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Turkey and Croatia No Longer Require PCR Tests From UK

Some fantastic news came out today, October 1st, as Turkey and Croatia both revealed that they will no longer require PCR tests for entry from vaccinated UK travellers.

This is great timing, with Turkey having left the UK’s red list on September 22nd and Croatia an awesome destination that many UK travellers flock to.

The Turkish government stated that they decided they would no longer require PCR tests from vaccinated UK travellers in the hope that they will visit in the autumn rush around October half-term.

“Turkey is ready and excited to welcome back travellers from across the UK this month and beyond.

“With no requirement for PCR tests, and following our removal from the UK government red list, travelling to Turkey couldn’t be easier.

“Turkey is the perfect destination for UK families this half term,” the statement read, and many in the travel industry, as well as many travellers, are excited for this new development giving vaccinated UK travellers greater access to these popular destinations.

The requirements for Turkey being relaxed (you can check the full extent of the requirements on the Foreign Travel Advice page), and now Croatia to follow, shows October half-term looking to be a great opportunity for vaccinated brits to book a great holiday.

In Turkey and Croatia, all travellers over 12 must be fully vaccinated. Both also require the completion of a form within 72 hours of travel, with Croatia travellers also needing proof of accommodation booking.

To enter Turke,y you must also have proof of one of the following:

  • A full course of Covid-19 vaccinations
  • Recent recovery from COVID-19
  • A negative PCR result 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen 48 hours before arrival.

To enter Croatia, you must also have one of the following:

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Certificate showing that they have recovered from Covid-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus provided that the vaccine was administered less than 12 months ago
  • A positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, confirming that the traveller recovered from the Covid virus infection.
  • A negative PCR result 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen 48 hours before arrival.

So, if you’re as excited as we are to book a holiday to Turkey or Croatia with the newly relaxed restrictions, don’t forget to get in contact with a PTS member, or call the head office at 0207 190 9988 for assistance picking the perfect PTS member for you.

And if you’d like to learn more about your consumer protection or how the package travel regulations protect your holiday booking, don’t forget to check out our page.