Oh for sure we will be careful. We recognize that just because we're traveling doesn't mean COVID has disappeared. Turkey requires mask wearing at all times in public places, and they've done a much better job of stopping the spread than the US and some countries in Europe.
As long as you are a US citizen, you are allowed back into the US. I read an article about an American in Turkey who just landed in Chicago without any issue.
Entry requirements for Turkey:
- All nations that require an e-visa or stamp visa will obtain one prior to entering Turkey
- Tourists are required to wear a face-mask during the inbound flight to Turkey, as well as in the airport. Any tourist not wearing a mask will be denied entry.
- Travelers agree to a health screening and temperature check (as of right now, you do not need to bring test results or health certificates prior to boarding)
- Once in Turkey, the wearing of face-masks in public spaces is mandatory for many cities including Ankara and Istanbul.
Is Testing Mandatory to enter Turkey?
At this time, there is NO mandatory testing for tourists into Turkey.
**However, any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties upon arrival will be will be required to undergo a PCR swab test. In the event that a test returns with a positive result, the traveler will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or at a private medical facility in Turkey at the travelers expense.
FLIGHT OPTIONS From USA
- New York on Turkish Airlines starting July 10
- Washington D.C. on Turkish Airlines starting July 5
- Chicago on Turkish Airlines starting June 30
- Miami on Turkish Airlines starting July 10
- Houston on Turkish Airlines starting July 27
- Los Angeles on Turkish Airlines starting June 29
- San Francisco on Turkish Airlines starting July 16
There are many options from Canada and Europe too.
So, as of today with 25 days left until our departure, our flight is taking off. We're aware anything can change without notice, which is why we have our eye on the Caribbean as a backup plan.
I'll keep everyone posted with updates on whether this trip comes to fruition! Hopefully it will all work out for the best.