Entry regulations

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Before starting your journey, we strongly advise you to review all the travel restrictions issued by the countries in our flight network. We have summarized all regulations and entry requirements that are currently in place for you below:

Turkey

Germany

Austria

Switzerland

Other countries

Important: The Covid-19-related travel updates provided on this website are solely for information purposes. SunExpress does not any accept liability or responsibility for the correctness or the accuracy of this information which is subject to change at any time. Please note that it is our passengers’ responsibility to inform themselves of the latest entry regulations and hygiene measures that may apply in their destination country or the country that they are transiting through. 

Turkey

Passengers granted entry permission:

  • Passengers of all nationalities

Entry requirements

Health Measure If not vaccinated or not recovered If fully vaccinated or recovered*
Traveler Entry Form** Yes (for passengers aged 6 and above, within the last 72 hr before departure) Yes (for passengers aged 6 and above within the last 72 hr before departure)
Pre-departure test*** Yes (except for transfer/transit passengers) No
Test after entry Random testing Random testing
Quarantine**** If the random test is conducted after arrival and the result is positive No

*Fully vaccinated or recovered: Passengers need to present a vaccination certificate issued at least 14 days before the date of travel (at least two vaccine doses required except for Johnson & Johnson) or a documentation of recovery from the Covid-19 infection in the last 6 months. The positive test result should be older than 28 days.

**Traveler Entry Form: After the form has been filled out, a HES code will be created for the respective passengers for use their HES code throughout their journey and during their stay in Turkey. Passengers will be asked to print out the correctly completed form or download it to their mobile devices and present it to our staff during check-in. If you cannot present the completed form, we are not allowed to accept you on board our flights.

***Pre-departure test: All unvaccinated passengers above the age of 12 who will travel to Turkey from the countries in our flight network are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within the last 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen test result taken within the last 48 hours before arrival.

****Quarantine: Passengers arriving from the respective countries might be subject to a PCR test performed by the Turkish Ministry of Health upon arrival. Passengers with a positive test result will have to quarantine for 7 days at a place of their choice. Quarantine can end if the PCR test result taken at the end of the fifth day of the quarantine is negative.

Passengers who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India or Pakistan within the last 14 days are required to submit a negative test result of a PCR test performed within the last 72 hours before arrival in Turkey. In order to be exempt from quarantine, the respective passengers are required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the Turkish health authorities. Otherwise, they will be quarantined at their place of residence or address indicated on the Traveler Entry Form. On the fifth day of the quarantine, a PCR test will be conducted and if the result is negative, the quarantine will end. Passengers who do not have a negative PCR test result on the fifth day will continue to self-isolate until the end of the 7th day.

Passengers arriving from Iran are requested to submit a negative test result of a PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours before arrival in Turkey. Furthermore, they are required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the Turkish health authorities, whereby the last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival.

Passengers who have been to Afghanistan within the last 14 days are required to submit a negative test result of a PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours before arrival. The respective passengers will go into quarantine for 10 days in places to be determined by the Governorships, and a PCR test will be performed on the 7th day of the quarantine. If the PCR test result is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. The expenses for accommodation and transportation from the airport will be borne by passengers. The hotel fee should be paid before arriving in Turkey.  Please click here to view the list of the quarantine hotels determined by the Governorships.

  • Citizens of Afghanistan who have a residence or work permit for Turkey will be exempt from going into hotel quarantine only if they submit a valid residency or work permit. They will be subject to quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is one of the provinces other than Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to continue traveling to their residence only by a private vehicle. They will not be boarded on domestic flights or transported via any other public transportation vehicles.
  • Turkish citizens arriving from Afghanistan will be exempt from going into hotel quarantine and will be permitted to stay in quarantine at their residence. Passengers whose first entry point is one of the provinces other than Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to continue traveling to their residence only by a private vehicle. They will not be boarded on domestic flights or transported via any other public transportation vehicles.
Go to our PCR test centers at some of our European destinations

Domestic travel within Turkey

You can click below to find out the latest domestic air travel regulations within Turkey issued by the Turkish government, including the HES Code application.
Domestic travel within Turkey         HES code application   


 

