Coronavirus: travel to Turkey in 2021

Coronavirus: new measures as of July, 1st, 2021

(Article updated on August, 23rd)

The Turkish Government announced at its Council of Ministers on June, 21st, new measures that enter into force from July, 1st 2021.

Find also in this article all the conditions for entering Turkey before your trip.

How to travel to Turkey

PCR test:

Travelers must have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival in Turkey. When entering Turkey from countries not included in the following list: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, passengers will not be required to submit a negative PCR test result if they submit a document issued by the relevant country’s official authorities stating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before the entrance to Turkey and/or have had the disease and cured within the last 6 months.

Some countries also require a negative PCR test on the return. This PCR test can be carried out in hospitals or laboratories authorized by the State, but it is also possible to do it at the airport (for the city of Istanbul, Istanbul-İGA International Airport, and Sabiha Gökçen Airport are concerned). It is strongly advised to go there 5 hours in advance knowing that the results are delivered up to 3 hours and that it will be necessary to do the check-in before the return flight.

In Turkey, the price of the PCR test is 250 Turkish Lira or less than 30 Euros. Payments by credit card or cash are accepted.

List of laboratories offering the PCR test:

As part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkish authorities announced that effective Monday, September 6, it will be mandatory to submit a vaccination certificate, a certificate attesting to the recovery of Covid-19, or a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours to access concerts, theatres, and cinemas.

One of these three documents will also have to be submitted for intercity flights, buses, and trains.

Form for entry to Turkey:

From now on, all passengers aged 6 and over traveling to Turkey will have to complete a new online form. The form must be filled in within the last 72 hours before travel.

According to the message given by the Turkish Ministry of Health (the source of this new measure), by filling in the form, “a HES code is automatically generated”; thus “Turkish authorities will be able to contact travelers who come into contact with a person positive for COVID-19 directly during their flight or during their trip to the country”.

Link for the online form:

What about curfew and lockdown?

Effective July 1:
  • – Lifting of curfews (weekdays and weekends);
  • – The lifting of long-distance travel restrictions;
  • – The resumption of normal working hours in Turkish administrations;
  • – Opening of cafés, bars, and restaurants during the week and weekends (music will be limited and must be cut at midnight);
  • – Swimming pools and Turkish baths (Hamam), saunas, and spas will also resume their activities while respecting certain precautionary rules;
  • – Museums and monuments are open for visits all week except one day, usually on Mondays, due to maintenance. Mosques and churches are open every day.
  • – Shops and boutiques, shopping malls, and grocery stores will be open all week at the usual times.

The conditions required for public transport

To facilitate the monitoring and management of the health crisis, the Turkish authorities have developed a “Hayat Eve Sığar” (HES) code.

Thus, if you want to take public transport (bus, metro, ferry, tram, etc.) during your stay in Turkey, you will need a transport ticket (Istanbul Kart for the city of Istanbul, strictly individual) and a HES code.

Public transportation between provinces will operate at 50% capacity (excluding aircraft) between April 29 and May 17, 2021.

For intercity transport (planes, buses, sea shuttles, etc.), a reservation, a transport ticket, and a HES code are required.

Online form which automatically generates a HES code before traveling to Turkey:

Activate the HES code on the Istanbul Kart:

To read our article on public transport in Istanbul: Click here.

The word of the agency to the travelers

As Too Istanbul, we are always happy to offer you activities and stays in Turkey, alternating classic tours in the heart of history and off-the-beaten-path visits, in the company of a passionate and experienced team. We also accompany you for a serene organization of your trip with airport transfers, a reservation service in establishments selected for you (hotels and restaurants), and a private concierge service on request.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

See you soon!

For more information before your trip, do not hesitate to consult the official websites of the consulates and embassies of your country in Turkey:

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