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Turkey is chock-full of cultural treasures, from the soaring mosques and ancient churches of Istanbul to the crumbling ruins of Ephesus. Pair that with beaches, sizzling summer heat and equally sizzling kebabs, and Turkey’s hard to beat for a summer getaway. When it’s open to tourism, that is.
Is Turkey on the green list?
No, Turkey did not make the UK government’s green list. It’s currently on the red list for travel, with the FCDO advising against all travel there. This means you’ll have to stay in a managed quarantine hotel when you get back to the UK.
Will I have to quarantine?
The UK government has set up a traffic light system that ranks countries red, amber or green based on Covid risk alongside travel restrictions. The Department for Transport has included these key factors in its assessment:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
Turkey is open to tourism, but as it’s on the UK’s red list, leisure travel there from the UK is not allowed. If you go to Turkey, you’ll have to quarantine for 10 days in a designated hotel when you get back to England, costing you £1,750. In the last 72 hours before departing Turkey, you’ll need to obtain a Covid test and get a negative result. You must also book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival. While in quarantine, you’ll have to take two further PCR tests, on days two and eight.
All arrivals into Turkey (except Turkish citizens) must complete this online form within 72 hours of arriving. Non-vaccinated passengers arriving from the UK must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours, too. However, if you’ve been fully vaccinated you can skip the testing requirement. Expect temperature checks and a visual medical evaluation on arrival, though.
How do I get there?
As of May 12, direct flights from Turkey to England are prohibited, although different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Normally, you can fly direct to Turkey with several airlines including easyJet, Jet2, TUI and Turkish Airlines.