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Old 4th April 2020, 11:06   #121 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Latest update: Update to flight information

Time updated
2:30am, 4 April 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,
those born after 1 January 2000, and
those who have a chronic medical condition.
Those in these categories who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156.

Wearing of masks is obligatory in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets.

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. See Return to the UK

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.

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

(use this link if you need information, it's a long piece about chartered flights)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/n...tranded-abroad
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Old 4th April 2020, 23:28   #122 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Update to flight information

Time updated
10:46pm, 4 April 2020

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 [B]all but essential international travel[/B]. 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.
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.
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, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. Those in these categories who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156. Wearing of masks is obligatory in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets. In Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities, wearing of masks is compulsory on public transport, including Metro, buses and ferries.

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. See Return to the UK

On Saturday 4 April all domestic flights within Turkey were suspended until 20 April. Intercity bus services have also been suspended. All entry into and exit from Turkey’s 30 largest cities, and 31 provinces, has been banned except for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police. The cities/provinces with restricted entry and exit are as follows:

Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Muğla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Van, Zonguldak

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
if you are visiting Turkey and normally resident in the UK, please register with the Embassy through our new registration process (see below)
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.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR VISITING BRITISH NATIONALS IN TURKEY
We encourage British nationals visiting Turkey who are usually resident in the UK and are trying to return home to register with the British Embassy to allow us to monitor the situation of our nationals more closely. Please send your responses to the following nine questions below to [email protected]. You should complete the questions in full for all members of your party.

Full Name (as it appears in your passport)
British Passport number
Date of birth
Contact phone number
Your current location and nearest international airport
Country of usual residence
Any current health issues
Are you travelling with any children under the age of 18 or adults over the age of 65?
With which airline did you travel to Turkey?
The mailbox is for registration purposes only. Your personal details will be kept in confidence and will not shared beyond our consular teams.

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

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.
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Old 5th April 2020, 17:02   #123 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update to travel restrictions. Mainly affecting seasonal workers
Change made
Update to travel restrictions
Time updated
2:29pm, 5 April 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, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. Those aged between 18-20 and working in the public or private sector, or as a seasonal worker in the agriculture sector, can leave home if they have the necessary documents and permissions to show to the security forces. Those in these categories who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via the designated phone lines; 112, 155, and 156. Wearing of masks is obligatory in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets. In Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities, wearing of masks is compulsory on public transport, including Metro, buses and ferries.
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Old 6th April 2020, 09:43   #124 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Further update about return to UK.

Latest update: Update to travel restrictions (‘Return to the UK’ pages)

Time updated
12:35am, 6 April 2020

Return to the UK
There remain extremely limited commercial options to return to the UK from Turkey.

If you live in the UK and are currently visiting Turkey, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded.

UK special charter flights will only operate for priority countries where commercial flights are not possible. You should not assume that these flights will become available in countries where commercial routes are operating. Please do not contact the contracted travel management company if no flight is advertised here.

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
if you are visiting Turkey and normally resident in the UK, please register with the Embassy through our new registration process (see below)
One commercial flight option is still operating, but this is subject to change and cancellation at short notice.

The British Embassy is issuing regular updates on Twitter and Facebook with the latest available information on flight departure options from Turkey.

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.

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. On Sunday flights it may be possible to book on one ticket which would allow passengers to take hold baggage. You should check this with the airline when making a reservation. 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.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR VISITING BRITISH NATIONALS IN TURKEY
We encourage British nationals visiting Turkey who are usually resident in the UK and are trying to return home to register with the British Embassy to allow us to monitor the situation of our nationals more closely. Please send your responses to the following nine questions below to [email protected]. You should complete the questions in full for all members of your party.

Full Name (as it appears in your passport)
British Passport number
Date of birth
Contact phone number
Your current location and nearest international airport
Country of usual residence
Any current health issues
Are you travelling with any children under the age of 18 or adults over the age of 65?
With which airline did you travel to Turkey?
The mailbox is for registration purposes only. Your personal details will be kept in confidence and will not shared beyond our consular teams.

Further information
See additional advice on making travel plans to return to the UK, or what to do if you cannot depart immediately.
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Old 6th April 2020, 17:07   #125 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

New Update.
Please note that the F & C Office has now advised against all international travel INDEFINITELY.


Update on GOV.​UK. Turkey travel advice

Change made
Update to information and advice on returning to the UK (‘Summary’ and ‘Return to the UK’ pages)

Time updated
4:53pm, 6 April 2020

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.

