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Turkey remains open for tourism with new restrictions

Turkey is open for tourism with new entry requirements. All visitors must bring proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test or documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior arrival.  

Anyone showing symptoms of having COVID-19 will be taken to a hospital for examination and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. 

Commercial airlines continue to resume their operation on a country-by-country basis.

Turkey Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

February 8

Turkish citizens and residents are now subject to a weekend curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, continuing through 5:00 a.m. on Monday. 

People between the ages of 20 and 65 are allowed to go out from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., to buy food and other essential items. Seniors aged 65+ are allowed to do the same from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Important: This curfew restriction does Not apply for international tourists. 

Vaccination rollout

More than 2.6 million Turkish people have received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine, a figure experts call a success and one of the world’s “fastest vaccination campaigns”, according to health authorities. 

December 25

All visitors to Turkey must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test before boarding a flight. This entry requirement will be in place from December 28 until March.

Additionally, visitors arriving from the U.K., Denmark or South Africa must also undergo a mandatory quarantine for at least 7 days until a result from a second test.

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Is Turkey open for tourists?

Yes, Turkey is open to tourists from all countries without quarantine. They only need to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test. 

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 visitors have to take COVID-19 test on arrival?

No, they do not. Unless they show symptoms during health screenings at the port of entry.

Do visitors need to quarantine in Turkey?

No they do not. visitors can freely enter the country once they pass health checks at the airport. However, those who don’t pass the screenings will be directed to a hospital to take a COVID-19 PCR test and if the results come back positive they will be required to quarantine until they can produce a negative test.

Can American tourists enter Turkey now?

Yes. they can. 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 travelers 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

Do I need to wear a mask outdoors in Turkey?

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.

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 last 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 are flying to Turkey? 

Turkey airport restriction

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

Current Coronavirus situation in Turkey

With 2,539,559 reported cases and 26,900 deaths.

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.