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Old 23rd March 2020, 21:15   #111 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Tonight's advice.

This is for all UK citizens anywhere abroad and not country - specific.

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-a...el-coronavirus


Exceptional travel advisory notices


Return to the UK now if you’re travelling abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and takes effect immediately.

International travel is becoming very limited as air routes close, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.

If you’re travelling abroad, you should:

contact your airline or travel company now
keep up-to-date with our travel advice pages. We are updating information on returning from the country you’re in as quickly as we can
We are working with airlines to keep routes open, and calling for international action to to keep routes open to enable British people can return home on commercial flights. We are also working around the clock to support those British travellers who are already finding difficulties to come back to the UK.

If you are a permanent resident overseas, you should stay and follow the advice of the local authorities in the country you live in.

Do not travel abroad unless it’s essential
The FCO advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March and applies initially for 30 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. 

To change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
get in touch with your insurance provider
continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance
The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

If you’re abroad and you want to return to the UK
Our travel advice has changed. If you are usually based in the UK, you should return to the UK now, if flights are still available.

Advice on how to return
contact your airline, travel company or transport provider as soon as possible to book your travel
if you have travel insurance, you should also contact your insurance company
consider a range of options: you may need to travel to another country to get back to the UK. Check travel advice pages for the latest information on any travel restrictions that could affect your travel plans
keep up-to-date with our travel advice, and in particular the ‘Return to the UK’ guidance for each country. Sign-up to email alerts to be notified if the situation changes
check our social media accounts for where you are
Be prepared that your plans may need to change at short notice.

If you cannot return
The government is in contact with airlines, foreign governments and local authorities to ensure British people travelling abroad can return to the UK as soon as possible. If you’re unable to leave at this time, you should:

follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19)
find suitable accommodation
keep up-to-date with our travel advice and the latest information from transport providers and local authorities on your departure options
keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well
You must follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are.

Quarantine while you are abroad
If the local authority where you are proposes to quarantine you for your own protection, you should follow their advice. When you are abroad, your safety and security is their responsibility.

If there are suspected cases of coronavirus where you are, you may need to remain in your hotel room or accommodation for 14 days, move to quarantine facilities, take tests for coronavirus and, if positive in some cases, be hospitalised abroad.

You should also contact your airline or travel company, and your insurance provider as soon as you can. We only organise assisted departure in exceptional circumstances.

If your visa is running out
Check the travel advice for the country you are in. If you have immigration enquiries, you need to contact either the local immigration authorities in the country or their UK-based embassy.

If your travel is essential
Prepare for your travel
If your travel is essential, follow our checklist before you travel:

contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to make sure you can still travel
read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered, and contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy
make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
be prepared for logistical and financial disruption to your travel
arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts
visit this page regularly as it is constantly updated given the evolving situation overseas
If you are older, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you are more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus. Check the NHS guidance before you travel.

Get travel insurance
If your travel is essential, make sure you have appropriate insurance for overseas travel, and purchase it as soon as you book your travel. You should check the detail of your travel insurance to see what it covers, and contact your insurance provider if you have any questions.

You may need to consider a specialist policy. It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re covered. Read our guidance on purchasing insurance.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published information on the travel insurance implications of coronavirus.

Entry restrictions
Many countries and territories have introduced screening measures (temperature checks, health/travel questions, quarantine) and entry restrictions at border crossings and transport hubs.

If you have recently been in a country affected by the virus you may need to be quarantined, or you may not be allowed to enter or travel through a third country. If you decide to travel, contact the local immigration authorities or the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you’re travelling to.
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Old 25th March 2020, 13:47   #112 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

New Update from the F & C Office.

Still current at:25 March 2020
Updated: 25 March 2020 Latest update : 12.54pm, 25 March 2020.

Flight ban and restrictions

Return to the UK
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, passengers (except Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey) who have transited through or have been in the UK or other countries on which the Turkish authorities have imposed a direct flight ban in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey.

Options for leaving Turkey are becoming increasingly limited and if you wish to leave Turkey you should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.

