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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Turkey

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This article was published on February 21, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Turkey?

Turkey is open for travel to most countries of the world. Nevertheless, please note that several COVID-19 restrictions are in place now.

When traveling to Turkey, the first thing you have to do is complete a Traveler Entry Form. The next steps vary depending on your departure country and vaccination status.

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Can I enter Turkey if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Turkey if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after administration of the second dose for vaccines with a two-dose schedule; or at least 21 days after administration of the vaccine with a single dose schedule.

As of January 2022, the following vaccine drugs are approved in Turkey:

  • Sputnik V
  • ERUCOV-VAC
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate in English or Turkish

Please note that besides a certificate, you also have to show a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entering Turkey if you are coming from high-risk countries (see the list of these countries in the “Traveling to Turkey from “high-risk” countries” section)

Can I enter Turkey if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Turkey if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours / a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 no less than 28 days and no more than six months old

Traveling to Turkey from “high-risk” countries

Presently, the “high-risk” countries list includes:

If you have been present in the countries mentioned in the last 14 days before entering Turkey, you must:

  • Take a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival (even for fully vaccinated travelers)
  • Present a vaccination certificate without the test (only for Hungarian, Serbian, and Turkish citizens)

Can I leave Turkey?

There are no COVID-19 restrictions for leaving Turkey. Please check the destination country’s requirements concerning COVID-19 tests (even for fully vaccinated arrivals) and entry declarations in advance.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (stating that the visitor has been infected no older than 180 days before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of your destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Turkey currently

Presently, the COVID-19 situation in Turkey is moderate. More than 60% of the country’s population have been fully vaccinated.

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FAQs

Is it safe to travel to Turkey right now?

International travel to Turkey is relatively safe now. There is no curfew for shops, restaurants, bars, cultural places, and nightclubs. However, most places demand proof of vaccination/recovery or negative COVID-19 tests from visitors.

Is Istanbul open for travel?

Istanbul is open now with several COVID-19 rules mentioned above, the same as the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Turkey?

Travelers arriving from high-risk countries are obliged to undergo a 14-day quarantine at accommodation facilities determined by the Turkish government.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Turkey?

Traveling to Turkey, you will complete a Travel Entry Form that will help you to digitize all COVID-19 data.

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