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## Can Turkish Citizens Travel to Europe During COVID-19?

**Current Travel Restrictions:**

As of March 8, 2023, Turkish citizens are allowed to travel to most European countries with certain restrictions and requirements. However, entry regulations may vary depending on the specific destination country and the traveler’s vaccination status.

**Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers:**

* **European Union (EU) and Schengen Zone countries:** Turkish citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an EU-approved vaccine are generally allowed to enter for tourism and non-essential purposes.
* **United Kingdom:** Vaccinated Turkish citizens can enter the UK without quarantine or testing requirements.
* **Switzerland:** Vaccinated Turkish citizens need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival.

**Proof of Vaccination:**

* Travelers must present a valid digital COVID certificate or a paper vaccination card that proves they have completed a full course of an EU-approved vaccine.
* The following vaccines are currently accepted by the EU: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Covishield.

**Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Travelers:**

* **EU and Schengen Zone countries:** Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Turkish citizens may face restrictions or quarantine requirements upon arrival.
* **United Kingdom:** Unvaccinated Turkish citizens must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.
* **Switzerland:** Unvaccinated Turkish citizens must quarantine for 10 days on arrival and take a COVID-19 test on day 4 or 5.

**Additional Requirements:**

* **Visa:** Turkish citizens may require a visa to enter certain European countries, depending on their nationality and purpose of travel.
* **COVID-19 Health Insurance:** It is highly recommended to purchase COVID-19 health insurance before traveling to Europe to cover any potential medical expenses or quarantine costs.
* **Passenger Locator Form:** Some countries may require travelers to complete a passenger locator form before departure.

**Border Control Measures:**

* Travelers may be subject to temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival at European airports or border crossings.
* Random COVID-19 testing may also be conducted.

**Country-Specific Restrictions:**

Please refer to the official website of the destination country for the most up-to-date travel restrictions and requirements. Some countries may have additional regulations or entry bans in place for Turkish citizens.

**Other Considerations:**

* **Travel Restrictions may Change:** Travel regulations are constantly evolving, so it is important to check the latest updates before making travel plans.
* **Quarantine and Testing Costs:** Travelers should be prepared to cover the costs of potential quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements.
* **Vaccination:** Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is highly recommended to facilitate travel and avoid quarantine or other restrictions.

**Sources:**

* [European Commission – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions](https://reopen.europa.eu/en)
* [United Kingdom Government – COVID-19 Travel Guidance](https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19)
* [Swiss Federal Office of Public Health – Travel to Switzerland and Liechtenstein](https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende.html)

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