Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.
Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are open to foreign travelers who meet Turkish immigration rules.
Commercial flights are operating, subject to coordination with the Ministry of Health. Contact your airline for the latest information on the status of your flight.
All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
Check to see if you require a visa before traveling to Turkey, and apply online here.
All visa applicants are required to have medical insurance that will be valid during their stay in Turkey.
The Turkish Government has introduced measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, and further restrictions may be reintroduced with little notice.
Keep up to date before traveling and while you are there, as the situation is changing fast.
Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.
On Sunday 23 February 2020, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near the Turkish–Iran border in the east of Turkey. Nine people have been killed in Van province, many were injured and thousands of buildings have been damaged.
A number of government travel advisories, including the USA and Australia, have listed the southeast region of Turkey as 'Reconsider your need to travel' and some parts as 'Do not travel' due to the threat of terrorism and crime.
A three-month long State of Emergency was declared across Turkey in July 2016 and was recently extended for a seventh time as announced by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The declaration gives the government sweeping powers to rule by decree. The president has also announced a snap election for June 2018, bringing forward the election by 18 months.
Travelers are warned the normal judicial procedures may be suspended, and police and military personnel will have wide-ranging powers. The authorities may impose curfews and other restrictions on travel at short notice.
You must observe and follow all directives. Check local news media for details of any changes that are made under this decree.
When a lone gunman opened fire on NewYear's Eve partygoers at an Istanbul nightclub, 39 people were killed and more than 70 injured. A radicalized Uzbekistan national and 51 associated accomplices were arrested, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
It's important to check the government status of the area you are visiting – at time of publication, the status for certain areas in Turkey sit at Reconsider Your Need to Travel including Istanbul, which may in some circumstances have an impact on your coverage.
It is up to each individual to assess the level of risk they are prepared to take.
While the chances of being killed in a terrorist incident remain dramatically lower than being killed in a vehicle accident and even lower than death by falling over in a bathtub, the number of fatalities increased nine-fold between 2013 and 2014.
With the security situation in Istanbul considered high risk by several government travel advisories due to the risk of terrorist attacks including in popular tourist spots, now might be the right time to minimize your travel to Istanbul.
Many areas of Turkey remain trouble-free, and you may make the decision to go straight there rather than visit the historical sights of Istanbul. World Nomads emphasizes that you are covered for travel to Istanbul at present (subject to the government warning levels as advised above), but it may be wise to take the Blue Mosque off your bucket list for the time being.
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On a trip to Turkey in October 2019, solo traveler Heather Kenny had to stop before setting off and ask herself, “will I be safe?”
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