Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Right Now during COVID? – September 2021

Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Right Now during COVID? – September 2021

Turkey suffered a major spike in infections in spring 2021, leading to a 17-day lockdown in April and several other restrictions. As of July, the country lifted the nighttime curfew and Sunday lockdowns and started to slowly reopen.

Turkey is now open for tourism, even though the CDC still considers the country an area of very high COVID-19 transmission.

Stats & current COVID-19 situation

Up to date, Turkey has reported over 6.6 million coronavirus cases, of which 59,384 have resulted in death.

At the moment, there are 463,690 active cases and about 22,000 new infections daily.

After a tough first year, the COVID-19 situation has improved notably thanks to numerous lockdowns, masks, and restrictions on socializing.

Most of the measures have now been lifted. Shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes are open again and have no capacity restrictions. However, they are subject to a midnight curfew. 

Social distancing and masks in all public spaces, including parks, beaches, and markets, remain mandatory. Smoking is still not allowed in open public places either.

Vaccination progress in Turkey

Source: Our World in Data

Turkey’s vaccination campaign started off in January 2021. So far, it has distributed around 100 million vaccine doses. 62,1% of the country’s population has received at least one shot, while 48,3% of Turkish residents have been vaccinated fully.

Who can go?

Everyone can visit Turkey, but some nationals are subject to restrictions.

All arrivals from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, or Sri Lanka must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours. Also, they have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government-approved facility. They must get tested on the final day of their quarantine. If the test is positive, they have to spend further 14 days at the facility.

Travelers from Afghanistan and Pakistan must follow the same rules, except their quarantine is only 10 days long. Also, the second test is on day 7 of the quarantine.

All passengers arriving from the U.K., Egypt, Iran, and Singapore must provide a negative PCR test result regardless of their vaccination status. The rest of the international travelers can skip the test if they present proof of COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months or have been fully vaccinated.

Why visit Turkey even during the pandemic?

First and foremost, there are almost no entry restrictions for vaccinated travelers from most countries. Also, hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches are open without any particular limitations.

Moreover, there is definitely plenty to see. From beautiful beaches and diverse landscapes to spectacular cities and ancient ruins. There is something for everyone in Turkey, so why not go this autumn?