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Circular on measures to enter Turkey

07.08.2021
In this circular it was stated that with the letter written by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, taking into account the developments in the course of the epidemic in other countries, suggestions regarding the measures to be implemented at the border gates as of July 1, 2021 were submitted to the Ministry of Interior.

In the circular, it was stated that in this process, where an escalation in the course of the epidemic was observed in some countries with its new variants, in line with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, it was evaluated that the following measures and practices should be implemented at all land, air, sea and railway border gates as of July 1, 2021, and the measures were listed as follows.

1. Flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have been suspended pending a new decision on this matter. Direct travel from these countries to our country will not be allowed.

Persons who come from another country, but who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, will be requested to submit a negative PCR test report made maximum 72 hours before entering our country, and will stay for 14 days in places to be determined by the governorates in quarantine. If the PCR test result at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, quarantine measures will be terminated. Those with a positive PCR test result will be isolated from the date the test result is positive, and the measure will be terminated with a negative result from the PCR test at the end of the 14th day. 

2. The duration of the mandatory quarantine application for people who came to our country from Afghanistan and Pakistan and those who are understood to have been in these countries in the last 14 days will be applied as 10 days, and if the PCR test applied on the 7th day of the quarantine is negative, the mandatory quarantine application will be terminated. If the PCR test is positive, the Ministry of Health will act in accordance with the COVID-19 guide. 

3. Mandatory quarantine to be applied to persons who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, or who have come to our country from Afghanistan and Pakistan, or who have been in these countries in the last 14 days, in dormitories determined by the governorates or in a quarantine hotel. Quarantine hotels, accommodation fees, transfers of these people from the border gates, etc. The procedures and principles regarding the issues will be determined and announced by the governorships. 

4. Persons arriving from the UK, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test report made up to 72 hours prior to entry.

5. When entering our country from all border gates (land, air, sea, railway) from other countries not covered by the first, second and fourth articles, it is necessary to have the vaccine at least 14 days before entry and/or to end the disease starting from the 28th day of the first PCR positive test result. Those who present a document issued by the relevant country's official authorities stating that they have had the disease within 6 months will not be required to submit a PCR/rapid antigen test report with a negative result, and quarantine measures will not be applied to these people. In the event that the vaccination certificate or the documents proving that they have had the disease cannot be presented when entering our country from these countries, the PCR test report with a negative result maximum 72 hours before the entry or the submission of the negative rapid antigen test result within a maximum of 48 hours from the entry will be deemed sufficient. 

6. Persons who will enter our country from all our border gates by the Ministry of Health will be able to undergo PCR testing on the basis of sampling at their destination.

In this context, people will be allowed to go to their final destination after the test samples are taken. If the test results are positive, they will be treated in line with the COVID 19 guide of the Ministry of Health. People with close contact with people with positive test results will be quarantined for a period of 14 days at the addresses they have determined, and quarantine conditions will be terminated if the PCR test results to be performed at the end of the 10th day are negative. The quarantine conditions of those who are found to be carrying the delta variant will be terminated with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 14th day. 

7. In order not to adversely affect foreign trade, aircraft-ship crews, seafarers considered as key personnel, and truck drivers will be exempted from the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test and quarantine application. 

P.S. All of these measures came into force on July 1, but they may be updated in September. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor constantly for updates. https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/travel-restrictions/index.h...

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