TURKEY and Cyprus holidays are both normally very popular with British tourists but the coronavirus pandemic has seen travel rules tighten. This week the Foreign Office updated their travel advice for the two destinations.

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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.

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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.

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