Corona Virus in Turkey


New Updates: 

  • On Monday, March 29, 2021, the Government of Turkey announced the latest update on the COVID-19 situation and status of each of Turkey’s 81 provinces. For the full list of Turkey provinces please refer to the Ministry of Health Website: https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/
  • Provinces listed in the very high-risk provinces according to the Ministry of Health, weekend curfews will start at 9 PM on Friday and cover the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday), and ending at 5 AM on Monday. 
  • During the upcoming Ramadan holiday, the Turkish government has announced a lock-down throughout the entire Ramadan holiday and weekend from May 12 until May 16, 2021. 

Country-Specific Information: 

  • Turkey has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • On March 1, 2021 the Government of Turkey announced a four-tier system on local COVID-19 related restrictions. Provinces are now divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange), and very high (red) based on infection and vaccination rates. To view the map, please visit the following page: https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/..  
  • The nationwide curfew between 9 PM and 5 AM. Monday through Friday, will continue throughout Turkey. 
  • Provinces listed in the very high-risk provinces according to the Ministry of Health, weekend curfews will start at 9 PM on Friday and cover the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday), and ending at 5 AM on Monday.  
  • Dining establishments (restaurants, patisseries, cafes, and cafeterias) will be open for in-person dining at half capacity nationwide between 7 AM and 7 PM, excluding “very high”-risk regions. A HES code is required to enter these dining establishments.   
  • Local restrictions may require the use of HES codes to enter state buildings, schools, and public spaces such as malls, restaurants, cafes, libraries, sport centers, wedding halls, barbers, beauty parlors, massage parlors and game halls. 
  • Shopping malls, supermarkets, barbers and hairdressers will only be open for service during the hours of 07:00-19:00.   
  • Movie theaters, soccer fields, and similar facilities are open for regions in the low and middle category. 
  • Smoking in public spaces is banned.
  • Please see Turkish Ministry of Interior’s circular for more information.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available in Turkey? Yes 
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • PCR testing while staying in Turkey for foreigners is limited to those who have symptoms, or those who may have an entry requirement back to their home country. Testing is paid for by the traveler.   
  • The government of Turkey has updated their website with the list of facilities in Turkey that perform COVID-19 tests.  
  • PCR testing is available at Istanbul Airport. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  The testing center is in front of Entrance 14 in Arrivals Hall. The test fee is 250 TL or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 6 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passport, test results take up to 5 hours. 
  • PCR testing is now available at Ankara Esenboğa Airport. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The testing center is located in the International Departures Terminal, past the checkpoint, on the ground floor by the First Aid Office. The test fee is 250 TL or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 7 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passport, as test results take up to 6 hours.
  • Passengers in transit, with less than six months validity left on their passports will not be allowed to depart the airport transit areas in order to obtain a COVID test.  Passengers who are unable to exit the transit area and require a COVID-19 test can request it at the transit area information desk.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Turkey approved a COVID vaccine for use? Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.  
  • The government of Turkey received the first batch of 3 million doses of the SinoVac CoronaVac vaccine on December 30.  Since January 13, 800,000 health personnel in Turkey have been vaccinated, and other priority groups have started receiving vaccinations. 
  • For more information, please visit the Government of Turkey’s COVID-19 information page.  

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are foreign passport holders permitted to enter Turkey? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    A PCR test is required.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    COVID-19 control measures for air, land, and sea travel continue. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination or to a dormitory to self-isolate. If an individual on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine.    
  • All international passengers age 6 years and older traveling to Turkey are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight. Passengers must submit their test results to the airline at the time of check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. This requirement will remain in effect until March 1, 2021. 
  • All travelers age 6 years and older who arrive in Turkey through land or sea will be asked to present a negative PCR test result document issued 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who fail to do so at the border gate or sea port will be quarantined in the address to where they are going.
  • As of March 15, all passengers arriving in Turkey (except the transit passengers) are now required to fill out “Form for Entry to Turkey” at “http://register.health.gov.tr” within the last 72 hours before their flights. 
  • Direct flights from Brazil, Denmark, South Africa, and the UK remain cancelled:  
    •  PCR tests will be performed on the 10th day of the quarantine period and the quarantine of those who have negative test results will be ended at the end of the 10th day, the treatment of those who have a positive PCR test will be carried out in accordance with the Ministry of Health COVID 19 guidelines; the quarantine of those who do not have the PCR test will be completed after 14 days. 
    • All passengers traveling through another country who have been in Brazil and South Africa in the last 10 days will continue to be quarantined in places determined by the governorships for a period of 14 days following their entry into Turkey. 
    • PCR tests will be performed on the 10th day of the quarantine period and the quarantine of those who have negative test results will be ended at the end of the 10th day, the treatment of those who have a positive PCR test will be carried out in accordance with the Ministry of Health COVID 19 guidelines; the quarantine of those who do not have the PCR test will be completed after 14 days. 
  • Medical tourism travelers will need a medical visa and specific health documentation to enter Turkey. Please see the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website for information about how to obtain visas for this purpose.
  • Residency permit information is available at Turkish Ministry of Interior’s website

