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Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Updated information on Turkey’s COVID-19 restrictions; From today most COVID-19 restrictions across Turkey have been lifted (‘Coronavirus’ and ’Entry requirements’ pages)
Time updated:
1:28pm, 1 July 2021

Travel in Turkey​

Nationwide curfews have been removed as of 1 July.

HES codes for intercity travel and lodging​

Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. The HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.

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 each item.

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

Public spaces and services​

Provinces in Turkey are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. A map of Turkey illustrating these tiers is available from the Ministry of Health. This information will be updated regularly and you should check the status of your intended destination before travelling.

The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.

Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.

Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.

Curfews​

Nationwide curfews have been removed from 1 July.

Healthcare in Turkey​

You should ensure that you are prepared for any unplanned or extended stays due to changes in COVID-related restrictions or your travel arrangements. If you take regular medication, make sure you have adequate supplies to cover you in case you are required to quarantine as a result of a positive COVID test.

British-issued prescriptions are not accepted in pharmacies in Turkey, although some medicines may be available over the counter.

If your medical supplies do run out whilst in Turkey it may be possible, in some cases, to liaise with Turkish hospitals and your GP to arrange for a Turkish prescription for the equivalent medicine.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Turkey.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Turkey​

The Turkish authorities have started the rollout of their vaccination programme. If you have valid residency and are registered with the health service you are eligible for the vaccine.

As further information is available about the national vaccination programme, this page will be updated. Sign up to get email notifications.

If you have not yet registered with the Turkish health service you should do so through the Enabiz website.

The details of foreign nationals may not automatically be included in the system which sends automatic appointments out. Even if you are already registered on the Enabiz system, you may still need to request a vaccine through the Enabiz website.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK authority responsible for assessing the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines. It has authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines for temporary supply and use in the UK. Find out more about MHRA approval for these vaccines.

British nationals living overseas should seek medical advice from their local healthcare provider in the country where they reside. Information about vaccines used in other national programmes, including regulatory status, should be available from the local authorities. This list of Stringent Regulatory Authorities recognised by the World Health Organisation may also be a useful source of additional information. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organisation COVID-19 vaccines page.

Finance​

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Returning to the UK​

From 8 June, direct flights can arrive in England from Turkey, but they must arrive at dedicated terminals at Heathrow or Birmingham airports. Different requirements may apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under Scottish rules, flights may arrive into any international airport. Turkish Airlines currently operates a route from Istanbul to Edinburgh Airport.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

Visa overstays due to COVID-19​

If you’ve outstayed your visa due to COVID-19, but did not leave before 11 July 2020, you’ll be banned from Turkey for a period of time, determined by the length of overstay.

Help and support​

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Entry requirements​

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
From 1 June, passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the previous 14 days will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey, undertake 14 days quarantine in state facilities, and require a negative PCR test at the end of day 14. If positive, then another 14 days of quarantine will be required. Passengers who have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the previous 14 days will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey, undertake 10 days quarantine in state facilities, and require a negative PCR test at the end of day 7. If positive, then another 10 days of quarantine will be required. All costs of state quarantine for arrivals from the above countries will be borne by the passenger. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

Regular entry requirements​

Visas​

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you don’t abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.
If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You’ll need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

Passport validity​

The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children​

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents​

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.
 

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Updated information on Turkey’s COVID-19 restrictions
;

passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice and information on requirements if you test positive on your pre-departure test (‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
1:01pm, 27 July 2021

Entry requirements​

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you will need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.
International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

Data collectionPassengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities. Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

Regular entry requirements​

Visas​

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you do not abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.
If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You will need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

Passport validity​

The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children​

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents​

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.

COVID-19 in Turkey​

Based on currently available information, there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in this country. Due to the emerging COVID-19 variant in this region, all travellers are advised to avoid non-essential travel to this country.

There are entry requirements for anyone who plans to travel to England from this country. Please check here for further information. Advice may vary in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Prevention​

If travelling to this country, travellers should:

  • Discuss their plans with a health professional. This is particularly important for those at higher risk of severe COVID-19.
  • Consider the risk at all destinations including any transit countries and the risk during travel itself.
  • Check with the airline/tour operator about physical distancing measures or other measures in place to reduce risk during travel.
  • Follow the latest social distancing guidance, including any local requirements and maintain good hand, respiratory, and personal hygiene at all times. This may be particularly important if staying with friends and family.
  • Complete the full COVID-19 vaccination schedule when offered this as part of the UK vaccination programme.
See guidance on factors to consider when assessing the risk of COVID-19 for travellers.