As of the 25th March there are no direct repatriation flights scheduled from Turkey to the UK; the last direct repatriation flight left on March 24th. Indirect routes are still operating. Given the speed of developments, you should check carefully any transit restrictions or requirements before starting your journey and contact individual airlines to check availability.

From 27 March, Turkish Airlines will only operate flights to five locations: Hong Kong, Moscow, Addis Ababa, New York and Washington.

You will not be allowed to leave the airside area when transiting Turkey. If transiting Turkey with hold luggage you should ensure that both sections of your flights are with airlines which are part of the same airline alliance group and booked on one ticket. You cannot enter Turkey to collect hold luggage from one flight to be re-checked in on another. Those without hold luggage (just hand luggage) should still be able to transit on two separate tickets, as you do not have to leave the airside area.

You should check with your airline before travelling.

All passengers holding Turkish residence permits entering Turkey who have been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to the passenger going straight to a government-run quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days. Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

For the latest information about flight availability, please refer to the most recent social media updates from the Consul General in Istanbul.
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Old 27th March 2020, 16:58   #113 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update this afternoon.

Destinations out of Turkey further reduced.

Update on GOV.​UK.

Change made
Reduced travel destinations from Turkey (‘Summary’, ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Return to the UK’ pages)

Time updated
3:13pm, 27 March 2020


Passengers (except Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey) who have transited through or have been in the UK or other countries on which the Turkish authorities have imposed a direct flight ban in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey.

There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.
Options for leaving Turkey are becoming increasingly limited and if you wish to leave Turkey you should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.

As of the 25th March there are no direct repatriation flights scheduled from Turkey to the UK; the last direct repatriation flight left on March 24th. Indirect routes are still operating. Given the speed of developments, you should check carefully any transit restrictions or requirements before starting your journey and contact individual airlines to check availability.

From 27 March, Turkish Airlines will only operate flights to three locations: Hong Kong, Addis Ababa, and Washington. There are currently no direct repatriation flights scheduled from Turkey to the UK.

You will not be allowed to leave the airside area when transiting Turkey. If transiting Turkey with hold luggage you should ensure that both sections of your flights are with airlines which are part of the same airline alliance group and booked on one ticket. You cannot enter Turkey to collect hold luggage from one flight to be re-checked in on another. Those without hold luggage (just hand luggage) should still be able to transit on two separate tickets, as you do not have to leave the airside area.

You should check with your airline before travelling.

All passengers holding Turkish residence permits entering Turkey who have been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to the passenger going straight to a government-run quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days. Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

For the latest information about flight availability, please refer to the most recent social media updates from the Consul General in Istanbul.
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Posted tonight from the F & C Office.

Coronavirus
There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, some other countries in the region and elsewhere.

The Turkish authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures. All international passengers are being screened with a Those displaying signs of a temperature will then be referred to a medical adviser. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

All passenger flights to and from Italy, Iraq, South Korea, Iran and China from Turkey have been cancelled due to coronavirus outbreaks in those countries. Land crossings with Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. Delays at airports are possible.

Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
The governments have introduced quite a few preventative measures. All passengers are now being blessed using a telescopic camera. Those will be known a medical advisor. Some other extra screening measures should be complied with by you.

All airline flights into and from Italy, Iraq, South China, Iran and Korea in Turkey are cancelled due to outbreaks. Land crossings with Iraq and Iran also have been shut.

Maintain up accommodation or transport provider on vtoptics.com the affect any travel plans. Delays at airports really are all possible.

Details for example information on helping reduce the spread of this herpes virus and finding your way through overseas traveling, regarding coronavirus, can be found also on the TravelHealthPro site and from public-health England.
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All passengers are now being blessed using a telescopic camera.

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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

F & C Office Update issued last night.

Revised information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Time updated
10:31pm, 27 March 2020


Coronavirus
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Turkey. The Turkish authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Passengers (except Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey) who have transited through or have been in the UK or other countries on which the Turkish authorities have imposed a direct flight ban in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey.

There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Travel and borders
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, on 27 March Turkey ceased all international flights.

