Turkey Permits Fully Vaccinated Travellers From India

The Republic of Turkey has declared that fully vaccinated travellers from India will no longer be subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine rule, with effect from 4th September 2021. This announcement aims to travel for passengers from India who are above 12 years of age.

The vaccine, however needs to be approved by the Turkish government. The vaccines approved by WHO and Turkish Government include Pzifer Biontech, Sputnik V and Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Covishield. Both doses need to be taken, but in the case of J&J, one dose is sufficient. The vaccine should also be taken 14 days prior to the date of travel.

The fully vaccinated travellers are also required to submit a negative PCR test report taken 72 hours before departure in order to exempt the quarantine. Non-vaccinated travellers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days in a hotel or a location mentioned in the declaration.

The Turkish government has successfully vaccinated 79% of its population above 18 of age with first dose and 62 % population above 18 of age with both the doses.

Turkey has kept a strong grip on the COVID-19 situation with guidelines & protocols in place for tourists and businesses associated with tourism. Due to this, the tourist inflow data in Turkey continues to be quite high. The tourist inflow numbers in Turkey between January-July 2021, despite the pandemic, was recorded at 11.9 million. In July 2021 4.3 million international visitors visited Turkey.

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