If travellers develop COVID-19 symptoms while abroad, they should:

  • Follow local guidelines on self-isolation, testing and avoiding travel.
  • Contact their travel insurance provider.
  • Seek medical advice if needed.

 
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Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
New information about forest fires (‘Natural Disasters’ page)
Time updated:
1:49pm, 30 July 2021

Natural disasters​

Earthquakes​

Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes and tremors.
You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake and follow any advice given by the local authorities.
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Forest Fires​

Forest fires occur frequently in Turkey during the summer months, when temperatures can reach over 40ºC. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas.
Imprisonment and judicial fines are imposed for lighting a fire of any kind in forbidden areas including barbecues, leaving a fire without extinguishing it, or throwing burning cigarette butts into the forest.
Check on the outbreak of fires with the local authorities. If there is a forest fire in your area, you may be told to vacate your accommodation by local police, gendarme, fire fighters and/or the Disaster and Emergency Management Authorities (AFAD). Follow the direction of the local authorities.
If you see a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112.
 

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Important update about green cards issued this afternoon.


Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Information about green cards if you’re planning to drive in Turkey (‘Safety and security’ page)
Time updated:
3:16pm, 9 August 2021


Road travel​

Take care when travelling by road throughout Turkey, particularly at night. Approach checkpoints slowly and follow the instructions of security personnel. Roads between the major cities are generally in excellent condition, but can be poor in remote, rural areas. Accidents are common and mainly due to poor or reckless driving.

If you drive in Turkey, you must have either an International Driving Permit or a notarised copy (in Turkish) of your UK driving licence. If you stay in Turkey continuously for more than 6 months, you must convert your UK driving licence into a Turkish licence. Provisional driving licences aren’t recognised. If you intend to bring a vehicle registered in another country into Turkey you should familiarise yourself with the relevant Turkish customs regulations.

You will need an ‘A’ category standard motorcycle licence to hire a motorcycle over 50cc in Turkey. An ‘A1’ category ‘light motorcycle’ driving licence is only suitable for motorcycles below 50cc. By law you must wear a helmet. Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.

A green card is proof that you have vehicle insurance when driving abroad. You need to carry a green card to drive in Turkey.

Do not drink and drive. The police will breathalyse drunk drivers, fine you on the spot and immediately confiscate your licence for 6 months.
 

Kanga

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Following the severe floods in the Black Sea regions, this reminder issued today. Please be careful if in the area, there are said to be up to 1000 missing at the moment. NewsNow: Loading story...

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Information about flooding in Turkey (‘Natural disasters’ page)
Time updated:
1:46pm, 13 August 2021

Natural disasters​

Earthquakes​

Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes and tremors.
You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake and follow any advice given by the local authorities.
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Forest Fires​

Forest fires occur frequently in Turkey during the summer months, when temperatures can reach over 40ºC. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas.
Imprisonment and judicial fines are imposed for lighting a fire of any kind in forbidden areas including barbecues, leaving a fire without extinguishing it, or throwing burning cigarette butts into the forest.
Check on the outbreak of fires with the local authorities. If there is a forest fire in your area, you may be told to vacate your accommodation by local police, gendarme, fire fighters and/or the Disaster and Emergency Management Authorities (AFAD). Follow the direction of the local authorities.
If you see a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112.

Floods​

Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides across Turkey. This can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.
If you’re in an affected area:
  • monitor local media for the latest information
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
update today

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Proof of vaccine or negative PCR test requirement for certain movements from 6 September 2021 (‘Travel in Turkey’). Clarification of entry requirements for arrivals into Turkey (‘Entry to Turkey’)
Time updated:
3:43pm, 3 September 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan or Pakistan, or who have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 10 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

Regular entry requirements​

Visas​

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you do not abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.
If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You will need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

Passport validity​

The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children​

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents​

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.
 

