Vaccination Requirements for Visiting Turkey
Update Jun 01, 2022:
Turkey has removed all COVID-19 vaccination, testing and quarantine requirements for visitors.
Finally, we have great news for you. And this time there are no more restrictions to come to Turkey. So finally, you can enter easily. You don't need to show Entry / Health form (HES code), PCR test, antigen test, or even vaccination certificate. So we don't require that now to visit Turkey, you can come freely to this country.
Old COVID-19 Update
The government of Turkey requires certain vaccinations before visitors can travel to the country. This is a requirement to ensure the safety of the visitors and the locals travelling alike. For now, safety measures have been taken to keep the coronavirus at bay in all countries. Before boarding a flight to Turkey, the visitors are required to have a COVID-19 test report ready before travelling.
It is expected that soon visitors will be required to present an immunity certificate for the vaccine. This will prove that the traveller has been vaccinated and is safe travel to Turkey. A good idea is to see a doctor at least 6 weeks before the date of travel to ensure that all the necessary vaccinations are complete. Some nationalities require all the vaccinations while some require only a few. Keep in mind about getting an insurance policy that covers your medical bills if the need arises.
COVID19 Vaccination for Entry in Turkey
The pandemic saw multiple changes and requirements and travel restrictions around the globe. It is highly likely that soon every person entering Turkey will be asked to produce a COVID19 vaccine card on arrival. And the PCR test applications for passengers arriving to Turkey are mandatory. The regulations are constantly changing keeping in line with the vaccination process and the strain of the virus. These are essential for travelling in order to keep people safe.
COVID19 Vaccination Certificate for Turkey
A vaccination card before travelling to Turkey has not been confirmed yet, but the chances are high. Theoretically, a vaccine card would mean that the person entering Turkey is safe for others and therefore cannot spread the virus. It also means that he or she can enjoy their stay in the country without the fear of being terminally ill. Social distancing and wearing a facemask would still be necessary.
Proof of vaccination will also mean that the traveller will not be required to quarantine upon arrival and can simply continue with the travelling. Member states of EU countries are all considering the possibilities of having an immune certificate as a requirement for all travellers.
Other Vaccinations for Travellers
Keeping COVID19 vaccines aside, there are other vaccinations, which are recommended before travelling around the world. These vaccinations include:
- MMR – measles-mumps-rubella,
- Diphtheria tetanus pertussis,
- Chickenpox (varicella),
- Polio and,
Children who are travelling should have 6 to 11 months should have one dose of the measles vaccine(s). Children who are 12 years of age and older should have at least two does with a gap of 28 days. In addition, two doses of MMR vaccine is also required for 100% effectiveness at preventing measles.
A few illnesses are common in Turkey and although this is not a requirement by the government, it is recommended. Having a vaccination against the following diseases will keep you and your following travelling partners safe.
These vaccinations are:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Typhoid and,
Hepatitis A vaccination is highly recommended around the world as it is caught by water contamination and even food. Visitors to Turkey are susceptible to the disease regardless of where they are staying. Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease and a person can also get it via contaminated needles. If you are, someone who is looking to build a new relationship with a partner based in Turkey or plan on getting a new piercing or a tattoo.
Typhoid can be caught when visiting smaller towns, villages and rural areas of Turkey. This disease can also be caught through contaminated food and water. As for rabies, it is a disease caught through animals. Visitors, who have been working around animals, have children and who plan to stay in Turkey for a long time need this vaccination as well.