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Can I go to Turkey? Travel restrictions from the UK explained

By Abigail Malbon

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Here’s what you need to know about the UK's travel rules for when you return from the country, plus Turkey’s own entry requirements for people looking to visit.

Is Turkey on the red list?

Turkey is one of eight countries that was removed from the red list on Monday 4 October 2021. 

However, from Friday 18 March 2022, there are no Covid travel rules in the UK, which means that those returning to the country do not need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form , regardless of their vaccination status. The government will also no longer manage any quarantine hotels from the end of March. 

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What are the entry requirements for Turkey?

As of 1 June 2022, all Covid entry requirements to Turkey have been dropped. This means that you can now enter Turkey regardless of your vaccination status and without needing to show proof of a negative Covid test. 

Previously, all travellers aged six and over needed to complete an online form a maximum of 72 hours before travelling.

Fully vaccinated travellers could enter without needing to test or quarantine, but had to show proof of their vaccination status, while unvaccinated travellers had to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before entry, or proof of a recent recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months. 

Coronavirus entry requirements could still change at short notice, so travellers are advised to check the specifics with their airline before travelling. For the latest advice, please check the UK government's advice on Turkey's entry requirements . 

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Turkey from the UK: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction:

Turkey is a popular destination for British tourists, with its diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore ancient ruins, or indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this fascinating country. However, planning a trip to Turkey from the UK can be a bit daunting, so in this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Getting There:

The most popular way to get to Turkey from the UK is by flying. Turkish Airlines, British Airways, and easyJet all operate regular flights from major UK airports to Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities. You can also fly to Turkish resorts such as Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman, with direct flights from the UK to these destinations.

Travelling to Turkey from the UK

British citizens do not need a visa to enter Turkey for stays of up to 90 days. However, you will need to have a valid passport, with at least six months left before its expiry date, in order to enter the country.

Money and Currency:

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. You can obtain Turkish Lira from ATMs or currency exchange offices at the airport or in major towns and cities. Credit cards are widely accepted in Turkey, especially in tourist areas, but it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand as well.

Accommodation:

Turkey offers a wide range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts. In major tourist destinations such as Istanbul, Antalya, and Bodrum, you’ll find plenty of hotels, guesthouses, and vacation rentals to choose from. In more rural areas, traditional Turkish “pansiyons” or guesthouses are a popular choice.

Transportation:

Turkey has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains, and metro systems. Taxis and rental cars are also readily available. If you plan to explore more remote areas, it’s a good idea to rent a car. Taxis are typically yellow but on occasion in Istanbul you will see blue are these usually better and newer cars which cost a little more and some are black.

Black taxis are usually VIP which means luxury. The vehicles are usually much bigger too, vehicles like Mercedes Viano are used most often. Costs can be as much as 3 times the price of a yellow taxi due to size and comfort.

Travelling to Turkey from the UK: Istanbul Taxi

Food and Drink:

Turkish cuisine is known for its delicious flavors and healthy ingredients. Some popular dishes include kebabs, mezze (a variety of small dishes), and baklava (a sweet pastry). The country also has a great selection of local wines and beers.

The weather in Turkey varies depending on the region and the time of year. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

In the coastal areas along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, the summers are typically hot and dry, with temperatures averaging around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in July and August. The winters are mild, with temperatures averaging around 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-59 degrees Fahrenheit) in December and January.

In the interior regions, such as Ankara and Konya, the summers are also hot, but the winters can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing at night.

In the coastal areas along the Black Sea, the summers are milder and the winters are cooler and wetter, with more rainfall than the Mediterranean and Aegean coast regions.

It’s best to check the weather forecast for the specific area you’ll be visiting before your trip, and pack accordingly.

Sightseeing and Activities:

Turkey is home to many historical and cultural landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the ancient city of Ephesus. The country also offers great opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and hot-air balloon rides. If you’re a beach lover, you’ll find plenty of beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts.

Safety and Health:

Turkey is generally considered a safe destination for tourists, but it’s always a good idea to take precautions to ensure your safety. Always be aware of your surroundings, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables. All travellers is recommended to check travel advice from their countries foreign office.

British nationals are advice to visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for travel advice to Turkey.

Visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey

Importance of Tourism for Turkey:

Turkey is a popular tourist destination, with millions of visitors each year. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Turkey welcomed around 45.3 million international tourists in 2019, which made it the 6th most visited country in the world.

In terms of revenue, the tourism industry in Turkey is a major contributor to the country’s economy. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the tourism sector generated around $34.5 billion in revenue in 2019.

Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is a particularly popular destination for tourists. According to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the city welcomed around 15.5 million foreign visitors in 2019. Other popular destinations in Turkey include Antalya, Bodrum, and Cappadocia.

