Authorities enforce restrictions on travel for persons traveling to Turkey from Italy, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, and China, as of March 1.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 01 Mar 2020 11:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings

Summary
Authorities in Turkey have reportedly enforced several measures, including travel restrictions, in late February to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have banned all flights to and from Italy, Iraq, and South Korea effective March 1. Authorities had already suspended flights to and from China and Iran - except Tehran - Feb. 25.

Preexisting travel restrictions, including the closure of Turkey's land ports with Iran, remain in place until further notice. Turkey's border with Iraq remains temporarily closed; authorities have not stated when it will reopen. Additional air, maritime, and ground travel restrictions and screening measures are likely over the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The travel restrictions come amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The WHO has declared the virus a global health emergency.

As of March 1, Turkish authorities have yet to confirm any cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Turkish Civil Aviation Administration (Twitter): twitter.com/SHGM

 

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