COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: October 12, 2021 

New Updates: 

  • Passengers arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, must:
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
    • have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
  • This does not apply to:
    • passengers younger than 12 years;
    • passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival;
    • passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival;
    • merchant seamen.
  • Starting September 6, intercity travel by plane, bus, train, or other public transportation will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to travel. This requirement applies to individuals 18 years old and older. including foreign nationals with Turkish residency. Travel using a private vehicle will not require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.  Individuals who fail to provide the necessary documentation will not be permitted to board public transportation. 
  • Starting September 6, entry into establishments such as concerts, cinemas, theaters, and crowded events will require proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to the event. This requirement applies to individuals 18 years old and older. including foreign nationals with Turkish residency. Individuals who fail to provide the necessary documentation will not be permitted to enter into these venues or participate in crowded events. 
  • Individuals who have not received their vaccination through the Government of Turkey, and thus will not be able to confirm their vaccination status through the e-nabiz/HES system, may show a printed copy of their vaccination certificate along with identification.
  • Please see the Turkish Ministry of Interior’s September 3rd dated circular for more information. 

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/. 
  • Tourists/Non-Citizens: 
    • Foreigners who are in the country as residents, under protected status, or international status are required to provide a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code for inner city public transportation, inter-city bus travel rest stops, hotel reservations, and international and domestic flights.
  • Grocery and Other Food-Related Shop Curfew Operating Hours:  
      • Grocery and other food-related shops are open normal operation hours.
  • Dining Establishments: 
    • Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafés, and cafeterias are open for in-person dining and delivery services with no restrictions.
    • Smoking in public spaces is banned.

Education:

Turkey has started face-to-face education as of September 6th. Please contact your school and see the Ministry of Education for the most up to date information.

Other Establishments :

  • Most services are available in Turkey without restrictions.  Starting September 6, 2021 proof of vaccination or a negative PRC test within the past 48 hours will be required to enter some establishments hosting crowded events such as theaters or cinemas. This requirement applies to individuals 18 years old and older including foreign nationals with Turkish residency.  Individuals who fail to provide the necessary documentation will not be permitted to enter into these venues or participate in crowded events. 
  • The services of the following establishments will remain suspended temporarily until further notice: 
    • Hookah lounge/cafes

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Turkey? Yes 
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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? Yes
    A PCR test is required for individuals over the age of 12 years old who are unable to show proof of vaccination.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    COVID-19 control measures for air, land, and sea travel continue. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination or to a dormitory to self-isolate. If an individual on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine.    
  • Effective January 26, 2021, the United States requires all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.  The link at the bottom of the page in Local Resources has testing centers listed by each province in Turkey.
  • Flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa and Sri Lanka are suspended.  
  • Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, if in the past they have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa or Sri Lanka.   
    • This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.  
  • Passengers arriving from Egypt, Iran, Singapore or the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.  
    • This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years. 
  • Passengers arriving from a country other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, must: 
    • have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or  
    • have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. 
  • This does not apply to:  
    • passengers younger than 12 years;  
    • passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival;  
    • passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival;  
    • merchant seamen.  
  • Passengers arriving into Turkey may be subject to a random PCR test at their final destination in Turkey.  
  • A completed “Traveler Entry Form” must be presented at check-in and upon arrival. The form can be obtained at http://register.health.gov.tr.  
  • Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Afghanistan, Brazil, Nepal South Africa or Sri Lanka must have a confirmed hotel reservation before departure. They are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days, at their own expense, in a government hotel listed at http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/covid-19-tedbirler/6599-izolasyon-otelleri.  
  • Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for up to 14 days.  
    • This does not apply to passenger with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.  
  • 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
  • Effective July 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will temporarily suspend importation of dogs to the United States from designated “high-risk” countries for rabies. Turkey is among these high-risk countries. The Embassy strongly recommends anyone traveling to the United States with a dog to closely monitor the CDC website for updated guidance. The U.S. Department of State also has updated information in the customs information section of TSG.