Public measures
There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Further information
Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
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Update on GOV.​UK. from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Summary: Reduced travel destinations from Turkey (‘Summary’, ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Return to the UK’ pages)

Time updated
6:41pm, 28 March 2020


Guidance

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last updated 23 March 2020 — see all updates
From:
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Contents
Exceptional travel advisory notices
If you’re abroad and you want to return to the UK
If you live abroad permanently
If your travel is essential
If you’re concerned about friends or family overseas
Our travel advice and consular support
Latest health advice
Exceptional travel advisory notices
Return to the UK now if you’re travelling abroad
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available.

International travel is becoming very limited as air routes close, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.

If you’re travelling abroad, you should:

Contact your airline or travel company now
Keep up-to-date with our travel advice pages. We are updating information on returning from the country you’re in as quickly as we can
We are working with airlines to keep routes open, and calling for international action to enable British people to return home on commercial flights. We are also working around the clock to support British travellers who are already having difficulties returning, see the Foreign Secretary’s statement.

If you are a permanent resident overseas, you should stay and follow the advice of the local authorities in the country you live in.

Do not travel abroad unless it’s essential

The FCO advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide until at least 15 April.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. 

To change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
get in touch with your insurance provider
continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance
The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

If you’re abroad and you want to return to the UK
Our travel advice has changed. If you are usually based in the UK, you should return to the UK now, if flights are still available.

How to return
contact your airline, travel company or transport provider as soon as possible to book your travel
if you have travel insurance, you should also contact your insurance company
consider a range of options: you may need to travel to another country to get back to the UK. Check travel advice pages for the latest information on any travel restrictions that could affect your travel plans
keep up-to-date with our travel advice, and in particular the ‘Return to the UK’ guidance for each country. Sign-up to email alerts to be notified if the situation changes
check our social media accounts for where you are
Be prepared that your plans may need to change at short notice.

If you cannot return
The government is in contact with airlines, foreign governments and local authorities to ensure British people travelling abroad can return to the UK as soon as possible. If you’re unable to leave at this time, you should:

follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19)
find accommodation that’s suitable for your needs
keep up-to-date with our travel advice and the latest information from transport providers and local authorities on your departure options
keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well
You must follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are.

Quarantine while you are abroad
If the local authority where you are proposes to quarantine you for your own protection, you should follow their advice.

If there are suspected cases of coronavirus where you are, you may need to remain in your hotel room or accommodation for 14 days, move to quarantine facilities, take tests for coronavirus and, if positive in some cases, be hospitalised abroad.

You should also contact your airline or travel company, and your insurance provider as soon as you can. We only organise assisted departure in exceptional circumstances.

If your visa is running out
Check the travel advice for the country you are in. If you have immigration enquiries, you need to contact either the local immigration authorities in the country or their UK-based embassy.

If you live abroad permanently
We are not advising British people who are permanent residents overseas to return to the UK. Instead you should follow the advice of the local authorities in your host country. Further information on measures that host countries have taken is available in our travel advice pages.

Our advice for British people travelling overseas to return is because it may be more difficult for them if they cannot get back to the UK in the coming weeks.

Everyone, including permanent residents overseas, should consider their own personal circumstances and take into account all of the information available. If you wish to return to the UK, you should make arrangements to return now.

If your travel is essential

Prepare for your travel

If your travel is essential, follow our checklist before you travel:

contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to make sure you can still travel
read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered, and contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy
make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
be prepared for logistical and financial disruption to your travel
arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts
visit this page regularly as it is constantly updated given the evolving situation overseas
If you are older, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you are more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus. Check the NHS guidance before you travel.

Get travel insurance
If your travel is essential, make sure you have appropriate insurance for overseas travel, and purchase it as soon as you book your travel. You should check the detail of your travel insurance to see what it covers, and contact your insurance provider if you have any questions.

You may need to consider a specialist policy. It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re covered. Read our guidance on purchasing insurance.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published information on the travel insurance implications of coronavirus.

Entry restrictions

Many countries and territories have introduced screening measures (temperature checks, health/travel questions, quarantine) and entry restrictions at border crossings and transport hubs.

If you have recently been in a country affected by the virus you may need to be quarantined, or you may not be allowed to enter or travel through a third country. If you decide to travel, contact the local immigration authorities or the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you’re travelling to.

