The Turkish Embassy in New Delhi has released updated quarantine guidelines for vaccinated travellers visiting Turkey from India and Nepal. In a Twitter post, the Embassy shared details on the new arrangement which now requires all the passengers to submit a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before arrival in the transcontinental country.
According to the guidelines, which came into effect on November 15, passengers travelling to Turkey from India and Nepal and those who have been in these countries within the last 14 days will be subject to the latest measures. To get exemption from mandatory quarantine in Turkey, fully vaccinated travellers (Those who have received full dose of vaccines approved by WHO or Turkish authorities and 14 days have elapsed since the last dose) have to show a proof of vaccination or a vaccine certificate. Both Covishield and Covaxin are approved vaccine for travel to Turkey.
Travellers who cannot provide the vaccine certificate will be subject to quarantine in Turkey for 10 days and undergo mandatory RT-PCR test during the period. On the last working, if the test returns negative, the quarantine will end and visitors can move freely but if found positive, treatment will be conducted in accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The quarantine period will be 14 days for those travellers who don’t take a RT-PCR on 10th day of isolation.The new guidelines also stated that young travellers or passengers between the age of 12 and 18, travelling with their parents, who cannot certify that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 must submit a negative RT-PCR test report taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Turkey.
Kids under the age of 12 will be exempted from PCR test and vaccination certificate application on entry. The updated quarantine guidelines are not applicable to transit and/or transfer passengers. Further, airline crew members will also be exempted from quarantine and PCR test requirements.