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
update today

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Proof of vaccine or negative PCR test requirement for certain movements from 6 September 2021 (‘Travel in Turkey’). Clarification of entry requirements for arrivals into Turkey (‘Entry to Turkey’)
Time updated:
3:43pm, 3 September 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan or Pakistan, or who have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 10 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

Regular entry requirements​

Visas​

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you do not abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.
If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You will need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

Passport validity​

The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children​

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents​

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.
They where talking about it glad to see this. The tourist sector was hoping it would not include holiday makers especially Russians because most have not been vaccinated. Good news hope its not just on paper.
 

Kanga

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Clarification of entry requirements for arrivals into Turkey (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:

2:48pm, 10 September 2021


Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country. All arrivals into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).
Passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey. Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine. If it is positive they will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.
Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or who have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Those passengers with proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival, will be exempted from quarantine. Otherwise they must be quarantined for 10 days at their addresses. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
Passengers who are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or who have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 10 days in government-run quarantine at the passenger’s expense. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, the passenger is able to leave quarantine.
Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
From 4am on Wednesday 22 September Turkey will move to the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. (‘Summary’ page)
Time updated:
5:36pm, 17 September 2021

17 September 2021Updated:17 September 2021Latest update:
From 4am on Wednesday 22 September Turkey will move to the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. ('Summary' page)
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The FCDO advise against all travel to:
  • areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis (see below)
The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to:
  • all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces
  • the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari
  • the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
For more information on these areas, see Local travel and Terrorism
COVID-19 entry restrictions for Turkey
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Turkey’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider. For up to date information on entry restrictions and requirements.
Returning to the UK
Turkey is on the red list for entering England. From 4am on Wednesday 22 September Turkey will move to the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you are due to travel to/from the United Kingdom you should contact your travel operator. Further updates will be published when they are available. Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned. See International travel
If you’re planning travel to Turkey, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Returning to the UK​

Direct flights can arrive in England from Turkey, but they must arrive at dedicated terminals at Heathrow or Birmingham airports. Different requirements may apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under Scottish rules, flights may arrive into any international airport. Turkish Airlines currently operates a route from Istanbul to Edinburgh Airport.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

If you test positive on your pre-departure test, as soon as you receive the result, you will be directed to a state-run quarantine facility by the local health administration.
 

Kanga

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update late last night.

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Turkey, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
Time updated:
10:47pm, 17 September 2021
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
PCR test requirement removed for entry to Turkey for fully vaccinated travellers (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
5:02pm, 5 October 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form a maximum of 72-hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
All arrivals (aged 12 and over) - including those arriving from the UK - into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from COVID-19
  • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
  • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status​

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over)​

You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.

Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above)​

Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.

If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:​

  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.

Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.

Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.

Land and sea borders​

Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.

At the airport​

You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.
 

enoch

Member
Top Poster Of Month
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
PCR test requirement removed for entry to Turkey for fully vaccinated travellers (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
5:02pm, 5 October 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form a maximum of 72-hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
All arrivals (aged 12 and over) - including those arriving from the UK - into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from COVID-19
  • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
  • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status​

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over)​

You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.

Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above)​

Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.

If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:​

  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.

Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.

Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.

Land and sea borders​

Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.

At the airport​

You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.
I'm going to take this down to the zabita office and ask them if they need to have a translation into turkish because they don't enforce it. It's a joke
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Information on Turkish banks no longer accepting, the old style £20 and £50 banknotes (‘Money’ page)
Time updated:
4:50pm, 13 October 2021


Money​

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas. You can get local currency from banks and exchange bureaus, known as DOVIZ in Turkish.
As of 13 October 2021, Turkish banks will no longer accept the old style £20 and £50 sterling banknotes. Some exchange booths may still accept these banknotes, but there is no guarantee and you may be charged an extra commission.
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Update to criteria for completion of the Form for Entry to Turkey (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
3:59pm, 21 October 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey aged 6 and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders, must complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
All arrivals (aged 12 and over) - including those arriving from the UK - into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from COVID-19
  • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
  • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status​

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over)​

You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.

Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above)​

Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.

If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:​

  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.

Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.

Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.

Land and sea borders​

Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.

At the airport​

You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.
 

enoch

Member
Top Poster Of Month
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Update to criteria for completion of the Form for Entry to Turkey (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
3:59pm, 21 October 2021

Entry requirements​

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)​

Entry to Turkey​

All arrivals into Turkey aged 6 and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders, must complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel. You do not need to do this if you’re transiting Turkey on the way to another country.
All arrivals (aged 12 and over) - including those arriving from the UK - into Turkey, from countries other than those mentioned below, must have proof of one of the following:
  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from COVID-19
  • a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival)
  • a rapid antigen test (within 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status​

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Arriving to Turkey from Egypt and Iran (aged 12 and over)​

You will need a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey, regardless of vaccination status. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey on the way to another country.