Germany

Passengers granted entry permission

  • Fully vaccinated non-EU citizens: Passengers are required to receive the last vaccination dose that is necessary for full vaccination at least 14 days before departure. To find out the approved vaccine types, please click here.
  • German citizens and their close family members (minor children and their parents)
  • All EU and Schengen citizens and their close family members (minor children and their parents)
  • British nationals holding a Withdrawal Agreement residence document issued by an EU country or a Schengen state
  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish must be presented upon entry.
  • Third-country nationals with valid EU residence permit or D Type Visa and their close family members (minor children and their parents)
  • C Type Visa holders or holders of Turkish Service/Special Passports:
    • Passengers visiting close family members (minor children and their parents). Proof of their relationship is requested.
    • Passengers visiting other family members (adult children or their parents, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings). Proof of the relationship and the special urgent reason of the trip such as attending funerals/weddings, birth or death of a family member, serious illness of a family member will be asked by the German Immigration. The respective passenger also needs to present supporting documents (death/marriage/birth certificate, a written statement from the doctor about the necessity of visit in case of serious illness).
    • Passengers traveling together with their partner who is a citizen of a country in the EU, Great Britain or Schengen region. They need to be in a long term relationship and prove the special urgent reason of the trip such as attending funerals/weddings, birth or death of a family member, serious illness of a family member. The passenger needs to present the following documents to the German Immigration upon arrival in Germany:
      • written statement for the above mentioned special urgent travel reason
      • written statement from both partners about their relationship containing their contact data – proof for their relationship (common address, photographs, mail or e-mails, etc.)
      • a written statement from the doctor about the necessity of visit in case of serious illness
    • Passengers traveling together to their partner who is a citizen of a country in the EU, Great Britain or Schengen region or a holder of a German residence permit. They need to be in a long-term relationship and prove that they have previously met in Germany, or they are/have been registered under the same address abroad. The respective passenger needs to present the following documents to the German Immigration upon arrival in Germany:
      • written invitation of the partner living in Germany containing copies of the passport or ID card (and residence permit) of this person
      • written statement from both partners about their relationship containing their contact data
      • proof that they met before in Germany or abroad (e.g. with flight tickets or border crossing stamps, etc.) or that they have shared the same address abroad
    • Passengers traveling for business reasons (e.g. if the trip is economically necessary, cannot be postponed and cannot be done from abroad). The company in Germany must confirm the importance of the trip by issuing a certificate. The decision about the necessity of the business trip and the entry permission will be taken by German Immigration Service at the arrival airport. In case of any doubt, please ask for confirmation (ok to board) before departure.
    • Citizens of Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Macao/China, Macedonia, Monaco, New Zealand, Japan, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan/China, Thailand, the USA, and Vatican City if they have spent the past 6 months their country of residency.
    • Diplomats and their core family members
    • Students
    • Passengers in transit holding a confirmed onward flight ticket, proof that entry into the final destination country is permitted and a printout of the entry regulations of the final destination country
  • Please click here to see “What constitutes an urgent need for travel?”  

Entry requirements

Health Measure If not fully vaccinated or not recovered* If fully vaccinated or recovered with one vaccine dose** (if the passenger hasn’t been in a country with a virus variant within the last 10 days)
Passenger Locator Form Yes (within the last 72 hrs before departure) Yes (within the last 72 hrs before departure)
Pre-departure test*** Yes No
Quarantine**** Yes. For 10 days. No

*Not vaccinated or not recovered: Touristic travels from Turkey are not allowed for passengers who haven’t yet been fully vaccinated. Respective passengers should have an imperative need for travel. Children under 6 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated are allowed to travel only if they are accompanied by at least one fully vaccinated parent.

**Fully vaccinated or recovered with one vaccine dose: A vaccine certificate proving that either the passenger has got all necessary vaccination doses required for a complete protective vaccination as listed on pei.de/impfstoffe/Covid-19 no less than 14 days before departure or she/he is a recovered person who has received one vaccine dose. If the passenger has recovered from Covid-19, a positive Covid-19 test result issued no less than 28 days ago and no more than 90 days ago.

If the passenger has recovered from Covid-19, a positive Covid-19 test result issued no less than 28 days ago and no more than 6 months ago.

Passengers who have stayed in a variants of concern area during the last 10 days before entry need to present a negative PCR test result. An antigen test result, a proof of vaccination or recovery is not sufficient.

***Pre-departure test: A negative antigen test result performed within the last 48 hours before arrival or a negative PCR or POC-PCR test result performed within the last 48 hours before departure for Germany. This rule also applies to all passengers who are in transit from an international flight and traveling through Germany to their final destination.

****Quarantine: If the passenger can provide a negative Covid-19 test result on the fifth day of quarantine they will be able to end their self-isolation process. Passengers aged under 6 can end the quarantine process on the fifth day without having to be tested.

Please note that in case of a positive test result, passengers will not be accepted to our flights. Respective passengers will be subject to 14 days of quarantine. Where the quarantine can take place will be decided depending on the symptoms that are identified at the hospital. In order to be covered in case of a positive test result, we recommend that you take out a “COVID-19 Tourist Protection and Support Insurance for Turkey”. Here you will find an offer from one of our insurance partners. After another test with a negative result, you may travel back to Germany.

PCR testing process & PCR Test Centers located in Turkey   

  


 

Austria

Passengers granted entry permission

  • All passengers who haven’t visited one of the virus variant countries within the last 10 days

Entry requirements

Health Measure If not vaccinated or not recovered If fully vaccinated or recovered*
Pre-travel Clearance Yes (within the last 72 hr before arrival) No
Pre-departure test** Yes No
Quarantine*** Yes. For 10 days. No (also their accompanying minors between 12 and 18 years old)

* Fully vaccinated or recovered: Passengers above the age of 12 are required to present:

  • Proof of full vaccination (one dose of Johnson & Johnson or 2 doses of other approved vaccines) OR proof of past infection (the medical document needs to show the date of recovery);
  • AND a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours before arrival OR a proof of a booster jab which is valid from the first day of having been administered.

