Turkey reopens to South Africans

Turkey is a popular destination for our clients and we are delighted that they have reopened their borders to South African travellers again!

According a press release from the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria on 11 January 2022, South Africans can once again visit Turkey with Turkish Airlines (instead of just being able to transit through).

You will find the official press release here but, in a nutshell:

Aside from the usual requirements like a valid passport and visa, you will need the following :

  • Passenger Locator Form completed 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey (whether you are vaccinated or not). The form can be found here.
  • Certificate of a negative Covid PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival (whether you are vaccinated or not).
  • Valid proof of full vaccination status with a WHO approved vaccine (if applicable).


  • If you have proof of full vaccination (with an approved vaccine) at least 14 days before travel, you do not need to quarantine.
  • If you are not vaccinated or you do not have proof of full vaccination, you will need to quarantine for 7 days (at your home, if you live there, or a specifically declared address. A Covid PCR test will be taken on day 5; should it be positive, you will need to complete the full quarantine.


  • People aged 12 and younger do not require a PCR test.
  • People aged 12 – 18 years who are not vaccinated will need a PCR test at their place of residence; if negative, they do not need to quarantine.

Therefore, in line with the abovementioned rules, it is once again possible to travel from the Republic of South Africa to Turkey with Turkish Airlines.

The above information is for informative purposes only and is correct at time of publishing. However, as the situation is constantly evolving, it is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Turkish government. If you are travelling, it is crucial that you check on the situation and have all necessary paperwork in order, as British TIPS cannot be held responsible for failure to travel if passengers have not confirmed and adhered to all requirements. All other usual travel rules apply, including valid passport, visa requirements, etcetera, and being vaccinated is not the only criteria required to enter Turkey.

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