Turkey holidays: FCDO issues update amid new rules for ‘risk groups’

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Last year, holidays to Turkey saw a boom thanks to its position on the travel corridors list at the time. However, in recent months Turkey has resumed many of its strict coronavirus lockdown restrictions in order to beat the spread of the virus.

Most recently, the nation has put in place tightened rules targeting those classified as being part of “risk groups”.

This includes those over 65 and under 20 years of age. It is not yet clear how long these rules will remain in place.

“Nationwide overnight curfews are in place from 9pm until 5am the following morning,” explains the FCDO.

“For high and very high-risk areas, the curfew will also last from Saturday at 9pm until 5am Monday morning.

“In high and very high-risk areas, curfews remain in place for those aged over 65 or under 20. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 2pm unless you are going out to work.

“If you are a Residence Permit holder born after January 1 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 2pm and 6pm unless you are going out to work.

“Additionally, in the high and very high risk areas, those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.”

However, these rules do not impact those who are visiting for tourism.

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At present, Turkey has suspended flights between the UK and Turkey due to concerns over new variants of COVID-19 found within the UK.

“Limited flights from Turkey to the UK continue,” states the FCDO.

“Turkey’s international land and sea borders are open. However, short-notice changes, especially temporary closures of land borders, are possible and you should check access locally.

“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.

“You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.”

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of Covid, and passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Though the FCDO is not currently advising Britons within Turkey to rush home, anyone who does return may have to fly indirectly via another airport.

“You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirement,” states the FCDO.

Arrivals into the UK will be also be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days on arrival.

At the time of writing, it is not known if the UK Government will resume travel corridors to facilitate future travel, or if Turkey will be given a place on the list.

Britons who hold residency within Turkey are also advised to seek information from their local health provider on how they can receive the Covid vaccine.

“The Turkish authorities have started the rollout of their vaccination programme,” explains the FCDO.

“If you have valid residency and are registered with the health service you are eligible for the vaccine.”

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