Turkey is open to tourism, but imposes a strict block again

Turkey is open to tourism with new entry requirements. All visitors must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or documentation from a licensed COVID-19 recovery healthcare provider within 90 days prior to arrival.

Anyone who shows symptoms of having COVID-19 will be taken to a hospital for examination and will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Commercial airlines continue to resume operations country by country.

Turkey’s reopening tourism – latest updates

April 14

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a month of strict blockades and restrictions, the time frame aligning with Ramadan.

The measures include a weekday curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, a weekday curfew and mobility restrictions for people over 65 or under 18. There is also a ban on all meetings, including weddings, sporting events or any social event.

Restaurants are allowed only with delivery services and all non-essential establishments are closed.


March 28

From March 15th, all visitors arriving in Turkey (except passengers in transit) must complete the “Turkey entry form”In the last 72 hours before check-in at the airport.

In addition, depending on local restrictions, nationals and foreigners may be required to use an HES code (a personal code recently implemented by governments to reduce the number of passengers at an airport who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact closed with a positive patient), but in this case to enter official buildings and public spaces such as shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, libraries, sports centers, wedding salons, barber shops, beauty salons, massage salons and game rooms.

March 5th

As of March 5, the Turkish government began to apply a new four-tier system to the COVID-19 restrictions. As of today, the provinces are divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange) and very high (red) based on the number of infections and vaccination rates.

Visitors can check the map to see the restrictions that apply to their destination.

Four-tier restraint system in Turkey

February 8

Turkish citizens and residents are now subject to a weekend curfew starting at 9pm on Friday, continuing until 5am on Monday.

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People between 20 and 65 years old can leave from 1 pm to 4 pm to buy food and other essential items. Seniors over 65 can do the same from 10 am to 1 pm

Important: This curfew restriction does not apply to international tourists.

Vaccination implementation

More than 2.6 million Turks received their first injection of the coronavirus vaccine, a number that experts call a success and one of the “fastest vaccination campaigns in the world,” according to health officials.

Update of tourism in Turkey

Is Turkey open to tourists?

Yes, Turkey is open to tourists from all countries without quarantine. They just need to send a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Should visitors take the COVID-19 test upon arrival?

No, they do not. Unless they show symptoms during health checks at the port of entry.

Do visitors need quarantine in Turkey?

No, they do not. visitors can freely enter the country after passing health checks at the airport. However, those who fail screening will be directed to a hospital for a COVID-19 PCR test and, if the results are positive, they will be quarantined until they can produce a negative test.

Can American tourists enter Turkey now?

Yes. They can. Turkey is one of the few European / Asian countries that are accepting citizens of the United States at the moment.

Check out the full list of countries open to Americans.


What can travelers do in Turkey for fun, now?

Like a tourist: adult foreigners are allowed to visit,

  • Parks in turkey
  • Restaurants (1)
  • Market places
  • Comercial centers
  • Halls for weddings and places of worship
  • Other public and private areas

Note: Most attractions will be temporarily suspended or closed during Ramadan 2021 (April-May). They will reopen at the end of the Eid holiday.

Do I need to wear a mask outdoors in Turkey?

Turkish authorities have declared that they do not plan to reintroduce a total blockade, but have asked citizens and visitors to wear masks whenever they are away from home.

Is it safe to visit Turkey now?

Turkey has not been very strict with its rules and reopened to all countries at the beginning of last summer. Consequently, the CDC notice is at LEVEL 4 (very high level of COVID-19) and only essential trips to Turkey are recommended. (CDC.gov)

Which airlines are flying to Turkey?

Turkey airport restriction

These are some of the commercial airlines flying to Turkey at the moment.

Current status of coronavirus in Turkey

With 3,962,760 reported cases and 34,455 deaths, authorities confirmed that there was an increase in infections in several provinces.

Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 are sent to a private hospital. Travelers are encouraged to check with local authorities for restrictions on returning home from Turkey.

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