COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: August 17, 2022

New Updates: 

  •  Pre-departure Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. Lifted Effective June 12, 2022. The CDC order from December 2, 2021, requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded, effective June 12, 2022. This means air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship. CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.
  • Turkish Ministry of Health announced on May 30, 2022 that masks are only required indoors in health institutions. 
  • Turkish Ministry of Interior announced on May 31, 2022 that passengers entering Turkey at all border gates will not be required to show negative PCR tests.
  • U.S. citizens planning to travel overseas or currently overseas and planning to return to the United States should contact their airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers. Airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement the CDC’s testing rule. 

Country-Specific Information: 

  • Turkey has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The Turkish Ministry of Health releases Turkey’s daily vaccination and COVID-19 numbers at https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/. 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Turkey? Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • PCR testing while staying in Turkey for foreigners is limited to those who have symptoms, or those who may have an entry requirement back to their home country. Testing is paid for by the traveler.  
  • The government of Turkey has updated their website with the list of facilities in Turkey that perform COVID-19 tests. 
  • PCR testing is available at Istanbul Airport. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  The testing center is in front of Entrance 14 in Arrivals Hall. The test fee is 250 TL or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 6 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passporttest results take up to 5 hours. Further information can be found at https://www.istairport.com/en/announcements/istanbul-airport-test-center-is-at-your-service-24-7.
  • PCR testing is now available at Ankara Esenboğa Airport. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The testing center is located in the International Departures Terminal, past the checkpoint, on the ground floor by the First Aid Office. The test fee is 250 TL or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 7 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passport, as test results take up to 6 hours. Further information can be found at http://www.esenbogaairport.com/en-EN/passenger-guide/page/covid19-travel-safe.
  • Passengers in transit, with less than six months validity left on their passports will not be allowed to depart the airport transit areas in order to obtain a COVID test.  Passengers who are unable to exit the transit area and require a COVID-19 test can request it at the transit area information desk.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Turkey approved a COVID vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are COVID vaccines available in Turkey for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes for U.S. citizens who hold residency in Turkey 
    • U.S. citizens who have residency in Turkey can get vaccinated by going through the same process as Turkish citizens. Prioritization by age group applies to residency holders and the eligibility can be checked at https://enabiz.gov.tr/. 
    • Information on how to register at e-nabiz can be found at the Turkish Ministry of Health’s pamphlet 
  • Which vaccines are available iTurkey?
    • The government of Turkey administers SinoVac CoronaVac, Turkovac and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. 
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.  
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  
  • For more information, please visit the Government of Turkey’s COVID-19 information page 
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.    

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Turkey? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Medical tourism travelers will need a medical visa and specific health documentation to enter Turkey. Please see the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website for information about how to obtain visas for this purpose.
  • Residency permit information is available at Turkish Ministry of Interior’s website
  • For Travel to the United States:
    • Starting June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.
    • Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
    • Please visit Department of State’s website for COVID-19 Travel Information.
    • Please note that individual airlines may require a negative COVID-19 test regardless of proof of recovery from COVID-19, please consult your airline for details.
  • U.S. citizens planning to travel overseas or currently overseas and planning to return to the United States should contact their airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers. Airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement the CDC’s testing rule. 
  • Effective December 1, 2021, dogs vaccinated in the United States by a U.S.-licensed veterinarian may re-enter the United States from Turkey without a CDC Dog Import Permit if the dog:
    • has a valid (not expired) U.S.-issued rabies vaccination certificate from a U.S.-licensed veterinarian;
    • has proof of a microchip;
    • is at least 6 months old;
    • is healthy upon arrival; and
    • arrives at an approved port of entry

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? No. 
  • The Turkish Ministry of Health releases Turkey’s daily vaccination and COVID-19 numbers at https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/. 
  • Are there restrictions on inter-city or inter-state travel? No.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Passengers should check with airlines for up-to-date schedules, work with them to address flight changes. Passengers should also carefully review transit information and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) landing requirements when booking connecting flights to the United States from Turkey.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Buses, ferries, and trains are operating. 
  • Transit passengers are not required to submit a PCR test in Turkey however they are advised to review the flight restrictions applied by the destination country regarding the PCR test requirements, age limits and the duration. 
  • The European Union has created a website for researching transit and travel restrictions for all E.U. countries.  
  • Turkey does not have a ban on importing or exporting pets. We refer you to the airline websites for more specific details.
  • Please see the U.S. Embassy Immigrant Visa page and the Non-Immigrant Visa page for further information if you are a visa holder seeking entry to the United States.   

Consular Operations: 

  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, if you have had cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days, such as a fever, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough you must reschedule. 
  • The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, U.S. Consulate in Adana, and Consular Agency in Izmir are currently providing limited services.  Please see information at the following links for more information: 
  • Please see information at the following link for more information:
  • If you require financial assistance through the U.S. Government’s repatriation loan program please review the Department of State’s information on emergency financial assistance and contact us.

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