⚠ Entry Conditions for Foreigners to Turkey
During the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic period, which affected the whole world, the test and quarantine rules to be applied when foreign nationals enter the Republic of Turkey were updated on 1 June 2021.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, with the circular published on May 31, 2021, changed the quarantine rules with the test to be applied at the entrance of foreign nationals to Turkey starting from June 1, 2021. All foreign nationals who intend to travel to Turkey should pay attention to the rules written below. Especially Afghanistan, Armenia, Germany, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Philippines, Bulgaria, Indonesia, France, Iran, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, who frequently travel to our country. It is of great importance for foreigners, who are citizens of Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Greece, to comply with these changes and to complete their travel and entry to Turkey without any problems.
In order to minimize the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid 19), which has affected the whole world, on the health of the society, the recommendations of our Ministry of Health and the Coronavirus Science Board have been transformed into many precautionary decisions and implemented so far in line with the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In this context, as a result of considering the course of the pandemic in other countries and vaccination activities within the framework of the views of the Ministry of Health on the subject, the injunction decisions regarding foreigners entering the Republic of Turkey were put into practice with the relevant Circular and other circulars published following it.
With the relevant article of the General Directorate of Public Health affiliated to the Ministry of Health, the developments regarding the course of the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic in Turkey and in the world in general, the number of current cases, vaccination rates in the countries, etc. New precautionary proposals have been reported for foreign nationals who will enter the Republic of Turkey, taking into account such criteria.
In this context, within the scope of the measure to combat the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic, the following decisions regarding entry into the Republic of Turkey have been taken and implemented as of June 1, 2021, with the aim of ensuring the unity of application in entering Turkey from all our border gates (land, sea and air):
- The provisions of the relevant Circular that determines the general framework regarding the entry into Turkey in our country, and the provisions of the necessary articles of the Circular, which envisages changes in the necessary provisions of this Circular and were published afterwards, have been repealed as of 23:59 on 31 May 2021.
- A PCR test report showing a negative result will be requested from persons from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and Nepal and foreigners who are understood to have been in these countries within the last fourteen (14) days, maximum seventy-two (72) hours before entry into Turkey. In addition, these people will be quarantined for fourteen (14) days in places determined by the Governorships. The quarantine measure will also be terminated if the PCR test result, which will be performed after the 14th day of quarantine, is negative. Persons with a positive result from the PCR test will be put into isolation starting from the date the test result is positive, and the measures will be terminated with a negative result from the PCR test at the end of the 14th day of this isolation.
- Individuals arriving from the UK, Egypt, Iran and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test report obtained up to seventy-two (72) hours prior to their entry.
- Persons with foreign nationality who will travel from all countries of the world other than those listed in items two to three, have been vaccinated at least fourteen (14) days before entering Turkey from all our border gates (land, sea and air) and/or have already endured the disease will be required to submit a document issued by the official authorities of their respective countries showing that they have had the disease and recovered within six months will not be required to submit an additional negative PCR test report. In addition, quarantine measures will not be applied for these people. If a vaccination certificate or a document showing that he/she has had the disease cannot be presented when entering our country from these countries, a PCR test report with a negative result maximum seventy-two (72) hours before their entry or the submission of the result of negative rapid antigen tests performed within a maximum of forty-eight (48) hours from the entry will be sufficient.
- Except for those coming from the countries we have listed in the second article, foreign nationals may be subjected to a PCR test at their destination by the Ministry of Health on the basis of sampling at all border gates (land, sea and air) to enter the Republic of Turkey. In this context, foreign nationals will be allowed to go to their final destination after the samples of their tests are taken, and if the test result is positive, their treatment will be carried out in line with the Covid 19 Coronavirus guide of the Ministry of Health. Foreigners with a positive test result and all people they have close contact with will be quarantined for a period of fourteen (14) days at the addresses they have determined. If the results of the PCR tests to be carried out at the end of the 10th day in quarantine are negative, the quarantine conditions of the people will be terminated. The quarantine conditions of those who are found to be carrying the Delta variant among these people will be terminated at the end of their 14th day with a negative PCR test result.
- In order not to adversely affect foreign trade, aircraft crew, key personnel and truck drivers will be exempted from quarantine application with SARSCoV2 PCR tests.