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 of 6 April, there is one commercial flight option departing from Istanbul Airport. Schedule, availability and sale of seats are at the airlines’ discretion.

Return to the UK
There remain extremely limited commercial options to return to the UK from Turkey.

If you live in the UK and are currently visiting Turkey, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded.

UK special charter flights will only operate for priority countries where commercial flights are not possible. You should not assume that these flights will become available in countries where commercial routes are operating. Please do not contact the contracted travel management company if no flight is advertised here.

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
if you are visiting Turkey and normally resident in the UK, please register with the Embassy through our new registration process (see below)
One commercial flight option is still operating, but this is subject to change and cancellation at short notice.

The British Embassy is issuing regular updates on Twitter and Facebook with the latest available information on flight departure options from Turkey.

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.

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.
On Sunday flights it may be possible to book on one ticket which would allow passengers to take hold baggage. You should check this with the airline when making a reservation. 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.

British nationals travelling between cities in order to return to the UK must get permission from the Turkish authorities to travel. To do so, your request must be submitted on https://www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-ankara. You should make sure it is clear in the subject box that you are enquiring about a permit to travel, and have proof of your onward journey out of Turkey.

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.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR VISITING BRITISH NATIONALS IN TURKEY

We encourage British nationals visiting Turkey who are usually resident in the UK and are trying to return home to register with the British Embassy to allow us to monitor the situation of our nationals more closely. Please send your responses to the following nine questions below to [email protected]. You should complete the questions in full for all members of your party.

Full Name (as it appears in your passport)
British Passport number
Date of birth
Contact phone number
Your current location and nearest international airport
Country of usual residence
Any current health issues
Are you travelling with any children under the age of 18 or adults over the age of 65?
With which airline did you travel to Turkey?
The mailbox is for registration purposes only. Your personal details will be kept in confidence and will not shared beyond our consular teams.
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Old 7th April 2020, 13:43   #126 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Turkish authorities have confirmed that any foreign nationals who outstay their visa, due to COVID-19, will not face any fines or penalties

Time updated
1:09pm, 7 April 2020

Visas
Without the current Covid-19 restrictions, British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes would normally be able to can travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Turkish authorities have confirmed that any foreign nationals who outstay their visa, due to COVID-19, will not face any fines or penalties.

If you hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You’ll need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you don’t abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.

If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
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Old 9th April 2020, 16:49   #127 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Possible suspension of remaining commercial flight from Istanbul

Time updated
2:56pm, 9 April 2020


Return to the UK
There remain extremely limited commercial options to return to the UK from Turkey which are expected to end over the Easter weekend.

If you live in the UK and are currently visiting Turkey, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded.

UK special charter flights will only operate for priority countries where commercial flights are not possible. You should not assume that these flights will become available in countries where commercial routes are operating. Please do not contact the contracted travel management company if no flight is advertised here.

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
if you are visiting Turkey and normally resident in the UK, please register with the Embassy through our new registration process (see below)
One commercial flight option is still operating, but this is subject to change and cancellation at short notice. There is no guarantee that this flight will continue to operate after Sunday 12 April.

The British Embassy is issuing regular updates on Twitter and Facebook with the latest available information on flight departure options from Turkey.

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.

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. On Sunday flights it may be possible to book on one ticket which would allow passengers to take hold baggage. You should check this with the airline when making a reservation. 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. There is no guarantee that this flight will continue to operate after Sunday 12 April.

British nationals travelling between cities in order to return to the UK must get permission from the Turkish authorities to travel. To do so, submit your request here. (link added below)

https://www.contact-embassy.service....bassy%20Ankara

You should make sure it is clear in the subject box that you are enquiring about a permit to travel, and have proof of your onward journey out of Turkey.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Details of 48 hour curfew imposed on 10 April 2020 (‘Summary’ and ‘Coronavirus’ pages)

Time updated
12:15pm, 11 April 2020Coronavirus: stay up to date

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

On Friday April 10 the Turkish Interior Ministry ordered a two-day (48 hour) curfew in 31 provinces, between midnight April 10 and midnight April 12 in response to the spread of Covid-19. The provinces affected are: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Muğla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Van, Zonguldak

Bakeries (for home delivery only), hospitals and pharmacies will stay open during the 48 hour curfew in Turkey’s 31 provinces.

