What you should know before travelling from the United Kingdom to Turkey during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Brits travelling to Turkey.

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Holidaying in Turkey allows travellers from United Kingdom to immerse themselves in grand bazaars and architectural wonders.

In this guide you’ll find the latest rules around Brits travelling to Turkey, what’s open along with permit, quarantine and testing requirements.

Can I travel from United Kingdom to Turkey?

Travel to Turkey for Brits is permitted as long as you haven't spend time in the United Kingdom within 10 days. With the threat of COVID-19 still looming, travellers from United Kingdom who wish to visit Turkey should stay up to date as changes can be made at short notice.

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Getting to Turkey and travelling around once there

Which entry points in Turkey are open to travellers from United Kingdom?

Turkey has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from United Kingdom:
  • Open Borders: All
  • Open Airports: All

As a traveller from United Kingdom, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Turkey?

Yes, once in Turkey, Brits are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in Turkey?

As Turkey opens, the markets, beaches, museums and other attractions that have been attracting Britons to the country for years do too.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • Hagia Sophia: Open
  • The Blue Mosque: Open
  • Topkapi Palace Museum: Open
  • Grand Bazaar: Open
  • Basilica Cistern: Temporarily closed
  • Galata Tower: Open
  • Dolmabahçe Palace: Open
  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: National parks and outdoor walking trails are open for travellers from United Kingdom to explore. Some that come recommended include: Dilek Peninsula – Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park, Koprulu Canyon, Mount Ida National Park, Uludag National Park and Altındere Vadisi Milli Parki. Beaches are open to both locals and British tourists to enjoy; some popular spots include: , Oludeniz Beach, Butterfly Valley Beach, Olympos Beach, Patara Beach and Cleopatra Beach
  • Shopping centres and stores: Shopping centres and markets are running as per usual between 10am and 8pm, for British tourists and locals alike. The main ones include: Forum Istanbul, Mall of Istanbul, Emaar Square, Marmara Forum AVM
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: British tourists should be aware of the following rules that restaurants and cafes are following in Turkey:
    • Restaurants are open from 10am to 8pm during the week
    • Sit-down service runs from 7am to 7pm in non-high-risk areas
    • Restaurants are running at a maximum of 50% capacity
    • In high risk areas, restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway after 7pm

Can I cruise to or around Turkey?

No, British travellers are unable to cruise to Turkey at this point in time.

What are the entry requirements for Turkey coming from United Kingdom?

Do I need a permit to enter Turkey?

Yes, travellers from United Kingdom wanting to visit must fill out the Turkey Entrance Form within 72 hours of travel – keep in mind that standard visa requirements still apply.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No, British visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination for entry into Turkey.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Turkey?

All visitors from United Kingdom over the age of six arriving in Turkey must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR (nucleic acid) test result within 72 hours before arriving.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Turkey?

No, tourists from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Turkey unless they’ve been in the UK within the last 10 days.

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