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Turkey travel restrictions

COVID-19 Vacc. -134.78%
Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates
Published on 21.10.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Baggage allowance for all USA destinations: Business class- 2 pieces up to 32kg each; Economy class- 2 pieces up to 23kg each.

Published on 28.09.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Turkish Airlines enhance network with Dallas flights.

Published on 27.09.2021, Pegasus:

Pegasus Increases Flights To Turkey After Red List Move.

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 27.09.2021, :

29.09.2021 Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul. 16.08.2021 AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

Published on 22.09.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Turkish Airlines receives 17th 737 MAX8.

Published on 21.09.2021, Turkish Airlines, JetBlue:

Turkish Airlines, JetBlue to deepen codeshare ties.

Published on 21.09.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Turkish airline Corendon Adds Bodrum Routes For Summer 2022.

Published on 07.09.2021, Turkish Airlines, Are Volaris:

Are Volaris And Turkish Airlines Eyeing A Connectivity Agreement?

Published on 30.08.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Turkish Airlines Reveals Luanda As Its Next Africa Route

Published on 30.08.2021, Turkish Airlines:

Turkish Airlines to require COVID-19 vaccination certificate, negative test result from passengers starting 06SEP21

Published on 17.08.2021, AnadoluJet:

Anadolujet likely to need more aircraft to support growth: CEO

Published on 16.08.2021, AnadoluJet:

AnadoluJet Targets Transfer Business At Istanbul’s Second Airport

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Open for travel from Turkey
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to departure.
Flight Restrictions

published 16.07.2020
1. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Somalia are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey.
2. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening.

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Quarantine

No declared quarantine requirement.

*Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over): You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
*Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above): Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.
*If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:
• submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
• quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
*Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.
*Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
• submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
• quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All arrivals into Turkey aged 6 and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders, must complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-10-20
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 114620510
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 205316
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 134.78
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 2414

From 15 May, passengers from the UK will not require a negative PCR test or vaccine certificate to enter Turkey.

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Full Restrictions

  • Turkey Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey aged 6 and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders, must complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    All arrivals (aged 12 and over) – including those arriving from the UK – into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
    • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
    • recent recovery from COVID-19
    • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
    • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
    For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Turkey will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over): You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    *Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above): Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.
    *If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
    You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    • quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
    If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.
    *Land and sea borders: Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    *At the airport: You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    • IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:

    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    21.10.2021
  • Turkey Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form a maximum of 72-hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    All arrivals (aged 12 and over) – including those arriving from the UK – into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
    • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
    • recent recovery from COVID-19
    • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
    • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
    For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Turkey will accept the proof of COVIF-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over): You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    *Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above): Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.
    If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
    You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
    If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.
    *Land and sea borders: Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    *At the airport: You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    • IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:

    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    05.10.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form a maximum of 72-hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    All arrivals (aged 12 and over) – including those arriving from the UK – into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
    • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
    • recent recovery from COVID-19
    • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
    • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
    For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.
    *Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over): You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above): Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.
    *If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
    You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.
    *Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above): If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
    • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
    If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.
    *Land and sea borders: Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    *At the airport: You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    • IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:

    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    01.10.2021
  • Turkey Turkish Airlines

    28.09.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form a maximum of 72-hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
    • A full course of Covid-19 vaccinations
    • recent recovery from Covid-19
    • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
    Arriving to Turkey from UK, Iran, Egypt of Singapore (aged 12 and above): You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
    Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka: Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.
    If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan: If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
    You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.
    Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan: If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or who have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
    • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
    quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels
    at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
    If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the you can leave quarantine.
    If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.
    *Land and sea borders: Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    *At the airport: You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival. Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    • IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:

    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    27.09.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
    Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or who have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Those passengers with proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival, will be exempted from quarantine. Otherwise they must be quarantined for 10 days at their addresses. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
    Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or who have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 10 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    10.09.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
    Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
    Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan or Pakistan, or who have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 10 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required. In addition, the HES code will be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    03.09.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. The HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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    27.07.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities ease most COVID-19 restrictions (AP, 01.07.2021). Turkish government halts flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 28.06.21).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Passengers travelling to Turkey must submit the Ministry Of Health Of Turkey Traveler Entry Form online via https://register.health.gov.tr/ within the last 72 hours prior to their flights. The Printed form or the screenshot of the filled form must be presented at check-in counter or at the gate to enable passenger to board their flights. This essential information applies to all passengers entering Turkey except children under 6 years and passengers on transit. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    From 1 June, passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the previous 14 days will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey, undertake 14 days quarantine in state facilities, and require a negative PCR test at the end of day 14. If positive, then another 14 days of quarantine will be required. Passengers who have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the previous 14 days will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey, undertake 10 days quarantine in state facilities, and require a negative PCR test at the end of day 7. If positive, then another 10 days of quarantine will be required. All costs of state quarantine for arrivals from the above countries will be borne by the passenger. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
    Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: Nationwide curfews have been removed as of 1 July.
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. The HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    *IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    *IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health.This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews have been removed from 1 July.

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    01.07.2021
  • Turkey 1. Effective 30 June 2021, flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, South Africa and Sri Lanka are suspended.

    2. Until 31 July 2021, passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, if in the past 14 days they have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
    Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa or Sri Lanka. – This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

    3. Until 31 July 2021, passengers arriving from Egypt, Iran, Singapore or the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. – This
    does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

    4. Until 31 July 2021, passengers arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
    United Kingdom, must: – have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or – a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
    This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 6 years; – passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before
    arrival; – passengers arriving from Hungary or Serbia with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by Hungary or Serbia, and their accompanying minors younger than 18 years; –
    passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival; – merchant seamen.

    5. Passengers arriving from a country other than Egypt, Iran, Singapore or the United Kingdom, could be subject to a PCR test at their final destination in Turkey.

    6. Until 14 September 2021, a completed “Traveler Entry Form” must be presented at check-in and upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://register.health.gov.tr – This
    does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.

    7. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days at their own expense; details can be found at https://www.hssgm.gov.tr/Covid19Tedbirleri .

    8. Diplomatic and official passports issued to nationals of North Macedonia (Rep.) which expired on 31 July 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

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    30.06.2021
  • Turkey As of May 15, 2021, a PCR test will not be requested from passengers arriving to Turkey from China, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Latvia, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Estonia.
    https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/travel-restrictions

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    17.05.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish authorities set to resume flights with Russia by 1 June (Trend, 04.05.2021). Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in India, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from India, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey. From 15 May, passengers from the UK will not require a negative PCR test or vaccine certificate to enter Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: A curfew is currently in place until at least 5am on Monday 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits through e-devlet or by calling ALO 199. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until at least 17 May.
    Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed.
    Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 7 May will sell essential items only: food, cleaning products, pet supplies, cosmetic products (but not make up). Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will receive assistance if they call 112, 155 or 156. Driving is not permitted.
    Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place until at least 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed until at least 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays.
    Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will be provided assistance if they called 112, 155 and 156. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    14.05.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish authorities set to resume flights with Russia by 1 June (Trend, 04.05.2021). Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: A curfew is currently in place until at least 5am on Monday 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits through e-devlet or by calling ALO 199. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until at least 17 May.
    Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed.
    Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 7 May will sell essential items only: food, cleaning products, pet supplies, cosmetic products (but not make up). Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will receive assistance if they call 112, 155 or 156. Driving is not permitted.
    Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place until at least 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed until at least 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays.
    Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will be provided assistance if they called 112, 155 and 156. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    07.05.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish authorities set to resume flights with Russia by 1 June (Trend, 04.05.2021). Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: A curfew is currently in place until at least 5am on Monday 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits through heree-devlet or by calling ALO 199. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling. The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until at least 17 May. Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed. Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 7 May will sell essential items only: food, cleaning products, pet supplies, cosmetic products (but not make up). Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will receive assistance if they call 112, 155 or 156. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed. Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes to enter shopping centres. Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place until at least 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed until at least 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will be provided assistance if they called 112, 155 and 156. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    06.05.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: A curfew is currently in place until at least 5am on Monday 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits throughe-devlet or by calling ALO 199. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling. The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, seaside and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until at least 17 May. Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed.
    Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 7 May will sell essential items only: food, cleaning products, pet supplies, cosmetic products (but not make up). Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Except for those aged over 65 and under 18, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed. Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes to enter shopping centres. Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place until at least 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed until at least 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays. Older people, and those who cannot meet their own needs, are advised not to go out, and will be provided assistance if they called 112, 155 and 156. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    04.05.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Entry to Turkey: Before boarding a flight to Turkey, all passengers aged 6 years and above will be required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. There is currently no requirement to self-isolate once in Turkey.
    All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete anonline form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours. You must always wear a face mask whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in India, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from India, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

