NEWS AND EVENTS
Travel During the Pandemic

On March 1, 2021 Turkish Government announced a four-tier system on local COVID-19 related restrictions. Cities are divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange), and very high (red) based on infection and vaccination rates. To view the map, please visit the following page: https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/

As of March 15, all passengers arriving in Turkey (except the transit passengers) are now required to fill out Travel Entry Form at http://register.health.gov.tr within the last 72 hours before their flights.

A PCR test is required for entry to Turkey.


COVID-19 control measures for air, land, and sea travel continue. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination or to a dormitory to self-isolate. If an individual on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine.  


All air passengers arriving from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days (72 hours) before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. 
 
On Monday, June 28, 2021, the Turkish Government announced the suspension of all flights (as of July 1) from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka until further notice. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering Turkey and undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine. Passengers will be given a PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine and, if the test result is negative, they will be released from quarantine.  If the PCR test result is positive, passengers will be placed in isolation and tested again after 14 days.


Passengers who traveled to Turkey from Afghanistan and Pakistan or who have been in these countries in the last 14 days must undergo quarantine for 10 days.  Passengers will be given a PCR test on the 7th day of quarantine and, if the test result is negative, they will be released from quarantine.  If the PCR test result is still positive, measures will be taken in accordance with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines.


Passengers who are subject to mandatory quarantines may quarantine in dormitories, as well as in other accommodation facilities serving as quarantine hotels, as determined by the Governorships. The procedures and principles regarding the quarantine hotels, accommodation fees, transfers of these travelers from the border gates, etc., will be determined and announced by the Governorships.


Turkish citizens who cannot present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry through the border gates will be allowed to go to their residence after taking a PCR or rapid antigen test at the border gates. Those with positive test results will be isolated in their residences.


Passengers departing from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test result which has to be made maximum 72 hours before entry.   


When entering Turkey from countries not included above, passengers will not be required to submit a negative PCR test result if they submit a document issued by the relevant country’s official authorities stating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entrance to Turkey. If passengers departing from these countries cannot submit a vaccine certificate, submission of a negative PCR test result  taken within 72 hours before entering  Turkey or negative rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours before entering  Turkey will be deemed sufficient.   


As of June 28, 2021, direct flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are suspended:      
All passengers traveling through another country who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will  be quarantined in places determined by the governorships for a period of 14 days following their entry into Turkey.
PCR tests will be performed on the 14th day of quarantine and those who have negative test results will be released from quarantine at the end of the 14 day period. The treatment of those who have a positive PCR test will be carried out in accordance with the Ministry of Health COVID 19 guidelines; the quarantine of those who do not have the PCR test will be completed after 14 days. 



Please check the websites below for further information:

https://www.icisleri.gov.tr/

https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

https://www.hssgm.gov.tr/Covid19Tedbirleri#

https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/travel-restrictions/index.html

https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/what-you-should-know-during-the-pandemic/