COVID-19 Travel Guidelines for Turkey: Restrictions, Testing, and Quarantine Requirements
Entry for Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Vaccination is no longer required to enter Turkey.
Currently, COVID-19 vaccination certificates are not mandatory to Turkey entry form, and individuals are eligible to enter regardless of their vaccination status. There is no specific requirement for travelers to have any particular type of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Events: Allowed
- Transport: Turkish nationals no longer require a government-provided Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code for international or intercity travel on public transport.
- Shopping: Open
- Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open
Detailed Travel Advisory
- All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Random PCR testing on arrival may also be conducted.
- Face masks must be worn at all times while in an airport and throughout the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.
- Your COVID-19-related information may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary.
- Providing false information knowingly may result in travel restrictions.
- Fully vaccinated individuals can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine.
- At least 14 days must have passed since the second dose of the vaccine, and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or World Health Organization.
- Proof of vaccination status must be presented upon entry to Turkey.
- Turkey accepts proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination records issued in the Crown Dependencies. However, an appointment card from vaccination centers is not considered valid proof of vaccination.
- Unvaccinated individuals must provide proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), Rapid Antigen Test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months. Private testing arrangements should be made.
- Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months but are not fully vaccinated can enter Turkey by providing evidence of a positive PCR test taken more than 14 days and less than six months ago. No additional COVID-19 test is required.
- The COVID Pass can be used to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 recovery when entering Turkey.
- Children aged 11 and under can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travelers to enter Turkey.
- There are no exemptions to the Turkey travel requirements.
Detailed Tourist Information
The Turkish government does not prohibit any nationalities from entering Turkey based on citizenship. However, restrictions on entry are based on the departure point.
Most international tourists can travel to Turkey either visa-free or, for those who meet the requirements, with an eVisa.
However, individuals from certain countries, including Algeria, Cuba, Guyana, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Sudan, Syria, Tonga, and Tuvalu, must obtain a conventional sticker visa from a Turkish embassy to enter the country.
Turkey accepts all COVID-19 vaccines when it comes to international travelers. There is no requirement for travelers to have any specific type of COVID-19 vaccination.
Upon arrival in Turkey, passengers and airline crew will undergo a brief medical check, including temperature controls. Those who do not display any symptoms can continue their journey.
All incoming passengers aged 6 and above must complete a "Traveler Entry Form" at least four days before their arrival in Turkey. Children under 6 are exempt from this requirement. The purpose of this form is to facilitate contact tracing for individuals who have been in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. The form must be completed online and presented before boarding a flight to Turkey and again upon arrival.
The Ministry of Interior issued a circular on March 4, 2022, specifying new conditions for the outdoor mask mandate, submission of negative PCR test results, and the HES code requirement. According to the circular, in addition to outdoors, the mask mandate has also been lifted in indoor areas where physical distancing is applicable and proper ventilation is available.
HES codes are not required in theaters, shopping malls, astro pitches, and transportation.
Grocery stores and other food-related shops are open during normal operation hours.
Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafés, and cafeterias are open for in-person dining and delivery services with no restrictions.
Current COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Turkey
As of June 1st, 2022, COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in Turkey. Therefore, passengers arriving in Turkey are not required to present evidence of their vaccination status or PCR test results. However, it is important to note that information regarding entry requirements can change rapidly, so it is advisable to check for the latest Turkey travel updates a few days before your scheduled trip.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
COVID-19 vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter Turkey, and individuals are eligible to enter regardless of their vaccination status. However, since information regarding entry requirements can change quickly, it is advisable to follow up on the latest Turkey travel updates by contacting your local embassy. Additionally, it is recommended to obtain travel insurance or medical insurance before your trip to Turkey to cover any medical treatment you may need while traveling.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
COVID-19 tests are not required for entry to Turkey. There are no longer any pre-departure testing requirements, and individuals will not have to show a negative PCR test result or antigen test result to enter the country.
Currently, Turkey does not have any quarantine restrictions for foreign or national travelers, regardless of their vaccination status. However, if you experience any symptoms during your trip, it is recommended to quarantine at your accommodation and take the appropriate measures.
Required Documents for Visiting Turkey
You do not need to fill out the Turkey Passenger Locator Form to enter Turkey. However, please ensure that you apply for a visa if you are eligible.
The Turkish Government now offers a fully online visa system called the Turkey eVisa. It is an electronic authorization from the government that allows entry into Turkey. Unlike traditional visas, no stamp or label is placed in the passport. Only entry and exit stamps will be placed on arrival and departure.