COVID-19 tests when visiting Turkey from England

Find out what tests you'll need to arrange before you depart.

Turkey is not on the UK government red list, and comes under "Rest of world".

If you have been fully vaccinated* and your final dose was given at least 14 days ago, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test to return from Turkey, but must take a day 2 test after arriving in the UK (this does not have to be a PCR test – it can be a lateral flow test – but it must be booked and paid for before you arrive). You are not required to self-isolate while awaiting the result.

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-departure test to re-enter the UK (excludes children aged 17 and under), pre-book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests for after your return, and can additionally choose to take a day 5 "Test to release", which, if negative, will mean you can end your self-isolation at that point (you will still need to take the day 8 test, however).

Before you go, check the entry requirements for getting into Turkey.

Assumes arrival in the UK after 4am on Sunday 9 January. We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax (Nuvaxovid and Covovax), Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm Beijing or Covaxin vaccines from a relevant public health body in other countries.
Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into the UK from non-red-list countries such as Turkey.

COVID-19 statistics in Turkey vs UK

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

Major tourist attractions:

  • Hagia Sophia
  • The Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Galata Tower
  • Dolmabahçe Palace

Walking trails, parks and beaches:

  • Dilek Peninsula – Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park
  • Mount Ida National Park
  • Koprulu Canyon
  • Uludag National Park
  • Altındere Vadisi Milli Park
  • Oludeniz Beach
  • Butterfly Valley Beach
  • Olympos Beach
  • Patara Beach
  • Cleopatra Beach

Shopping centres and stores:

  • Forum Istanbul
  • Mall of Istanbul,
  • Marmara Forum AVM
  • Emaar Square

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