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • A partial curfew is in effect.
      Tourists (foreign passport holders) are allowed to go out – no curfew for them
    • The Government of Turkey announced a four-tier system on local COVID-19 related restrictions. Each province is categorized as being “low-,” “middle-,” “high-,” or “very high-” risk based on infection and vaccination rates. To view the map, please visit the following page: https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/.  
    • Provinces listed in the very high-risk provinces according to the Ministry of Health, weekend curfews will start at 9 PM on Friday and cover the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday), and ending at 5 AM on Monday. 
    • During the upcoming Ramadan holiday, the Turkish government has announced a lock-down throughout the entire Ramadan holiday and weekend from May 12 until May 16, 2021. 
    • In provinces with a “low’ or “middle” category of risk, the curfew for Turkish citizens and residents aged 65 and over and children under the age of 20 has been lifted.
    • In provinces with a “high” or “very high” category of risk, Turkish citizens and residents age 65 and older are restricted to their place of residence, and only allowed outside between 10:00-14:00.
    • In provinces with a “high” or “very high” category of risk, Turkish citizens and residents age 20 and below are only allowed outside during the hours of 14:00-18:00.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Intercity travel permits are required for Turkish citizens and residents aged 65 and over. 
    • Starting January 15 the use of all means of public mass transport in Istanbul has been banned for persons under 20 and over 65 part of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Exceptions to the Weekend Curfew include:   
    • ​Turkish Airlines and Pegasus announced Turkish citizen and resident customers with purchased tickets, can travel to the airport for flights regardless of curfew restrictions.  We refer you to the airlines for further information. Individuals should be prepared to show tickets (paper, or on mobile devices) at vehicle checkpoints.
    • Workplace, businesses and institutions          
      • Public and private health institutions and organizations, pharmacies, veterinary clinics, and animal hospitals
      • Public institutions and organizations and enterprises required for the maintenance of compulsory public services (Airports, ports, border gates, customs, highways, nursing homes, elderly nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, Emergency Call Centers, etc.)
      • Companies engaged in domestic and international transportation and logistics
      • Animal shelters, animal farms and animal care centers
      • Vegetable and fruit wholesale markets
      • Fuel stations and tire repair centers: those that may remain open during curfews will be determined by the Governors of each province. NOTE: At this time, we do not have information on which stations and centers will remain open. 

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are travellers required to quarantine? No
    If they have not submitted a PCR test within 72-hours of boarding their flight, or arrived via land border or sea port without a PCR test, they will be required to quarantine where they planned to stay.
  • Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    Passengers should check with airlines for up-to-date schedules, work with them to address flight changes, and be prepared for possible cancellations. Passengers should also carefully review transit information.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    Buses, ferries, and trains are operating but there are limits to passenger capacity on buses and all passengers must wear a mask.  
  • Transit passengers are not required to submit a PCR test in Turkey however they are advised to review the flight restrictions applied by the destination country regarding the PCR test requirements, age limits and the duration. 
  • Passengers failing to submit a digital or paper copy of a negative PCR test result are not permitted to board the flights. 
  • Given the strict travel and transit restrictions in the Schengen Zone, U.S. citizens who wish to transit via the Schengen Zone must have onward tickets to the U.S., and meet the Schengen Zone and U.K. exceptions as passengers in transit.  
  • Airlines and airports have implemented new procedures for travelers, and passengers must comply with these to travel. For example, masks must be worn in the airport and on airplanes, and arriving passengers are subject to health checks and PCR tests. Please check airport and airline websites for more information and specific guidance.
  • Turkey lifted the ban on importing and exporting of pets as of May 1, 2020. We refer you to the airline websites for more specific details.
  • The Government of Turkey requires everyone traveling in Turkey to present a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code. All persons must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, while staying in hotels, using inner city public transport, and at inter-city bus travel rest stops. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Information on how to obtain this HES code is available at Hayat Eve Sigar web portal
  • On November 12, the government announced that obligatory HES codes are required for entering Usak and Zonguldak provinces.
  • Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code including:

ATTENTION;

As of December 30, 2020 – all passengers who arrive in Turkey through air, land or sea will be asked to present a negative PCR test result document issued 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who fail to do so at the border gate will be quarantined in the address to where they are going.

