Türkiye Travel advice and safety

COVID-19[feminine]

COVID-19[feminine] remains a risk in Turkey.

Turkey has implemented a Safe Tourism Certification Program to certify accommodations, restaurants and transport providers if they follow certain measures relating to hygiene, distancing, use of PPE, staff training, signage, ventilation, staff health and food preparation. If you visit Türkiye, ask your suppliers if they have received this certification and carry out your own investigations if these measures are respected.

For more information on Türkiye’s COVID-19 vaccination program, refer to e-Nabiz website. You should consult your local healthcare professional for advice on vaccination options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and effectiveness of vaccines approved for use outside of the Australian regulatory process.

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Diseases transmitted by insects

Malaria is a risk from May to October in:

  • amikova
  • Çukurova Plain
  • the South-East

There is no risk of malaria in the main tourist areas in the west and south-west of the country.

Other insect-borne diseases occur, including:

CCHF is common in:

  • central Anatolia to the north
  • east of Ankara

Seasonal summer outbreaks of CCHF have been deadly.

To protect against disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-colored clothing

Consider taking medicine to prevent malaria.

Avian flu (bird flu)

The human deaths of bird flu (bird flu) have been confirmed in Turkey.

Talk to your doctor about bird flu as part of your routine pre-trip health checks.

Measles

Measles cases occur regularly in Turkey, with the country experiencing an increase in measles activity. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date before you travel.

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Other Health Risks

Water-, food- and other-borne infectious diseases occur, including:

Severe outbreaks sometimes occur

To protect against disease:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid ice cubes
  • avoiding raw and undercooked foods, such as salads
  • avoiding unpasteurized dairy products
  • avoid contact with dogs and other mammals

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention immediately.

See a doctor if you have a fever or diarrhea.

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Poisoning by alcoholic beverages

Locals and travelers have reported poisonings from alcoholic beverages. Beverages can be contaminated with harmful substances, including methanol.

Residents and travelers fell seriously ill after drinking contaminated alcohol.

Consider the risks of drinking alcoholic beverages, especially spirit-based beverages.

Labels on bottles are not always accurate.

To stay safe:

  • drink only in reputable licensed premises
  • avoid homemade alcoholic beverages

Symptoms of methanol poisoning can be similar to the effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This includes fatigue, headaches and nausea.

If you think you or someone you are with has been poisoned, seek emergency medical attention. This could save you from permanent disability or death.

Report suspected cases of methanol poisoning to the police.

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