Turkey welcomes tourists; guidelines for Indian tourists

Travel Weekly

Tourism and international flights which remained suspended in Turkey since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic resumed from June 15, 2020. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey has introduced a set of measures called ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’. This certificate, which is issued under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, covers a broad range of measures including transportation, accommodation, health condition of employees of facilities and passengers.

Safe Tourism Certificate

Granted by international certification institutions, this will document the fulfilment of high level of health and hygiene requirements at airline companies, airports and other transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities. So if any Indian traveller intending to travel to Turkey will be able to check which hotels restaurants & other facilities in Turkey have this ‘Safe Tourism Certificate’ and choose for a safe travel experience.

Checks and Tests

Upon arrival, the body temperature of passengers will be checked at airports. The passenger who has a temperature higher than 37.8-degrees celsius ( 100.4 Fahrenheit) or showing any other symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested free of charge. If the test result is positive, the passenger will be referred to hospital. The same procedure will be applied to all transit passenger as well. If the test result is negative, the passenger can continue with his/her itinerary. No Indian passenger will be deported or be kept in quarantine due to the test result.


For Indian Tourists

An Indian tourist arriving in Turkey and proven to be COVID-19 positive, he/she needs to be treated at a hospital.  Treatment costs will be covered by his/her own health insurance which is also valid in Turkey. It is advisable for Indian travellers to buy medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment as well before arriving in Turkey. Insurance packages can be purchased:

  • With tickets of contracted airlines
  • Inside the airport, at the points of sale before passport control
  • Online
  • From tour operators

For the passenger who has positive PCR test result, qualified health staff capable to respond promptly and well-equipped transfer vehicles will be ready at the airport for transportation to the health institutions. The patient will be transferred immediately to the nearest health institution and his/her treatment will start. The government will not implement any treatment without the consent of the individual.

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