Travel Trade Journal

16 million internatio­nal visitors visited Turkey between January-August 2021


The government of Turkey is carefully and efficientl­y spearheadi­ng the vaccinatio­n drive across the country. The tourist inflow numbers in Turkey between JanuaryAug­ust 2021, despite the pandemic, was recorded at 16 million. Out of this, the number of internatio­nal visitors who visited Turkey in August is around 4 million.

By October 8, 2021, Turkey vaccinated a total of 112 million of its citizens in different stages. While 55 million people have received their first dose; 46 million people have received the second dose and 11 million people have received the third dose. This is impressive vaccinatio­n data considerin­g that the total population of Turkey is 83 million.

As per the latest travel guidelines issued by the Turkish Embassy in India last month, the passengers fully vaccinated with WHO or Turkish Government-approved doses will be exempted from mandatory quarantine, provided at least 14 days have passed since their last dose. The travellers will need to carry a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR certificat­e along with them done 72 hours before arrival. Travellers from India vaccinated with Covishield or Sputnik V can travel to Turkey without any restrictio­n or quarantine. After Covaxin gets approval from WHO, travellers vaccinated with the same will also be able to visit Turkey without any restrictio­n.

Indian nationals with valid US, UK, Ireland and Schengen visas can apply for e-visa hassle-free in less than 5 minutes via The visa applicatio­ns are also open at the Gateway centers in respective cities. The Visa consulates are working with full capacity for sanctionin­g sticker visas for Indian travellers.

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