Updated on September 24, 2021.

I’m an international student and may not be able to start the fall semester because of travel restrictions. What are my options?

Students are expected to contact the Dean of Students to discuss options before classes begin.  

In order to discuss options before classes begin, students are expected to contact Dr. Yigit Sayin, Dean of Students. (E-mail: ysayin@ku.edu.tr and always copy Ms. Filiz Polat fpolat@ku.edu.tr)

Can I apply for a Turkish tourist, e-visa, or student visa right now? Are consulates and embassies open for applications?

Yes, you can. Since an e-visa is online, you do not need to visit any Turkish mission. If you are not eligible for an e-visa, you can proceed with a consulate visa. Please visit our website for more information: ico.ku.edu.tr.

You can also find the closest Turkish mission to you and contact them to check if they are on duty or not through the following link: www.konsolosluk.gov.tr.

Will my residence permit/visa be impacted if I am out of the country for more than 5 months?

This used to be the case for residence permits before the outbreak of Covid-19, yes. However, because of the pandemic, the regulation is suspended. If you have been out of Turkey for more than five months with a valid residence permit, you can still use your permit card to enter Turkey. If your permit is no longer valid, you should follow the Turkish visa regime to your country and travel accordingly.

Visas are issued for a certain period of time. If you have a valid visa period, your visa will not be impacted. As long as you have a valid visa, you can re-enter Turkey. Please check your visa type and terms and calculate the remaining period.

If your visa period is expired and you could not use it on time, you must obtain a new visa to enter Turkey. Please visit ICO’s website for more information.

Is there a specific regulation for international flight passengers to Turkey?

Yes, there are several regulations, and they might frequently change. You can visit the following website of Turkish Airlines for the most up-to-date country-specific restrictions, flight regulations, safe flight standards, health guidance, and more: www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/. We encourage you to check out the website frequently before your travel and contact the nearest Turkish mission to you.

Currently, passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. Passengers who have been to these mentioned countries in the last 14 days are required to both submit a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival to Turkey, and to stay under quarantine for 14 days in quarantine hotels specified by the governorships. Accommodation and airport transfer fees will be paid by the passengers. If the result of the PCR test taken at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated.

Those coming from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan and those who have been to these countries in the last 14 days are subject to the following regulations on the condition of submitting a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival to Turkey:

  1. Those who certify that they have had at least two doses (single dose for Johnson & Johnson) of the vaccines approved by WHO or Turkey and that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose are exempted from quarantine when they enter Turkey.
  2. Those who cannot document that they have had at least two doses (single dose for Johnson & Johnson) of the vaccines approved by WHO or Turkey and that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose;
    1. Must stay in quarantine at their residence or the addresses they will declare,
    2. Should have PCR test on the 10th day of the quarantine period,
    3. In case the PCR test result on the 10th day is negative, their quarantine period will end,
    4. Those who do not have a PCR test on the 10th day must stay in quarantine for 14 days,
    5. In case the test result is positive, they must act in line with the current pandemic guidelines published by the General Directorate of Public Health of our Ministry.
  3. Persons under the age of 12 are exempt from PCR/Antigen test reports and vaccination certificate requests.
  4. Documents such as vaccination certificates, PCR / Antigen test results requested from passengers coming from abroad by air, sea, road, or rail public transportation will be checked by the relevant persons of the sea /air /land transport companies before the journey (in the country of departure.) Those who do not have a certificate should not be accepted on the voyage and the responsibility in this regard is on the carrier company.

Are there any travel restrictions within Turkey due to Covid-19?

There is no travel restriction within Turkey currently. As long as you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms, and your HES application shows that you were not in contact with a Covid-19 positive person in the last 14 days, you can travel within Turkey freely. It is still obligatory to wear face masks and keep social distance in public.

Please note that it is essential to stay tuned about the regulations since they might change. You can keep following ICO’s Instagram and Bi-Weekly News, and other online sources.

HES code is a must for inner and intercity travels. To learn more about HES code, please click on the following link: https://hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr/hes-eng.html.

If I have a question not listed here, whom do I contact?

Newly admitted international students: study@ku.edu.tr and visit https://registration.ku.edu.tr/en/  for further information resources and guidance.

Existing/current international students: ico@ku.edu.tr and visit ico.ku.edu.tr for further information resources and guidance.

The information in this guideline has been provided in line with the recommendations of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Higher Education Board (YÖK) and Koç University Health Board and is subject to change in light of new regulations.