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    30.04.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Nationwide 82-hour-long holiday curfew set to begin in bid to limit spread of COVID-19 (AA, 22.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: A curfew is currently in place from 7pm in the evening to 5am the following morning. An extended curfew will begin at 7pm on Thursday 29 April and last until 5am on Monday 17 May.
    During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours if you are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. Travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. Turkish citizens and residents can apply for travel permits through e-devlet or by calling ALO 199. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    HES codes for intercity travel and lodging
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place from 7pm on Thursday 29 April to 17 May. Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed.
    Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Except for those aged over 65 and under 18, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place weekdays from 7pm until 5am the following morning. A full nationwide curfew will be in place from 7pm Thursday 29 April until 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed from 7pm on Thursday 29 April until 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays.
    Until Thursday 29 April, weekday curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 18:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged under 18 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm.
    • Additionally, those aged over 65 and under 18 are not allowed to take public transport.
    • From 7pm on Thursday 29 April, those aged over 65 and under 18 will not be permitted to leave their homes.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

    Read more
    28.04.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Restrictions and closures, including a full-time curfew, starting 29APR21 at 19:00 to 17MAY21 at 05:00 (OSAC, 27.04.2021). Nationwide 82-hour-long holiday curfew set to begin in bid to limit spread of COVID-19 (AA,22.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: New COVID-19 restrictions take effect from 29 April until 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours (7pm on weekday evenings until 5am the following morning) and travel by public transport is only possible with a travel permit, issued in exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, attending the funeral of a family member, or travelling to hospital for medical treatment. There is an extended curfew from 7pm on Thursday 29 April to 5am on Monday 17 May.
    During curfew hours, intercity travel is only permitted using public transport. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    HES codes for intercity travel and lodging
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place from 7pm on Thursday 29 April to 17 May. Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a delivery service. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed.
    Supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays. Except for those aged over 65 and under 18, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL (approximately £290) or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place weekdays from 7pm until 5am the following morning. A full nationwide curfew will be in place from 7pm Thursday 29 April until 5am on 17 May. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will be closed from 7pm on Thursday 29 April until 5am on 17 May. Chain supermarkets will open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. They will be closed on Sundays.
    Until Thursday 29 April, weekday curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 18:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged under 18 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm.
    • Additionally, those aged over 65 and under 18 are not allowed to take public transport.
    • From 7pm on Thursday 29 April, those aged over 65 and under 18 will not be permitted to leave their homes.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

