International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from South Africa to Turkey.

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Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

Policies
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Cases Per Million
249.03
Increased by-38.23
at 12/7/2021
Vaccinated
66.35%
Increased by0.19%
at 12/7/2021
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for international travelers

Description

Direct flights from selected countries are currently suspended. Travelers should be able to enter Turkey via other countries.

Start Date
11/27/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusiness
Description

Travelers who have been in selected countries in the past 14 days before arrival and planning to enter Turkey from another country must have a printed or electronic negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Turkey.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 12.
Relevant Travel History
This policy applies if you have traveled to the following countries
Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and 2 more countries
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Arrival
Start Date
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Mandatory

Mandatory Entry Form

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusiness
Description

Travelers must complete an Entry Form online a maximum of 72 hours before departure to Turkey. A private HES code will be created automatically by the given information. Travelers must show proof of having completed the form or their HES code. Travelers may be required to show HES code when entering some places like museums, art galleries, and some other indoor public places.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers in transit;
  • Travelers under the age of 6.
Relevant Documents and Resources
Start Date
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Mandatory

Mandatory accommodation booking

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Description

Travelers who have been in selected countries in the past 14 days before arrival must have proof of having paid for a hotel reservation at a government-approved hotel where they will do their mandatory quarantine in Turkey.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Citizens and residents of Turkey. They can quarantine at home.
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In Transit

Not Required

No proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test required for transit

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Travel Purpose
Transit
Description

Travelers are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to make a transit connection in Turkey.

Travelers may need to present proof indicating they are allowed to enter their destination country.

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US Embassy for Turkey
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory quarantine

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Description

Travelers with a travel history in selected countries in the last 14 days are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Travelers can shorten their quarantine by taking a COVID-19 PCR test on day 10 with a negative result. Travelers who do not have a negative COVID-19 PCR test on the 10th day of quarantine must continue to quarantine for up to 14 days. Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result on the 14th day to end their quarantine. Travelers with a positive result will need to follow the guidance published by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health.

Relevant Travel History
This policy applies if you have traveled to the following countries
Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and 2 more countries
Minimum Number of Days
14 days
Start Date
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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public transportation

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Description

Travelers must wear masks while using public transportation, during flights, and at the airport.

Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory HES code for Turkish citizens and residents

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Description

Turkish citizens and residents are required to have a HES code (Hayat Eve Sığar) for domestic flights, trains, and ferries. Istanbul has implemented a new law that states the Istanbul Kart for anyone aged 2 years and older has to be connected with their HES code in order to use public transportation.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Turkey.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
249.03
Increased by-38.23
at 12/7/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
6.00%
Increased by-0.80%
at 12/7/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
66.35%
Increased by0.19%
at 12/7/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
56,422,378
Increased by160,691
at 12/7/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.92
Increased by-0.06
at 12/4/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. Smoking is currently prohibited in open areas. We recommend keeping up to date with official local guidelines. A map of the regions and risk levels can be found in Turkish at https://covid19.saglik.go...
Checked
12/7/2021

Use of mask

Status
Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and while on public transport.

Public transportation

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Public transportation is operating as usual for foreign travelers. Turkish citizens and residents must have a 'travel permit' which can be applied for at https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ Turkish citizens and residents must also download the 'Hayat Eve Sigar' (HES) application which will generate a code for domestic and international flights, train, and ferry travel. The HES code may also be requested when checking in to accommodation or when entering public places. This does not apply to foreign travelers.

Restaurants

Status
Open
Severity
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Restaurants are open as usual.

Bars

Status
Open
Severity
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Bars are open as usual.

Nightclubs

Status
Closed
Severity
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Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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