Coronavirus: travel to Turkey for the New Year 2021

Coronavirus and end of the year: what are the new measures?

As the world continues to deal with the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Turkey has taken further action since December 1, after slowly recovering from June 1, 2020. But then, can we travel to Turkey? With what restrictions?

Since 1 December, new measures have been taken by the Turkish authorities to deal with the increase in the number of cases. These measures apply across the country until further notice. In addition, Christmas and New Year’s Eve events have been canceled.

New measures taken by Turkey

Weeknight curfew from 9 pm to 5 am the following day, effective Monday through Friday.

Weekend curfew from 9 pm on Friday continuing through 5 am Monday. During the weekend curfew supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, and butchers will be open from 10 am until 5 pm. With the exception of age groups 65 and over and 20 and under (who remain on more restricted curfews), individuals may shop for their essential needs at the closest store within walking distance (driving is not allowed).

Between 10 am and 8 pm, restaurants and cafes will be open only for takeaway and online orders for home delivery. Apart from these schedules and weekends, only online orders will be possible via applications such as Yemeksepeti, Getir or, BanaBi, or by phone.

The closing of swimming pools, hammams, saunas, massage parlors, amusement parks, cultural centers, and museums.

The HES code must now be systematically presented at the entrance of shopping malls. To learn more about obtaining the HES code, please visit the governmental site: https://hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr/hes-eng.html.

Wearing the mask remains mandatory and smoking in public spaces is now prohibited.

Intercity travel during weekday and weekend curfews hours listed above is only authorized under at least one of the following exigent or mandatory circumstances, for persons who:

• Have been discharged from the hospital and are returning to their residence of origin.

• Have medical appointments referred by a doctor’s report.

• Need to attend the funeral of a deceased first-degree relative (i.e., father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter) or to accompany the transfer of remains (maximum four people).

For more information, do not hesitate to consult the official websites of consulates and embassies:

USA: tr.usembassy.gov

France: istanbul.consulfrance.org

Belgium: turkey.diplomatie.belgium.be

As a result of these new measures, this is unfortunately not the best time to come to Turkey to fully enjoy the cultural and gastronomic wealth. It is with great pleasure that our team is available to answer all your questions and to organize your trip in the future, so do not hesitate to contact us.

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