Turkey

πŸ’³ List of Turkey visa types

🏒 List of Turkey embassies

🦠 Turkey COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:58 (GMT +4)

Travel to Turkey

If you are travelling to Turkey, please note that you will be required to wear a face mask at every point of your journey, at the airport and onboard your flight. You may also be subject to COVID-19 health screening on arrival.

Travel from the UAE to Turkey

UAE citizens and residents of the UAE can travel to Turkey under the following conditions:

  • All passengers must complete the required forms within 72 hours before departure.
  • Vaccinated passengers:
    • Present a vaccination certificate for an approved vaccine by EU/WHO/EMA. Passengers must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. A COVID-19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers.
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before arrival in Turkey, or a Rapid Antigen test with a negative result taken within the last 48 hours before their arrival in Turkey, or
    • Present proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.

Children below 12 years are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR test and are not required to provide a vaccination certificate.

COVID-19 PCR testing

Article 1: All passengers who have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka for the last 14 days must submit a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival in Turkey. These passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days at hotels determined by the Governorship. Expenses for accommodation and transfers from the airport will be borne by passengers. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger tests negative for COVID-19 on the 14th day.

Article 2: Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test done within 72 hours of arrival. Passengers arriving directly from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and passengers who had been in these countries within the last 14 days will be exempted from quarantine if they submit proof of full vaccination (listed by WHO or Turkey for emergency use), provided that the last required dose was at least 14 days before arrival. Otherwise, passengers will be quarantined at their residences or registered address. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger takes a COVID-19 PCR test on the 10th day of quarantine with a negative result.

Article 3A: Passengers arriving from Afghanistan and those who have been in this country for the last 14 days must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. These passengers are subject to quarantine for 10 days at hotels determined by the governorship. Expenses for accommodation and transfers from airports will be borne by passengers. Quarantine will be lifted if the passenger tests negative for COVID-19 at the end of the 7th day.

Article 3B: Afghanistan citizens who have a residence or work permit in the Republic of Turkey will be exempted from the hotel quarantine on the condition that they submit valid residence or work permit, and will be subjected to quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is out of Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to travel to their residence only by private vehicles and will not be allowed to take domestic flights or use public transportation.

Article 3C: Republic of Turkey citizens arriving from Afghanistan will be exempted from the hotel quarantine and will be subjected to quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is out of Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to travel to their residence only by private vehicles and will not be allowed to take domestic flights or use public transportation.

Article 4: Passengers to be quarantined under articles 1 and 3A must pay the hotel fees before arriving in Turkey. Passengers who cannot prove that they have made the necessary payments to stay at the hotels determined by governorship will not be accepted for boarding.

Article 5: Passengers arriving from the Iran and Egypt will be requested to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken within the last 72 hours prior to their arrival in Turkey.

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey will perform COVID-19 PCR tests on a sampling basis, according to arrival destinations. All passengers who will undergo a sampling PCR test will be allowed to go to their residence addresses once samples are taken. If the test result is positive, they will be treated according to the COVID-19 guide of the Ministry of Health. Passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result and persons who have been in close contact with the infected will also be quarantined for 14 days at their own residence addresses. A COVID-19 PCR test will be performed on day 10 of quarantine, and if the result is negative, quarantine will be lifted. Passengers who are infected and carrying the delta mutation of the virus must stay in quarantine for 14 days. A COVID-19 PCR test will be conducted on day 14 of quarantine and lifted with a negative result.

Citizens of the Republic of Turkey will be allowed to travel to Turkey provided they present any of the following:

  • proof of full vaccination with a vaccine listed by WHO or Turkey for emergency use
  • proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months
  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken not more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test certificate for a test taken at most 48 hours before arrival

Please check the list of authorised hotels for passengers to be quarantined under the article 1 and 3A.

Required forms

Effective 15 March 2021, passengers must complete an online Traveller Entry Form within 72 hours of departure. You will then be given a health tracker code (HES code) for use during travel and the duration of your stay in Turkey. Passengers may present a printed copy or electronic copy of the form on mobile devices at the time of check-in.

Quarantine

For passengers who need to undergo quarantine at places determined by the Governorship (dormitories and hotels), accommodation and transportation costs will be at passenger’s own expense.

Exemptions

Crew, merchant seamen, transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the COVID 19 PCR test requirements and quarantine. Passengers who are younger than 12 years of age are exempted from testing and quarantine and also do not need to show any vaccination certificate to enter Turkey.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.