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Turkey Travel Restrictions

Last update: 14.03.2021

New procedures to enter Istanbul

For the first time since it had opened the doors to tourists last summer, and After adopting an open-door policy with incoming tourism, Turkish government has imposed new measures for travelers from all over the world.

The signs of recovery and decreased number of Coronavirus infections led the Turkish authorities to take the new restrictions to face any new waves of the epidemic.

According to the new restrictions: Visitors wishing to enter Turkish territory are bound to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before boarding starting from December 30, 2020,


A girl arrives at the departure gate at Istanbul Airport

Turkey is setting precautions for visitors, requiring a negative COVID-19 test result from passengers to enter the country starting from December 30 until until further notice.


Istanbul Airport administration imposed on all travelers to Turkey who are over six years old to submit a negative result from COVID-19 PCR test result, which was conducted within a maximum period of 72 hours from all visitors, even those who have previously vaccinated against corona. to take off on Turkey's international flights. 

Passengers must submit their test results to the flight operator company before take off. The test cannot be done upon arrival in Turkey.

It should be noted that Turkey did not require PCR tests for arrivals before this date.


Travelers through land and seaports

The new measures will be applied to all arrivals by the land border and sea border travelers will be isolated through the land and sea crossings at a place of residence determined by the visitor if the required test results are not presented before entering the land or sea crossing.

The Turkish Scientific Council has also taken several decisions and precautions regarding the new series of mutated Coronavirus.

As travelers from Denmark and South Africa in the past ten days will have to show a negative PCR test result and adhere to a mandatory quarantine for at least seven days.

Then they conduct a second medical test, according to which they end the quarantine or undergo medical treatment if infection with the Coronavirus is confirmed.


a gull looks at streets during curfew


Transit passengers

Transit flight passengers through any Turkish airport are not required to present a negative PCR test in Turkey if they want to stay in the transit area and not leave it until their next flight,

But if the flight ticket was for an indirect transit flight through any Turkish airport, meaning that the visitor would need to take his luggage and prepare for take-off for the next flight, he would have to enter Turkish territory. Thus, he would need to present a negative PCR test result.

We recommended you review the entry restrictions imposed by your destination concerning PCR testing and quarantine procedures and their mandatory requirements.


Travelers from the United Kingdom

Starting from January 2021, admission for travelers from the United Kingdom has been suspended as a temporary measure due to the confirmation of new virus infections among travelers. All passengers arriving in Turkey via third countries and who visited the United Kingdom during the last ten days will also be isolated for 14 days in places chosen by Turkish officials after their arrival. Before boarding the plane, passengers will be required to present a negative PCR result within the last 72 hours before departure.


experiments to make a vaccine for COVID-19


Restrictions on travelers from Denmark and South Africa

Turkish citizens, Turkish residency holders, and Mavi cardholders are allowed to leave on flights from Denmark and South Africa to Turkey. Still, a PCR test with a negative result must be performed within 72 hours before leaving the scheduled flight. Upon arrival, they must adhere to a 7-day quarantine that ends with a PCR examination. The result is evaluated by completing the quarantine or undergoing medical treatment if the Corona epidemic symptoms are proven.


The general situation of tourism in Turkey in the current period

Most basic services are available between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. due to curfew in Istanbul and in all Turkey

Restaurants, pastry shops, cafes, and cafeterias partially provide their services as they provide delivery service only, with no seating in the facilities mentioned above.

Shopping centres, supermarkets, and barbershops are available during the day while maintaining hygiene standards and sterilization and adhering to social distancing.

Tourists are exempt from curfew laws and travel permits.


Planes parked at the airport

Movement restrictions within the city

Turkish citizens and residents are subject to a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday to prevent gatherings. Within the framework of precautions to combat the spread of the epidemic, foreign tourists coming for tourism are exempt from the daily and weekly ban. .

Restaurants in hotels, accommodations, and inside the airport are available to hotel guests only and tourists. Tourists can travel and travel as long as they carry hotel reservations and passports.

Travel restrictions between cities and states

Intercity travel permits are only required of Turkish citizens and residents.

Quarantine information:

• Do I have to adhere to quarantine?

Arriving across land or sea borders without a PCR test, they will be required to quarantine where they planned to reside.

• Foreign travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 while the plane is landing will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health - Border Health Unit. At the same time, the Turkish passengers will be transferred to a government hospital.


Work on the results of one of the PCR tests

COVID-19 test:

• Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test during the stay in Turkey for foreigners is limited to those who show signs of infection Symptoms or those who may have an entry requirement to return to their home country. The traveler will pay the costs of the test.

• Turkey started providing COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens, beginning in mid-January.


Public transport

•Public transport companies, airlines, and airports have implemented protection measures for travelers, and passengers must comply with the Protection restriction for travel. such as masks must be worn in all facilities,

• The government of Turkey requires every person traveling in Turkey, whether a citizen of Turkey or a resident, to present the Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code when moving to limit the movement of infected people and prevent contact and avoid infection.

•All persons must request the HES code (Hayat Eve Sigar) for domestic and international trips, while staying in hotels, to use public transportation within the city, and at rest stops while traveling between cities. HES code does not apply to foreign tourists.

How to Get the HES Code code

• More information about HES code can be found at the Hayat Eve Sigar website.

The procedure is as follows:


For Turkish citizenship holders:

You should send a text message to 2023 in the following format.

How to request the HES code for foreigner

- The letters "HES"

- Turkish national number

- The last four digits of the ID number

- The number of travel days

Note: Place one space between each element (for example, HES 1234567 1234 09)


For residents (who have a residency permit in Turkey) 

Send an SMS to the phone number 2023 containing:

- The letters "HES"

- Your Kimlik number

- Your year of birth

- The number of days you will travel

Note: Place one space between each element (for example, HES 1234567 1972 14).


An introductory video about HES CODE 


Starting from 14.03.2021 : Except for transit passengers and children less than 6 years old, All International passengers who will arrive in Turkey after March 14th are required to fill in the Turkey Entrance Form which can be obtained from here 72 hours prior to departure. 
Passenger should Submit the hard copy or mobile screenshot of the form with the negative PCR test results to the flight operator company before take off.


A private HES code will be created automatically by the given information for each visitor
If you haven’t filled in the form or made misleading statements, you may face legal and administrative sanctions. 
Furthermore, you might not be allowed to enter Turkey.

The new procedures effective immediately and valid until further notice 

Sources :

Airlines also have information on their English language websites about the HES code.

- Turkish Airline : 

- Sun Express :

- Fly Pegasus :

- IGA website :

- Turkish Ministry of Health website :

- IATA Travel Restrictions Map :


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