Holidays in Turkey – these are the current crown rules for tourists

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  • Selina Eckstein

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As of March 3, 2022, Turkey is no longer a high-risk area. Strict crown requirements previously applied to tourists. HES code, quarantine – what rules are currently in effect. With our article you keep the overview.

Turkey – Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Germans. However, the country on the Bosphorus is also affected by Corona. Currently, the seven-day incidence is 183.4 (as of March 18, 2022). On March 3, 2022, Turkey was declassified as a high-risk area. This means that a digital input declaration is no longer required.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is a popular tourist destination. When entering and leaving Turkey, however, there are a few rules to observe.

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Turkey has been a high-risk area for a long time due to the high number of cases. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which denounces cases of arbitrary arrests and refusal of entry, has no longer maintained its Corona travel advisory, but advises against traveling to some regions due to the general security situation.

Travel to the border areas between Turkey, Syria and Iraq (especially Diyarbakır, Cizre, Silopi, Idil, Yüksekova and Nusaybin) and in general to the provinces of Batman, Siirt, Mardin, Şırnak and Hakkâri should be avoided. “There is still a greater risk of being arrested or banned from leaving the country,” the federal foreign ministry said.

Regarding the measures of the crown, Turkey’s air, land and sea borders are open and there are still restrictions on ferry traffic with Greece. All air travelers over 12 years of age (previously: over 6 years of age) are required to fill in an electronic form from the Turkish Ministry of Health within 72 hours prior to travel. The form is checked at the entrance or at check-in.

Anyone wishing to travel from Germany to Turkey and over 12 years old needs a negative rapid corona antigen test (no older than 48 hours prior to arrival) or a PCR test (no more than 72 hours prior to arrival). I arrive). These rules do not apply to those who have been vaccinated or recovered. You can enter the country with the appropriate official proof, which cannot be older than six months for those who have recovered.

Official proof of full vaccination is valid if at least two doses of vaccine or a single dose for Johnson & Johnson have been received, at least 14 days prior to arrival. When traveling by plane, you must present proof at check-in.

Verification documents can also be issued in German or English. When entering Germany from third countries, different regulations may apply. The rules do not apply to the transport sector (line staff, truck drivers, seafarers) and to passengers in transit.

Holidays in Turkey: These Crown rules apply to tourists

According to the current travel advice to Turkey of the Federal Foreign Ministry, children under the age of twelve are no longer required to present proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test on entry from 6 October 2021. Previously, the 3G test requirement applied from the age of six.

Strict rules apply to tourists in Turkey after returning to Germany. (symbol photo)

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The approval code (“HES code”), which was then provided to travelers and which was to be shown during checks on domestic flights, train and bus travel in the country, has now been abandoned. The QR code, which was previously required for entry into Turkey, was received via SMS on the mobile phone (but only on Turkish mobiles) or via an app

In general, there is no quarantine requirement when entering Turkey. Anyone who has provided the necessary evidence can move freely in the country immediately upon arrival. According to the ADAC, there will be a fever upon arrival at the airport Measured and additional health examinations are required in case of high temperature or other symptoms of the corona.

Restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, cinemas and theaters are open. At the moment there are no more access restrictions; According to the Federal Foreign Office, the restrictive measures can be re-ordered at any time depending on the infection process. There are also no exit restrictions in Turkey.

In Turkey, however, masks are still mandatory in closed public places without sufficient ventilation and distance possibilities and on public transport. However, social distancing is recommended (three steps away). Previously, there was also the obligation of the mask in squares, streets, markets and parks and on beaches. According to the ADAC, the ban on smoking in public is still in place.

Tourists stroll the streets near Hagia Sophia. You can read in the text which crown rules tourists in Turkey must observe.

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high risk area

Regions with a particularly high number of cases are considered high-risk areas. An indication: a seven-day incidence of “well over 100”. However, other factors such as test rates and clinical cases should also be considered. The “simple” risk area level is no longer applicable with more than 50 new infections reported per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. So far there has also been the average level of “high incidence areas” with a seven-day incidence of over 200.


For high-risk areas, those who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered are expected to be in quarantine for ten days after returning, which can result in a negative test no earlier than the fifth day. An initial requirement for PCR testing was again abandoned. For children under the age of twelve, quarantine should generally end after the fifth day of entry. (Read here: These Corona rules apply to returning travelers)

From 3 March 2022, it is no longer necessary to complete an application for digital entry upon return to Germany. A ten-day quarantine has also been omitted (with the possibility of free testing after five days) for people not vaccinated against the coronavirus or who were not sick as Turkey is no longer considered a high-risk area (see info box) . (with dpa material)

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