Updated: June 3, 2020
- Turkish Airlines has resumed domestic flights and will resume international flights on 10 June.
- We understand that foreigners will need HES codes (Hayat Eve Sığar) for domestic and international flights after midnight 5 June. Many airlines are still working through the process of using HES codes for non-Turkish travelers. We refer you to the airline websites.
- Reminder to look at transit information carefully when booking connecting flights to the United States from Turkey, and CBP landing requirements: https://www.cbp.gov/travel
- Turkey lifted the ban on importing and exporting of pets as of 1 May. We refer you to the airline websites for specifics. Please see: https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/anyquestions/traveling-with-pets/
Country Specific Information:
- Turkey has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- The curfew for youth now applies only to those 18 and under. They are permitted to walk outside on Wednesdays and Fridays from 14:00 to 20:00.
- Individuals over 65 are permitted to walk outside on Sundays from 14:00 to 20:00.
- U.S. citizens who seek to travel to the United States should book commercial options as the U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Turkey at this time. Limited international commercial flight options exist in Turkey. U.S. citizens who choose not to make commercial arrangements should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
- For information related to available flights, please see the section below. When buying a ticket, U.S. citizens should verify any transit country’s entry requirements before booking.
- If you have plans to return to the United States in the near future and you have not yet been in touch with us, please inform is by filling out this form.
- While Turkish citizens can call “199” to seek an inter-city travel permit, U.S. citizens traveling by road to reach an airport in a different province must still contact the district governor’s office to obtain permission to travel by land for your international departure. You can inform us by filling out this form and we will prepare a document for you to present in support of your travel permit application. We also may share your information with the Turkish authorities, but the decision to grant travel permissions lies with the district governor.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey will not pursue overstay penalties against foreign nationals unable to depart due to COVID-19. You may need to show immigration officials evidence of your inability to depart, such as a canceled flight reservation. Residency permit information is available at https://en.goc.gov.tr/
- Nationals of listed countries or passengers who have transited from or been in the following countries in the past 14 days are not 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 these countries in the past 14 days are 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 may send that person to a designated hospital for testing and possible observation under quarantine for 14 days.
- Hair salons, shopping malls, and some stores have reopened, but require social distancing and restrict the number of people who can enter.
- All onsite classes at primary, middle and high schools and universities (public and private) are closed. As of June 1, kindergartens, daycares, and summer camps have oponeded, but require social distancing and restrict the number of people who can enter. Please check with the individual institution for their particular restrictions.
- All individuals must wear cloth face coverings where people are collectively located, including supermarkets, marketplaces, and workplaces as well as in all forms of transportation (including private vehicles) with at least two persons inside.
- Local authorities may put in place additional COVID-19 restrictions, including curfews, with little or no advance notice.
International Commercial Flight Information:
There are currently no direct flights to the United States departing from Turkey. All flights require transfers through third countries. Travelers should review transit country’s requirements prior to booking tickets. The list below includes commercial flight options that will require transfers in order to reach the United States. Any questions related to the flight (baggage, pets, seating preference) should be directed to the airlines. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are providing this information as a reference only; the list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. U.S. citizens should research their transit options at these destinations prior to purchasing tickets. In all cases, U.S. citizens must purchase tickets for onward travel to the United States.
Belavia Airlines to Minsk:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 04:55 am: Belavia airlines offers itineraries from Istanbul (IST) IST via Minsk, connecting to the U.S. via Paris, London, Frankfurt or Amsterdam. See links below for information on transiting these cities, which offer direct flights to the United States. Travelers must work with airlines or a travel agent to book flights to ensure luggage can be checked to the final destination.
- Airline: https://en.belavia.by/
- Transit Information:
- Belarus: https://by.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- France: https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- The U.K.: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/
- The Netherlands: https://nl.usembassy.gov/health-alert-update-regarding-covid-19-u-s-consulate-general-amsterdam-netherlands-8/
- Germany: https://de.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- 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 General Directorate of Civil Aviation