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Travel to Turkey during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

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If you’re planning to travel to Turkey, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Turkey is currently enduring high numbers of Covid cases as the omicron variant continues to spread around the country. The county is largely open to visitors but the US government and others currently advise against travel there. Restrictions such as mandatory mask wearing in all indoor and outdoor spaces are in force.

What’s on offer

With thriving cities, spectacular ancient ruins and monuments and landscapes ripe for exploration – plus spectacular beaches – Turkey has long been a favorite among tourists looking for an idyllic summer getaway.

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Who can go

There are currently no country-specific restrictions on arrivals to Turkey, so all travelers are typically welcome, subject to the Covid protocols below.

What are the restrictions?

All Covid restrictions to entering Turkey have been lifted.

What’s the Covid situation?

Turkey’s death toll stands at 99,341, with more than 15.9 million cases registered. The country has fully vaccinated just under 63% of the population as of August 4.

US CDC travel advisory

Level 3: Covid-19 high. Make sure vaccinations are up to date before traveling.

What can visitors expect?

Turkey returned to relative normality last year. Shops are now open, as are cafes and restaurants. Masks are no longer mandatory in indoor and outdoor public spaces provided they’re well ventilated and there’s adequate social distancing.

Museums have reopened, although mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place.

Use of public transport, including buses, trains, and airplanes will also require proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 48 hours of travel. Capacity may be reduced on some services and passengers required to wear a mask.

Useful links

Turkey Entry Form

Ministry of Health

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Get set for your post Covid-19 Turkish adventure by exploring Cappadocia and its fascinating underground cities and learning about the country’s 23 best dishes, all before working out which beach is best on the beautiful Turquoise Coast.

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