CURRENT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN TURKEY / IZMIR
***Please be advised that Host Nation authorities announced further restrictions for COVID 19. On weekdays and Saturdays, a curfew is in effect in Izmir Province between 2100-0500 whereas on Sunday there is a full curfew until Monday, 0500 hours.***
International Travel Restrictions
Air travel into Turkey. Beginning December 30, 2020 all international passengers age 6 years and older traveling to Turkey are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test proving a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight. Passengers must submit their test results to the airline at the time of check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. This requirement will remain in effect until March 1, 2021.
Land and Sea entry into Turkey. As of December 30, travelers age 6 years and older who arrive in Turkey through land or sea will be asked to present a negative PCR test result document issued 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who fail to do so at the border gate or sea port will be quarantined in the address to where they are going.
In addition to the requirement of presenting a negative test result done in the last 72 hours, those who have arrived in Turkey from the UK, Denmark and South Africa in the past 10 days will be asked to present a negative test result done within the past 72 hours, and also will be required to quarantine in where they are staying. If the second test which will be done on the seventh day of their quarantine comes out negative, their quarantine will be over, and if they test positive, they will receive treatment.
Source: Hurriyet Daily , Turkish Airlines, US Embassy
There is currently limited restrictions in effect for citizens and foreign nationals residing in the county in order to curb the spread of COVID 19. Restaurants and cafes provide take-away & delivery services between 07:00 to 20:00 and will only accept online deliveries until 24:00. Bars are largely closed. Persons are required to wear masks in public places and maintain social distance. Consult the table below for additional curfew information:
USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: HES CODE NOW REQUIRED
What is a HES Code?
HES: Hayat Eve Sığar – "Life Fits Into Home." You must now register a HES code to your Izmir Kart to ride buses, trains, and metro lines.
How do I obtain a HES code?Turkish Citizens:
Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes:
— the letters "HES"
— your Turkish Kimlik number
— the last four digits of the series number of your ID
— the number of days you will be traveling, (we recommend adding 7 days as a safeguard)
NOTE: Put a single space between each item (e.g., HES 1234567 1234 09).
Non-Turkish Residents who posses a Kimlik: Send a text message to phone number 2023 that includes:
— the letters "HES"
— your Kimlik number
— your year of birth
— the number of days you will be traveling (we recommend adding 7 days as a safeguard)
NOTE: Put a single space between each item (e.g., HES 1234567 1972 14).
For additional ways to obtain a HES code, visit
How do I register my HES to my Izmirim Karte (Public Transit Card)?
https://hes.eshot.gov.tr/ (if your browser does not automatically translate the site into english, use the following screen shots as at guide).
STEP 1: CLICK THE BIG GREEN BUTTON
STEP 2: ENTER YOUR INFORMATION
STEP 3: CLICK SAVE