Arriving to Turkey from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka (aged 12 and above)​

Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But passengers travelling from these countries may transit without entering Turkey.

If you are arriving in Turkey from another country but have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days (aged 12 and above), you must:​

  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 14 days in government approved hotels at your expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 14th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. If it is positive you will need to isolate for a further 14 days in the facilities.

Arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or have been in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You must obtain a PCR test regardless of your vaccination status.
You are exempt from quarantine if you have proof of two doses of vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) more than 14 days before arrival. Otherwise you must quarantine for 10 days at your address. If the PCR test taken on the tenth day is negative, you can leave quarantine.

Arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan (aged 12 and above)​

If you are arriving in Turkey from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days, you must:
  • submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • quarantine for 10 days in government approved hotels at your own expense. Such hotels must be booked prior to travel and confirmation of such booking must be presented before departure.
If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, then you can leave quarantine.
If you are arriving from Afghanistan, or have been in Afghanistan in the last 14 days and have residency, a work permit in Turkey or Turkish citizenship, you may quarantine at a private address for a period of 10 days and must take a PCR test after 7 days. If the PCR test taken on the 7th day is negative, you can leave quarantine. Should you arrive at an entry point other than Ankara or Istanbul, however, you would be required to travel to your place of self-isolation by private vehicle.

Land and sea borders​

Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally. International passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will not be required to submit an HES code, unless the passenger is a Turkish citizen or resident of Turkey and the duration between the two flights exceeds 12 hours.

At the airport​

You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

Testing / screening on arrival​

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.

Data collection​

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.
You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.
You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.
Is that all vaccines from Turkey or just biontec has it doesn't say?
 
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
I got the notification from the FCO via email yesterday, disappointing they don’t highlight what the changes are…. On the section relevant to me travelling from the UK I couldn’t see anything significant. Can someone else with better eyewear help us out?
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
I got the notification from the FCO via email yesterday, disappointing they don’t highlight what the changes are…. On the section relevant to me travelling from the UK I couldn’t see anything significant. Can someone else with better eyewear help us out?
from the FCO post above.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Useful update today. NOT travel/covid related.


Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development OfficePublished12 December 2014Last updated28 October 2021 — See all updates

Contents​

  1. Overview
  2. Services we provide in Turkey
  3. What to bring to your appointment
  4. Payment
  5. Proof of address and identity
  6. Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  7. Make a certified copy of a document
  8. Unite documents
  9. Prepare a document in English or the local language
  10. Other services we provide
  11. Informative notes and letters
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Overview​

The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Turkey. Most of these services are only available at the British Embassy and the British Consulate General Istanbul.
Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently. UK registered lawyers at the British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey may be able to provide for services intended to be used in the UK.
Some services may be available by post. You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Please use the links after each service to make an appointment.
Before booking, make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local town hall, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Turkey, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Turkey​

Consular staff in Turkey can:
  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • make a certified copy of a document (only British passports and UK degree certificates that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website)
  • unite documents
  • prepare a document in English or the local language
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations or affidavits of marital status, please see getting married abroad.
If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by the British embassy in Turkey.

What to bring to your appointment​

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees.

Payment​

We accept payment by credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard only) and Visa Electron (only UK debit card) in Sterling, or cash in Turkish Lira on the day of the appointment.

Proof of address and identity​

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address.
We accept passports or Turkish national identity cards as proof of identity. We accept a utility bill, bank statement, residency permit book or Ikamet Belgesi from your local registry office as proof of your address.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit​

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer.
This type of affidavit is the one that you may be asked to provide by the Turkish authorities as proof of your status to apply for Turkish citizenship or to register your baby’s birth in Turkey.
It is also the service you will need when buying or selling a vehicle in Turkey that was previously registered in the UK.
If you need to make an affirmation or affidavit of marital status in order to get married in Turkey please visit getting married abroad to find out what you need to do.
The consulate will not draft documents for you. First check with the consulate what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.
What you will need to bring with you:
Book an appointment for administering an oath, affirmation or affidavit at the British Consulate General Istanbul
Book an appointment for administering an oath, affirmation or affidavit at the British Embassy Ankara