The following Institutions and Workers are exempt from the curfew:

Hotels open inside the city.
Transfers of foreigners to external flights.
Motorway toll gate staff.
Staff working at Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Staff working at Ataturk Airport.
Staff at field hospital at Ataturk Airport.
Staff at field hospital at Sancaktepe.
Staff of Ronesans company working on construction of Ikitelli City Hospital.
Public or private sector staff of Istanbul Airport with official entry permits.
Staff working at wind farm next to Istanbul
On the European side, staff of Nature Protection and National Parks Dept. On the Asian side, Forests and Agriculture Dept staff and public guidance volunteers.
Staff of veterinary clinics and pet shops.
Staff of Jockey Club stables at Hippodrome.
Public and private sector staff working on food distribution.
Staff of Pendik Veterinary and Research Laboratory.
Petrol stations as designated by local authorities. Half open on Saturday, half on Sunday.
Supermarket staff (1-2 persons) clearing shelves of perishable food.
Home LPG gas distributors.
Funeral staff.


Foreign nationals travelling to airports in order to get an international flight home are exempt from the curfew and should carry with them proof of their flight to show to the police.

On 27 March, Turkey suspended all international scheduled flights, both direct and transit, until further notice.

As of 9 April, there is one commercial flight option departing from Istanbul Airport. Schedule, availability and sale of seats are at the airlines’ discretion. There is no guarantee of these flights continuing to operate after 12 April.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

GOV . UK stated this afternoon that the 9th April flight has been cancelled.

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Update on Flights for British Nationals:

We have been informed that Belavia’s flight to Minsk on 12 April has been cancelled.

The next flight to Minsk is scheduled to operate on 15 April.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

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Updated flight details (“Return to the UK”)

Time updated
2:17pm, 12 April 2020

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

There remain extremely limited commercial options to return to the UK from Turkey and these may stop at short notice.

There is a route from Istanbul to the UK via Minsk with Belavia airlines – see below for further details. You may require a permit to travel to the airport – see Travel Permit section below.

If you live in the UK and are currently visiting Turkey, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded.

UK special charter flights will only operate for priority countries where commercial flights are not possible. You should not assume that these flights will become available in countries where commercial routes are operating. Please do not contact the contracted travel management company if no flight is advertised here.

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
if you are visiting Turkey and normally resident in the UK, please register with the Embassy through our new registration process (see below)
One commercial flight route to the UK (via Minsk) is still operating, but this is subject to change and cancellation at short notice. There is no guarantee of how long the Minsk flights will continue to operate.

The British Embassy is issuing regular updates on Twitter and Facebook with the latest available information on flight departure options from Turkey.

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.

Belavia - via Minsk
The next Belavia flight from Istanbul to Minsk is scheduled to operate on Wednesday 15 April. However, all flights are subject to change at short notice. You should contact the airline to confirm flight details.

The timing of this flight has been changed to an early morning departure, to facilitate a same day connecting flight onward to London or Paris, and can be booked on one ticket to allow for an easier journey with hold baggage. This flight is bookable direct with the airline on their website.

Additionally, any passengers who had a ticket for the cancelled Belavia Istanbul to Minsk flight on the 12th April, and who would like to transfer their ticket to the Wednesday flight, should contact +90 532 266 1210 either on WhatsApp or by telephone.

From Thursday 16th April, flights operate once daily from Istanbul to Minsk. Flights from Minsk to London operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. However there are no flight from Minsk to the UK between Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th April inclusive. 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 this route requires waiting overnight in Minsk airport and you are not officially permitted clear immigration without being subject to mandatory quarantine, although we have heard that some travellers have been allowed with proof of an onward flight reservation. We do not recommend leaving the airport.

For the latest flight information, you should check with the airline before making any flight reservations.

Travel Permit
Turkey has imposed restrictions on all internal travel between cities within Turkey. All travellers will need a travel permit if they are travelling from one city to another. In addition, you will also need a travel permit if you are aged over 65 or under 20 and need to travel within the same city. To request a travel permit, please submit your request here. You should make clear in the subject box that you are enquiring about a permit to travel, and have proof of your onward journey out of Turkey

Future travel option
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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.

[B]Help and support[/B
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.

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

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR VISITING BRITISH NATIONALS IN TURKEY
We encourage British nationals visiting Turkey who are usually resident in the UK and are trying to return home to register with the British Embassy to allow us to monitor the situation of our nationals more closely. Please send your responses to the following nine questions below to [email protected]. You should complete the questions in full for all members of your party.

Full Name (as it appears in your passport)
British Passport number
Date of birth
Contact phone number
Your current location and nearest international airport
Country of usual residence
Any current health issues
Are you travelling with any children under the age of 18 or adults over the age of 65?
With which airline did you travel to Turkey?
The mailbox is for registration purposes only. Your personal details will be kept in confidence and will not shared beyond our consular teams.
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