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Turkey Travel Restrictions (Covid-19) 1st June 2021 Update – Removing the Restrictions

Turkey Travel Restrictions- Restaurants are Opened

Since the opening of all the Republic of Turkey borders, travel restrictions have changed many times because of Covid-19 cases and it's exhausting to find accurate information. So here we prepared the latest updated information about Turkey Travel Restrictions (Covid-9 Restrictions).



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Turkey Travel Restrictions


Turkey Covid Regulations 1st of June 2021 Update (Removing the restrictions in Turkey):


  • The covid-19 restriction will be between 22:00 and 05:00 am on weekdays.
  • Weekend lockdown will start at 22:00 on Saturday and continue until 05:00 am Monday Morning.
  • Restaurants, cafeterias, patisseries in Turkey will start to accept guests as of the 1st of June. People will be able to eat in the restaurants from 07:00 am until 21:00 on weekdays and Saturdays. Takeaway and delivery service will continue until 24:00 midnight.
  • On Sundays, there will be a delivery service only.
  • Sports halls, Gym centers will be open between 07:00 and 21:00 every day, except Sunday.
  • Primary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools will be open 2 days of the week.
  • Universities will be open only on 13 September 2021 in Turkey.
  • There are no restrictions for tourists (foreign visitors) in Turkey. But wearing masks outside and showing HES Code when entering closed areas are still mandatory.




Turkey Covid Regulations 17 May 2021 Update: After the decrease of the Coronavirus positive cases in Turkey, the government has decided the loosen the restrictions as of  17 May 2021.

  • There is still a weekend Lockdown in Turkey: It's not allowed to go out on Weekends until further notice. (From 9:00 p.m. Friday until 05:00 am Monday)
  • The covid-19 curfew will be between 19:00 and 05:00 am on weekdays.
  • Restaurants, cafeterias, patisseries in Turkey will provide takeaway and delivery service from 07:00 am to 08:00 pm & only delivery service from 08:00 pm to midnight.
  • Taverns, Casinos, Shisha Cafes, Hamams, Sauna & Massage centers, Theme Parks will remain closed in Turkey until the 1st of June.
  • Schools in Turkey will continue to online education (except pre-school & kindergarten classes) until the 1st of June.
  • Restrictions for Turkish people below 18 years of age will be the same as the other age groups. There are no more time limitations for them.
  • Restrictions for the vaccinated Turkish citizens over 65 years old will be the same as the other age groups.
  • Restrictions for the Turkish citizens over 65 years old who were not vaccinated can go out only on weekdays between 10:00 am and 02:00 pm.



Istanbul Travel Restrictions


  • Travelers who plan to enter the Republic of Turkey have to submit a negative PCR test result of the past 72 hours, otherwise will not be allowed to enter the country.
                      These countries are excluded from PCR Test Requirement;

Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Latvia, Luxemburg, Ukraine, Estonia. Citizens of Hungary & Serbia who can provide a certificate of vaccine (their children under 18 years old don't need it) will also be allowed to enter to Turkey without a PCR Test.



  • Visitors must fill out an entry form 72 hours before arriving in Turkey and declare where they will be staying during their visit.


  • Everybody is required to wear masks during the flight, cruise, or bus trip to Istanbul. Wearing masks on the streets of Turkey is mandatory for both citizens and foreigners. People who will be caught without a mask will be fined 900 Turkish Liras (around 95 Euros)


  • Travel restrictions for all the other borders (sea, land & air) of Turkey, especially the popular touristic destinations such as Izmir, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Cappadocia, etc., will be exactly the same as the Istanbul travel restrictions above.


  • It's required to get HES code ( Hayat Eve Sığar - Life Fits Into Home) for all the Turkish citizens and foreign residents in Turkey who are planning a domestic trip.


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  • It's mandatory to show HES code when entering Shopping Malls, restaurants, cafes, museums, and almost all closed areas in Turkey.
  • Everyone who wants to use public transportation has to match the HES code with Istanbulkart, otherwise, they won't be able to use public transportation.


You can check about How to Get Hes Code in Turkey and  How to Match HES code with Istanbulkart to find more details about it.


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