    Read more
    27.04.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Nationwide 82-hour-long holiday curfew set to begin in bid to limit spread of COVID-19 (AA,22.04.2021). Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: New COVID-19 restrictions are in place from 7pm on 14 April to 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours (7pm on weekday evenings until 5am the following morning; 7pm on Friday evening until 5am Monday morning). There is an extended curfew from 7pm on Thursday 22 to 5am on Monday 26 April to include a public holiday on Friday 23 April. During curfew hours, intercity travel is only permitted using public transport. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress; • Turkish Airlines; • Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling. The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, seaside and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place from 7pm on 14 April to 17 May. Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a take-away or delivery service, from 7am to 7pm. After the start of the evening curfew at 7pm only delivery is permitted. All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will only operate between 7am and 6pm weekdays, to allow for the curfew. At weekends, and on Friday 23 April, supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm. Except for those aged over 65 and under 18, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed. Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Restrictions apply to all but temporary visitors for tourism. Residence permit holders who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of up to 3,150 TL or have their residency cancelled. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place weekdays from 7pm until 5am the following morning. Nationwide weekend curfews are also in place until 17 May, from Friday at 7pm until 5am Monday morning. To cover the public holiday on Friday 23 April, there is an extended curfew from 7pm on Thursday 22 to 5am on Monday 26 April. In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will only be able to operate between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. Chain supermarkets will open at 10am. Weekday curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 18: • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work; • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged under 18 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm; • Additionally, those aged over 65 and under 18 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    22.04.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Iran set to close borders with Turkey to curb COVID-19 (Tehran Times, 03.04.2021). Government to impose full weekend lockdown during Ramadan (Reuters, 29.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue.
    All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
    Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Turkey: New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place from 7pm on 14 April to 17 May. During this time, other than a few exceptions, intercity travel will not be permitted by private vehicle during curfew hours (7pm on weekday evenings until 5am the following morning; 7pm on Friday evening until 5am Monday morning). During curfew hours, intercity travel is only permitted using public transport. Public transport will be limited to 50% capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    New COVID-19 restrictions will be in place from 7pm on 14 April to 17 May.
    Restaurants and cafes will only be offering a take away or delivery service, from 7am to 7pm. After the start of the evening curfew at 7pm only delivery is permitted.
    All businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will only operate between 7am and 6pm weekdays, to allow for the curfew.
    At weekends, supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers and bakeries will operate between 10am and 5pm. Except for those aged over 65 and under 18, residents are permitted to walk to their nearest store, for essential needs only. Driving is not permitted. Swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, beauty salons, Turkish baths, amusement parks and internet cafes will be closed.
    Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place weekdays from 7pm until 5am the following morning. Nationwide weekend curfews are also in place until 17 May, from Friday at 7pm until 5am Monday morning.
    In order to comply with the curfew, all businesses (except those with certain exemptions) will only be able to operate between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. Chain supermarkets will open at 10am.
    Weekday curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 18:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged under 18 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm.
    • Additionally, those aged over 65 and under 18 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    14.04.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Government to impose full weekend lockdown during Ramadan (Reuters, 29.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue.
    All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
    Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Turkey: -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September, the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including: SunExpress, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus.
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from theMinistry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling. Currently, 58 of the 81 provinces are categorised as very high risk.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week. Restaurants and cafes will be open from 7am to 7pm for sit down service. Capacity will be limited to 50%. After 7pm, restaurants will only be providing takeaway services. During Ramadan (13 April – 13 May), restaurants and cafes nationwide will be providing a takeaway service only. Swimming pools and football pitches will be open from 9am to 7pm in low and medium risk areas. They remain closed in high and very high risk areas. Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place from 9pm until 5am the following morning. For high risk areas, the curfew will also last from Saturday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning, and for very high risk areas, the curfew will last from Friday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning During Ramadan (13 April – 13 May), the full weekend curfew will extend across the whole of Turkey. In high and very high risk areas, curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 20: • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work; • If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm unless you are going out to work. Additionally, in the high and very high risk areas, those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    30.03.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Government will lift weekend lockdowns in low and medium-risk cities, limit restrictions to just Sundays in high and very high-risk cities (Reuters, 01.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue.
    All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.

    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
    Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week and, with the exception of very high risk areas, restaurants and cafes will be open from 7am to 7pm for sit down service. Capacity will be limited to 50%. After 7pm, and in very high risk areas, restaurants will only be providing takeaway services.
    Swimming pools and football pitches will be open from 9am to 7pm in low and medium risk areas. They remain closed in high and very high risk areas. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place from 9pm until 5am the following morning. For high and very high risk areas, the curfew will also last from Saturday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning. In high and very high risk areas, curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 20:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm unless you are going out to work. Additionally, in the high and very high risk areas, those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

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    22.03.2021
  • Turkey
    Information for passengers arriving to Turkey from abroad

    International Passengers who will arrive to Turkey as of 15th of March 2021 GMT+3 (not including transit passengers and passengers under of age 6) are required to fill in the Turkey Entrance Form which can be obtained here within 72 hours of their departure. Print out or the mobile screenshot of the filled form will have to be submitted to airline crew before boarding.

    Passengers aged 6 years and over arriving in Turkey are required to submit a negative PCR test (nucleic acid). The sample for the test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to the passenger’s scheduled departure from the country of origin. Please review Country-specific Entry Restrictions page for more details.

