To control its borders, the Turkish government uses travel restrictions. These measures include special measures to ensure security and public health.
In public safety, Turkey implemented travel restrictions for foreign visitors due to COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, Turkey’s Covid restrictions were reviewed and updated.
This article explains the Turkey entry restriction.
- Under the current rules, who can enter Turkey?
- COVID-19 imposes restrictions on entry for tourists
- You can still use your Turkish Visa despite the restrictions
NOTE All visitors to Turkey must review the Turkey COVID-19 entry requirements before planning their trip.
CAN I TRAVEL to TURKEY? TURKEY IS OPEN TO TOURISTS.
Turkey is open to tourism. All nationalities are eligible to enter Turkey if they meet the requirements of Turkey’s immigration laws.
To travel to Turkey, foreigners must have a passport.
Visitors are advised to review the most recent lockdown update and travel advisory. Turkey’s travel restrictions are constantly being reviewed as the international situation changes.
A CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MAY PREVENT YOU FROM TRAVELING TO TURKEY.
No nationality is prohibited from entering Turkey by the Turkish government. However, it does restrictions on who can enter the country based upon the departure point.
It is prohibited to enter certain high-risk areas. Visitors must review the latest travel ban list.
All other international tourists are allowed to travel to Turkey visa-free.
Certain countries are not permitted to enter Turkey without a traditional sticker visa. Individuals can only obtain this at the Turkish Embassy. This applies to national citizens of:
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- South Sudan
TURKEY SPECIAL COVID-19 ENTERPRISE REQUIREMENTS
Additional procedures have been put in place to protect the health of Turkish residents and tourists. Visitors from abroad must comply with these coronavirus rules to enter the country.
Before you arrive, complete a “Traveler Entry Formula”.
All passengers above the age of 6 must fill out a “Traveler Entry form” at least 4 days before arriving in Turkey. Children below 6 years old are exempt.
This form is used to reach out to individuals in contact with someone who has later tested positive for COVID-19.
Turkey requires that visitors provide contact information and the address of their accommodation.
It takes only a few minutes to complete the “Form for Entry into Turkey” online. It is required that all passengers present it before boarding any flight to Turkey and again upon arrival.
It is currently not possible to transit through Adana.
Turkey has a negative COVID-19 requirement.
To enter Turkey, passengers over 12 years old must present a document proving a negative COVID-19 result. Either:
- Taken within the last 72 hours
- Rapid antigen tests were taken within the last 48 hours
Recovered patients who have been fully vaccinated are exempted if they can provide either.
- Certificate proving that the last dose of vaccine was administered at least 14 days before arrival
- A medical certificate proving recovery within 28 days to 6 months of travel
RULES TO ENTER TURKEY FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES
Passengers who have travelled to high-risk areas within the past 14 days must submit a negative PCR test no later than 72 hours before arrival.
They must quarantine for up to 10 days if they are not vaccinated. Children younger than 12 years old are exempt.
Hungarians, Serbians, and Turkish citizens can enter the country without undergoing a PCR test. Under-18-year-old Turkish and Serbian citizens are exempted from entry if accompanied by COVID-19-vaccinated citizens of Turkey or Serbia.
Turkey quarantine rules
Turkey requires that travellers arriving from high-risk countries or those who have travelled to high-risk destinations in the past 14 days must be quarantined.
Quarantine takes place at accommodation facilities determined by the Turkish government.
OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS UPON ARRIVAL IN TURKEY
Passengers and crew members will be subject to a quick medical check upon arrival in Turkey. This includes temperature control. Individuals not showing symptoms may continue on their journey.
Coronavirus positive travellers will be treated in a Turkish medical facility or a private facility of their choice.
ENTERING TURKEY VIA ISTANBUL’S AIRPORT
Istanbul’s entry restriction is the same as for the rest of Turkey.
Istanbul Airport is the principal arrival point of most foreign arrivals. Therefore, many measures have been taken to combat COVID-19.
Istanbul Airport offers testing centres that are available 24/7. The airport offers various services, including PCR, antigen, and antibody testing.
Everyone must wear a mask at the airport and in the terminal area.
At the terminal entrance, travellers should expect body temperatures screens.
Istanbul Airport is regularly cleaned and sanitized in all areas.
WHAT IS SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE IN THE TURKEY TO PROTECT ITS PUBLIC?
To protect the Turkish population, there are many public safety measures that the Turkish government can take in addition to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
To prevent people who pose a danger to the public from entering the country, the government checks all applicants for visas.
However, does NOT affect travellers with minor criminal records. This is to limit terrorist activity and reduce the risk of dangerous or violent criminal activity.