International freight transport
International freight transport (by air, ship, road and rail, including roll-on/roll-off transports) is an essential activity in the context of travel advice. Our advice against non-essential travel does not apply to this industry. Read the Department for Transport guidance for the freight transport industry.

If you’re concerned about friends or family overseas
If you are concerned about a friend or family member who is currently overseas, you can read the guidance on this page and our country-specific travel advice.

We strongly encourage any British person travelling or living overseas to sign up for email updates to travel advice. Your family member or friend can do this on each country-specific page. We cannot give any further updates or detail by phone.

For further information on the support we can, and cannot, provide, see our guidance on support for British nationals abroad.

Our travel advice and consular support
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice
Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is constantly under review, so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. Find out more about how our travel advice works.

Consular help
We publish all our Travel Advice on GOV.UK. Our consular officers cannot provide any additional information by phone. Read more about the consular support we provide.

Latest health advice
See the latest NHS guidance on coronavirus for the current situation in the UK and abroad, and the latest government guidance on coronavirus.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) has also produced general advice on preparing for foreign travel and how everyone can reduce the spread of respiratory viruses.

Last updated 23 March 2020 + show all updates
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Latest update: Reduced travel destinations from Turkey

Time updated
3:05pm, 29 March 2020

While some of this has been posted before, the advice remains important which is why it is repeated. There is also new information on here about remaining flights back to UK.

Return to the UK
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Turkey on 27 March suspended all international scheduled flights, both direct and transit, until further notice. .

As of 29 March, there are some repatriation flights departing from Istanbul Airport. Schedule, availability and sale of seats are at the airlines’ discretion. See Coronavirus for more information.

Anyone holding a Turkish residence permit entering Turkey who has been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to transfer to a government-run quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days.

Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

If you’re abroad and you want to return to the UK
Our travel advice has changed. If you are usually based in the UK, you should return to the UK now, if flights are still available.

How to return
contact your airline, travel company or transport provider as soon as possible to book your travel
if you have travel insurance, you should also contact your insurance company
consider a range of options: you may need to travel to another country to get back to the UK. Check travel advice pages for the latest information on any travel restrictions that could affect your travel plans
keep up-to-date with our travel advice, and in particular the ‘Return to the UK’ guidance for each country. Sign-up to email alerts to be notified if the situation changes

Travel and borders
The British Government’s strong advice is that any British nationals who have travelled abroad and are normally resident in the UK should make arrangements to return home as soon as possible. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Turkish Government on Friday 27 March suspended all scheduled passenger flights from Turkey until further notice. A limited number of repatriation flights are however still operating, but these are subject to change and cancellation at short notice. If you are in Turkey and wish to return to the UK, we strongly encourage you book one of these flights and travel as soon as possible.

Qatar Airways - via Doha
Operating once daily from Istanbul, bookable with Qatar Airways. You can travel with hold baggage.

Belavia - via Minsk
From 31st March flights from Istanbul to Minsk will operate once per day and flights from Minsk to London will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. Flights are bookable with Belavia, however you need to book two separate tickets (Istanbul – Minsk / Minsk – London).

Please be aware that these routes may require extended waiting periods in a third country airport transit location in which you cannot clear immigration without being subject to mandatory quarantine, or include restrictions on baggage. You should check with the airlines before making a flight reservation.

Public measures
There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Further information
Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
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Received tonight.

Still current at:31 March 2020 Updated:31 March 2020 Latest update:
Update on flight information and local travel restrictions ('Summary', 'Return to the UK' and 'Safety and security' pages)

Foreign travel advice

Turkey
COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.Return to the UK
The British Government’s strong advice is that any British nationals who have travelled abroad and are normally resident in the UK should make arrangements to return home as soon as possible.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Turkish Government on Friday 27 March indefinitely suspended all scheduled passenger flights from Turkey. Two commercial flight options are still operating, but these are subject to change and cancellation at short notice.

If you are in Turkey and wish to return to the UK, we strongly encourage you book and travel on one of these flights as soon as possible. As there are limited commercial means of returning to the UK from Turkey, you should contact your travel provider as soon as you can for more information. Note that plans might change at short notice.

Qatar Airways - via Doha

Operating once daily from Istanbul, bookable with Qatar Airways. You can travel with hold baggage.

