What will be the Travel Conditions During New Normalization Period?
T.R. Ministry of Internal Affairs announced details regarding rules to be applied during new normalization period that will take effect from 5.00 am on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. What will be the travel conditions during the new period? Here are the frequently asked questions and answers on travels in this period!
When will the curfew restrictions take effect?
Curfew restriction will be applied starting from 05.00 am on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 between 10.00 pm – 05.00 am on weekdays and on Saturdays. On Sundays, the curfew, which starts at 10:00 pm on Saturday, will end at 05:00 am on Monday morning, covering the whole Sunday.
A separate curfew restriction will not be applied for citizens aged 65 and over who have received their two doses of vaccination and for children and young people under the age of 18 apart from the curfew restriction applied to everyone. The citizens aged 65 and over who haven’t been vaccinated despite their rights to vaccination will only be able to go out between 10.00 am – 02.00 pm except for Sundays and will be subject to a full-day curfew restriction on Sundays.
Regardless of whether they are subject to curfew or not, citizens aged 65 and over and young people and children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use urban public transportation (metro, metrobus, bus, minibus, etc.) during the new normalization period. Students determined by the Ministry of National Education to conduct face-to-face education and training will be exempted from this rule.
How will intercity travels take place?
Intercity travel restriction will be applied for the periods and days (weekdays and weekends) of curfew restriction during the new normalization period to take effect as of June 1, 2021. There will be no restriction on intercity travels during the period when the curfew is not applied.
A separate travel permit will not be required for intercity travels by public transport such as airplanes, trains, buses, etc. during the period and days on which curfew restriction is applied. It will be sufficient for the passengers to submit their tickets, reservation code etc. regarding their intercity travels. The mobility of people in this case between the intercity public transportation vehicles and their residences will be exempt from the curfew, provided that they comply with the departure and arrival times.
Will the people with hotel reservations be able to stay at the hotel during the restriction?
Guests with reservations at accommodation properties (provided that whole payment is made) during the period and days on which curfew restriction is applied will be exempt from the curfew restriction and/or intercity travel restriction. People travelling for these purposes need to submit their reservation and payment documents during the controls.
What are the other exceptions to be exempted from intercity travel restrictions?
- Public officials (inspector, auditor, etc.), who are assigned by the relevant ministry or public institution or organization within the scope of the performance of a mandatory public duty, will be exempted from this provision provided that they submit their certificate of incumbency together with their corporate identity card.
- Applications made to attend the funeral of the first degree relative or sibling of themselves or their spouse or of any relative of the funeral to accompany the funeral transfer transactions through ALO 199 line and e-Application systems from the E-State gate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (it may be notified up to 9 relatives) will be automatically approved by the system and necessary travel permit will be created for the relatives of the funeral.
- Citizens to make application within the scope of funeral transfer and burial procedures will not be required to submit any documents and the necessary inquiry will be made automatically before issuing the travel permit through the integration provided by the Ministry of Health.
Is it possible to travel by private vehicles on days with curfew?
During the times and days on which curfew restriction is applied, the citizens are not allowed to travel intercity with their private vehicles. However, in the event of following obligatory cases, the citizens will be able to travel with their private vehicles provided to prove this situation by obtaining their travel permits from E-Application of E-State system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and ALO 199 line and Travel Permission Councils at the district governorships.
What are the obligatory cases to obtain Travel Permit?
The obligatory cases to obtain Travel Permit on days with curfew restriction during the new normalization period are as follows:
▪ Those who are discharged from the hospital where they are treated and want to return to their original residence, who have been referred with a doctor's report to a hospital and/or have a doctor's appointment/examination which has been previously taken,
▪ Those who will accompany to the first degree relative or sibling of themselves or their spouses at the hospital (maximum 2 people),
▪ Those who have arrived to the city within the last 5 days but do not have a place to stay and want to return to their original residence (who submit documents, papers that they have arrived to the city within the last 5 days, travel ticket, license plate of the vehicle),
▪ Those who will take the exams announced by OSYM (Student Selection and Placement Centre) and central exams planned
▪ Those who have completed their military service and want to return to their original residence,
▪ Those having an invitation letter for a daily contract from a private company or public institution,
▪ Those released from penal institutions.
How to obtain a Travel Permit?
In the event of obligatory cases, you can obtain your travel permit from E-Application of E-State system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and ALO 199 line and Travel Permission Councils at the district governorships.
How will be the services at the accommodation properties during the new normalization period?
- Road side facilities located on intercity highways (excluding those located in the residential area) and food and beverage courts (limited to guests with accommodation only) at the accommodation properties (hotel, motel, apart hotel, pension, etc.) will be able to serve to maximum 2 people in indoor spaces and maximum 3 people in outdoor spaces on the same table at the same time.
- Indoor entertainment venues at the accommodation properties will be kept closed and no guest will be allowed to these areas.
- Collective entertainment events will not be allowed at the outdoor spaces of the accommodation properties and maximum will be paid to physical distance rules to prevent overcrowding in these places.
* You can visit the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to get detailed information about the applications during new normalization period.