Coronavirus and FAQs at (IST) airport

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Coronavirus Answers and Frequently Asked Questions for Passengers at Istanbul international airport (IST)


Travel to Turkey
Within the scope of the measures against the Covid 19 pandemic, the following decisions have been made by the official authorities of the Republic of Turkey regarding entry into Turkey, effective as of June 1, 2021.

Passengers departing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and those who are understood to be in these countries within the past 14 days will be required to submit a negative PCR test report 72 hours before entering Turkey, and these passengers will be quarantined for 14 days in places determined by the governorates. If the result of the PCR test to be performed at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will end. Passengers whose result of the PCR test is positive will be taken in isolation and the measure will end with a negative PCR test result that will be carried out at the end of the 14th. The flight bans to Brazil and South Africa ended in this framework.

Passengers departing from the UK, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will be required to submit a negative PCR test result, which must be performed no later than 72 hours prior to entry.

When entering Turkey from countries not included in the first two articles, passengers will not be required to present a negative PCR test result if they present a document issued by the official authorities of the corresponding country indicating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entering Turkey and / or have had the disease and it has been cured in the last 6 months. No quarantine measures will be applied for these passengers. If passengers departing from these countries cannot present a vaccination certificate or documents proving that they have had the disease in accordance with the established rules, the presentation of a negative PCR test result carried out no later than 72 hours before departure. entry into Turkey or a negative rapid antigen test result. a maximum of 48 hours before entering Turkey will be considered sufficient.

Except for passengers departing from the countries listed in the second article, persons entering Turkey can undergo a PCR test based on sampling at their destination. In this context, passengers will be able to go to their final destination after the test samples are taken, and if the test results are positive, they will be treated according to the COVID19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey.

Passengers with positive test results will be quarantined for 14 days at the addresses they shared and if the results of the PCR test to be performed at the end of the 10th day are negative, the quarantine conditions will end. Quarantine conditions for those with an Indian variant will end with a negative PCR test result at the end of day 14.

In addition to this information;

Passengers entering Turkey with our international flights as of March 15, 2021 (excluding transit passengers and passengers under 6 years of age) must complete the Turkey Entry Form which can be accessed on this page within the last 72 hours before your flight. The paper printing of the completed form or mobile screen capture of the completed form will be checked at the stations before the flight.

All passengers must wear masks at airports and flights. They must also complete a "passenger information form" on their flights to Turkey.

Temperature measurement at our airports has been removed for all destinations except flights to and from Canada, Singapore and Guangzhou and for passengers using active connection points (points used by transfer passengers with a connection 90 minutes or less) due to short connection times.

It is mandatory to obtain the HES code for flights to be made within Turkey. There is no HES Code requirement for non-Turkish citizens. For more information, see the Hayat Eve Sığar.

Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health - Border Health Unit, while Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital.

Latest updates: June 10, 2021


General considerations
It is an almost generalized concept that each passenger must have a certificate of vaccination against the Coronavirus (if they already have it), a RT-PCR test result within 48 hours of boarding,10-day quarantine, filling out the form and affidavit of health (including in some cases the COVID-19 vaccination certificate), in addition to complying with the distancing protocols, hand washing and use of mask.
But also, given the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and also, if necessary, with the airport as well as in the case of international flights with the nearby embassy or consulate to wherever the destination is. final, as well as the countries involved in flight stopovers.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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