Turkey has just made itself even easier to visit!
Posted on 2nd October 2021 at 13:11
Turket has just eased it's entry rules for vaccinated holidaymakers!
As the world opens up to international travel, rules for entry to many destinations are getting a whole lot easier.
On Friday 1st October 2021, at about midday, Turkey announced some very welcome news!
Fully vaccinated UK holidaymakers no longer need to present a negative PCR test!
Up until Friday, even if you were fully vaccinated, you needed to present a negative PCR test, taken not more than 72 hours, prior to arriving. But that rule has now been scrapped.
So here's the step-by-step guide:
ENTRY TO TURKEY
Everyone, except children aged 5 and under, must complete an online overseas passenger locator form in the 72 hours before you travel to Turkey. Link is here: https://register.health.gov.tr/
Everyone, aged 12 years and over, will have to show either:
Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival, you’ll need to show proof of this. To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK. Find out how to get proof of your vaccine status.
Negative COVID-19 test result: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you can show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. This can either be:
a). Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken in the 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
b). Negative COVID-19 antigen test result, taken in the 48 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
c). Proof of recovery from COVID-19:
If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you can show evidence of recovery by presenting either:
A positive COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken in the 30-180 days before departure and performed by an authorised private laboratory.
Your NHS Covid Pass, which contains your COVID-19 test status. If you tested positive via an NHS COVID-19 PCR test in the 30-180 days before departure.
This excludes children aged 11 and under.
*The UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for international travel as the result certificates don’t contain all the required information.
RETURNING TO THE UK
For all arrivals into the UK until 3 October 2021
Everyone aged 11 years and over must take a COVID-19 test at some point in the three days before flying to the UK and provide a negative result before boarding. This can be a PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, but it can’t be one of the free NHS tests.
THESE CAN USUALLY BE ARRANGED IN RESORT FOR A LOT LESS THAN PRE-BOUGHT IN THE UK
For example, if you travel directly to the UK on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (or before your flight on Friday – but we wouldn’t recommend leaving it this late).
HOWEVER, FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS ARRIVING AFTER 4AM ON THE 4TH OCTOBER 2021, YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE A PRE-RETURN FLIGHT TEST!
However, you do still need to complete the UK Government's Passenger Locator Form: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
It's a good idea to set up an account for your UK Government Passenger Locator form as part of your pre-travel preperation - it will then take less time to complete while you are on holiday.
So here’s what you need to do before your flight to the UK:
Complete the UK passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
Go to our airport check-in desk and show the QR code you received via email confirmation
Receive your valid boarding pass and go to security
AND UNTIL SOMETIME AT THE END OF OCTOBER, YOU STILL NEED TO HAVE PRE-BOOKED "DAY2 TEST" (for fully vaccinated travellers) AND FOR NON-VACCINATED TRAVELLERS, A DAY 8 TEST TOO.
This is best booked BEFORE you travel, and you must use a government approved supplier.
More details are here: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
Please note, you’ll need to book the test(s) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.
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