Traveling abroad in the pandemic: So how?

Covid-19 According to the website “”, where vaccine data were compiled, more than 1 billion 500 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were made worldwide. More than 27 million doses were administered in Turkey. However, the number of those who have completed two doses of vaccination necessary for the effectiveness of the vaccine is over 11 million 500 thousand, which is about 14 percent of the population.

European Union (FROM), more than 200 million doses of vaccine were made in their countries. In the EU, the goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population in the EU by July. Currently, the proportion of those who have both doses is around 16 percent. On the one hand, vaccination rates are increasing, on the other hand, travel restrictions are gradually being stretched.

In Turkey tourism With the start of the season, new regulations regarding the entry of foreign tourists into the country have been put into effect. So, what changes await passengers in entering Turkey and traveling from Turkey in the new period?


Starting with vaccinations Vaccine Various institutions and organizations are working on the document discussions. Turkey has developed the “Vaccine Identity” application in this regard. Those who have completed both doses of vaccine, Hayat Home Fit (HES) or via the e-pulse system, it can receive this card with a QR code. In addition to personal information, passport number, name and date of the vaccine are included on the ID on which Turkish and English information is written. With the QR code on the ID, verification can be done on the official page of the Ministry of Health.


Turkey has decided to mutually open the borders for citizens whose vaccinations have been completed with the agreement it has made with Hungary and Serbia. In the application that started on May 17, “Vaccine Identity” is requested in visa applications for Hungary.

With this document, quarantine and PCR test There is no obligation. Medical screening and quarantine are applied for 10 days for passengers who are out of this scope. For visa applications that can only be made for touristic and family-friend visits. BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines can be accepted. In the visa application, the hotel and flight tickets must also be purchased. However, the visa to be obtained only covers Hungary and cannot be entered into other Schengen countries. Another country where Turkish citizens can travel is Serbia, but some restrictions apply. Passengers with Covid-19 vaccine certificates can also enter both countries mutually without PCR test submission or quarantine application.


The EU closed its borders in March last year after the corona virus spread to the world. The European Parliament and EU countries agreed on Thursday to prepare a joint vaccination document. Accordingly, the EU vaccination documents are planned to be delivered to the citizens of the Union until the end of June, whose vaccination procedures have been completed or who have recovered from infection and recovered.

Thus, citizens of EU member states, who are entitled to receive a vaccine ID, will be able to spend the summer vacation in the Union. The EU has recently reached a consensus on the controlled opening of borders for third country nationals such as Turkey, whose vaccination has been completed. However, the details of the new system and when it will come into effect are not yet clear. In addition, it is on the agenda to create a braking mechanism in order to make quick decisions in emergency situations.

One of the important questions here is which vaccines will be accepted. The EU has so far approved vaccines from BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson. BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines are currently being used in Turkey. The Sputnik V vaccine, which received emergency use approval, has not yet been used. Sinovac, Curevac, Novavax and Sputnik V vaccines are currently pre-evaluated by the European Medicines Agency.


Under current conditions, short-term trips from Turkey to Germany are not possible, with exceptions such as death, birth and wedding. Passengers who have been in any risk zone, high incidence zone or virus variation zone within the last 10 days must submit www. They have to register at and have the registration document with them when they enter Germany. Turkey is currently on the list of “high incidence region” defined by Germany.

All passengers traveling to Germany by air must submit the Covid-19 test result before the trip. The negative test result must be submitted during pre-flight checks. According to the information on the website of the German Embassy in Ankara, the test should be done no more than 48 hours before the time of the swab sample taken. In addition, the test result is required to be kept for at least 10 days after entering the country.

So how are the rules for entering Turkey from Germany?

It is possible to come to Turkey by showing the negative PCR test result made within 72 hours before boarding the plane. In addition, it is obligatory to fill in the passenger information form at the “” address 72 hours before the trip.


Turkey announced that after May 15, 2021, passengers from 14 locations will not be required to test PCR. These locations are China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Latvia, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Estonia… It is obligatory to fill out the form at “”.

Although Turkey has lifted the requirement for negative PCR testing for those coming from the UK, Turkey was on the red list as of May 12, due to the increase in cases. In addition, a quarantine requirement was imposed at the hotel. UK citizens and residents must stay in hotel quarantine for 10 days upon entering the country.

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