Make a certified copy of a document​

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports and UK educational documents that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website.
What you will need to bring with you:
Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a document at the British Consulate General Istanbul
Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a document at the British Embassy Ankara

Unite documents​

This service joins documents together using ribbon and a seal and is usually only needed for legal reasons.
What you will need to bring with you:
Book an appointment to unite documents at the British Consulate General Istanbul
Book an appointment to unite documents at the British Embassy Ankara

Prepare a document in English or the local language​

In a limited number of cases, consular staff can write a statement of fact (‘preparing a certificate’) to help British nationals with various local authorities. The wording must be cleared with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London, which means these documents will take longer to prepare.
We can only provide this service if we have proof that the wording/content you require is correct and unambiguous. This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it. Contact the consulate before making an appointment.
We can prepare these documents in English or in the local language. Make sure you select the correct service and note the difference in fees.
What you will need to bring with you:

For documents in English:​

Book an appointment to prepare a document in English at the British Consulate General Istanbul
Book an appointment to prepare a document in English at the British Embassy Ankara

For documents in the local language​

Book an appointment to prepare a document in the local language at the British Consulate General Istanbul
Book an appointment to prepare a document in the local language at the British Embassy Ankara

Other services we provide​

Services provided elsewhere​

We no longer provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Refer to the list of professionals who can witness a life certificate.
Only for documents to be used outside of Turkey: British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey may be contacted for administering an oath, affirmation or affidavit, witnessing signatures, making copies of document other than the above, or any other service that they agree to provide.
For documents with the intention of being used in Turkey:
  • legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
  • provide copies of British birth, death & marriage certificates: GRO
  • information on marriage in the UK: GOV.UK
  • yachting and sailing certificates: RYA
  • certify your fingerprints: Metropolitan Police UK
  • pension certificates: DWP
  • taxation and UK National Insurance contributions certificates: HMRC
  • renew British driving licences or provide certificates regarding British driving licences: DVLA
  • UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau checks): DBS
  • certificates confirming British Nationality: UK Border Agency
  • Certificates Relating to British Nationality
The British embassy and consulates no longer handle applications for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen, or renunciation of British citizenship. All applications are now handled by the Home Office.

Informative notes and letters​

Further information:
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Notarial Services to Commonwealth Nationals

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Information on Changes to Notarial and Documentary Services

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The following certificates are available for you to download free of charge for presentation to relevant authorities. If you need an officially stamped/sealed version you will need to make an application under Fee 2 using the information above.
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Change of Name

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Note of Family Circumstance

MS Word Document, 224KB
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HM Revenue and Customs

MS Word Document, 73.6KB
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Recognition of Marriage Abroad

MS Word Document, 414KB
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Military Service in the UK

MS Word Document, 73.4KB
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UK Driving Licences

MS Word Document, 74KB
If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact the consular section through this contact form

Data protection​

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer​

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy or consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCDO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.
Published 12 December 2014
Last updated 28 October 2021 + show all updates
 
Last edited:

Kanga

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Advice about Medical Tourism.


Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Information on medical tourism to Turkey (‘Health’ page)
Time updated:
3:37pm, 2 November 2021

Health​

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Turkey.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The use or possession of some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines is controlled in Turkey. For more information on controlled medicines and the relevant documentation required, contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate before you travel. See this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines.
While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

Medical treatment​

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for COVID-19.

Medical Tourism​

The term ‘medical tourism’ refers to those tourists who have chosen to have medical/surgical/dental treatment abroad. Cosmetic surgery, dental procedures and cardiac surgery are the most common procedures that medical tourists undertake.
The standard of medical facilities and available treatments vary widely around the world. As such, British nationals considering undertaking medical treatment in Turkey should carry out their own research; it is unwise to rely upon private companies that have a financial interest in arranging your medical treatment abroad.
If you are travelling to Turkey to undertake a medical procedure, you should ensure that your chosen medical facility is accredited with the Turkish authorities. You can find a list of those facilities that have accreditation on the Health Services General Directorate website.
You can find further advice and information on medical tourism, including a treatment abroad checklist, via the NHS Choices Advice Medical Treatment Abroad website.
 

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