As of June 12, Turkey’s borders have officially reopened to International visitors, including travelers from the US. However, just like with the other countries that have opened their doors in a post-COVID world, Turkey has put in place several travel restrictions to ensure the safety of all visitors.
When Turkey first opened its doors to international visitors, they only allowed travelers from 40 countries. However, it has now lifted the restrictions for all nationalities. This means that all tourists can now enter Turkey, provided that they adhere to the country’s travel requirements and policies.
Travel Entry Requirements for Tourists Visiting Turkey
Even though the travel restrictions to Turkey have been lifted for all nationalities, there are a few entry requirements that all tourists must meet to be allowed entry into the country:
- Visitors are required to wear a facemask during their flight to Turkey and must have a mask on when arriving at the airport. Anyone who is not wearing a mask will not be allowed to enter the country.
- Passengers must fill out the passenger information form upon arrival in Turkey.
- Everyone must submit themselves to a temperature check and health screening upon their arrival. Those who are showing some symptoms will be asked to undergo a COVID Test.
- Those who will get a positive result must undergo medical treatment at a facility chosen by the Ministry of Health at their own expense.
New Protocols and Safety Measures in Turkey
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of everyone, the Turkish Government has introduced new protocols and safety measures:
- Public transportation facilities are already operating. However, buses and trains must maintain a 50% capacity for passengers.
- Everyone must wear facemasks when going to crowded public places all over Turkey, such as when going to markets and taking public transport.
- A curfew of 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. was imposed for those who are aged 65 and above.
What’s Open In Turkey?
On June 1, Turkey has eased its restrictions against COVID-19. The government has allowed restaurants, cafes, beaches, parks, sports facilities, and swimming pools to resume their operations.
Tourist attractions have also opened up, including historical sights and museums. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the world’s largest markets and a popular tourist attraction, has also reopened since June 1st.