    https://register.health.gov.tr/

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    15.03.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Government will lift weekend lockdowns in low and medium-risk cities, limit restrictions to just Sundays in high and very high-risk cities (Reuters, 01.03.2021). Flights from Istanbul to Edinburgh Airport canceled because of COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy (The Scotsman, 20.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended direct passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
    Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
    You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
    You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the
    Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week and, with the exception of very high risk areas, restaurants and cafes will be open from 7am to 7pm for sit down service. Capacity will be limited to 50%. After 7pm, and in very high risk areas, restaurants will only be providing takeaway services.
    Swimming pools and football pitches will be open from 9am to 7pm in low and medium risk areas. They remain closed in high and very high risk areas. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place from 9pm until 5am the following morning. For high and very high risk areas, the curfew will also last from Saturday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning. In high and very high risk areas, curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 20:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm unless you are going out to work. Additionally, in the high and very high risk areas, those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    See
    Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

    Read more
  • Turkey Latest News: Government will lift weekend lockdowns in low and medium-risk cities, limit restrictions to just Sundays in high and very high-risk cities (Reuters, 01.03.2021). Flights from Istanbul to Edinburgh Airport canceled because of COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy (The Scotsman, 20.02.2021). Government will lift COVID-19 curfews, weekend lockdowns in March (Reuters, 17.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging.
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress

    Turkish Airlines

    Pegasus

    *Public spaces and services: Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.
    The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week and, with the exception of very high risk areas, restaurants and cafes will be open from 7am to 7pm for sit down service. Capacity will be limited to 50%. After 7pm, and in very high risk areas, restaurants will only be providing takeaway services.
    Swimming pools and football pitches will be open from 9am to 7pm in low and medium risk areas. They remain closed in high and very high risk areas. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide overnight curfews are in place from 9pm until 5am the following morning. For high and very high risk areas, the curfew will also last from Saturday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning. In high and very high risk areas, curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 20:
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.
    • If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm unless you are going out to work. Additionally, in the high and very high risk areas, those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    See
    Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

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  • Turkey The necessity of PCR test is prolong till 31 March 2021.
    Passengers arriving in Turkey are required to submit a negative PCR test (nucleic acid). The sample for the test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to the passenger’s scheduled departure from the country of origin. This applies to all passengers aged 6 years and over, except sailors and transit passengers.
    All passengers are required to wear masks at the airport and during the flights.
    All passengers must complete the passenger information form when arriving to Turkey.
    All passengers and airline crew will undergo a medical examination and those showing symptoms will have tests performed.
    Passengers who visited Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa within the last 10 days and arriving to Turkey:

    Arrivals to Turkey from Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa are suspended. For ticket change and other requests, please contact our call center (0850 333 0 849), sales offices or the agencies where the ticket was purchased.
    All passengers arriving Turkey from other countries who visited Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days at places selected by the Turkish official authorities following their arrival. On the 10th day of the quarantine period, passengers are required to undergo a second PCR test and if the test result is negative, the isolation period will end.
    Passengers of 6 years and older who visited the aforementioned countries and arriving Turkey are required, before boarding, to submit a negative PCR test result with a sample collected within the last 72-hours prior to departure.
    The personal HES code is mandatory only for the domestic flights. Foreign passengers are not required to obtain a HES code. Please review our Hayat Eve Sığar page for details.

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  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish government temporarily suspends flights from Brazil because of new strain of COVID-19 (Reuters, 22.01.2021). Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue.
    Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Turkey. This can be at a residential address. Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.
    All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services.
    From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

    Read more
    12.02.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish government temporarily suspends flights from Brazil because of new strain of COVID-19 (Reuters, 22.01.2021). Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected and funded by the local Turkish authorities. Passengers in quarantine will be given a mandatory PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services.
    From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
    Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.
    These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

    Read more
    05.02.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish government temporarily suspends flights from Brazil because of new strain of COVID-19 (Reuters, 22.01.2021). Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. However, limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected and funded by the local Turkish authorities. Passengers in quarantine will be given a mandatory PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding. Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    27.01.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish government temporarily suspends flights from Brazil because of new strain of COVID-19 (Reuters, 22.01.2021). Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    26.01.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    18.01.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between UK and Turkey. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, Passengers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their journey originated in UK, Denmark or South Africa. Passengers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: -HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress;
    Turkish Airlines;
    Pegasus

    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows:
    • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
    • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
    There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