Travelling to Turkey from the UK: COVID restrictions related in Turkey

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the tourism industry in Turkey, just like the rest of the world. However, Turkey began to ease the restrictions and started to welcome back the tourists as the situation improves. Turkey has a very good 2021 and 2022 for tourism attracting over 50 million visitor exceeding 2019 figures.

It’s worth noting that these statistics may have been affected by the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a significant decrease in the number of tourists visiting Turkey and many other countries in the world.

Turkey’s Economy

Turkey’s economy is considered to be an emerging market economy and is the 13th largest in the world by nominal GDP. The country has a diverse and dynamic economy that is driven by a combination of factors, including its strategic location, abundant natural resources, and a large and young population.

One of the key drivers of Turkey’s economy is its industrial sector, which includes a wide range of industries such as textiles, automotive, construction, and electronics. The country is also a major exporter of agricultural products, including wheat, fruits, and vegetables.

Travelling to Turkey from the UK: Turkish Lira

Tourism is another significant contributor to Turkey’s economy. The country is known for its rich history, stunning beaches, and delicious cuisine, and it attracts millions of tourists every year. In 2019, Turkey was the 6th most visited country in the world, with 45 million tourists, which generated a revenue of $34 billion.

Turkey’s services sector is also well-developed, and it includes sectors such as finance, healthcare, and education. The country has a well-developed banking sector and a growing insurance industry.

Turkey has a growing economy, but it also faces several challenges. One of the main challenges is high inflation, which has been a problem for several years. In addition, the country’s current account deficit is high, which means it imports more goods and services than it exports. The country also faces political instability, which can negatively impact the economy.

Despite these challenges, Turkey has a large and rapidly growing economy, and it is expected to continue to be an important player in the global economy in the future.

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Conclusion:

Travelling to Turkey from the UK is an exciting and rewarding experience. With its rich history, delicious cuisine, and beautiful landscapes, there’s something for everyone in this fascinating country. By following the tips and information outlined in this article, you’ll be well prepared for a memorable trip to Turkey.

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Country Summary:  Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated.  U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government (including on social media), can result in arrest.

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Holidaymakers travelling to Turkey this summer have been warned against visiting certain areas of the country, in updated travel advice from the UK government.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) “advises against all travel within 10km of the border with Syria” and “advises against all but essential travel” to the city of Sirnak and the Hakkari province (both in the south of the country, also near the Syrian border). It also clarifies that “no travel can be guaranteed safe” and anyone visiting Turky should purchase suitable travel insurance.

While not a huge departure from the previous advice, it highlights the political turbulence in a country already struggling in parts following t he 5.6 magnitude earthquake earlier this year . It’s also worth remembering that the majority of holidays in Turkey are without trouble.

The FCDO told The Independent : “The safety of British nationals is always our main concern in determining our travel advice. We constantly review our travel advice for each country or territory to ensure it includes up-to-date information and advice on the most relevant issues for British people visiting or living there.

“The changes to the terrorism section of each Travel Advice page reflects the fact that global terror threat is now more diverse and not limited to those inspired by Islamist ideologies.

“FCDO Travel Advice is just that – advice. It provides information to help British nationals make informed decisions about foreign travel but we cannot enforce it and it remains a decision for individuals whether they feel it is safe for them to travel”.

What are the entry requirements for Turkey?

UK nationals visiting Turkey must have a passport that is valid for at least 150 days from the date you arrive, and it must have at least one full blank page for entry and exit stamps. If you are entering turkey via a land border, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing.

Anyone visiting Turkey for tourism or business for up to 90 days in any 180-day period does not need a visa. However, if you need to remain in Turkey for more than 90 days, apply for a longer stay visa or get a residence permit before the end of your 90-day stay.

It is worth noting for the future that Turkey is not one of the countries where visitors will need an ETIAS travel permit from next year onwards.

Local laws and customs

There are local laws that tourists should be aware of. It is illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey, and smoking is illegal on public transport and in all indoor workplaces and public places.

It is also illegal to insult the Turkish nation or the national flag, or to deface currency. This can include comments about the Turkish state, and carries a prison sentence of between 6 months and 3 years.

Remember to dress modestly if you’re visiting a mosque or a religious shrine, and do not take photographs near military or official installations.

While homosexuality is legal in Turkey, the FCDO warns that “many parts of Turkey are socially conservative and showing affection in public could result in unwelcome attention”.

