In a live TV conference on Thursday evening, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey will begin relaxing some of the coronavirus restrictions from June 1.

The easing of the measures raises as many, if not more, questions that when the measures were first implemented.

Whilst the president announced which restrictions will be eased, he didn’t talk about the implementation in detail as special measures to be taken are determined and announced by the relevant Ministries.

We’ve spent the day gathering more information about those special measures.

Before we talk about the measures to be relaxed, let’s talk about those that will stay in place or have been adjusted…


The curfew for those aged 65 years and over, and those suffering from chronic illnesses, will continue until further notice. These groups are the most susceptible to serious complications from the virus and the government continues to ensure their health and safety.

65’s and over will be allowed out on Sundays between 14:00 and 20:00. Outings are restricted to walking, within the vicinity of home.

The home curfew age limit for young people is lowered from 20 to 18 years old.

Young people aged 18 and under will be able to go out on Wednesdays and Fridays between 14:00 and 20:00. Outings are restricted to walking, within the vicinity of home.

Turkey has imposed a two-day curfew in 15 provinces beginning midnight on Friday (26 May) in a continued effort to stem the spread of the virus.

The curfew will be in effect in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van and Zonguldak.

Social distancing and masks

Turkey takes new steps towards normalization
  • The wearing of face masks when you leave your home is mandatory.
  • Stay 1.5 meters away from people not in your family (who live in the same house).
  • Only one person is permitted to ride on a motorbike or scooter.
  • Social distancing must be maintained in vehicles and masks must be worn.
Turkey takes new steps towards normalization

Restrictions to be relaxed from 1 June


Inter-province travel restrictions have been completely removed from 1 June. Anyone over 65 who has an essential need to travel, must apply for a travel permit. (Travel restrictions will be reintroduced if necessary).

Domestic flights will resume on 4 June. Turkish Airlines will resume services to cities like Ankara, Adana, Hatay, Antalya, Izmir, and more.

It is mandatory for all passengers booked on domestic flights to have an HES code during the Covid-19 pandemic or until further notice.

International flights to and from Turkey will restart on 10 June. As yet, we have no confirmation as to which countries will be included.

Transportation (Maritime)

Commercial yachts and structured wooden ships (gulets) will restart activities on 1 June 2020, provided that precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, General Directorate of Maritime are followed.

  • Information boards with COVID-19 precautions and rules are displayed in a prominent place at the entrance or exterior of the boat and in the general usage areas.
  • Tours with mixed groups are carried out in accordance with the social distance plan.
  • In the event of a tour with a mixed group, masks and gloves must be used. (This does not apply to family members who travel together and stay together).
  • Temperature of guests is checked upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer is provided on arrival and placed in the common area of ​​the yacht.
  • Information is requested from the yachtsmen and guests about locations where they have been in the last 14 days , whether they have chronic illnesses and their records are kept.
  • Guests are not accepted from yachts, other boats and land during the tour.
  • Eating and drinking services are served in closed packages if possible.
  • Food service implements (crockery, cutlery, glasses etc.) are washed in a dishwasher. If not, disposable products should be used.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you some idea of the measures being implemented.

Food and drink facilities

Turkey takes new steps towards normalization

Restaurants, cafes, patisseries, tea gardens and motorway service areas will open on 1 June.

Bars and hookah bars will remain shut.

Special measures issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism include:

  • Capacity information based on a social distance plan to be prepared and displayed in a prominent place.
  • COVID-19 precautions and rules applied in the facility to be displayed in a prominent place.
  • The temperature of guests will be checked on arrival by thermal camera or hand held monitor. Anyone with a temperature of over 38 degrees will not be admitted and they should seek medical attention.
  • Antiseptic gel will be provided at the entrance.
  • Masks must be worn apart from when eating and drinking.
  • As far as possible, payment should be made by credit or debit card. The machine will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • The distance between the tables where food service is provided must be 1.5 meters and 60 cm between chairs next to each other.
  • Social distance and seating rules do not apply to guests from the same family.
  • Service personnel must take care to maintain distance rules and avoid contact during service.
  • Each table must have a hand sanitizer or cologne.
  • Dining tables and chairs, service materials, sugar, salt, spices, napkins, and menu items are cleaned and disinfected properly after each guest use. If possible, disposable sugar, salt, spices, napkins are used.
  • Facilities can only serve until 22:00.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you some idea of the measures being implemented.

Other areas

  • Beaches, parks, gardens, swimming pools, hot springs, spa-type businesses, driving courses, museums, sports facilities, archaeological sites, libraries, youth centers, and camps will also reopen on 1 June. Facilities can only serve until 22:00.
  • Open air concerts will restart on 1 June. They must end by midnight.
  • Daycare centers and kindergartens will also reopen starting June.
  • Civil servants on administrative leave or working remotely will return to their workplaces on 1 June.
  • Restrictions on fishing will end on 1 June.

During the address, the president added that during the lockdown the government’s Vefa social support groups reached out to over 6.2 million people and provided them with essential services at home.

“Under the new normal order, let us not neglect masks, social distancing and hygiene,” – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Sources: Daily Sabah/Gerçek Fethiye/ Flying/Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure/Ministry of Culture and Tourism


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