As of March 15, 2021 – all passengers who arrive in Turkey will be asked to fill the form on the Ministery of Health web page, prior to arrival. Click Here to view the form (https://register.health.gov.tr/)

Turkey’s Covid-19 Measures


COVID-19 Measures in the Terminal Area:

  • Passengers must wear a mask both in the terminal and on board. Passengers and visitors not wearing a mask will be denied both access to the terminal and boarding to protect public health.
  • Only passengers and persons whose accompaniment is essential are granted access to the terminal.
  • Contactless security measures are applied at security checkpoints to ensure passenger safety.
  • The body temperature of all passengers is checked by thermal camera screning at the terminal entrance.
  • All passengers’ luggage passing through X-rays is sanitized with UV (ultraviolet) light.
  • Passengers using an e-passport can sanitize the contact surfaces of their passport using the UV (ultraviolet) e-passport system.
  • Hand sanitizers are available in all areas open to passengers from the moment they enter the terminal building.
  • The moving walkways in the terminal are cleaned regularly with a UV (ultraviolet) system.
  • The terminal building is cleaned by UV (ultraviolet) autonomous robotic cleaners.
  • Personal protective equipment vending machines are available within the terminal.
  • Informative visuals and stickers have been placed at various points within the terminal to remind passengers to maintain social distance.
  • The terminal is supplied with fresh air 24/7.
  • The IGA Hygiene Team is on duty 24/7 to ensure that passengers follow social distancing rules.


COVID-19 Measures during Boarding & De-boarding

  • The floors of passenger buses operated by ground handling services are marked with social distancing tape for safe passenger transport from the aircraft to the terminal and vice versa. Passengers can maintain social distance from other passengers and ensure safe access to their airplane by paying attention to this tape.
  • Passenger buses operated by ground handling services are disinfected after every use.
  • Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital.
  • All passengers traveling to Germany from Istanbul Airport are required to show a negative PCR test result obtained within the last 48 hours. This requirement applies to all flights departing from Turkey, while passengers failing to meet this requirement will be denied boarding. Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is not required for entry. Unless you show symptoms for COVD-19 then a PCR test will be administered.
  • COVID-19 control measures for air, land, and sea travel continue. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination. If an individual on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine.

Quarantine Information:

  • Foreign passengers is not required to quarantine but foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • PCR testing for foreigners is limited to those who have symptoms or those who may have an entry requirement back to their home country. Testing is paid for by the traveller (around 16$).
  • The swab samples taken from the throat and nose of the passengers will be processed and examined in the laboratories located at the airport terminal and the results will be delivered to passengers within two hours.
  • The passengers will have a PCR test prior to departure and after arrival.
  • The test results will be sent via email in Turkish and English or hard copies will be provided to the passengers who are going to travel abroad or are returning to Turkey.

Domestic Flights

HES CODE

  • Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Information on how to obtain this code is available at this site:

https://hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr/hes.html. The procedure is as follows:

IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.

IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between eachitem.

  • Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code,

including:

– SunExpress: https://www.sunexpress.com/en/hes/

– Turkish Airlines: https://www.turkishairlines.com/

– Pegasus: https://www.flypgs.com/hes-kodu-nedir-nasil-alinir

Fines for non-compliance:

  • There is a fine of 900 TL (around 122$) will be imposed on those who do not comply

with the requirement of wearing a mask.

Country Specific Information:

  • Turkish Citizens and residents above the age of 65 will be able to go out every day, between 10:00-20:00. Several provinces, including Ankara and Izmir, have implemented new restrictions on people 65 years and older. These measures include limiting the hours per day those İndividuals are allowed outside, limiting their use of public transportation, and prohibiting the elderly from attending large events such as weddings, market places, and shopping centres. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Turkish Citizens and residents under the age of 18 will be able to go out any time, in the company of a parent. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Turkish Citizens and residents above the age of 65 will be able to go out every day, between 10:00-20:00. Several provinces, including Ankara and Izmir, have implemented new restrictions on people 65 years and older. These measures include limiting the hours per day those İndividuals are allowed outside, limiting their use of public transportation, and prohibiting the elderly from attending large events such as weddings, market places, and shopping centers. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Turkish Citizens and residents over 65 can travel within Turkey by obtaining a permit from the Ministry of the Interior. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • The wearing of masks has become mandatory in all public areas in entire country.
  • All individuals must wear cloth face coverings where people are collectively located, including supermarkets, marketplaces, hair salons, shopping malls, and workplaces as well as in all forms of transportation (including private vehicles) with at least two persons inside.
  • Local authorities may put in place additional COVID-19 restrictions, including curfews, with little or no advance notice.

For more information:

  • Dial 184 within Turkey to access the Turkish Ministry of Health COVID-19 Telephone Hotline (Turkish/English/Arabic)
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