August is over, the summer holidays are nearly out, and kids will soon be going back to school.
However, for many Brits, that could be the perfect opportunity to get away, since the schools going back usually ushers in lower prices for trips abroad. And in a further boost, Turkey could go amber in the next travel list review, opening it up to British tourists.
Currently, the country is on the UK government’s red list, meaning everyone coming from Turkey to England must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel. If it goes amber, however, that quarantine would need to be done at home – unless you’re under 18 or fully vaccinated, in which case you won’t need to quarantine at all.
Of course, all this is meaningless if Turkey itself isn’t letting British tourists in. With that in mind, here are all the rules for travellers coming from Britain to Turkey.
Travel rules for trips to Turkey
According to the UK Foreign Office’s advice, the Turkish authorities require all travellers who are not residents or citizens of Turkey to fill out an online travel form in the three days prior to travelling there. In addition, people coming from Britain need a negative PCR result in the same period.
Travellers are required to wear a face mask at all times while travelling to and from Turkey, including in the airport.
On arrival in the country, travellers will be subject to a “medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks”. Some travellers will also be picked at random for additional PCR tests.
Aside from the above coronavirus measures, visas are not required for British tourists or business travellers, as long as you don’t stay in Turkey for more than 90 days in any 180-day period. You will need at least six months left on your passport, however.
Travel rules when returning from Turkey
At present, Turkey is on the red list. This means, before travelling to England, everyone must:
- Take a Covid-19 test in the three days before your journey
- Book a quarantine hotel package, including two Covid-19 tests per person.
- Complete a passenger locator form
When you get to England, you must quarantine in a managed and government-approved hotel for 10 days. This is the same regardless of your vaccination status.
See the full list of red list countries.