    Read more
    02.01.2021
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has restricted passenger flights between UK and Turkey. Only Turkish air carriers are permitted to operate flights from the UK to Turkey until at least the 29th of January 2021. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Currently only British nationals with Turkish residency permits are allowed entry to Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa. British nationals not holding Turkish residence permits, who have not visited the UK, Denmark or South Africa in the previous ten days, may enter Turkey via countries other than the UK, Denmark or South Africa with evidence of a negative PCR test undertaken in the 72 hours prior to arrival into Turkey. Such passengers will not then be subject to self-isolation. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure to Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, including passengers in direct transit to other destinations on flights from the UK, Denmark and South Africa. Passengers whose journeys do not include flights from the UK, Denmark and South Africa, and who are in direct transit to destinations other than Turkey, are exempt from the requirement to hold evidence of a negative PCR test.
    Passengers who have visited the UK, Denmark or South Africa within the ten days prior to their arrival in Turkey will be required to self-isolate for seven days starting from the date they left that country. On day seven they will be subject to a further PCR test. If that test is negative then quarantine will be ended.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism. However, Turkey will close certain streets and squares to everyone from 9pm on 31 December until 10am on 1 January as part of measures against the spread of coronavirus during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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    31.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has restricted passenger flights between UK and Turkey. Only Turkish air carriers are permitted to operate flights from the UK to Turkey until at least the 29th of January 2021. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Currently only British nationals with Turkish residency permits are allowed entry to Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa. British nationals not holding Turkish residence permits, who have not visited the UK, Denmark or South Africa in the previous ten days, may enter Turkey via countries other than the UK, Denmark or South Africa with evidence of a negative PCR test undertaken in the 72 hours prior to arrival into Turkey. Such passengers will not then be subject to self-isolation. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. All passengers from all points of departure to Turkey must have proof of a negative PCR test undertaken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, including passengers in direct transit to other destinations. Passengers who have visited the UK, Denmark or South Africa within the ten days prior to their arrival in Turkey will be required to self-isolate for seven days starting from the date they left that country. On day seven they will be subject to a further PCR test. If that test is negative then quarantine will be ended.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    30.12.2020
  • Turkey Turkey postponed the introduction of the requirement for air passengers to present certificates of passing coronavirus tests for 2 days. This is stated in a new notice to flight personnel NOTAM A6712 / 20, which was issued on the morning of December 26.

    If initially the rule came into force for air transport on December 28, 2020, it will now begin to apply from December 30, 2020 (from December 29, 21:00 UTC).

    On flights to Turkey, all passengers will have to present a certificate of completion of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus PCR test. The test must be done no more than 72 hours before the time of crossing the Turkish border and have a negative result, otherwise the passenger will not be allowed on the plane.

    Test is required even for transit passengers(!).

    The NOTAM notes that the coronavirus testing requirement applies to all passengers over 6 years old.

    Avianews.com and TurkishAirlines.com

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    28.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Authorities require negative COVID-19 tests for all incoming passengers (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: Turkey has halted passenger flights between UK and Turkey. However, UK operators are permitted to carry British nationals back to the UK. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. Currently only British nationals with Turkish residency permits are allowed entry to Turkey. Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.
    You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. All arriving passengers into Turkey who have visited the UK will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus on arrival. Passengers will then be required to self-isolate for seven days starting from the date they left the UK. On day seven they will be subject to a further PCR test. If that test is negative then quarantine will be ended. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test – for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. From 21:00 UTC on 29 December, passengers of six years and older who have visited the UK within the last 10 days will be required, before boarding, to submit a negative PCR test result completed within 72 hours of their arrival into Turkey. Passengers will then be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival. On day seven, they will be subjected to a further PCR test. If that test is negative, their quarantine will be lifted.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    26.12.2020
  • Turkey On December 25, 2020, the Turkish Ministry of Health introduced a requirement for mandatory testing for coronavirus for passengers traveling to the country. The adopted document provides that from December 28, 2020, the rule is valid for those traveling by air, from December 30 – by water and land transport. Before boarding a plane, bus or ship, a passenger over 6 years old will have to present a certificate of passing a PCR test for coronavirus with a negative result, which confirms that the person is not sick. Without this certificate, the passenger will not be allowed on board the aircraft. The analysis must be prepared no more than 72 hours before crossing the Turkish border. According to avianews.com, the requirement to pass the test does not apply to passengers who transfer to third countries via Turkish airports and do not leave the transit zone. For example, if a traveler flies from Kiev to New York with a transfer in Istanbul, he does not need to present a certificate for transit through Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of Health has determined that the requirement to undergo a PCR test for coronavirus will be valid until March 1, 2021. The Turkish authorities have taken new measures after a significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Because of this, on December 18, 2020, Ukraine included Turkey in the red zone and began to require everyone arriving from this country to undergo a 14-day self-isolation or a coronavirus test.