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Is it safe to travel to Turkey right now? Latest advice to UK holidaymakers as Foreign Office warns of 'high' terror threat

The Foreign Office has issued a Turkey travel warning to UK holidaymakers over a "high threat" of a terrorist attack

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Turkey warning UK tourists of a “high threat” of a terrorist attack. The updated warning was issued on Friday (1 March) telling holidaymakers to be extra careful, listing some places in the country that might be risky especially due to past attacks.

The latest advice from the Foreign Office (FO) states: "There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times."

It adds that most terrorist attacks “have occurred in southeast Turkey, Ankara and Istanbul” and holidaymakers should remain aware of their surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Attacks could be out of the blue and happen in places where lots of people go, like public buildings, religious sites, airports, and during big events or holidays.

The FO advises British tourists to be alert to potential demonstrations across Turkey, as tensions flare over the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The department warned: "Occasional demonstrations can occur in cities and may become violent. Police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protests. 

“Events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have led to heightened tensions in the region and demonstrations are ongoing in locations across Turkey. Large demonstrations have been reported outside diplomatic missions connected to the conflict in major cities, particularly Israeli diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul."

Tourists are being advised to “avoid all demonstrations and leave the area if one develops.” The FO highlighted that there have been a number of recent significant attacks in Istanbul including in February when one person was killed in an armed attack on the Çağlayan courthouse by the terrorist group DHKP/C. 

In January one person was killed by two gunmen in the Santa Maria Catholic Church in Sariyer in an attack claimed by Daesh and in 2022, six people were killed in an explosion in central Istanbul. Alongside the threat of a terrorist attack, the FO is also warning of street robbery and pick-pocketing in the major tourist areas of Istanbul, drink spiking and sexual assault. The FO says last year 42 cases of sexual assault, including rape, were reported to British consular staff in Turkey with most cases happening during summer holidays in coastal tourist areas. 

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A travel warning has been issued to anyone planning to go to Turkey this summer.

The UK Foreign Office has updated its guidance for travel to the country. They are now urging people to ensure they stay safe due to a number of reasons.

New advice warns people of earthquake risks in Turkey. It reads: "Many parts of Turkey regularly experience earthquakes and tremors. These can be a high magnitude, cause damage to infrastructure, and pose a risk to life. Follow any advice given by the local authorities."

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A second warning is in place due to high temperatures amid a heatwave that is scorching much of Europe, reports the Liverpool Echo . Gov.uk guidance states: "High temperatures are affecting many areas of Turkey and there is a risk of wildfires.

"Forest fires happen frequently in Turkey during summer. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas."

It comes as parts of Turkey's neighbouring country Greece continue to be ravaged by wildfires. Thousands of people have fled the island of Rhodes, with airlines operating repatriation flights in order to bring people home.

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Whether you're after a beach holiday, glorious resort stay or city break filled with food and fabulous landmarks, Turkey has it all.

The beautiful country, which is partly located in Europe and partly in Asia, is very popular among Britons. However, holidaymakers have been issued a warning with regards to their safety in the country.

The UK Government updated its Turkey travel advice, with updated information on 2023 crime statistics, as well as comments about the nation and flag.

Sexual assault

GOV.UK stated: "In 2023, 42 cases of sexual assault, including rape, were reported to British consular staff in Turkey. Most sexual assault cases reported to British consular staff in Turkey have happened during summer holidays in coastal tourist areas.

"Many were committed at night by someone the victim met during the day, including hotel workers. There have also been sexual attacks on minors visiting toilet facilities alone. Be extra vigilant in these situations."

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Britons should also be aware of street robberies and pick-pocketing, which are" common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul".

Tourists were also warned about drink and food spiking. Holidaymakers must beware of strangers offering them food and drink, to change money, or to take them to a restaurant or club.

GOV.UK also warned that in a small number of cases, counterfeit alcohol has caused the death of tourists. Britons were urged to seek advice from their tour operator or the Turkish authorities if they have any concerns.

Tourists to Turkey were also advised to take registered taxis rather than accept lifts from strangers. Ensure that you note the registration number before getting in a taxi.

Comments about the nation and flag

GOV.UK said: "It is illegal to insult the Turkish nation, state or the national flag, or to deface Turkish currency. These laws can also apply to comments or images online wherever they were uploaded. "Offences under these laws carry a penalty in Turkey of a prison sentence of between six months and three years."

Britons should be aware of other risk factors if they plan on visiting Turkey, one being terrorism.

The Government warned: "There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times."

For information on how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad, Britons can consult GOV.UK.

GOV.UK said: "Most terrorist attacks have happened in Southeast Turkey, Ankara and Istanbul. Citizens from Western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in major cities.

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Britons have also been given updated travel advice to Cyprus regarding airport arrival and political demonstration risks

Terrorists may target places visited by foreigners, such as public buildings, places of worship, major events and large public gatherings.

