information for Non-Tourists

Authorities in Turkey have lifted the 14-day home quarantine for Turkish expatriates amid the country's efforts to ease COVID-19-related restrictions as of June 13.

All arrivals are required to undergo a health screening on arrival, and individuals displaying symptoms must submit to a COVID-19 test and undergo a 14-day quarantine if positive;

All testing and quarantine-related costs are to be covered by the traveler. Turkish nationals and residents are required to obtain a government-provided HES (Hayat Eve Sıgar) code before international travel on public transport.

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