With testing scrapped for fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK, test-free overseas holidays are now back on the cards. Whether tourists can avoid the hassle and cost of testing altogether will now depend on restrictions in place at their destination.
Turkey has scrapped paid-for testing entirely for the fully vaccinated, meaning that holidays to the popular destination are test-free from start to finish. However, some arrivals may face random PCR testing upon arrival.
The country is also one of just 22 nations in Europe that will let in unvaccinated travellers quarantine-free.
Here is everything you need to know about Turkey’s entry requirements and what the rules are for public places once you are there.
What entry rules apply to all travellers?
All travellers must complete an online form a maximum of 72 hours before travelling. Arrivals will also be subject to a medical evaluation for Covid-19 symptoms, including temperature checks, and may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
What are the entry rules for vaccinated travellers?
Vaccinated travellers can enter with proof of two doses. Booster jabs are not required. Second vaccine doses must have been administered at least 14 days before the traveller’s arrival.
What are the entry rules for unvaccinated travellers?
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of a recent recovery within the last six months.
What are the rules for children?
Children aged 12 and up must follow the same rules as adults. Children aged 11 and under must follow the rules for fully vaccinated travellers. Children aged five and under are exempt from online forms.
What are the rules for visiting public places?
Mask-wearing is mandatory at all times outside of the home. This includes all public places including streets, parks and on the beach. However, the rule does not extend to hotels and resorts.
If you are visiting Turkey, you must have at least six months from the date you arrive left on your passport. You will also need a full blank page for entry and exit stamps.