Transitting thru Istanbul Airport

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  • Bregablue
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    Hi,
    The dilemma I’m facing is I can’t find any clarity on the UK Gov website for the following, so I’ve fingers crossed someone on here can enlighten me.
    I’m leaving an Amber country but having to fly to Istanbul, Turkey is currently Red, I will be staying a few hours airside then flying to another Amber European country where I will connect for a flight into Heathrow.
    Do I have to prebook a 10 day hotel quantine room, or the 2 PCR tests and quarantine at home as I’ve not received both jabs yet.
    Any help will be most appreciated.


    Bullfrog
    Participant

    I am certainly NOT a definitive source .. but a few hours in Turkey, irrespective of whether you’re airside or not, means you’re mixing with people who have been in Turkey.

    So if you’re saying that Turkey is on the UK’s red list, then I guess that means hotel quarantine for you.

    The joys of travel in today’s covid world.

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    EU_Flyer
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    Bregablue
    Participant

    Thanks for the link, I filled it out totally truthful and I only need to take day 2 and 8 tests while isolating at home for 10 days.


    FormerBA
    Participant

    This official position is here. I have copied the relevant section below.

    Bottom line I’d you must hotel quarantine is transiting Istanbul

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#transit-stops-in-amber-or-red-list-countries

    Transit stops in amber or red list countries
    When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.

    A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

    The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

    new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
    you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again
    Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop:

    no new passengers, who are able to mix with you, get on
    no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
    passengers get off but do not get back on

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    _glbetrkkr_
    Participant

    Can you avoid IST at all?


    Bregablue
    Participant

    I wish


    TimFitzgeraldTC
    Participant

    Any transit via IST (or any Red List country) will require a 10 night hotel quarantine at Heathrow.

    Most of my clients who have been in DXB or DOH for work have been travelling to Greece for 10 nights there and then fly home to avoid LHR quarantine (and have a normal 10 days). Cost is pretty much same as Heathtanamo Bay.

    Depending on your country of origin this may not be possible and depending on vaccine status you could look at likes of Poland / Croatia / Cyprus as well for 10 nights before returning to UK??

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    agsteele
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    I enquired from a VERY authoritative source as I have regularly flown through IST. IF your connecting flight to the UK has the potential for you to come into contact from travellers who are from RED countries then you will be required to quarantine in a hotel per the RED list rules. You can only transit through a red country without quarantine on arrival in the UK if your flight is ‘insulated’ (my words) from passengers from the red list country. It will be up to you to prove you have not been able to be in contact with any red list country passengers in the terminal or on your IST-LHR flight.

    GOV.UK says

    The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

    new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
    you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#transit-stops-in-amber-or-red-list-countries

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    maxgeorge
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    Allow plenty of time for connecting flights at IST, some of which (Bishkek, Samarkand, Tirana, Ulaan Bataar etc) leave from very distant gates.

    And don’t make the mistake, as I almost did, of boarding the Havas airport bus from Taksim that goes to SAW, across the Bosphorus.

    Ensure you’re on the bus to IST, ‘yeni havalimani’.

    Last time I was there, 2019, the Metro hadn’t got to IST yet.


    Bregablue
    Participant

    Thanks for your reply, but I don’t intend flying direct IST-LHR but via an amber European country airport.


    ViajeroUK
    Participant

    Travel from IST via an Amber list country will still require quarantine in Govt Hotel on arrival UK, UNLESS you spend at least 10 days in the Amber list country. This was pointed out by TimFitzgerald on 22 July in this thread.

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