Turkey: Negative Covid-19 Test Mandatory For All Travelers

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Starting Monday (28th Dec 2020) all international passengers will require a negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test for passengers to enter Turkey.

Turkey has taken this step as a precaution amid the new coronavirus strain. This new rule will be in effect from 28th Dec for air travelers and by land starting from 30th Dec until March 2021

“All travelers would need to present a negative result from a PCR test taken in a 72-hour window to board international flights en route to Turkey. Previously, tests weren’t required for travel to Turkey.”

Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca tweeted 

Travelers would be quarantined at their destination in case if they are not able to present negative Covid-19 test results.

Travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, Denmark, and South Africa in the past 10 days would have to show a negative test result and go into mandatory quarantine for at least seven days until a second test.

Turkey has among the worst infection rates in the world, with a weekly average of more than 20,000 confirmed daily infections. The total death toll is 19,371, according to official statistics.


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