29 Jun 2021

Turkey restarts visa processes for India market

As Turkey has opened its borders for international travellers since June 15, 2020, the country has also restarted the visa processing for Indian travellers from this week. Turkish has already asked for permissions from Indian aviation authorities to relaunch its India - Istanbul schedules from July 10.

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Republic of Turkey in a statement briefed the various safety and hygiene protocols being put in place by Turkey to make the visitors experience safe and at the same time experiential. Turkey has introduced a set of measures called the ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’. This certificate, which is issued under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, covers a broad range of measures including transportation, accommodation, health condition of employees of the facilities and passengers. Granted by international certification institutions, this will document the fulfillment of high levels of health and hygiene requirements at airline companies, airports and other transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities.

Turkey is the first country in Europe to launch a Safe Tourism Certification system.

he Turkish Tourism has also put out a set of checklist for Indian travellers who wish to travel to Turkey to remember for their safety.

What happens when an Indian traveller arrives in Turkey?

Upon arrival the body temperature of passengers will be checked at airports. The passenger who has a temperature higher than 37.8 Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) or showing any other symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested free of charge. If the test result is positive, the passenger will be referred to the hospital. The same procedure will be applied to all transit passengers as well. If the test result is negative, the passenger can continue with his/her itinerary.

No Indian passenger will be deported or be kept in quarantine due to the test result.

What happens if the Indian tourist’s test result is positive?

For the passenger who has positive PCR test results, qualified health staff capable of responding promptly and well-equipped transfer vehicles will be ready at the airport for transportation to the health institutions. The patient will be transferred immediately to the nearest health institution and his/her treatment will start. The government will not implement any treatment without consent of the individual.

What about the cost of treatment and health insurance?

An Indian tourist arriving in Turkey and proven to be Covid-19 positive he/she needs to be treated at hospital. Treatment costs will be covered by his/her own health insurance which is also valid in Turkey. It is advisable for Indian travellers to buy medical insurance covering COVID 19 treatment as well before arriving in Turkey. Insurance packages can be purchased· with tickets of contracted airlines; Inside the airport at points of sale before passport control; Online or from Tour Operators.

What about visa & flight?

The Visa application process for Indian travellers began on June 22, 2020.

Turkish officially communicated her readiness to restart scheduled flights between India & Turkey as of July 10, 2020. Consent of the Government of India is being awaited.


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