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Turkey remains open to tourists with new local restrictions

Turkey’s Government has opened its borders to Turks and foreign tourists who are willing to follow the immigration and biosecurity rules.

Commercial airlines continue to resume their operation on a country-by-country basis but new rules have been recently applied due to the undeniable second coronavirus wave.

Turk authorities have stated they are not planning to reintroduce a full lockdown but urged citizens and visitors to wear facemasks at all times when outside home.

Turkey Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

December 1

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a new a national-wide curfew to stem a surge in coronavirus infections.

The new curfew schedule goes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights, from Monday through Friday. Nothing has been said about weekends yet.

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Is Turkey open for tourists?

Yes, Turkey is open to tourists from all countries without quarantine or testing. Only temperature and health screenings at the airport are required.

What countries can travel to Turkey?

All foreign nationals can travel to Turkey as long as they comply with the travel restrictions. This includes U.S. citizens.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test to enter Turkey?

No, unless you show symptoms during health screenings at the port of entry.

Do I have to quarantine in Turkey?

No. You can freely enter the country once you pass health checks upon arrival. However, if you don’t pass the screenings, you will be directed to a hospital to take a COVID-19 PCR test and if the results come back positive you will be asked to quarantine until you can provide a negative test.

Warning! If a person in your flight turns out to have COVID-19, you and every other passenger will be asked to quarantine for 14 days, even if you can produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

Can American tourists enter Turkey now?

Yes. it does. Turkey is one of the few European/Asian countries that are taking U.S. nationals at the moment. 

Check the full list of countries open to Americans.

What can I do in Turkey for fun right now? 

As a tourist: adult foreigners are allowed to visit, 

  • Turkey’s parks
  • Restaurants
  • Market places
  • Shopping centers
  • Wedding halls and places of worship. 
  • Other public and private areas

Children may have curfews and other restrictions so check with the authorities of the region you are visiting.

As a local: citizens and residents are allowed to,

  • Transit freely with the exception of people over 65. Some provinces have curfews in place for this at-risk segment of the population and in some cases, they are banned from indoor spaces.

Do I need to wear a mask outdoors in Turkey?

Yes. You have to wear a mask (or a face covering) at all times.

Is it safe to visit Turkey now?

Turkey has not been very strict with its rules and reopened to all countries in the early beginning of the summer. Nevertheless, the CDC warning is at LEVEL 4 (Very High Level of COVID-19) and only essential travel to Turkey is recommended. (CDC.gov)

What airlines fly to Turkey now? 

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These are some of the commercial airlines flying to Turkey at the moment.

  • Keep in mind that restrictions are changing due to the second spike in COVID-19. So, although there is no curfew or other mobility restrictions in place for foreigners, rules like these can be enforced at any moment with little to no prior notice. 

Current Coronavirus situation in Turkey

With 506,966 reported cases and 15,933 deaths, The Turkish government has officially announced the country is going through a second wave of infections.

The Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, has confirmed that there is an increase in infections in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Erzurum, Sivas, and Kayseri, being the capital Ankara the most affected so far.

Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 are sent to a private hospital. Check with your local authorities for restrictions when coming back home from Turkey.