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    25.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Turkey: All flights to and from the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa have been temporarily suspended by Turkey’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, transiting through Turkish airports, including through Istanbul, is currently not permitted for arrivals from the UK. You should check with your travel operator for alternative routes to your final destination. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
    All arriving passengers into Turkey who have visited the UK will be required to undergo a PCR test for coronavirus on arrival. Passengers will then be required to self-isolate for seven days starting from the date they left the UK. On day seven they will be subject to a further PCR test. If that test is negative then quarantine will be ended. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test – for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19.
    *Data collection: You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    24.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkey temporarily bans flights from U.K., Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa (Famagusta Gazette, 20.12.2020). President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020). Flights between Dubai and Istanbul to resume from 17 December (Bloomberg, 13.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Effective immediately, all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa have been temporarily suspended by Turkey’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect.
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    21.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: President will impose five-day full lockdown from 31 December 2020 through 4 January 2021 (Reuters, 14.12.2020). Flights between Dubai and Istanbul to resume from 17 December (Bloomberg, 13.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Turkey: *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress
    Turkish Airlines
    Pegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: Nationwide curfews are in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There will be a lockdown from 9pm on 31 December until 5am on 4 January. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    15.12.2020
  • Turkey ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey will impose a five-day full lockdown beginning on December 31 to maintain gains against the pandemic, as official data showed new daily coronavirus deaths hit a record 229.
    Erdogan, speaking after a cabinet meeting, said the stay-home order would begin at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and run through January 4. Separately government data showed new daily COVID-19 cases stood at 29,617 in the last 24 hours.

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    14.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Government to impose weekday curfew, full lockdown at weekends to combat spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 30.11.2020). Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).Turkey-Iraq flights resume after 2-week hiatus (Anadolu Agency, 15.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including: • SunExpressTurkish AirlinesPegasus
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres. Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: From 1 December nationwide curfews will be in place as follows: • On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and • On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    01.12.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).Turkey-Iraq flights resume after 2-week hiatus (Anadolu Agency, 15.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress;
    Turkish Airlines;
    Pegasus.

    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops. Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned. From 21 November, shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services. Those who do not abide by COVID -19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    Nationwide weekend curfews are being introduced from 21 November as follows: 8pm on Saturday evening until 10am on Sunday morning, 8pm on Sunday evening until 5am on Monday morning. There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    18.11.2020
  • Turkey ANKARA. Turkey will impose partial weekend curfews to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

    The curfew will be effective on weekends, but movement will be allowed between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time so as not to disrupt supply and production chains, Erdogan told a news conference in the capital Ankara following the Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex.

    A partial curfew which was already in effect for people over the age of 65 has also been expanded to include those under 20, with the exception of those who have to go out for work. They can step outside their homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week.

    Cinemas will remain closed until the end of the year.

    Malls, markets, restaurants, and hairdressers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week, with restaurants only providing delivery service.

    Education will continue online until the end of the year, he said, adding all sports competitions will continue to be played without an audience.

    As of Tuesday, Turkey registered a total of 11,704 deaths due to the coronavirus, while 359,063 people have recovered from the disease. Currently, there are 421,413 confirmed cases in the country.

    The virus has claimed nearly 1.33 million lives in 191 countries and regions since last December, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

    Over 55.29 million people have been infected with the virus, and more than 35.6 million recovered from the disease to date.

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    17.11.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkey: Germany extends its travel warning for whole country from 9 November (Reuters, 28.10.2020).Turkey-Iraq flights resume after 2-week hiatus (Anadolu Agency, 15.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.
    IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.
    IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.
    Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:
    SunExpress;
    Turkish Airlines;
    Pegasus.
    If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities. A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
    *Public spaces and services: As of 8 September the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    As of 12 November, smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.
    There will be strict inspections to ensure the measures are being carried out. Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    *Curfews: There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: If you are a Residence Permit holder over 65 years old, you are only allowed to go outside between 1000 and 1600 in Agri, Ankara, Bilecik, Denizli, Giresun, Istanbul, Izmir, Karabuk, Karaman, Konya, Manisa, Mardin, Nevsehir, Ordu, Sakarya and Tekirdag.
    If you are a Residence Permit holder over 65 years old, outside of the above provinces, you are not allowed outsidebetween 8pm and 10am. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism.

