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Turkey further eases quarantine rules for travelers arriving from Pakistan

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ANKARA, Turkey: The Turkish government has further eased quarantine regulations for Pakistani nationals intending to travel to Turkey.

Announced on September 2, these regulations will become effective from September 4, 2021.

Irrespective of vaccination status, all passengers will submit a negative PCR test result that should be made at most 72 hours before their entry into Turkey.

As per the new regulations, passengers arriving from Pakistan who will have documentary proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be exempted from quarantine. Such vaccination should be of two doses approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (except for Johnson & Johnson which is a single dose).

Quarantine exemption will be applied to those vaccinated whose last dose was administered at least 14 days before their travel.

Pakistani travelers who cannot provide a proof of vaccination will be quarantined in their residences or addresses that they will declare, tourists will quarantine at their booked hotels. They will be PCR tested on the 10th day of the quarantine period and in case of a negative result, quarantine application will be terminated.

The persons who do not take a PCR test on the 10th day will be kept under quarantine for 14 days. In case the test results are positive, the case will be dealt with as per the guidelines of the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Before the Turkish government announced these revised regulations, the Pakistan Embassy was in constant touch with the relevant Turkish authorities, sharing the status of vaccination and measures in place in Pakistan for controlling spread of COVID-19 infections.

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