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Travel to Turkey during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

At a glance

WELCOMING VISITORS

Available to book, open now

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

NO

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

UK return testing:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:
All tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to departure.
On arrival:

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.

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.

Form pre-travel: Not required
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
UK return testing:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

 

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml.   The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Quarantine on return:

A suspension of all Travel Corridors for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is in place from 4am 18 January for a period of at least one month. 

 

The following statements have been issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:

 

Department for Transport (DfT)

 

All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants.

 

Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK. 

  • emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.
  • all international arrivals to the UK from any country (including British and Irish Nationals) must now take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for 10 days.
  • passengers must continue to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative test before travelling to the UK or could face a £500 fine for each.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-uk-travel-corridors-temporarily-suspended-to-protect-against-new-international-variants

 

Northern Ireland

 

Travel Corridor Suspended

 

The UK Government has announced that it is to suspend the travel corridor system until at least 15 February.  This will come into effect from 4am on Monday 18 January.  Travel corridors operate on a four-nation basis and the decision will see Northern Ireland amend regulations to remove the approximately 64 countries, islands and territories remaining on the travel corridor list.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/travel-corridor-suspended

 

Scotland

 

Travel corridors suspended.

Changes to travel restrictions following new COVID-19 variant. Following identification of a new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, the Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals. From 04:00 on Monday, all country exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended.

 

Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to isolate for ten days on return. They must also have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.scot/news/travel-corridors-suspended/

 

Wales

 

Travel corridors to be suspended as new virus strains emerge. 

 

The First Minister has tonight confirmed travel corridors will be suspended in Wales to help prevent new mutated strains of coronavirus entering the UK. Travel corridors will be suspended from Monday until at least 15 February – and possibly longer – as all four nations of the UK act together.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://gov.wales/travel-corridors-be-suspended-new-virus-strains-emerge

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
Local regulations:

Face masks are mandatory when outside your place of residence throughout Turkey.  This includes all public places such as parks, gardens and markets.  You must also wear a mask when in shops and restaurants.

 

Social distancing should also be followed at all times.

 

Shopping centres, markets and restaurants will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week.  Restaurants will only provide take away services.

 

There is a nationwide curfew in place.  On weekdays this is from 9pm until 5am the following morning.  On weekends this is from 9pm on Friday to 5am on the following Monday.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 28.01.2021 at 12:36