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Old 18th November 2020, 14:23   #201 (permalink)
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update today.

Change made
New information on shops and business opening hours, restrictions on restaurants and weekend curfew restrictions from 21 November 2020 (‘Coronavirus’ page)

Public spaces and services
The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.

Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.

From 21 November, shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services.

Those who do not abide by COVID -19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL (approximately 100). Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.

Curfews
Nationwide weekend curfews are being introduced from 21 November as follows:

8pm on Saturday evening until 10am on Sunday morning
8pm on Sunday evening until 5am on Monday morning
There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work.

These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.
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Re: Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates for Turkey

Update sent tonight from F & C.




Update on GOV.​UK.

Turkey travel advice

Change made
New information on COVID-19 related restrictions; nationwide curfews, medicine supplies and prescriptions (‘Coronavirus’ page)

Time updated
3:28pm, 1 December 2020


Travel in Turkey
HES codes for intercity travel and lodging
Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel. As of 30 September the HES code will also be required when checking into accommodation including hotels, motels, boarding houses, pensions, camps etc. Some provinces also require submission of a HES code upon entry to public buildings and banks. This does not apply to foreign tourists. This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.

IF YOU HAVE A TURKISH RESIDENT ID: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) your year of birth, and (d) the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days. Put a single space between each item.

IF YOU HAVE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes (a) the letters “HES”, (b) your Turkish kimlik number (c) the last four digits of the series number of your ID, and (d) surname, the number of days you will be traveling, plus 7 days should be used. Put a single space between each item.

Airlines also have information on their websites in English about the HES code, including:

SunExpress
Turkish Airlines
Pegasus
Public spaces and services
The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey. This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.

Smoking in open areas (streets, avenues and other open public areas) is banned.

Shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services.

From 1 December, Turkish citizens and residents will need HES codes (see the ‘Travel in Turkey’ section) to enter shopping centres.

Those who do not abide by COVID-19 restrictions may be issued with a fine of 900 TL (approximately 100). Follow Turkish announcements and local media for up to date information.

Curfews
From 1 December nationwide curfews will be in place as follows:

On weekdays, the curfew lasts from 9pm until 5am the following morning; and
On weekends the curfew lasts from 9pm on Friday evening until 5am on Monday morning.
There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition. If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work. If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work. Those aged over 65 and under 20 are not allowed to take public transport.

These restrictions do not apply to those visiting for tourism.

See Travel in Turkey if you fall into one of these categories and need to travel.

Healthcare in Turkey
You should ensure that you are prepared for any unplanned or extended stays due to changes in COVID-related restrictions or your travel arrangements. If you take regular medication, make sure you have at least 14 days of supplies to cover you in case you are required to quarantine as a result of a positive COVID test.

British-issued prescriptions are not accepted in pharmacies in Turkey, although some medicines may be available over the counter.

If your medical supplies do run out whilst in Turkey it may be possible, in some cases, to liaise with Turkish hospitals and your GP to arrange for a Turkish prescription for the equivalent medicine.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Turkey.
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