Turkey entry requirements: Covid travel rules for UK visitors

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All travelers entering Turkey will be subject to a medical screening for Covid symptoms, including temperature checks

Rule changes introduced in February mean fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer have to take a test on their return to the UK, and those who have not been vaccinated will no longer have to take a day eight test or self-isolate after arrival.

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All travelers entering Turkey will undergo a medical screening for symptoms of the coronavirus (Photo: Getty Images)

Many popular holiday destinations have also started to relax Covid rules for travelers as the travel industry gradually recovers from more than two years of hiatus.

If you are planning a trip to Turkey, these are the current entry requirements that apply and the Covid rules you need to be aware of upon arrival.

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What are the entry requirements for Turkey?

All arrivals in Turkey will be subject to a medical screening for Covid symptoms, including temperature checks, and may be asked to take a PCR test.

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Travelers who are fully vaccinated can enter Turkey without being tested or quarantined. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or World Health Organization. Turkey accepts NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination status.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must demonstrate:

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  • a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry, or
  • a rapid antigen test carried out no later than 48 hours before entry, or
  • Evidence of recent recovery from Covid within the last six months

Travelers should not use the NHS testing service to facilitate travel to another country. Instead, a test should be arranged privately.

Children under the age of 11 can follow the rules for fully vaccinated travelers to enter Turkey. There are no exceptions to the entry requirements.

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What are the Covid restrictions in Turkey?

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

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However, it is still required for all travelers to wear a face mask at an airport and for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.

Turkey will accept the UK’s NHS Covid Passport as proof of vaccination status and recovery from coronavirus within the past six months.

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A Covid recovery certificate must have been issued no later than six months prior to arrival to be considered valid.

An NHS appointment card from vaccination centers will not be accepted and should not be used to prove your vaccination status.

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