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Old 20th May 2020, 06:40   #151 (permalink)
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CURFEW UPDATE




Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Updated information to reflect new curfew conditions (‘Staying during coronavirus’ page)

Time updated
9:51pm, 19 May 2020
Curfews
The 16-19 May curfew in place in Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak will end at midnight on 19 May.

On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May. The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. There are the following exceptions in the lead-up to and during this specific curfew:

Children aged 14 and under will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, on 20 May between 11am and 3pm
People aged between 15 and 20 years old will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, between 11am and 3pm on 22 May.
During the weekend curfew on 24 May, those aged over 65 will be allowed to walk outside between 2pm and 8pm.
Those aged between 18 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

Domestic travel
There are extremely limited international flights. Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended.

Restrictions on inter-city travel were introduced on 3 April. There are exemptions for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police.

On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak. People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.
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Old 20th May 2020, 11:31   #152 (permalink)
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Well, somebody is wrong , this from Doc Martin
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No idea, I only pass on the info I get and this was sent to me last night. I always include the time and date for reference. I dont see much difference in the information and doesn't doc get the same info from the F & C anyway?


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you should avoid all rallies and demonstrations and leave the area if one develops
Oh! Well that's just bu99ered my weekend up, I will have to stay in then.

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Updated information to reflect new curfew conditions and entry requirements relating to coronavirus (‘Staying during coronavirus’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages)

Time updated
10:07pm, 20 May 2020


Curfews
On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

In the run-up to the curfew, on 21 May and 22 May markets, shops, butchers and grocery stores will be open until 2300. On 23 May these stores will be open from 1000 to 1700 and people will be permitted to leave their home/place of residence to travel to the store closest to them. These stores will be closed on 24 - 26 May. Throughout the curfew bakeries and confectioners will remain open.

The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. There are the following exceptions in the lead-up to and during this specific curfew:

People aged between 15 and 20 years old will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, between 11am and 3pm on 22 May.
During the weekend curfew on 24 May, those aged over 65 will be allowed to walk outside between 2pm and 8pm.
Those aged between 18 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

Domestic travel
There are extremely limited international flights. Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended.

Restrictions on inter-city travel were introduced on 3 April. There are exemptions for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police.

On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak. People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.

Entry requirements
The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Restrictions in response to coronavirus
Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey.

Some airlines are operating flights to Turkey on an occasional basis to repatriate Turkish nationals and residents of Turkey from abroad, in cooperation with the Turkish government. If you live in Turkey but are currently in the UK and wishing to return to Turkey, email the Turkish Consulate-General in London ([email protected]) to register your interest in returning.

If you’re outside the UK, contact the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in the country you are in. Although there is no barrier to British nationals with residence permits entering Turkey, priority will be given to Turkish nationals.

You should refer to the operating airline and your nearest Turkish Embassy before you travel, to ensure you are permitted to enter Turkey on these flights.

All passengers arriving in Turkey from overseas will be checked for Covid- 19. Anyone showing symptoms will be isolated at the airport before taken by ambulance to a hospital for testing and, if necessary, treatment. Those who do not have symptoms will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. They will be monitored remotely by family doctors during their self-isolation period.

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

Visas
Without the current Covid-19 restrictions, British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes would normally be able to 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 overstay 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.

Passport validity
The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children
If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.
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Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Information on changes to flight options and entry requirements relating to COVID-19 (‘Return to the UK’, Traveling to the airport’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages)

Time updated
6:37pm, 21 May 2020

Return to UK

There are currently extremely limited commercial options available to return to the UK from Turkey.

The Turkish Government has implemented a ban on international flights until 1 June. Normal, scheduled international flights will not resume until the ban is lifted. At present there is no information about how soon airlines will resume their operations after it is lifted. Occasional ad hoc flights are still operating.

If you have a future reservation for a flight from Turkey to the UK other than those listed below and our social media @UKinTurkey, there is no guarantee that the flight will operate. Contact your airline for the latest information.

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

Flight options
The flight details below are provided for your information only. These flights are provided by commercial companies and are subject to change. For the latest information on flight status and availability, please check the flight operator’s website.

