Turkey, in order to take some precautionary measures against the new COVID-19 strain, will require passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test result on entering the country starting from Monday until March.
A statement tweeted by the Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday says that the travellers will need a negative COVID-19 test result from a PCR test taken in a 72-hour window before boarding the flight to Turkey. Before this, no test was required to be done in order to travel to Turkey.
The same rule will also apply to land and sea travellers starting from Wednesday. If they don’t have test results, the travellers will be quarantined at their destination.
“Please note that in accordance with the decisions taken by the officials and the precautions we have taken for your health, certain flight restrictions apply for arrivals to Turkey. As of December 28, 2020, passengers arriving from abroad are required to have taken a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight, and the test result should be submitted during check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test are not allowed to board the flights. This application is valid until March 1, 2021.”, states Turkish Airlines website.
“Passengers departing from United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa and arriving to Turkey:
Passengers who have visited United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa in the last 10 days and arriving to Turkey are required to have taken a PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight, and the test result should be submitted during check-in. Passengers arriving from these countries should stay in isolation for 7 days.”, states Turkish Airlines website.
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