Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Further advice today about proof of covid status and entry requirements.

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice.​

Change made:
Addition of information that people wanting to use the UK systems to demonstrate their COVID-19 status using a printed PDF version will need to ensure the printout is dated from 1 November (‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages)
Time updated:
12:33pm, 3 November 2021

1. 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. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. 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.

2. Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health​

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders​

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Returning to the UK​

Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules. Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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.

Be prepared for your plans to change​

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

International travel​

Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules.
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Travel in Turkey​

HES codes for intercity travel and lodging​

From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles.
The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your NHS COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required.
In addition, the HES code will 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.
From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. 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.

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​

We will update this page when the Government of Turkey announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Turkish national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. The Government of Turkey has stated that British nationals resident in Turkey are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. 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 out automatic appointments. Even if you are already registered on the Enabiz system, you may still need to request a vaccine through the Enabiz website.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Turkey, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance​

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

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 will 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.

 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
New entry requirements update

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Addition of information on entry requirements into Turkey (‘Entry requirements’ page)
Time updated:
11:39am, 29 November 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 (less than 72 hours of arrival)
  • a rapid antigen test (less than 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.
Further entry restrictions are currently in place for passengers arriving from, or who have visited in the previous 14 days, the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. For the latest information on these restrictions, refer to the IATA website, and select Turkey on the map.
COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to Turkey are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests, with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on Turkish Airlines or Pegasus websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
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.
If you are transiting through Turkey to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status​

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. 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.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​

Information on medical tourism (’Health’ page)

Time updated:
11:16am, 20 December 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. We are aware of 10 British nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical tourism visits.
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 from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
hot off the press. . . .

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Information on positive testing (‘Coronavirus’ page)
Time updated:
4:51pm, 12 January 2022


Coronavirus​

Coronavirus travel health​

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders​

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Returning to the UK​

Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements if required. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.
If you test positive on a COVID-19 test, as soon as you receive the result, you will be directed to a government designated hotel if you do not have a permanent residence.

Be prepared for your plans to change​

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

International travel​

Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules.
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Travel in Turkey​

HES codes for intercity travel and lodging​

From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel by planes, and inter-provincial travel, including buses, trains or other public transportation vehicles. The above does not apply to those without Turkish citizenship or residency in Turkey, although it is advisable to carry your NHS COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of full vaccination) with you, in case of confusion. An HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel is also required.
In addition, the HES code will 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.
From 6 September, Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.
Turkish citizens and residents need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.
Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. 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.
 

Kanga

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

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Update to information on procedures if you test positive for COVID-19 in Turkey and local travel (‘Coronavirus’ page)
Time updated:
3:33pm, 18 January 2022

Coronavirus travel health​

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders​

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Returning to the UK​

Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

Be prepared for your plans to change​

No travel is risk-free during the COVID pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. If you do not have a place to stay, government authorities will direct you to a designated hotel if you do not have a permanent residence.

Plan ahead and make sure you:
  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

International travel​

Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules.

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Travel in Turkey​

HES codes for intercity travel and lodging​

Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all domestic travel between provinces by planes, buses, trains or other public transportation. You will also need to show a HES code when checking into accommodation, including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks.

If you do not have citizenship or residency in Turkey, the above does not apply. However, it is advisable to carry your NHS COVID Pass (or similar official evidence of vaccination) with you in case of confusion.

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.

Turkish citizens and residents must have proof of either two Covid vaccinations or recent Covid recovery (linked to the HES code) or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for entry to cinemas, concerts and events, as well as for intercity or inter-provincial domestic travel.

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. 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.

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​

We will update this page when the Government of Turkey announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Turkish national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. The Government of Turkey has stated that British nationals resident in Turkey are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. 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 out automatic appointments. Even if you are already registered on the Enabiz system, you may still need to request a vaccine through the Enabiz website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Turkey, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance​

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

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 will 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.
 

Hilsjw

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
What happens to people like me who have an exemption from wearing a mask for medical reasons ? I have a simple badge which I use when entering shops etc in the U.K. but wondered what would happen abroad. Thanks.
 

Kanga

Member
Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey
Received today.

Update from GOV.UK for:

Turkey travel advice​


Turkey travel advice

Change made:
Updated information on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Turkey (‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages)
Time updated:
4:36pm, 22 March 2022

Coronavirus travel health​

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders​

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Returning to the UK​

Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change​

No travel is risk-free during the COVID pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. If you do not have a place to stay, government authorities will direct you to a designated hotel if you do not have a permanent residence.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

International travel​

Air carriers are free to operate direct flights to the UK from their usual airports in Turkey. Check their websites for the latest flight schedules.

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkey.

Public spaces and services​

Face masks are no longer required outdoors or indoors if air circulation and social distancing are adequate.

Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. A COVID-19 recovery certificate must have been issued no more than 6 months before arrival. 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.

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​

We will update this page when the Government of Turkey announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
 

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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:
Update on deaths during medical tourism. We are aware of 17 British nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical tourism visits, and update to terrorism advice (‘Health’ and ‘Terrorism’ pages). Removal of information on the form for entry (‘Entry requirements’ page).
Time updated:
1:39pm, 29 April 2022

Entry requirements​

This page has information on travelling to Turkey. Check what you must do to return to the UK
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Turkey set and enforce entry rules.

COVID-19 entry restrictions​

COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, you should check the specifics, with your airline before you travel. Further details are available on Turkish Airlines or Pegasus websites.

All travellers​

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.
You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
Your information regarding COVID-19 may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling

If you’re fully vaccinated​

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without needing to test or quarantine.
At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or World Health Organization.
Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated in Turkey on the Turkish Embassy in London website.

Proof of vaccination status​

You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Turkey.
Turkey will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. 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.

If you’re not fully vaccinated​

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months, when entering Turkey. See information on getting a test before entry.
Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated in Turkey on the Turkish Embassy in London website.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

If you’ve had COVID-19 in the last six months​

If you’re not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, you can enter Turkey. You’ll need to show evidence of a positive PCR test (taken more than 14 days and less than six months ago). You will not need to take an additional COVID-19 test.
You can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 recovery when entering Turkey.

Children and young people​

Children aged 11 and under can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travellers to enter Turkey.

Exemptions​

There are no exemptions to the entry requirements for Turkey.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel​

Passport validity​

If you are visiting Turkey, your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive and there should be 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.
If you are a resident in Turkey, your passport must be valid for six months from the date you arrive.
Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their 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.

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.

Terrorism​

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey.
UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.
Most terrorist attacks have taken place in the south-east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul. While there is a potential that citizens from western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in the major cities, attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations.
Attacks could be indiscriminate, and occur without warning, including in places visited by foreigners, affecting public buildings, major events or large public gatherings. You should be especially vigilant and where possible avoid places frequented by foreigners, including diplomatic premises and around significant religious occasions and public holidays; terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks around these times.
Previous methods of attack have included armed assaults, suicide bombings, car bombings, rocket attacks, arson and improvised explosive devices left in refuse bins, crowded areas, shops and on public transport. Be vigilant, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.
There is a heightened risk of terrorist attack against the aviation industry in Turkey. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports.
It is illegal to be a member or supporter of a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Some organisations in the region though not proscribed in the UK, such as the YPG and the Gülen Movement are illegal in Turkey.
A number of terrorist groups are active in Turkey:

Daesh​

The last major attack attributed to Daesh occurred on 1 January 2017 at the Reina nightclub in Ortakoy, Istanbul; 39 people were killed and 69 injured. Extremist groups based in Syria including Daesh and Al-Qaeda (AQ) linked groups have the capacity to carry out attacks in neighbouring countries, including Turkey. Daesh has previously targeted border crossings and nearby locations on the Syrian side of the border.

PKK​

There’s a domestic terrorist presence in the south east of the country including in Van, Bitlis, Bingol, Elazig, Mus, Batman, Erzincan, Diyarbakir and Agri provinces.
15 August is the anniversary of the first PKK attack against Turkish government installations. Historically, this anniversary date has prompted an escalation of violence by the PKK and other splinter groups.

Far Left groups – DHKP-C and THKP-C​

The anti-western, far left, proscribed terrorist group, THKP/C-Acilciler (Turkish People’s Liberation Party/Front) and the linked DHKP/C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front) remain active. The DHKP/C attacks have mainly targeted the Turkish authorities and US diplomatic missions.
Between approximately 30 March and 20 April, there are several dates significant to the DHKP/C, starting with the 30 March anniversary of their founding which may have been linked to previous attacks. 19 December is also recognised as an important date around which the DHKP/C may be active.

Global threat​

There is a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria, most especially where there is a large tourist presence, including embassies, and religious events. You should be vigilant at this time.

Kidnapping​

Terrorist groups operating in Syria, including Daesh and AQ-linked groups, routinely use kidnapping as a tactic. They’re present in the Syrian border areas and you should be particularly vigilant if you are in these locations. Daesh and other terrorist groups view those engaged in humanitarian aid work or journalism as legitimate targets. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as protection or secure your safe release.
The long-standing policy of the British Government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British Government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners builds the capability of terrorist groups and finances their activities. This can, in turn, increase the risk of further hostage-taking. The Terrorism Act (2000) makes payments to terrorists illegal.

Health​

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkey on theTravelHealthPro 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. We are aware of 17 British nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical tourism visits.
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 from theNational Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
 

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