Simpson Safe Turkey

Last updated 21 May 2021.

Everything you need to know about travelling to Turkey in 2021…

The FCDO is currently advising against all but essential travel to Turkey. The country is categorised as Red under the traffic light system, meaning that all passengers returning to the UK are required to isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days on arrival.

Entry requirements
The use of overhead lockers is not permitted on flights to Turkey. Cabin bags which do not fit under the seat must be placed in the hold. Most airlines are not making a charge for this but please check with your carrier.

Passengers will be required to fill in a form on board their flight giving details of a contact phone number and their address whilst in Turkey; your villa name and regional name should be sufficient.

Testing/Vaccination requirements for entry
Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is required to enter Turkey from the UK.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 at the airport?
Temperature checks will be carried out but specific testing for Covid-19 is not required unless you display symptoms. Anyone with a high temperature will automatically be tested for Covid-19.

Will temperature checks be carried out during my stay?
Temperature checks may be carried out before taking transfers, boat trips and entering some shops. Hotels, villa owners and beach clubs may also carry out temperature checks on arrival.

Should I wear a face mask?
Face masks are mandatory on arrival at the airport in Turkey for everyone aged two and over (unless indicated otherwise by a medical professional). They must also be worn for taxi transfers and in all public spaces. A fine of 900 lira may be incurred for failure to comply.

Beaches and Beach Clubs
Beaches in Turkey are operating as usual and many of the beach clubs are open, with sunbeds laid out in accordance with social distancing guidelines and sanitised between uses. Some beach clubs may carry out temperature checks on arrival.

Restaurants are open everyday except Sunday until 9pm and tables are spaced in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Bars are open everyday except Sunday until 9pm, with customers required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

Shops are open as usual, with numbers limited to allow compliance with social distancing guidelines. Masks are mandatory, hand sanitiser is provided, and temperature checks may be carried out upon entry.

Boats, experiences and activities
Boat trips will be running as usual in Turkey this summer with numbers reduced to comply with social distancing guidance. Passengers will be temperature checked before boarding, feet will be disinfected, and hand sanitiser will be provided. Regional rules on masks will apply. Some other pre-bookable activities and experiences may carry limitations for 2021; your Simpson Concierge will be able to advise.

Will there be any changes at the villa or hotel?
Please check your property details carefully on our website to see if any changes have been implemented for 2021. All our hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures are detailed on our Simpson Safe hub page. 

What should I do if a member of my party is unwell or develops symptoms of Covid-19?
As always, your local Simpson Concierge has everything in place to assist you and should be your first port of call. They can arrange rapid testing, access to medical care if required, and are fully briefed on all procedures in the event that a member of your party tests positive for Covid-19.

Returning to the UK
Within 48 hours of travelling back, all passengers must complete a form giving journey and contact details, ready to present at the UK border. This may be printed, or downloaded onto a smart device and can be found at

All passengers returning to the UK are currently required to isolate in a quarantine hotel.

Additional information
For further information on travel to Turkey, please visit

This page will be updated regularly. For the latest information, please check back immediately prior to your departure date.