Belavia - via Minsk
Operates once daily from Istanbul to Minsk. Flights from Minsk to London operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. Flights are bookable with Belavia, however you need to book two separate tickets (Istanbul – Minsk / Minsk – London) and travel with cabin baggage only.

Please be aware that these routes may require extended waiting periods in a third country airport transit location in which you cannot clear immigration without being subject to mandatory quarantine, and/or include restrictions on baggage. You must check with the airlines before making any flight reservations.

Anyone holding a Turkish residence permit entering Turkey who has been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to transfer to a government-run quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days.

Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Further information
See additional advice on making travel plans to return to the UK, or what to do if you cannot depart immediately.

Safety and security
Local travel
Please note that as a result of Coronavirus, internal travel in Turkey is highly restricted.

Internal flight schedules are much reduced and flights are not bookable on line. Only Turkish Airlines is operating and tickets are subject to government authorisation. Many airports are closed including Istanbul’s second airport Sabiha Gokcen (SAW).

Intercity ferries and trains are not operating. Limited coach services are operating. The number of taxis operating in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir has been significantly reduced.

Domestic transportation, including use of private cars, is subject to severe restrictions. Private cars are stopped at the entrance and exit of cities; passengers have their temperature checked. All passengers in the vehicle will be quarantined if one passenger shows symptoms.

Permission from local authorities will be required for essential intercity travel and will only be granted for: illness or death of a family member; medical need (doctor’s note required); or having travelled to a city in the last 15 days and needing to return back home.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK. from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Update to flight information (‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Return to the UK’ pages)

Time updated
1:59pm, 2 April 2020

Coronavirus: stay up to date

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Turkey.

On 27 March, Turkey suspended all international scheduled flights, both direct and transit, until further notice.
As 2 April, there are two commercial flight options departing from Istanbul Airport. Schedule, availability and sale of seats are at the airlines’ discretion.

Passengers (except Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey) who have transited through or have been in the UK or other countries on which the Turkish authorities have imposed a direct flight ban in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey.

There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Travel and borders
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Turkish Government on Friday 27 March indefinitely suspended all scheduled passenger flights from Turkey.

Public measures
There is a curfew in place for those aged over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Further information
Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
Return to the UK
There are currently extremely limited commercial options available to return to the UK from Turkey. This is due to the Turkish government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, on Friday 27 March all scheduled passenger flights from Turkey were suspended indefinitely.

We know this is concerning for British people trying to leave Turkey. The UK government is working closely with airlines, the Turkish authorities and other governments to make sure options are available for you to return to the UK as soon as possible.

What to do

If you cannot leave Turkey at this time, you should:

follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus
find accommodation that’s suitable for your needs.
keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well
Two commercial flight options are still operating, but these are subject to change and cancellation at short notice.

If you are in Turkey and wish to return to the UK, we strongly encourage you book and travel on one of these flights as soon as possible. As there are limited commercial means of returning to the UK from Turkey, you should contact your travel provider as soon as you can for more information. Note that plans might change at short notice.

Flights
Qatar Airways - via Doha
Operating once daily from Istanbul, bookable with Qatar Airways. You can travel with hold baggage.

Belavia - via Minsk
Operates once daily from Istanbul to Minsk. Flights from Minsk to London operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. Flights are bookable with Belavia, however you need to book two separate tickets (Istanbul – Minsk / Minsk – London) and travel with cabin baggage only.

Please be aware that these routes may require extended waiting periods in a third country airport transit location in which you cannot clear immigration without being subject to mandatory quarantine, and/or include restrictions on baggage. You must check with the airlines before making any flight reservations.

Anyone holding a Turkish residence permit entering Turkey who has been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to transfer to a government-run quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days.

Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Future travel options

The UK government is working closely with airlines, the Turkish authorities and other governments to make sure options are available for you to return to the UK as soon as possible.

This travel advice will be updated when departure options become available. Sign up for travel advice email alerts and follow the British Embassy on Twitter and Facebook.

Help and support
The Embassy cannot provide further information or advice about departure options over the phone. This page will be updated when departure options become available. To get the latest information, sign up for travel advice email alerts.
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