NRDC-T TRAVEL ADVICES AND RESTRICTIONS
- Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced yesterday that a temporary suspension has been decided for flights from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa to Turkey due to new fast-spreading COVID-19 strain.
- Turkey will require a negative coronavirus test from air passengers entering the country from December 28. The test must be carried out within 72 hours of boarding.
- Travelers entering via sea and land borders will also be required to present a negative PCR test result from December 30.
- The measures will be in effect until March 1.
- In addition to the coronavirus test, Turkey will also require a mandatory home quarantine for people who have been in the UK, Denmark or South Africa in the previous 10 days, the statement said.
- Those passengers will be required to get a coronavirus test on day 7 of their quarantine, and will be allowed to conclude their quarantine if they receive a negative result.
- In addition to these, NRDC-T personnel are required to respect national guidance on this matter. Troop Contributing Nations and Host Nations' procedures are to be applied in any case.
- Between 10:00-17:00hrs, citizens (except for those aged 65 and older and those aged 20 and younger) can go to the closest markets, grocery stores, butchers, greengrocers and nuts stores provided that these are limited to meeting their mandatory needs and does not include driving (except for our disabled citizens).
Between the same hours, markets, grocery stores, butchers, greengrocers and nuts stores will also be able to sell goods as home/address delivery.
The bakeries and/or bakery-licensed establishments, and the vendors of these establishments that sell only bread and the establishments where there is dessert production/sales (Only bread, bakery and dessert can be sold in these establishments.) will be open.
People 20 and younger as well as those 65 and older are barred from using public transportation.
- Leaving Turkey, PCR test can be performed in health centers. Leaving Turkey for job related issues, test cost is free. Authorised laboratories can be found in the link below:
- As of 18 June 2020, the wearing of face masks has become mandatory in all public areas in Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa. Those who don’t abide by this rule will be imposed and administrative fine.
- Discotheques and nightclubs across all 81 provinces of Turkey are closed till another announcement. The time restriction of restaurants, cafes, bars is cancelled.
Places such as Turkish baths, saunas, massage salons, swimming pools, and amusement parks will also halt activities.
- Restaurants will operate on a delivery-only basis.
- Business such restaurants, grocery stores, shopping malls and hair salons will have their operating hours limited to between 10:00 to 20:00hrs.
- The new rules are part of the pandemic certification scheme, which is designed to ensure that airports are taking all necessary precautions against COVID-19.
- According to the communique, the aviation authority issued, only passengers and their companions will be allowed into the airports while people will not be able to enter the venues to welcome or send-off travelers.
- All passengers will be required to wear protective face masks.
- The new rules also forbid cabin luggage, except for laptop computers, handbags and necessary items for toddlers.
- Passengers with fever, who cough and have respiratory problems will be referred to health care units.
- In food courts, print menus will be replaced with digital ones and if deemed necessary, the restaurants in airports will be required to provide disposable cutlery, glasses and other items.
- Social distancing will be strictly observed in the terminal’s security checkpoints and check-in areas.
- Central ventilation systems will only circulate fresh air inside the venues while the use of playgrounds for children, smoking rooms and prayer rooms may be limited depending on risk assessment.
- If the operator of the airport fails to comply with those rules, they will be subjected to administrative actions.
- Passengers will be encouraged to check-in online and use contactless payment methods.
- Before travelling intercity, “The HES Code” must be taken from Health Ministry. The link is:
- IAW the latest circular issued by the Ministry of Interior, HES Code became mandatory to access all governmental and public buildings in Turkey.
Everyone will be required to present their individual electronic HES codes to show their infection status – available through a free smartphone app – when entering shopping centers.
- HES CODE
- Following the mandatory use of HES code, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) took the necessary steps for the new period and started the practice of matching HES codes with Istanbulkart. Istanbulkart, whose HES code has not been matched after January 15, will not be used in public transportation.
- Card users can enter their personal information together with their HES Code. İstanbul kart Personalization and matching can be done easily by entering the required fields on the website.
- Citizens who want to get support during the transaction can apply to Alo 153.
- Following the Ministry of Interior's circular requiring HES code control in public transportation vehicles, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has rolled up its sleeves in order for citizens to travel smoothly in the new period.
- Funeral prayers will be performed with a maximum of 30 people, including relatives of the deceased, and weddings will also not exceed this number.
The number of people who can enter crowded streets and squares will be limited by local authorities.
House gatherings, including New Year’s Eve celebrations, will not be allowed, as part of the newly announced measures.
- Face-to-face education in Turkey will not start before Feb. 15, as the Education Ministry has extended the period of distance learning at schools amid a high number of COVID-19 cases.
- Distance education in primary, secondary, and high schools will continue until Jan. 22, the end of the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, the ministry said in a circular issued on Dec.18.
- This academic year, there will be no exams in primary schools and report grades will be determined by the score of participation in course activities, said the ministry.
- A one-week break of the next period was added to the half-year holiday period, according to the circular.
- The semester holiday period will start on Jan. 25, as the one-week break in the second term is also added to the first holiday as well, said the ministry.
- The second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year will start on Feb. 15, 2021.
- Remote learning will continue through national broadcaster TRT’s Education Information Network (EBA) channels and live courses, while all teachers can carry out live lessons through the EBA.
- A general curfew will be applied every weeknight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- There will also be a weekend-long curfew, from Friday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday.
- The pre-announced restrictions on weekend curfews will also be implemented during the curfew planned for 31 December 2020 and 4 January 2021. The only difference is that the fish markets will be open between 10.00-17.00hrs on Weekends.
- The house gatherings, including New Year’s Eve celebrations, will not be allowed.
- During curfew periods and days (to be applied on weekdays and weekends) intercity
travels will only be allowed in compulsory situations. In such cases the citizens are required to
obtain travel permission from the travel permit boards in the districts and cities. This permission
may also be obtained via ALO 199 line or e-application platforms of the Ministry of Interior.
Please note that there is not any ban on intercity travels by using public bus, plane, train and ship.
- Some sectors, including production, supply, health, and agriculture, will be exempt from the curfews. Some shops that provide home delivery service, such as markets and butchers, will also be excluded from the weekend restrictions.