Turkey, health tourism

Turkey reopens health tourism to all countries and treatments

The Ministry of Health has announced that patients from any country will be able to travel to Turkey to receive all kinds of treatments, although they must do so safely due to coronavirus.

Having overcome the worst phase of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey has gone one step further and announced the reopening of its borders for health tourism from all countries, and for all kinds of treatments.

After two weeks ago the Turkish Ministry of Health announced that tourists from 31 countries could start travelling to Turkey for a limited number of treatments, the same ministry announced on May 28 that from now patients will be accepted from any country to receive medical treatment in Turkey.

In a ministerial statement, it was reported that treatments include all major and minor branches of medicine, as well as organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplants, reproductive therapies, robotic surgery, obesity treatments, and radiology.

Those who travel to Turkey for health tourism will be able to do it together with their companions both by air and by land, although air transport will be limited to the airports of Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya; as for entry into the country by land, it can be done through the Kapıkule border crossing with Bulgaria, the Sarp crossing with Georgia, and the Habur entry with Iraq.

Hospitals should dedicate an exclusive area to foreign patients

The Turkish Ministry of Health adds that hospitals that treat foreign patients must obtain an International Authorisation Certificate for Health Tourism that will be issued by the ministry; to ensure safety for the duration of the pandemic, the hospital should dedicate an entire floor or section to foreign patients, so that no one else comes into contact with them.

Health tourism has become an important source of income for Turkey, one of the main world destinations for foreign patients, who seek treatment in this country due to the high quality of its services and low prices. In 2018, revenues for this concept in Turkey were around 1,300 million euros.