Holidays to Turkey are on hold for now amid the UK’s current travel ban. Though UK arrivals are permitted into Turkey, in line with specific rules, travel for leisure purposes from the UK is banned until May 17.
One of these rules is a PCR testing requirement, however, the nation has recently amended regulations so that transmitting passengers may not require a PCR test.
Instead, this will only apply if they have been in a specific set of countries within the previous 14 days.
It is not clear whether or not Turkey will be granted “green” status under the UK “traffic light system” once travel resume.
Despite this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) keeps its travel advice pages updated for Britons who are currently travelling for permitted reasons or who are looking to travel in the future.
“Passengers transiting Turkey from India, Brazil or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure to Turkey.”
Currently, UK citizens are permitted to enter Turkey and are not required to self-isolate.
The FCDO further explains: “Direct flights between UK and Turkey are currently operating…