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Quarantine if someone on your arrival plane has Covid

I copied and pasted the below from the tr.usembassy.gov website. It seems to say that if someone on your arrival plane has Covid, then you will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. We are scheduled beginning late March for Best of Turkey to be followed by the Istanbul tour, altogether a little more than 3 weeks. This in fact seems a little risky to me, and beyond my control. I called the RS office last week and was told that they would check into the situation. I haven’t received any follow up. Should we risk travel under these circumstances?

“Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
COVID-19 control measures for air, land, and sea travel continue. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination or to a dormitory to self-isolate. If an individual on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine. “

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The last sentence includes the statement “…the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine. “

The important part is what they consider “contact”. For example, in our area, you are considered a “close contact” if you were within 6 feet of someone for a period of 15 minutes or longer. This would not apply to every passenger on a plane.

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It could happen. We were identified as "close contacts" by the UK Health Authority (and figured it had to have been on our flight from Venice to London, since that's the flight we had to submit our UK DPLF for) and ordered by them to quarantine. However, we were back in Canada by then, as we had simply transited through the UK. We were unable to fill out the questionnaire they sent us, because it wouldn't submit without a UK address. When I emailed to tell them so, they said to follow the regulations of our local health authority, which doesn't require us to quarantine unless we have symptoms. We did get home tests, just to be on the safe side. But, based on this experience, I would be concerned about travelling somewhere that would require me to quarantine under those circumstances. It could happen.

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It’s a risk you take (or chose not to take) when travelling these days.

I cancelled my holiday to Spain this week, as with 1 in 15 people supposedly infected with Covid in England, we figured that’s about 10 + people on the flight who will be taking masks off to eat and drink and who don’t need a negative test before boarding. I was more concerned about getting ill and needing hospitalisation on a small island than the quarantine element.