Travel restrictions have been in place in many countries around the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Turkey. As the pandemic subsides, many international borders have started to open, but what about Turkey’s borders?
Travel restrictions for Turkey have eased in recent months and so if you are planning a trip to Turkey you should be able to do so soon! Turkey is a popular place to visit, with plenty of fantastic beaches and cultural sites, which means you’ll have a great time in the country.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the travel restrictions imposed in Turkey and how they may affect your trip, as well as some tips for your trip there. Keep reading to find out more now.
What to know about traveling to Turkey
A trip to Turkey can be an exciting time, but there are some things you need to know before you go, including the travel documents you’ll need to enter the country. Below we have summarized all the travel documents you will need to travel to Turkey, including those you will need in relation to COVID-19.
To travel to Turkey, many visitors will need a visa. Turkey now offers eVisa to citizens of many countries, including India. The Turkey eVisa allows travelers to stay in the country for up to one month.
Some travelers are eligible for visa-free travel to Turkey, including citizens of many Asian and Latin American countries.
When booking a trip to Turkey, you will need to ensure that you are requesting the correct travel authorization form to enter the country. Turkey visa types differ depending on the activities you offer in the country, so be sure to choose the right one. There are options for tourism, transit and visa on arrival.
Travel restrictions in the context of covid-19
To travel to Turkey during COVID-19, the documents you will need differ depending on your vaccination status.
For fully vaccinated travelers (check here if you are fully vaccinated), you do not need to provide a negative test result or self-quarantine upon arrival. You will, however, need to prove that you are fully vaccinated according to the Turkish definition of a fully vaccinated traveler.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you can either show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure. You can also provide proof of your recent recovery from COVID-19.
Where to visit during a trip to Turkey?
There are a number of exciting places to visit in Turkey. These include:
Marmaris – Surrounded by mountains along the Turkish Riviera, this is an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday.
Istanbul – One of the most visited places in the world, Istanbul is an ideal city to travel to during your stay in Turkey.
Ankara – Full of exceptional monuments, Ankara can be a good destination for families as well as dedicated travelers.
Antalya – For turquoise waters and sandy beaches, Antalya is the best bet.
How to plan a trip to Turkey?
There are several ways to plan a great trip to Turkey.
To start, you should research the country to know where you want to go and what you want to see. Above we’ve recommended some of our favorite places to see, but you should have a look around to find others if these aren’t for you.
You should also make plans for your travel options. Take a look at public transport around the country to see how viable it is for you to use the system to get around. We recommend booking in advance if you can!
You’ll also need to check any bank charges you might incur using your credit or debit card abroad, as well as whether your phone plan will allow you to make calls and send text messages in the country.
Tips for a trip to Turkey
So you’ve booked your trip and now you’re wondering if there are some things you should know before you go. Take a look at our top tips for Turkey below.
Learn some common phrases in Turkish to make your trip go smoothly
Dress conservatively when asked
Make sure you have the correct vaccinations before you go
Take cash when you can
Use the public transport system
Conclusion: Traveling to Turkey 2022
Turkey is an exciting and diverse country and a trip will always leave you wanting more. COVID-19 restrictions for travel to Turkey depend on your vaccination status and you may want to check them before you go.
Take a look at our recommendations and do your own research to have the best possible trip when visiting Turkey.
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