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Travel to Turkey during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN StaffUpdated 6th December 2022
People enjoy the beach on August 16, 2019 in Oludeniz, Turkey.
Editor's Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you're fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on December 5.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Turkey, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Turkey is fully open to tourists with no Covid restrictions on entry. Some mask requirements remain in place.

What's on offer

With thriving cities, spectacular ancient ruins and monuments and landscapes ripe for exploration -- plus spectacular beaches -- Turkey has long been a favorite among tourists looking for an idyllic summer getaway.

Who can go

There are currently no country-specific restrictions on arrivals to Turkey, so all travelers are typically welcome, subject to the Covid protocols below.

What are the restrictions?

All Covid restrictions to entering Turkey have been lifted.

What can visitors expect?

Turkey returned to relative normality last year. Shops are now open, as are cafes and restaurants. Masks are no longer mandatory in indoor and outdoor public spaces provided they're well ventilated and there's adequate social distancing.
Museums have reopened, although mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place.
Use of public transport, including buses, trains, and airplanes will also require proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 48 hours of travel. Capacity may be reduced on some services and passengers required to wear a mask.

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