Turkey to require negative Covid-19 test for entry

Turkey to require negative Covid-19 test for entry
Travellers from the UK and Denmark will also be required to quarantine on arrival.
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26 December, 2020
Ankara will also require travellers from South Africa to quarantine [Getty]
Turkey will soon require travellers to present a negative Covid-19 test result in order to enter the country, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday.

Passengers will need to present a negative result from a PCR test taken within a 72-hour window to board international flights to Turkey, Koca said in a statement shared on Twitter.

The new rules will come into force on Wednesday and will apply to all land and sea arrivals. 

Travellers without negative test results will be forced to quarantine.

Passengers who have been in the United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa in the past 10 days will have to quarantine on arrival regardless of a negative test result.

They will then wait seven days in quarantine until taking a second PCR test.

The UK, Denmark and South Africa have been the subject of travel bans in recent weeks due to new, more infectious strains of the novel coronavirus.

Turkey has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in the world, with a current weekly average of more than 20,000 confirmed cases a day.

More than 19,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the country.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed a major blow to the already ailing Turkish economy.

Nowhere was that more clear than in Turkey's tourism industry, traditionally one of the country's most important businesses.

Ankara was quick to reopen to tourists this summer in an attempt to make up for months of lost income, and did not until now require passengers to take a Covid-19 test before arriving.

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