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NEWS Turkish government lifts PCR test requirement at entry to Turkey

4 Jun 2022

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent a circular to the governorates, regarding "Measures for Entry into the Country" on the COVID-19 epidemic. According to the circular, a negative PCR test report obtained no more than 72 hours before entry or a negative rapid antigen test made no more than 48 hours before entry will not be required for entry to Turkey, through all border crossings, starting from June 1.

A circular on "Measures for Entry into the Country" was sent to 81 provincial governorates, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs informed that starting from June 1, there would be no requirement for PCR with a negative result made no earlier than 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test made no later than 48 hours at entry to Turkey.

In the circular, it was stated that the rules and measures to be applied at border crossings like those applied in the country in order to keep the spread rate of the COVID-19 epidemic under control, were determined in accordance with the global developments in the course of the epidemic.

In the circular sent to all the provinces it was also noted that measures to be implemented into the country at border crossings via land, air, sea and rail had been determined earlier and however some changes in the measures were needed to be applied. Following was also shared in said post: "In this context the current status related to the coronavirus pandemic has been evaluated and accordingly a negative PCR  test report made before 72 hours maximum and a rapid antigen test made before 48 hours maximum  will not be required for entrance at all border crossings of the country, from June 1.”

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