Transiting through Istanbul during Covid-19?

Updated: Oct 20

Istanbul is one of the world’s major airport hubs, and connects to several cities in Europe and the Middle East. However, the global pandemic has created many uncertainties for travelers. Here, Atlas will answer some common questions around layovers in Istanbul during covid:


Q) I have a short layover in Turkey, and I don’t intend to step out of the airport. Is that allowed?

A) Yes, you can transit through Turkey. While you do not need a negative covid-19 test, it will be administered if you show any symptoms.


Q) I have a long layover in Turkey. Can I step out?

A) Yes you may step out. However, you will require an e-visa, which you can obtain in 60 seconds on the Atlas App.


Q) I am changing airlines in Turkey. Will that be allowed?

A) Yes, that is allowed.


Q) My final destination is Pakistan, and I am transiting through Turkey. Do I need any additional documents for this transit?

A) No. You can easily transit through Turkey.


Q) My final destination is Moscow, and I am transiting through Istanbul. Do I need any additional documents for this transit?

A) No. You can easily transit through Turkey.


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