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Turkey suddenly has changed entry regulations for Ukrainians and reintroduced PCR tests

From June 1, Ukrainian tourists in Turkey need a PCR test again. Photo: Pixabay

From June 1, Ukrainian tourists in Turkey need a PCR test again. Photo: Pixabay

The Turkish government has reintroduced the requirement for passengers arriving from Ukraine to mandatorily provide the result of PCR testing for coronavirus. The new regulations will enter into force from 1 (in fact—from 2) to June 30 inclusive.

This was reported by the specialized publication Avianews with reference to the representative office of the Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines.

New regulations for entering Turkey

The new requirements are contained in NOTAM A2932/21 that was issued on the evening of 31 May. Representatives of the airline told the publication that on June 1, Ukrainians without PCR tests can still get to Turkey, but from June 2, new regulations will be in effect.

A passenger arriving on vacation in Turkey must have the results of a negative PCR test for coronavirus, done no later than 72 hours before arrival.

An analogue of PCR can be the results of a rapid antigen test, done no later than 48 hours before arrival at the airport in Turkey.

Who will be allowed to enter Turkey without a PCR test:

  • passengers who have completed the full course of vaccination and who have had at least 14 days after the second vaccination (subject to availability of supporting documents);
  • passengers who have already been ill with coronavirus 6 months before arrival in Turkey;
  • passengers traveling through the territory of Turkey in transit;
  • aircraft crews.

Context. Since May 15, Turkey has canceled the requirement for the mandatory availability of PCR test results for coronavirus for passengers from Ukraine and 16 other countries. Since May 17, all citizens of Ukraine who arrived in Turkey by land, sea, and air are subject to the new regulations.


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