Turkey Borders Reopening to Foreign Travellers: What You Need to Know

Turkey is Now Open to All Foreign Tourists Who Meet Immigration Requirements (Including Singaporeans!)

Singaporeans can now catch direct flights to and from Turkey, too.

Spring is in full swing in most parts of the globe. And with over one year into the pandemic, the urge to travel is getting stronger by the day. So, here’s something you might wanna know: Turkey borders have reopened to all travellers who meet Turkish immigration rules. 

To those wondering — yes, this includes international air, land, and sea borders. In fact, the Turkish government has recently reopened international flight routes on a per-country basis. Those thinking of travelling to Turkey can now check out flights to and from countries such as Singapore, the United States, Germany, Greece, Austria, Croatia, and the Netherlands

What you need to know about Turkey borders reopening

Turkey borders reopening

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While direct flights haven’t resumed for all countries, tourists from all nationalities are allowed to travel to Turkey as long as they meet the country’s immigration rules. Click here to find out the visa information for your respective nationality. 

As of writing, all arrivals from overseas must submit the following health documents (in addition to their regular travel documents):

Turkey borders reopening

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However, flights from countries with new COVID-19 variants like the United Kingdom, Brazil, Denmark, and South Africa remain suspended. That said, all travellers from said countries (within the last 10 days) must quarantine for 14 days in a government facility. They will then undergo a second PCR test afterwards.

As for travellers from other countries, they won’t be required to quarantine as long as they pass the medical examination upon arrival. 

Rules for foreign visitors travelling around Turkey

First and foremost — it’s mandatory for everyone (locals and tourists alike) to wear a face mask at all times when outside the house. Capacity limits are in place for public transport, to make sure passengers follow social distancing measures. 

Most dining establishments are open between 7am and 7pm daily. There is also a nightly curfew in place from 9pm to 5am. However, this only applies to Turkish citizens and residents, not to foreign visitors. Smoking in public places is banned for everyone. 

Those planning to travel to Turkey in May should note that the government will implement a nationwide lockdown during Ramadan. This will take place from 12 to 16 May 2021

Also read: Vaccinated Against COVID-19? Here’s A List of Countries You Can Visit

For the latest updates on Turkey’s COVID-19 situation, as well as the status of its 81 provinces, you can refer to the Ministry of Health website

Regardless of what you think about Turkey borders reopening, it goes without saying that many countries still advise against non-essential overseas travel. That said, make sure to check all the relevant restrictions before you start planning a trip! 

In the meantime, you might wanna check out the best reasons to visit this dazzling country — preferably when it’s completely safe again.

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A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.


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