Istanbul to London via Minsk
Belavia Airlines are operating flights twice a week from Istanbul to London Gatwick, via Minsk:

tickets can be booked direct on the Belavia website
the Istanbul to Minsk flight departs early in the morning, which allows a same day connecting flight onward to London Gatwick. This can be booked on one ticket to allow for an easier journey with hold baggage
flights may be subject to change or cancellation at short notice. Contact the airline for the latest flight information
if you are in Istanbul or the surrounding area, you should consider taking this flight. You should also consider taking this flight if you are elsewhere in Turkey, but are able to travel to Istanbul
See ‘Travelling to the Airport’ section below for guidance on what documentation you may need.

Konya to Copenhagen
SunExpress are scheduled to operate once weekly flights from Konya to Copenhagen from Wednesday 10 June:

tickets are on sale via the SunExpress website
onward flights are available the same day to London Heathrow, Manchester and Dublin with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
tickets are on sale via the SAS website
these are commercial flights operated by Sun Express and SAS, respectively, and all normal airline policies on baggage allowances will apply
passengers must be in possession of an onward ticket to the UK to board this flight and may not pass through immigration to enter Denmark
if you are in the vicinity of Konya, you should consider taking these flights. You should also consider taking these flights if you are elsewhere in Turkey, but are able to travel to Konya Airport.
See ‘Travelling to the Airport’ section below for guidance on what documentation you may need.

Travelling to the airport
Turkey has imposed restrictions on internal travel. You will need a travel permit:

to travel from some cities another, see Coronavirus
to go to the airport during a ‘full nation-wide’ lockdown, which is expected most weekends
if you are aged over 65 or under 20 and need to travel within the same city
To request a travel permit, submit a request to the British Embassy Ankara. 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.

Regular bus services are not currently operating in most areas. The following transport providers have been able to offer transfer options previously and are operating services according to demand at reasonable prices:

Turse Taşımacılık Antalya [email protected]

Guney Akdeniz Bus Company Antalya (covering Ankara, Adana and Izmir to Antalya)

Koral Travel Marmaris (covering all Mugla region including Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye) Phone: +90 252 412 9948 (10:00-17:00) /+90 532 216 9817 (24/7) [email protected]

Didim Sehayat Didim Bus Station (operating between Didim- Izmir Airport or Didim- Izmir Bus Station) Phone: +90 256 811 1736 (contact by phone to arrange transport) online ticket sales are not currently available

CTS Didim (also will arrange transfers from Kuşadasi) Phone: +90 256 813 7200

This list of service providers is for information only. None of the service providers are endorsed or recommended by the British Embassy Ankara. You should research whether a service provider will be suitable. The British Embassy Ankara does not accept any liability arising to any person for any loss or damage suffered through using these service providers or this information.

Entry requirements
The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Restrictions in response to coronavirus
Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey.

Some airlines are operating flights to Turkey on an occasional basis to repatriate Turkish nationals and residents of Turkey from abroad, in cooperation with the Turkish government. If you live in Turkey but are currently in the UK and wishing to return to Turkey, email the Turkish Consulate-General in London ([email protected]) to register your interest in returning.

If you’re outside the UK, contact the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in the country you are in. Although there is no barrier to British nationals with residence permits entering Turkey, priority will be given to Turkish nationals.

You should refer to the operating airline and your nearest Turkish Embassy before you travel, to ensure you are permitted to enter Turkey on these flights.

All passengers permitted to arrive in Turkey from overseas will be checked for Covid- 19. Anyone showing symptoms will be isolated at the airport before taken by ambulance to a hospital for testing and, if necessary, treatment. Those who do not have symptoms will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. They will be monitored remotely by family doctors during their self-isolation period.

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

Visas
Without the current Covid-19 restrictions, British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes would normally be able to 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 overstay 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.

Passport validity
The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with children

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.
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Change made
Information on changes to curfew conditions (‘Staying during coronavirus’ and ‘Safety and security’ pages)

Time updated
10:02pm, 22 May 2020

Curfews
On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

On 23 May, markets, shops, butchers and grocery stores will be open from 1000 to 1700 and people will be permitted to leave their home/place of residence to travel to the store closest to them. These stores will be closed on 24 - 26 May. Throughout the curfew bakeries and confectioners will remain open.

