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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Turkey
Data Last Updated: December 26, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

Turkey has reopened for most travelers. There is no testing or quarantine requirement, however, travelers are subject to health screening and random testing may occur.

Presently visitors arriving from: Afghanistan, Bangladesh are not allowed to enter.

U.S. Embassy Turkey Information

Latest update - Starting Monday, December 28, all visitors entering Turkey will be required to submit a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding the flight. This new protocol is expected to last until March. It applies to all international arrivals including those who entered by land and sea.  

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

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Test Required For Tourists From:

240 Countries

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Not Allowing Tourists From:

2 Countries

Afghanistan

Bangladesh

More Details

As of June 12, Turkey’s borders have officially reopened to International visitors, including travelers from the US. However, just like with the other countries that have opened their doors in a post-COVID world, Turkey has put in place several travel restrictions to ensure the safety of all visitors.

When Turkey first opened its doors to international visitors, they only allowed travelers from 40 countries. However, it has now lifted the restrictions for all nationalities. This means that all tourists can now enter Turkey, provided that they adhere to the country’s travel requirements and policies.

Travel Entry Requirements for Tourists Visiting Turkey

Even though the travel restrictions to Turkey have been lifted for all nationalities, there are a few entry requirements that all tourists must meet to be allowed entry into the country:

  • Visitors are required to wear a facemask during their flight to Turkey and must have a mask on when arriving at the airport. Anyone who is not wearing a mask will not be allowed to enter the country.
  • Passengers must fill out the passenger information form upon arrival in Turkey.
  • Everyone must submit themselves to a temperature check and health screening upon their arrival. Those who are showing some symptoms will be asked to undergo a COVID Test.
  • Those who will get a positive result must undergo medical treatment at a facility chosen by the Ministry of Health at their own expense.

New Protocols and Safety Measures in Turkey

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of everyone, the Turkish Government has introduced new protocols and safety measures:

  • Public transportation facilities are already operating. However, buses and trains must maintain a 50% capacity for passengers.
  • Everyone must wear facemasks when going to crowded public places all over Turkey, such as when going to markets and taking public transport.
  • A curfew of 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. was imposed for those who are aged 65 and above. 

What’s Open In Turkey?

On June 1, Turkey has eased its restrictions against COVID-19. The government has allowed restaurants, cafes, beaches, parks, sports facilities, and swimming pools to resume their operations.

Tourist attractions have also opened up, including historical sights and museums. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the world's largest markets and a popular tourist attraction, has also reopened since June 1st.


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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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