Holidaymakers should follow the advice of the local security authorities, monitor media reports and cooperate fully with security officials at airports.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises against all travel within 10km of the border with Syria, all but essential travel to Sirnak (city), and all but essential travel to Hakkari province.

For more information on the Government's advice for travel in Turkey, consult GOV.UK. This will include guidance on terrorism, the political situation, crime, laws and cultural differences, outdoor activities and adventure tourism, transport risks, and extreme weather and natural disasters.

Britons have also been given a warning about another popular tourist destination as "tensions heighten".

Tourists were given updated airport arrival guidance and information on political demonstration risks.

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  1. Turkey travel advice

    Find out the latest information on travel risks, visa requirements, customs rules and health for Turkey from the UK government. FCDO advises against all or all but essential travel to some areas due to fighting, terrorism and earthquakes.

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    Find out if you need vaccines, malaria tablets or other health precautions for your trip to Turkey. Get the latest information on COVID-19, altitude sickness, animal bites and more from the UK government website.

  3. Can I go to Turkey? Travel restrictions from the UK explained

    As of 1 June 2022, all Covid entry requirements to Turkey have been dropped. This means that you can now enter Turkey regardless of your vaccination status and without needing to show proof of a negative Covid test. Previously, all travellers aged six and over needed to complete an online form a maximum of 72 hours before travelling.

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    Advise against all travel See our travel advice before travelling Please note Briefing Maps are not to taken as necessarily representing the views of the UK government on boundaries or political status. This map has been designed for briefing purposes only ... Turkey: Travel Advice. Created Date: 8/11/2022 11:15:11 AM ...

  5. Is it safe to visit Turkey? Latest travel advice

    There is no blanket advisory against travel to Turkey. However, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does advise against all travel within 10km of the border with Syria. It also ...

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    Find out the best time to go to Turkey, passport and visa requirements, health and safety tips, and more from TUI.co.uk. Compare and book holidays to various destinations in Turkey with TUI.

  7. Travel to Turkey: latest Covid rules and practical guidance

    Turkey is open to UK travellers. If you are double-vaccinated you simply need to complete an online passenger locator form from the Ministry of Health (found at register.health.gov.tr ) with 72 ...

  8. Travel Guide to Turkey from the UK

    Travelling to Turkey from the UK: Turkeys National Flag carrier is Turkish Airlines aka 'THY'. Visas: British citizens do not need a visa to enter Turkey for stays of up to 90 days. However, you will need to have a valid passport, with at least six months left before its expiry date, in order to enter the country.

  9. Turkey travel warning for Brits as Foreign Office updates advice

    T he Foreign Office has issued updated travel advice for UK citizens planning to visit Turkey. Between January and September 2023, Turkey welcomed 3.16 million visitors from the UK. Ahead of the ...

  10. Foreign Office updates Turkey travel advice as UK tourists told ...

    The UK Foreign Office has updated its advice for holidaymakers travelling to Turkey. The government advises against travel to specific parts of Turkey, while tourists visiting safe-to-travel areas ...

  11. Turkey Travel Advisory

    Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism. Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue ...

  12. Turkey travel warning to UK holidaymakers as Foreign Office issues

    The UK government advises against all travel within 10km of the Syrian border and all but essential travel to two provinces in the south. It also warns of the global terror threat and the need for travel insurance for Turkey.

  13. Foreign Travel Advice Turkey by Gov UK and FCDO

    Information on support in areas where FCDO advises against travel, visa requirements, customs rules, outdoor activities and adventure tourism, health ('Warnings and insurance', 'Entry requirements', 'Safety and security' and 'Health' pages). 2024-05-17T12:38:50.000Z. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ...

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    The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Turkey warning UK tourists of a "high threat" of a terrorist attack. The updated warning was issued on Friday (1 March) telling ...

  15. Is it safe to holiday in Turkey?

    Yes. There are no FCDO warnings against travel to Antalya, Alanya, Bodrum, Izmir or Marmaris. These, and many other holiday resorts in Turkey, are situated on the south and west coasts, far from affected regions in the southeast. Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, are also safe to visit. The Turkish government has announced a state of emergency ...

  16. Turkey travel warning issued by UK Foreign Office as holidaymakers

    A travel warning has been issued to anyone planning to go to Turkey this summer. The UK Foreign Office has updated its guidance for travel to the country. They are now urging people to ensure they ...

  17. Britons warned about holidaying in Turkey as tourists are told 'be

    The UK Government updated its Turkey travel advice, with updated information on 2023 crime statistics, as well as comments about the nation and flag. Crime. Sexual assault. GOV.UK stated: "In 2023, 42 cases of sexual assault, including rape, were reported to British consular staff in Turkey.

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