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Important notice for passengers traveling to Turkey

Turkish Airlines warns that all passengers traveling to Turkey must present a valid health code obtained online to enter the country.

Turkish Airlines has published an important notice on its official website for all passengers who plan to travel to Turkey, and who are required by the Turkish authorities to have a negative PCR test and to obtain a valid HES health code to enter the country .

As reported by the Turkish airline, all passengers arriving in Turkey from another country as of March 15, 2021 – excluding passengers in transit to another destination, and those under 6 years old – must have completed within 72 hours before their trip an entry form (obtainable here, available in several languages).

A printed copy of the completed form or a screenshot on the mobile phone screen must be presented to the aircraft crew in order to board the flight. From the information provided in the form, a private HES code will be automatically generated. “We will be able to contact you in case you have had any contact with a COVID-19 patient during your trip,” the airline indicates on its website.

Without the entry form, the passenger will not be able to enter Turkey

HES is a mobile application used in Turkey that assigns a unique private code showing the health status of the carrier and its possible contacts with the coronavirus; This code is necessary to travel or to enter public buildings, and from today it is also required in large cities such as Istanbul to access cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and other places.

“The form can be checked at the border (or when arriving at the airport). If the form is incomplete or contains false information, you may face legal consequences or administrative penalties. Furthermore, you may not be allowed to enter Turkey,” warns Turkish Airlines website.

Mandatory negative PCR test from 6 years of age

The airline also recalls on its website that since December 30, 2020, all passengers from 6 years of age who enter Turkey must present a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before departure from their country of origin.

It is also noted that all passengers must wear a face mask correctly placed both during the flight and at the airport, and that upon arrival, passengers may undergo health checks, including temperature checks or other tests.

“If our passengers show symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough, respiratory problems or temperature higher than 38 degrees, they may not be admitted to the flight and be taken to the relevant health authorities,” the company reports.

Arrivals from Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa prohibited

Turkish Airlines also recalls on its website another important notice for passengers traveling to Turkey: tickets to Turkey from Brazil, the UK, Denmark and South Africa are suspended. “All passengers arriving in Turkey from other countries and who have visited Brazil, the United Kingdom, Denmark or South Africa in the last 10 days, will be quarantined for 14 days in places designated by the Turkish authorities upon arrival.”