Holidays: Turkey and Cyprus travel advice updated as coronavirus rules tighten

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Turkey holidays and Cyprus getaways, just like any break, have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Both countries are on the UK’s travel corridor list. This means the government is not warning against non-essential travel.

What’s more, Britons do not have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Yesterday, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated their travel advice for the two countries.


The latest FCDO travel advice concerns HES codes for intercity travel.

“Turkish citizens and residents must request a HES (Hayat Eve Sigar) Code for domestic and international flights, train and ferry travel,” explained the government.

They added: “This does not apply to foreign tourists.”

Furthermore, if you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities.

Turkey holidaymakers should be aware that, as of September 8, the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey.

“There will be strict inspections to ensure the measures are being carried out,” said the FCDO.

“Those who do not abide by this rule may be issued with a fine of 900 TL (approximately £106).”

Travel to Turkey is subject to entry restrictions.

“All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks,” detailed the FCDO.

“If you show symptoms on arrival, you’ll be required to undergo a PCR test coronavirus.”


The travel rules for northern Cyprus have been updated.

Arrivals had previously been banned except for Turkish-Cypriots and their dependants.

“The authorities in the north of Cyprus are now permitting entry to arrivals from the UK,” stated the FCDO.

“You will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (done between 0 – 120 hours prior to the time of the flight) on arrival.

“You must then enter authority-assigned quarantine facilities, at your own expense, for seven days. A second PCR test will be carried out at the end of the quarantine period.”

As for tourists heading to southern Cyprus, a negative COVID-19 test result is also required on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

Test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

Children under 12 years old do not require to be tested in order to travel to Cyprus.

“You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test,” the FCDO warned.

All jet-setters to Cyprus must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website.

“You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure. If you need to provide your appointment letter you can upload both documents in a single photo,” said the FCDO.

“In addition to obtaining the Cyprus Flight Pass, passengers are required to carry with them, in hard copy or electronically, copies of these documents.

“You will be asked to present your flight pass prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.”

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