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As of August 2020, passengers from all countries exceptAfghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Somalia are allowed to enter Turkey.
An e-visa or a stamped visa is required for passengers traveling from countries that require a visa.
Tourists are required to wear face-masks on the inbounding flight and in the airport. In the country, face masks are required for vehicles with two or more people.
A health screening and temperature check is required for all passengers.
Tourists do not need to provide health documentation unless they are arriving for medical treatment. Anyone over age 65 must observe a 10 pm to 8 am curfew. Additionally, travelers over the age of 65 must carry a permit issued by the Ministry of the Interior.
Intercity travel within Turkey has resumed, with restaurants, cafes, parks, and sports facilities being permitted to reopen starting June 1. Public spaces such as beaches and museums have also been allowed to reopen on an incremental basis.
General COVID-19 Situation in Turkey
There are currently no mandatory testing requirements for travelers visiting Turkey.
Travelers under the age of 65 may freely travel within the country after they have been granted entry.
If, however, a traveler displays symptoms and returns a positive result, the traveler will be provided medical treatment in Turkey, at the traveler’s expense.
While air travel has resumed for most countries, only some land borders are open.
Specifically, travelers coming from Iran and Syria are banned from land travel. While Turkey had originally opened its borders to all passengers, it later retracted allowances for some countries. For further information, please visit.
The overall COVID-19 situation in Turkey remains fairly precarious. To date, there have been 268,546 cases, with 6,326 deaths.
New cases per day have remained fairly stable, at about 15,000 per day over the last 10 days, whereas active cases have remained fairly steady, at under 25,000. This data implies that, although Turkey still has a sizeable COVID-19 concern, the country’s situation has become more and more stabilized.
For context, the U.S. State Department lists a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution travel advisory for Turkey, due to terrorism concerns (from surrounding countries), whereas its official advisory is a Level 4: Do Not Travel for worldwide travel due to COVID-19 concerns.
Are tourist sights opened in Turkey?
All of Turkey’s tourism destinations have been open since July, allowing tourists to view Turkey in all of its unabridged glory.
Although Istanbul was particularly hard-hit by COVID-19, usually crowded sites like the Istanbul Grand Bazaar and the Ortakoy Mosque have since reopened to visitors. Restaurants and taverns across Istanbul have also opened, but traffic is lower.
The same is true with larger attractions. Although officially opened, they remain fairly quiet. Istanbul, which is known for a vibrant nightlife, now accommodates an offbeat nightlife in public parks and open-air rooftops.
Leading tourist attractions such as the resort towns of Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman have been reopened in order to accommodate potential tourists.