Turkey travel advice: Entry requirements for UK visitors explained – and what are the Covid rules in the country?

The provinces of Turkey are divided into four levels which are classified by Covid-19 risk

Traveling abroad will become much easier for British travelers from February as Covid testing and quarantine rules for arrivals are relaxed.

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All arrivals to Turkey will be subject to a medical assessment for coronavirus symptoms (Picture: Getty Images)

Unvaccinated arrivals will also no longer be required to self-isolate from that date and will not have to take an eighth-day test or self-isolate.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must still complete a Passenger Locator Form to show proof of a negative Covid test taken two days before travel and they must still take a PCR test after arrival.

But what travel rules are in place when traveling abroad? Here’s what you need to know about Turkey’s Covid restrictions for UK visitors.

What are the entry requirements to Turkey?

All arrivals to Turkey will be subject to a medical assessment for coronavirus symptoms, including temperature checks, and some may be asked to take random PCR tests upon arrival.

Travelers are required to wear a face covering at all times in an airport and for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.

Those who are fully vaccinated can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine.

At least 14 days must have passed since the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to qualify as fully vaccinated, and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.

Those not fully vaccinated will need to present proof of a negative PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry) or proof of recent recovery from Covid -19 within the last six months.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated but has recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months is eligible to enter Turkey, but will need to present proof of a positive PCR test (carried out more than 14 days and less than six months).

Travelers will not need to take an additional Covid-19 test and can use the NHS Covid Pass to demonstrate proof of recovery when entering Turkey.

Children aged 11 and under can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country.

What Covid restrictions are in place in Turkey?

The provinces of Turkey are divided into four levels which are classified by Covid-19 risk.

These are low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these levels is available from the Ministry of Health and is regularly updated so visitors can check the status of their destination before travelling.

Face masks are compulsory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey.

This includes all public places, such as streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets and public transport, including the metro, buses, taxis and ferries.

It is also mandatory to wear masks in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and hair salons.

Turkish citizens and residents must present proof of two Covid vaccinations, recent Covid recovery or negative PCR test (performed within 48 hours) to access cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for domestic travel intercity or interprovincial.

If you are traveling with a printed PDF proof of your vaccination status, this must be dated November 1 to ensure the certificate can be scanned successfully, if national certification is required.

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