Turkey travel advice: latest guidance on holidays and flights as Turkey is added to the UK’s quarantine list

Rising cases in Turkey mean returning travellers must now self-isolate, as multiple travel companies cancel holidays and flights

Turkey has been re-added to the list of countries from which returning Britons must self-isolate for 14 days.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the updated guidance at the end of a week in which penalties for people who refuse to self-isolate increased to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.

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Tourists enjoy the beach in Oludeniz, Turkey (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)Tourists enjoy the beach in Oludeniz, Turkey (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Oludeniz, Turkey (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Here’s everything you need to know:

Do I have to self-isolate when I return to the UK?

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Turkey was once assessed as not presenting a high risk to British people travelling abroad.

But travellers returning to the UK now need to undergo a 14-day mandatory self-isolation period on your return to the UK; this change came into force at 4am on Saturday 3 October.

These restrictions apply to travellers returning to any four of the UK’s devolved nations – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

On 28 September, failing to self-isolate when instructed to do so became illegal, carrying fines of up to £10,000 in England.

The new law makes it illegal to ignore an official instruction to self-isolate in England, with fines starting at £1,000 for the first offence and climbing to £10,000 for serious offenders or repeated breaches.

What are the lockdown restrictions in Turkey?

The wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey.

This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, sea side and public transportation including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and barber shops.

There will be strict inspections to ensure the measures are being carried out. Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL (approximately £106).

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There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition, who must stay inside between 8pm and 10am on a daily basis, though this does not apply to those visiting for tourism.

What's the 'official' travel advice for Turkey?

All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey, though you must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

All arrivals into Turkey are subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.

Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a swab test for coronavirus.

In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British people against all non-essential international travel, though this advice is “being kept under constant review.”

For more information on travelling to Turkey, head to the FCO’s website