Passengers from Nepal now allowed to enter Turkey

A view of exterior of Sultan Ahmed in the vicinity of Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 27, 2009. Photo courtesy: David Spender

KATHMANDU: Passengers from Nepal and India are now allowed to enter Turkey. Travel to Turkey had been restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new rule that allows foreigners to visit Turkey came into effect on November 15, according to Turkish Airlines.

As per the new rule, all passengers must submit a negative report of PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival ( From Nepal 48 hours).

The passengers going to Turkey have to certify that they have had at least two doses ( single dose for Johnson and Johnson ) of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization or Turkey, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose.

Passengers from Nepal and India who cannot provide above mentioned certificate are required to stay in quarantine in their residence or the address they declare. On the 10th day of the quarantine, they will be subjected to PCR test.

Likewise, passengers between the ages of 12 and 18 travelling with their parents and who cannot certify that they have been fully vaccinated must submit a negative report of PCR test taken no more than 72 hrs before arrival.

A view of Sea of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 25, 2018. Photo courtesy: Mostafameraji

For these passengers, PCR test will be applied again in their residence. If the PCR test result is negative then no quarantine will be required.

Passengers under the age of 12 will be exempted from PCR test and vaccination certificate applications on entry

The above mentioned requirements are not applicable to transit and/or transfer passengers.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 351 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 326 worldwide destinations. Currently, Turkish Airlines Kathmandu operates weekly four flights to Istanbul and beyond and is the only European carrier that connects Nepal directly to Europe.

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