Last update: 14.03.2021
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.
Turkey is setting precautions for visitors, requiring a negative COVID-19 test result from passengers to enter the country starting from December 30 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.
The new measures will be applied to all arrivals by the land or sea border travelers, they will be isolated through the land and sea crossings at a place of residence determined by the visitor if the test result isn`t presented before entering .
The Turkish Scientific Council has also taken several decisions and precautions regarding the new series of mutated Coronavirus.
As travelers from Afghanistan and Pakistan for example will have to show a negative PCR test result and adhere to a mandatory quarantine for at least seven days, then they have to conduct a second medical test, according to which they end the quarantine or undergo medical treatment if the infection with the Coronavirus is confirmed.
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 a flight take-off, he would have to enter Turkish territory. Thus, he would need to present a negative PCR test result.
We recommend for you a reviewof the entry restrictions imposed by your destination concerning PCR testing and quarantine procedures and their mandatory requirements for further informations.
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 to 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 the Turkish officials after their arrival.
NB :Before boarding the plane, passengers will be required to present a negative PCR result within the last 72 hours before departure.
Turkish citizens, Turkish residency holders, and Mavi cardholders are allowed to leave on flights from Denmark and Spain 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.
Restaurants, pastry shops, cafes, and cafeterias,Shopping centres, supermarkets, and barbershops.. are all currently providing their services full time without a specific time restrictions by keeping all precautions about hygiene standards,sterilization and adhering to social distancing.
Tourists are exempt from curfew laws and travel permits.
Tourism is fully open again. .
The tourist services are fully operating without any specific restrictions , travel tours are all available since all tourists are allowed to travel inside the country without the necessity to carry hotel reservations in advance or any permission . Thus, wearing a face mask at all times outside the home throughout Turkey is mandatory.
Travel Restrictions Between Cities and States
The circulation between cities and localions is permitted, turkish citizens and residents must hold a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic flights, public transport,trains and ferry travel. The HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings, shopping malls and banks. Again keeping a face mask in all institutions are an obligations .
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
- 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 Hve 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
Airlines also have information on their English language websites about the HES code.
- Sun Express : https://www.sunexpress.com/en/hes/
- IGA website : https://www.istairport.com/en
- Turkish Ministry of Health website : https://hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr/index-eng.html
- IATA Travel Restrictions Map : https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php