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    12.11.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish authorities postpone resumption of Iran flights until 2 October. (Financial Tribune, 02.09.2020) Turkey extends suspension of flights to, from Iraq until 1 October (Al-Monitor, 31.08.2020). Travel Avisory, warning against travel to Sirnak and Hakkari provinces, near Syrian border, reports COVID-19 concerns in country (OSAC, 27.08.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *HES codes for intercity travel and lodging: Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.

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    01.10.2020
  • Turkey Latest News: Turkish authorities postpone resumption of Iran flights until 2 October. (Financial Tribune, 02.09.2020) Turkey extends suspension of flights to, from Iraq until 1 October (Al-Monitor, 31.08.2020). Travel Avisory, warning against travel to Sirnak and Hakkari provinces, near Syrian border, reports COVID-19 concerns in country (OSAC, 27.08.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    As of 8 September the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    There will be strict inspections to ensure the measures are being carried out. Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL (approximately £106). There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: if you are a Residence Permit holders over 65 years old, you must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism.
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. ome provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities. A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: If you are a Residence Permit holders over 65 years old, you must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism. Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

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    22.09.2020
  • Turkey Turkish authorities postpone resumption of Iran flights until 2 October. (Financial Tribune, 02.09.2020) Turkey extends suspension of flights to, from Iraq until 1 October (Al-Monitor, 31.08.2020). Travel Avisory, warning against travel to Sirnak and Hakkari provinces, near Syrian border, reports COVID-19 concerns in country (OSAC, 27.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    As of 8 September the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities. A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: If you are a Residence Permit holders over 65 years old, you must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism. Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

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    08.09.2020
  • Turkey Turkish authorities postpone resumption of Iran flights until 2 October. (Financial Tribune, 02.09.2020) Turkey extends suspension of flights to, from Iraq until 1 October (Al-Monitor, 31.08.2020). Travel Avisory, warning against travel to Sirnak and Hakkari provinces, near Syrian border, reports COVID-19 concerns in country (OSAC, 27.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    *****Internal restrictions
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities. A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
    The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops. The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person. In addition to the above, the wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home in the following provinces, which include major cities and some tourist areas: Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Agri, Amasya, Ankara, Ardahan, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Batman, Bilecik, Bingöl, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Çanakkale, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Düzce, Elazığ, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Iğdır, Isparta, Istanbul, İzmir ,Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kayseri, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Kütahya, Malatya, Mardin, Muğla, Muş, Nevşehir, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Siirt, Sinop, Sivas, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Tokat, Tunceli, Uşak, Yalova, Yozgat and Zonguldak. You should check whether your accommodation is in one of these provinces before travelling. Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: If you are a Residence Permit holders over 65 years old, you must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism. Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

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    02.09.2020
  • Turkey Germany lifts travel warning for Turkish seaside provinces (Antalya, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla) with low COVID-19 infection rates, may re-instate if pandemic gets worse (Reuters, 04.08.2020) Turkish authorities to resume passenger flights to India, Kuwait, Russia, South Africa on 1 August (Xinhua, 27.07.2020). Turkey suspends Iran and Afghanistan flights (AA, 19.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open. All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19. You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline. You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information. You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

    *****Internal restrictions
    Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS. IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item. IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item. If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities. A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
    The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops. The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person. In addition to the above, the wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home in the following provinces, which include major cities and some tourist areas: Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Agri, Amasya, Ankara, Ardahan, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Batman, Bilecik, Bingöl, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Çanakkale, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Düzce, Elazığ, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Iğdır, Isparta, Istanbul, İzmir ,Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kayseri, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Kütahya, Malatya, Mardin, Muğla, Muş, Nevşehir, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Siirt, Sinop, Sivas, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Tokat, Tunceli, Uşak, Yalova, Yozgat and Zonguldak. You should check whether your accommodation is in one of these provinces before travelling. Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.
    There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. In addition: If you are a Residence Permit holders over 65 years old, you must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis. This does not apply to those visiting for tourism. Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

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    19.08.2020
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