Turkey holidays: Government advice update as Turkey changes rules for people over this age

Turkey holidays have not been possible for most of 2020 due to the coronavirus. Last month, the country opened its international land, sea and air borders. A number of tough anti-coronavirus measures remain in place.


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Turkey currently has 199,906 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

In the latest travel advice update from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) the government revealed the new rules that apply to travellers over a particular age.

Those over 65-years-old should be aware of the measures.

The FCO explains: “There remains an ongoing curfew for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2002, and those who have a chronic medical condition, with exceptions.”

These exceptions are as follows:

Adults over 65 years old are allowed outside, between 10am and 8pm on a daily basis.

People under 18 years of age are allowed outside at any time but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes,” said the FCO.

However, some rules have been relaxed for those over this age.

“If you are over 65, and are visiting Turkey, you no longer require a travel permit to travel between cities,” the FCO clarified.

It continued: “Anyone wishing to undertake intercity travel using public transport is required to obtain an “HES” (“Hayat Eve Sığar”) code.

“This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the ‘Hayat Eve Sığar’ smartphone application and by SMS.


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“Non-Turkish nationals with a domestic flight connecting to/from an international flight which is booked on the same ticket, do not currently require an HES code.

“Where a domestic flight is booked separately or with a different airline, an HES code is required.

“For international travel, Turkish nationals are required to obtain an HES code, however this does not apply to non-Turkish nationals, including British visitors to Turkey

“For intercity travel, British nationals without a residence card can obtain a HES code by sending their passport details by SMS to 2023 in the following format: HES [space] Nationality (GBR) [space] passport number [space] year of birth [space] surname. Example: HES GBR 123456789 1980 SMITH.

“You will need to use the passport which you entered Turkey on, and the SMS message must be sent from a mobile phone registered on a Turkish mobile network.”

At the moment, Britons must remember that the government continues to advise against non-essential travel.

You also still need to quarantine on arrival back in the UK.

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