Turkey does NOT give up PCR tests for air travel on domestic flights or at the border!

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There have been several reports in recent days that Turkey is preparing to drop the restrictions, including the request for a PCR test. Many praised the initiative and rubbed their hands in joy.

Only that information referred to domestic travel in Turkey. Even so, Turkey does NOT give up PCR tests. There were discussions and proposals, but the Ministry of Interior clarified the situation. PCR tests for domestic air travel are NOT waived.

According to the minister's order, the PCR test will continue to be requested from unvaccinated people who have not completed the vaccination process and have not contracted the coronavirus in the last 180 days.

Regarding the trips from Romania to Turkey, the rules are as follows:

Upon entering Turkey from Romania (starting with July 2021 - the third stage of the gradual normalization process), the following measures are maintained:

People who show a negative PCR test, no later than 72 hours before entering Turkey, are excluded from the quarantine measure.

The following are exempt from the quarantine measure and the presentation of the negative PCR test:

  • Individuals who show proof of vaccination with two doses of vaccine (listed by WHO or Turkey for emergency use) / 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson and for whom 14 days have elapsed since the booster dose.
  • People who can prove that they have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 6 months, provided that entry into Turkey takes place from the 28th day after the result of the first positive PCR test. Proof of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be: a positive result of a PCR test, a certificate issued by state or private certified medical institutions, signed and stamped, issued in English.
  • Persons presenting with the result of a rapid negative antigen test, performed no more than 48 hours before entry into Turkey, issued in English by a certified medical unit. Antigen tests performed at home / residence and not accompanied by medical certification are NOT accepted.
  • Children under the age of 12 are exempt from presenting a PCR / antigen test or a vaccination certificate. Minors between the ages of 12 and 18 who show proof of vaccination (at least 14 days after the completion of the complete vaccination schedule) must NOT show a negative COVID-19 test.
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