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NEWS Double vaccinated UK travellers not required to show negative PCR results on arrival in Turkey

2 Oct 2021

Turkey has surely been one of the most prominent and preferred holiday destinations for UK citizens in recent years. The epidemic prevailing for the past 2 years almost has wrecked all holiday plans of Brits who really love to spend time in this beautiful country not to forget the fact many of them have even bought homes in Turkey, to spend the rest of their lives.

A piece of very pleasant news made British citizens very happy when it was announced that Turkey and Croatia had eliminated the need for PCR testing for vaccinated Brits.

The Turkish and Croatian governments shared information that proof of a negative PCR test from UK passengers with double-vaccination would no longer be required.

This was also very much welcome by Turkey’s tourism establishments such as the Turkish Tourism Board. The board expressed hopes that the relaxed rules and direct flights from all over the UK to Antalya, Dalaman and Izmir, as well as Istanbul would attract more holidaymakers to Turkey, this autumn. They noted this would certainly contribute to the country to make up for giant revenue loss, the sector incurred during the pandemic. The authority made a clear statement in this regard saying "Turkey is ready and excited to welcome passengers from all over the UK this month and beyond. It is now much easier to travel to Turkey without the need for PCR tests and particularly after Turkey was removed from the UK government’s red list.”

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The announcement was very welcome by many experts to include the CEO of Jet2.com for instance who said “Turkey is one of our most popular destinations for customers who want to get sunshine late this summer. We have experienced tremendous demand since the resumption of flights and holidays to Turkey from all our UK bases last month, and this will only increase further on the back of such positive news. We urge other overseas governments to follow the Turkish government to allow British holidaymakers to enjoy the benefits of administering the vaccine. As the UK's leading tour operator in Turkey, we are very pleased with this news and are now looking forward to taking even more customers on the flights and holidays they deserve.”

All passengers aged 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated, and those arriving in Turkey must fill out an online form no more than 72 hours before the trip.

Also, on arrivals travelers must show proof of one of the following:

• The full course of Covid-19 vaccines
• Recent recovery from COVID-19
• Or, a negative PCR result 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen 48 hours before arrival.

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