The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. There is the following exception during this specific curfew:

During the weekend curfew on 24 May, those aged over 65 will be allowed to walk outside between 2pm and 8pm.
Those aged between 18 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.
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Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Information on changes to curfew conditions (‘Staying during coronavirus’ page)

Time updated
10:00pm, 23 May 2020



Curfews

On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

Markets, shops, butchers and grocery stores will be closed on 24 - 26 May. Throughout the curfew bakeries and confectioners will remain open.

The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition. There is the following exception during this specific curfew:

During the weekend curfew on 24 May, those aged over 65 will be allowed to walk outside between 2pm and 8pm.
Those aged between 18 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Information on changes to curfew conditions (‘Staying during coronavirus’ and ‘Safety and security’ pages)

Time updated
6:01pm, 24 May 2020

Curfews

On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

Markets, shops, butchers and grocery stores will be closed on 24 - 26 May. Throughout the curfew bakeries and confectioners will remain open.

The existing on-going curfew also remains 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 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.

Domestic travel
There are extremely limited international flights. Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended.

Restrictions on inter-city travel were introduced on 3 April. There are exemptions for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police.

On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak. People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.

Visas

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

Safety and security

Local travel
You should note that as a result of Coronavirus, internal travel in Turkey is highly restricted.

On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May. The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition.

Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended. Restrictions on inter-city travel were introduced on 3 April. There are exemptions for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police.

Although some of the restrictions have been lifted, entry to and exit from the following cities remains banned until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak.

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.

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.

The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person. Measures may vary across provinces and new measures may be introduced at short notice. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in the following provinces - Adana Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Amasya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Bolu, Burdu, Denizli, Düzce, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Gümüşhane, Isparta, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kırıkkale, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Muğla, Rize, Sakarya, Şanlıurfa, Siirt, Tunceli and Uşak.

Syrian border
The FCO advise against all travel to areas within 10km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces.

Turkey is conducting a military operation in north-eastern Syria. This has led to heightened tensions in border regions, including cross-border rocket and mortar attacks into Turkey, close to the border. If you’re in provinces bordering Syria, you should remain extremely vigilant and keep up to date with developments via local media and this travel advice.
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New curfew information.


Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
Addition of information on changes to curfew conditions (‘Staying during coronavirus’ and ‘Safety and security’ pages)

Time updated
2:55pm, 26 May 2020

Staying during coronavirus
This page gives you guidance on how to stay safely in Turkey as a visitor, if you are unable to return to the UK.

Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Turkey to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Moving around in Turkey

The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, haidressers and barber shops. The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person.

In addition to the above, the wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home in the following cities and provinces -– Adana, Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Amasya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Bolu, Burdu, Denizli, Düzce, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Gümüşhane, Isparta, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kırıkkale, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Muğla, Rize, Sakarya, Şanlıurfa, Siirt, Tunceli and Uşak.

Measures may vary across provinces and new measures may be introduced at short notice. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.

Curfews
On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

Markets, shops, butchers and grocery stores will be closed on 24 - 26 May. Throughout the curfew bakeries and confectioners will remain open.

The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition, with the following exceptions: * Children aged 14 and under will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, on 27 May between 11am and 3pm * People aged between 15 and 20 years old will be allowed outside, within walking distance of their home, on 29 May between 11am and 3pm

Those aged between 18 and 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.

Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.


Safety and security


Local travel
You should note that as a result of Coronavirus, internal travel in Turkey is highly restricted.

Intercity bus services and domestic flights within Turkey are suspended. Restrictions on inter-city travel were introduced on 3 April. There are exemptions for necessities such as food, medicine, cleaning supplies and certain logistics vehicles, and transit traffic with permission. These restrictions are enforced by the police.

Although some of the restrictions have been lifted, entry to and exit from the following cities remains banned until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak.

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.

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.

The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person. Measures may vary across provinces and new measures may be introduced at short notice. Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in the following provinces - Adana Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Amasya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Bolu, Burdu, Denizli, Düzce, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Gümüşhane, Isparta, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kırıkkale, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Muğla, Rize, Sakarya, Şanlıurfa, Siirt, Tunceli and Uşak.
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