PCR Test Applications for Passengers Arriving to Turkey - Turkish Government

Dec 31,2020 at 09:58

PCR Test Applications for Foreign Passengers Arriving Turkey

New COVID-19 Update: Turkey has introduced a new health declaration form to help stop the spread of COVID-19. All persons traveling to Turkey will now have to fill out a Form for Entry to Turkey before entering the country. The form must be filled in within the last 72 hours before travel.

Dear All Passengers, For flights to our country which have STD (scheduled time of departure) 30 December 2020 00:00 or later with the dates and times of the countries where the flights are operated, 6 years and older passengers who will enter Turkey must submit negative PCR test documents taken 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight (maximum 72 hours between the sample delivery time and the scheduled time of departure of the flight). And they keeping checking the check the latest Turkey visa Information for foreigners visitors.

It must be a nucleic acid test. Transit passengers who will not enter Turkey only should pay attention to the destination country regulations. This implementation is valid until March 1, 2021.

PCR Test Guidelines to Enter in Turkey

Moreover, passengers (6 years and older) travelling from the UK, Denmark or South Africa with the flights that have STD (scheduled time of departure) 30 December 2020 00:00 or later with the dates and times of the countries where the flights are operated or passengers have been in these 3 countries in the last 10 days and will enter Turkey are required to submit negative PCR test documents taken 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the flight (maximum 72 hours between the sample delivery time and the scheduled time of departure of the flight). These passengers will be quarantined at their residences (if any) or in different places and they will be subjected to a PCR test 7 days later. If the test result will be negative, the quarantine will be removed.

Turkey has now lifted most of its COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Turkey Entry restrictions -

Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between the UK and Turkey. However, limited flighTuUni m Turkey to the UK continue. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.

Turkey continues to welcome eligible nationals into its borders. The government keeps track of all passengers crossing different ports of entry. The surge of COVID cases and its increasing variants made Turkey enhanced their travel restrictions.

Based on the latest update, incoming travelers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, and Brazil got suspended from entering the country. The suspension is not limited to repatriation, missionaries, and humanitarian flights. 

Important Information: Passengers have to wear face masks during their travel as a standard precautionary measure.

Entry requirements

  • Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open.
  • All Travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours of departure from an approved hospital or laboratory only.
  • Passengers wishing to transit through airports in Turkey on to a domestic Turkish flight will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival, before catching their onward flight.

Passenger Locator Form

Before arrival in Turkey, airlines will provide a passenger locator form as a part of data collection. Airline personnel may conduct a screening related to COVID-19, which they may share with third-party institutions and the Turkish Health Ministry.  Travelers must disclose their contact information and residential address where they intend to stay in Turkey.

Passengers must provide authentic documents as part of due process. Falsification of health certificates and incompliance to hygiene standard measures may lead to suspension of entry.

Suggested passenger locator form to be used by governments    

Quarantine Requirements

Passengers who had been in the United Kingdom for ten days have to comply with fourteen days quarantine. The period will start once they arrive in Turkey. If the result is negative on their 10th day, the quarantine period may end by then. If the test turns out positive, passengers have to isolate themselves until the test turns negative.

Testing / screening on arrival

Passengers in all Turkey's ports of entry have to present a negative PCR test to border authorities. The test must not exceed seventy-two hours leeway before departure from their country of origin. Without this requirement, passengers may get denied for boarding. 

Data collection 

There is a possibility that the collected details may get forwarded to third-party institutions for safety purposes. Provide accurate information during screening to not compromise the health of the airline crew and other passengers. 

Turkey COVID-19 and Vaccination Status

Turkey receives the initial consignment of vaccines from Sinovac BioTech. The government currently rolls out a hundred thousand distribution every day to combat the virus. Elderly citizens, health workers, and front liners are priorities.

Turkey Istanbul Airport Test Center is at Your Service 24/7!

Test centers in the airport premise operate twenty-four hours. Istanbul Airport has been ahead when it comes to establishing standard hygiene protocols. They ensure the safety of all passengers coming in and out of Turkey. It was the first airport to get ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation Programme. The accreditation consists of area sanitation, staff protection, passenger cooperation, and physical distancing. 

The area allocated for the testing facility can accommodate more than 10,000 tests per day. 

These are the test passenger's can take advantage following:

Antigen - it can determine the presence and absence of the virus by the time of the test

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) - it is a type of test that that detects RNA within days of infection.

Antibody - it is a blood test that can determine if a person has past infections

Procedure To Get PCR Test At Istanbul Airport 

  • The passenger has to get a queue number by clicking "I want to get tested."
  • Pay the applicable fees. Passengers can pay with cash or a credit card.
  • Passenger must register at the counter and get a unique barcode
  • Proceed to the specimen area
  • The foreign passenger has to get a queue number to get their test results by clicking "I want to get my results." Local travelers can take a look at their test results by logging in to enabiz.gov.tr​

Istanbul Airport COVID-19 Measures 

Foreign and local travelers have to go through thermal screening at the airport's terminals. All luggage gets scanned using sanitized ultraviolet light. The waiting area, hallways, counters, terminals, entrance, and exits have hand sanitizers. Airline crews, airport employees, and passengers should comply with the standard health guidelines to control the virus from spreading.

Istanbul Airport COVID-19 Measures

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements

https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/ 

We wish you a good flight.

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