Approved vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Covaxin, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm

The vaccine certificate is valid for 270 days after the 2nd dose for 2-dose vaccines. For people with past infection and one dose of vaccine, it is valid for 270 days after the first dose. If you have had a third/additional/booster vaccination, it is valid for 270 days from the third jab. There must be at least 120 days between the second and third jab, and at least 14 days between the first and the second jab. The Johnson & Johnson vaccination is valid for 270 days, 22 days after the first dose.

Proof of recovery: valid for 180 days. A medical certificate including the date of recovery is needed. If you have recently recovered, your PCR test might still turn positive. Therefore, if you have recovered within the past 90 days, you can use a medical certificate as a substitute for the PCR test. Please fill out this form in English if this applies to you.

Pregnant women and those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons can enter by showing a medical certificate AND a PCR test.

**Pre-departure test: : Please note that travel to Austria for touristic purposes is possible for vaccinated and recovered people. Residents or citizens of Austria above the age of 12 are required to present a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours prior to entry.

Passengers who haven’t yet received the booster jab (valid from the first day of having been administered) are also required to present a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours prior to entry.

Please see the list below to check when the test is needed:

  • 2x vaccinated (or 1x vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson): PCR test mandatory
  • 3x vaccinated (or 1x vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson plus Booster): no PCR test needed
  • Recovered: PCR test mandatory*
  • Recovered and 1x vaccinated: PCR test mandatory
  • Recovered and 2x vaccinated (or 1x vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson): no PCR test needed

Minors under the age of 12 are exempt from the test requirement if they are traveling under the supervision of an adult. They can use the new Holiday Ninja Pass to enter Austria.

Passengers between 6 and 15 years of age are exempt from the vaccination/recovery or test requirements and subsequently comply with the Holiday Ninja Pass application even if they are traveling alone.

***Quarantine: Non-vaccinated or non-recovered passengers can end their quarantine period with a negative PCR test result which is carried out at the end of the fifth day after arrival.

FFP2 Mask Obligation on Board:

All passengers traveling to Austria are required to wear FFP2 masks without a valve. Equivalent masks or masks that correspond to a higher standard are allowed as well. Children below the age of 6 and passengers who are not able to wear a face mask for health reasons are exempted from this requirement. Expectant mothers and children between the ages of 6 and 14 are allowed to wear community masks.

More Coronavirus-related information can be found here.  


 

Switzerland

Passengers granted entry permission:

  • Swiss nationals and residents
  • EU/EFTA nationals and their family members (The proof of their relationship should be presented)
  • Family members of citizens of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland holding a Swiss residence permit issued before the 1st of January 2021. The proof of their relationship should be presented.
  • Residents of Liechtenstein
  • Foreigners with VISA Type “D”
  • Passengers travelling with VISA Type “C if the Visa has been issued after 16 MAR 20.
  • Passengers who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 within the last 12 months with a vaccine approved by Switzerland, the European medicines agencyor according to the WHO emergency use listing.
  • Unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years if they are traveling with their fully vaccinated guardians.

Entry requirements:

Health Measure If not vaccinated or not recovered If fully vaccinated or recovered*
Contact Tracing Form** Yes (within the last 48 hrs before arrival) Yes (within the last 48 hrs before arrival)
Pre-departure test*** Yes No
Test after entry**** Yes No
Quarantine No No

 

*Fully vaccinated or recovered: Fully vaccinated or recovered passengers above the age of 16 need to present:

  • A proof of vaccination against Covid-19 showing that the last dose was administered before arrival. The vaccination should meet the necessary requirements.
  • A proof of past infection, whereby the medical certificate must prove that the passenger was infected with Covid-19 in the past six months prior to entering Switzerland and she/he has recovered. The exemption starts on the 11th day after the first positive test result has been received.

**Contact Tracing Form: Before filling out the form, we kindly ask you to read the announcement regarding the protection of personal data here.

***Pre-departure test:Passengers above the age of 16 who have not yet been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 are required to present a negative PCR test result conducted within the last 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test result conducted within the last 24 hours prior to departure.

Passengers exempt from the test requirements:

  • Children under sixteen years of age
  • Passengers transiting through Switzerland without a stopover
  • Passengers entering Switzerland for important medical reasons that cannot be postponed
  • Passengers who are unable to take a Sars-CoV-2 test for medical reasons and can prove this with a medical certificate

****Test after entry: From 4 until 7 days after arrival, unvaccinated passengers are required to take either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test in Switzerland. The result of this test must be reported to the cantonal authorities. Passengers who will stay in the country for less than four days do not need to take a second test and it is sufficient to show a negative test result when entering the country.

Swiss nationals and residents who fail to meet one of the above-mentioned requirements at the Swiss border need to sign a declaration confirming lack of possibility.

Please click here to find out more about the rules for entering Switzerland.