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Turkey vacation in Corona times: The whole country is a high incidence area

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Turkey is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans, but is currently a corona high incidence area. These special features are to be expected when traveling to Istanbul, Bodrum, Antalya or Side.

  • Update: curfew eased

  • Turkey is considered a high incidence area: travel warning for the whole country

  • Negative PCR test on entry and exit mandatory

  • Current incidence: 90.6 infected people per 100,000 population in the last seven days

The current situation in Turkey

Turkey is one of the countries in Europe most affected by the corona pandemic. In time for the start of the holiday season, the reported numbers are now falling again. The incidence value is currently at 90,6 Infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days (as of May 21, source: Johns Hopkins University) above the critical mark of 50 and also slightly higher than currently in Germany.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) lists all of Turkey as a corona risk area (High incidence area). The Foreign Office warns against unnecessary tourist trips to Turkey.

Turkey vacation: what travelers need to know

Important for entering Turkey

Return to Germany from Turkey

The most important corona rules in Turkey

Flights to Turkey: What to Know

Arriving by land: what you have to consider

Important for entering Turkey

  • Travel warning of the Foreign Office:YES

  • Corona-Risk areaYES (high incidence area)

  • Corona test atentry: YES(PCR test not older than 72 hours)

  • Entry form required: YES (Download *)

  • quarantine afterentry: NO

Entry form and corona test

Since March there has been an obligation to register 72 hours before entering Turkey register online. The form is available on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Health *, also in German. After registration, travelers receive an authorization code ("HES code") which must be shown during checks in the country. The code can also be obtained in Turkey via SMS or a smartphone app.

When entering the country you have to leave a negative Covid-19 PCR test which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry. This does not apply to children under six years of age. In the case of air travel, the test must be presented at check-in at the departure airport in Turkey.

On arrival will be at the airport Temperature measurements carried out and additional health examinations arranged in the event of increased body temperature or other corona symptoms.

Entry and exit: is a corona self-test sufficient as proof?

The so-called corona self-tests for at home, which are available in discounters or drugstores, are checked during entry or exit Not accepted as test evidence. Here is a medical certificate or a documented negative test result is required.

This proof must be submitted to the Entry into Germany on paper or digitally in German, English or French. When entering other countries, please inform in advance in which languages ​​the test results will be accepted.

Return to Germany from Turkey

  • Reporting requirement before returning:YES (Digital entry registration *)

  • Compulsory test For Air travelers at the place of departure: YES

  • Compulsory test to return:YES

  • quarantine in Germany:YES (Free testing possible after five days)

Departures must be within 48 hours before returning to Germany in Turkey one Corona test do - at your own expense. If this is positive, they must in Turkeyin quarantine or seek medical treatment: A return trip to Germany is then not possible for the time being. Important: The test and quarantine requirements in Germany still apply.

Important for returning to Germany from abroad

There is one in all of Germany Corona test compulsory for returnees from risk areas. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are excluded.

All air travelers must also show a negative test result at check-in at the departure point - even if they are returning to Germany from non-risk areas. Fully vaccinated and convalescent patients are also excluded from this. There is no evidence of testing, vaccination or recovery no flight possible.

Depending on the type of risk area, different rules apply quarantine and the possibility of Freestyle.

Details on quarantine, compulsory tests and the digital entry form as well as everything on exceptions for vaccinated and convalescents can be found here. Just as important for entry High incidence and Virus variant areas.

The most important corona rules in Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of Health has divided the country's provinces into four risk zones *: low risk (blue zone), medium risk (yellow zone), high risk (orange zone), very high risk (red zone). In these zones, additional requirements may apply in addition to the national regulations.

The Tourist areas On the Turkish Aegean coast, on the Turkish Riviera or Istanbul, all of them currently fall into the red zone and are therefore areas with a very high risk.

These are the nationwide pandemic regulations:

  • Nationwide exit restrictions every weekday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on weekends continuously from Friday, 9 p.m. to Monday, 5 a.m.

  • The curfews apply not for tourists, Local exceptions are possible, however

  • Travel between the provinces private transport is strictly prohibited during curfew, travel by public transport is possible

  • The Use of local public transport is prohibited for people over 65 and under 20 years of age

  • Catering establishments are closed with the exception of the pick-up and delivery services

  • Apply everywhere Distance rules (at least three steps to other people)

  • Shopping centers, Supermarkets and other shops are only open at certain times; Purchases are only permitted in the immediate vicinity of the place of residence

  • For restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and domestic Turkish flights, train and bus trips is a HES code required. You can get this via SMS (only via Turkish mobile phones) or via a smartphone app *

  • Insists on squares, streets, markets, parks, public transport, workplaces and beaches Mask requirement

  • It also applies a smoking ban in the public

Threaten with violations Fines.

Flights to Turkey: What to Know

There are regular flight connections from Turkey to Germany and vice versa, but the program has been thinned out overall. Even short-term flight cancellations cannot be ruled out: Passengers should therefore regularly check their flight status.

In view of the corona pandemic, Turkish Airlines, for example, is relying on its connections Hygiene experts a. One member of the crew, acting as a "health inspector", is solely responsible for ensuring that cleanliness measures and distance rules are observed, according to the website. Everyone Passenger also receives a personal "hygiene kit".

Arriving by land: what you have to consider

The Land borders Turkey are in principle open to entry. On the return journey, however, travelers with their own vehicle must necessarily cross the route Bulgaria to take. The departure from Turkey to Greece is currently only possible for Greek nationals.

Important: In the transit countries between Germany and Turkey, a number of regulations and rules must also be observed when passing through.

By car to Greece, Albania, Turkey and Kosovo

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