Turkey eases entry requirements

Visiting Turkey has become much easier as medical tourists, health tourists and tourists from most nations can now show proof of being fully vaccinated, with at least 14 days passing since receiving the final shot, and can bypass any PCR test requirement.

People from most countries can also visit Turkey if they bring a negative 72-hour PCR test for entry.

The new vaccination exemption applies to almost all countries worldwide, however there are some nations with high risk variants which are yet to be included.

The high risk countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Passengers from these nations can still enter, but with a 72-hour PCR test and 14-day government approved quarantine.

Medium risk countries include United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore. Passengers from these nations will still be required to submit a negative 72-hour PCR test, even if they are fully vaccinated.

All other countries are now considered to be lower risk and can enter Turkey with proof of being fully vaccinated in order to skip PCR testing requirements.

Passengers from low risk countries can also show proof of recent recovery from the virus instead of vaccination or the 72-hour PCR test. Proof of recovery documents includes a positive PCR test dated within 14-180 days of arrival, along with a certificate from a health professional showing the passenger has now fully recovered from the virus.

For medical tourists, if there are COVID-19 tests available in their home country, patients are required to take the test within 48 hours prior to their travel and bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result paper along with them. If not, they can be tested on arrival.