Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey

September 10, 2020

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On September 8, the Turkish Interior Ministry issued a notice to the public regarding new COVID restrictions/guidance.  Violators will be issued fines.

The new restrictions/guidance are as follows:

  • Face masks must be worn in public (e.g. streets, gardens, workplaces, etc.) at all times in all 81 provinces of Turkey.
  • Standing passengers will not be allowed in urban public transportation vehicles where physical distance rules cannot be applied.
  • The playing of live music at restaurants and cafes after midnight is forbidden.
  • Governors and district officials will increase the inspections of cafes, restaurants, and dining and entertainment venues to ensure adherence to COVID restrictions.

The circular text can be found at:

Actions to Take:

  • Follow local restrictions.
  • Follow social distancing public health recommendations.
  • Check local regulations on wearing protective masks.
  • Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Turkey.