Updated: April 8, 2020
- Turkey has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- U.S. citizens who seek to travel to the United States should consider commercial options as the U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Turkey at this time. International commercial flight options currently exist in Turkey. U.S. citizens who choose not to make commercial arrangements should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
- Limited commercial flights from Istanbul are still available with connections to the United States. Previously available commercial flight options are now decreasing in frequency. We strongly recommend that you confirm with the airlines any purchased ticket to confirm the flight is operational; we also recommend you check with the airlines and the transit country’s entry requirements before taking alternative flights.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that foreigners are permitted to conduct inter-city travel in order to reach a flight back to their home country. District governors are responsible for handling travel permits for individuals in their province; there is no single national process.
- If you are traveling to by road to reach an airport in a different province, please contact the governor’s office to obtain permission to travel by land for your international departure. In addition, inform us by filling out this form with your name, date of birth, passport number, current location, mobile phone number and flight information (number, date, time). We will share your information with the Turkish authorities, but the decision to grant travel permissions lies at the district governorships.
- For additional current information go to the Turkish Ministry of Health COVID-19 web page and the Turkish Presidency’s interactive COVID-19 web page
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 27, the Government of Turkey announced suspension of all international passenger flights to and from Turkey.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Turkey will not pursue overstay penalties against any foreign national unable to depart Turkey due to COVID-19. Residency permit information is available at https://en.goc.gov.tr/
- Nationals of listed countries or passengers who have transited from or been to these following countries will not be permitted to enter Turkey: Algeria, Angola, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Mainland China, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan. Turkish citizens/residents who were in the above mentioned countries in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter Turkey, but are subject to a 14-day quarantine requirement.
- Turkish Ministry of Health officials screen travelers at airports and maritime ports, as well as some land crossings, using thermal cameras.
- To date, travelers do not need any specific health documentation to enter/exit Turkey.
- If an individual presents with COVID-19 symptoms, Turkish Ministry of Health guidelines are to send that person to a designated hospital for testing and possible observation under quarantine for 14 days.
All domestic flights have been suspended until April 20.
Vehicles are not permitted to enter or depart Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van, and Zonguldak.
- All museums and archaeological sites are closed.
- All onsite classes at primary, middle and high schools and universities (public and private) are closed.
- Also closed: theaters, cinemas, exhibition centers, concert halls, wedding halls, restaurants/cafes offering live music, casinos, pubs, taverns, coffee houses, cafes, cafeterias, hookah cafes, internet cafes, all kinds of indoor playgrounds (including inside shopping malls and restaurants), tea gardens, clubhouses, amusement parks, swimming pools, barber shops, hair salons, Turkish baths, saunas, hot springs, massage parlors, spas, and sports centers.
- Restaurants are closed except for take-away or delivery service.
- Residents under the age of 20, and aged 65 and above, have been directed not to leave their homes.
- All individuals must wear cloth face coverings “where people are collectively located, including supermarkets, marketplaces, and workplaces.”
- Local authorities may put in place additional COVID-19 restrictions with little or no advance notice.
- View U.S. Mission Turkey’s most recent Alerts here
- Dial 184 within Turkey to access the Turkish Ministry of Health COVID-19 Telephone Hotline (Turkish/English/Arabic)
- Turkish Ministry of Health COVID-19 web page
- Turkish Presidency’s interactive COVID-19 web page
- Turkish Airlines Website
- Turkish General Directorate of Civil Aviation
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Health Notice for Turkey warning travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to Turkey. Travelers returning to the United States from Turkey should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.