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/. 
  • Tourists/Non-Citizens: 
    • Foreigners who are in the country as residents, under protected status, or international status, are required to provide a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code for inner city public transportation, inter-city bus travel rest stops, hotel reservations, and international and domestic flights. You can find more information below.   
  • Are there restrictions on inter-city or inter-state travel? Yes.
    Starting September 6, intercity travel by bus, plane, train or other public transportation will require proof of vaccination or a negative PC test taken within the past 48 hours. This requirement applies to individuals 18 years old and older including foreign nationals with Turkish residency. Travel using a private vehicle will not require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. Individuals who fail to provide the necessary documentation will not be permitted to board public transportation. 
  • Hotel/Lodging/Accommodation Reservations: 
    • A hotel/lodging/accommodation reservation will require a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code for Turkish citizens and residents of Turkey. Please find more information below.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    -If they have not submitted a PCR test within 72-hours of boarding their flight, or arrived via land border or sea port without a PCR testthey will be required to quarantine where they planned to stay.
    -Passengers will not be required to quarantine or submit a negative PCR test result if they submit a document issued by the relevant country’s official authorities stating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entrance to Turkey and/or have had the disease and were cured within the last 6 months.
  • Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Passengers should check with airlines for up-to-date schedules, work with them to address flight changes, and be prepared for possible cancellations. 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 but there are limits to passenger capacity on buses and all passengers must wear a mask.  
  • 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. 
  • Passengers failing to submit a digital or paper copy of a negative PCR test result are not permitted to board the flights. 
  • Given the strict travel and transit restrictions in the Schengen Zone, U.S. citizens who wish to transit via the Schengen Zone must have onward tickets to the U.S., and also meet the Schengen Zone and U.K. exceptions as passengers in transit.  
  • Some of the more common transit hubs for direct flights to the U.S. are Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris. For information on travel restrictions and transit regulations, please visit the relevant U.S. Embassy website in the country in which you will be transiting. Additionally, the European Union has created a website for researching transit and travel restrictions for all E.U. countries.  
  • U.S. citizens traveling via passenger airplane are now able to enter the U.S. via any port of entry. For more information, please review the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement Air travelers are advised to include their travel document (Passport/I-551) information in their reservations to help ensure they do not encounter issues when boarding their flights. 
  • Effective January 15, Istanbul will implement a new law that states the Istanbul Kart for anyone over six (6) years old must be connected with your HES code in order to use public transportation.  We highly suggest you buy an Istanbul Kart for each person in your family and pair the Istanbul Kart with HES Code. 
  • Airlines and airports have implemented new procedures for travelers, and passengers must comply with these to travel. For example, masks must be worn in the airport and on airplanes, and arriving passengers are subject to health checks and PCR tests. Please check airport and airline websites for more information and specific guidance.
  • Turkey does not have a ban on importing or exporting pets. We refer you to the airline websites for more specific details.
  • Please note: There are a series of Presidential Proclamations related to the suspension of entry of certain additional persons who pose the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 outbreak. These restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
  • 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.   

HES Codes:

  • The Government of Turkey requires everyone traveling in Turkey to present a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code. All persons must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, while staying in hotels, using inner city public transport, and at inter-city bus travel rest stops. This does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Information on how to obtain this HES code is available at Hayat Eve Sigar web portal. The procedure is as follows:
    • FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes:
      • the letters “HES”
      • your Turkish Kimlik number
      • the last four digits of the series number of your ID
      • the number of days you will be traveling, (we recommend adding 7 days as a safeguard)
        NOTE:  Put a single space between each item (e.g., HES 1234567 1234 09).
    • FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT TURKISH CITIZENS BUT ARE RESIDENTS AND POSSES A KIMLIK: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes:
      • the letters “HES”
      • your Kimlik number
      • your year of birth
      • the number of days you will be traveling (we recommend adding 7 days as a safeguard)
        NOTE:  Put a single space between each item (e.g., HES 1234567 1972 14).
  • On November 12, the government announced that obligatory HES codes are required for entering Usak and Zonguldak provinces.
  • Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code including:

Fines for Non-Compliance:  

  • We understand that a fine of 900 TL will be imposed on those who do not comply with the requirement. Similar to a traffic fine, these fines will be mailed to the individual’s home address, and be payable only at the following government-affiliated banks: Halk Bank, Vakif Bank, and Ziraat Bank.

Consular Operations: 

  • 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.

Local Resources: 

Other Links: 

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