Turkey Travel Restrictions in January 2021 - Turkey Travel Journal 1

Turkey Travel Restrictions in January 2021 – Turkey Travel Journal

Turkey Travel Restrictions

Since the opening of all the borders of the Republic of Turkey, travel restrictions has changed many times because of Covid-19 cases and it's exhausting to find the accurate information. So here we prepared the latest updated information about Turkey Travel Restrictions as of January, 2021.



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Turkey Travel Restrictions

Istanbul Travel Restrictions


Travelers who plans to enter the Republic of Turkey has to submit a negative PCR test result of past 72 hours, otherwise will not be allowed to enter the country. Travelers who arrive by air needs to show a Covid-19 negative test result as of 28 of December, an those who arrive by land, and sea routes need to submit starting from 30th of December 2020.

Visitors must fill out an information form when arriving to Istanbul, in order to contact, in case of suspicious situations such as Covid-19 positive passenger was sitting in the next seat.


All the passenger who arrive at the borders of Istanbul, Turkey (air,land & sea) will be passing through a corridor where the non-contact thermal devices measure the temperature. If a passenger shows symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), such as running nose, cough and high fever above 38°C, will be escorted to test room to perform Pcr tests.


Everybody is required to wear masks during the flight, cruise or bus trip to Istanbul. Wearing masks on the streets of Turkey is a 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 planing a domestic trip in Turkey.

You can check the details on www.hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr


It's a mandatory to show HES code when entering to Shopping Malls in Turkey.

Everyone needs to match the HES code with his/her Istanbulkart, otherwise they won't be able to use public transportation after 15 of January, 2021.


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.




HES Code is NOT a mandatory if you are a tourist. But some of the Shopping Malls are not allowed to enter without HES Code. You can ask your reception to assist you about how to get a HES Code, or you can read our post about it by clicking the link above.






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