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Country Two - Turkey

  1. Got online Visa.

  2. Filled out the mandatory on-line (on phone) questionnaire within 72 hours of travel. Took less than 5 min, got a VR code to present at border.

  3. Coming from Ukraine so vaccine card may not be a requirement (so it has been published).

  4. Will let you know in a few days.....

Country 1 - Ukraine
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/country-one-entering-ukraine

Country 2 - Turkey
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/country-two-turkey

Country 3 - Croatia
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/country-three-croatia

Country 4 - Bosnia & Herzegovina
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/country-four-bosnia-herzegovina

Country 5 - Montenegro
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/country-four-montenegro

Posted by
2396 posts

If I am reading both of your posts correctly, as the weeks pass and tourists aren’t bringing that spike, restrictions are easing up. As always James, thank you for feet-on-the-ground reporting. Enjoy the remainder of your trip.

Posted by
13392 posts

I presume the countries i am traveling to are watching the numbers and making judgments accordingly. I have watched their numbers and while i have an opinion about what is driving the decisions, we have been asked to avoid COVID debates.. So I leave it with i have confidence that my trip is pretty safe from rollback. But what is important is playing by their rules and with respect without commentary.

Posted by
6850 posts

What about a real trip report for Turkey and Ukraine? What did you do there? Sights seen, etc.?

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13392 posts

So, in Odesa, before issuing the boarding pass the Turkish Air agent studied my vaccine card, then asked if I had a visa and had filled out the online health questionnaire and gotten my document with the bar code. Yes, and yes, so I was given a boarding pass.

At passport control in Istanbul, the agent didn't want to see either. My guess is it's confirmed when they scan the passport. Then they scan your luggage for bombs and you are in Turkey.

That simple. Both ends, Odesa and Istanbul the processes only took a few minutes.

I will say this, if you require social distancing and near 100% indoor mask wearing to be comfortable it might be a good idea to reconsider travel.

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13392 posts

A couple of days doing the Istanbul Top Ten. Moving on to Zagreb late Monday.

Not impressed with the Haiga Sofia as a mosque. Too much you can't see now. But its their toy. The Blue Mosque was under renovation so that was limited too .... and the Basilica cistern was closed, but we found another recently uncovered cistern that was fascinating to visit.

The roof top of the Sura Design Hitel us a sweet place to hang out and the staff is excellent.

Posted by
5516 posts

It sounds like airlines are reviewing vaccine status, but countries aren’t checking that over and over. Masks and physical distance are more the focus, right? This is where the U.S. was 6 months ago, which now seems like a long time ago.

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If you require social distancing and/or strict mask adherence for comfort, you might reconsider travel.

In Turkey, masks outside were optional. Inside compliance was maybe 75%.

Few special COVID precautions in business operations. Twice i was asked for my vaccine card, and twice it was good enough that my travel companion had hers, mine wasn't necessary.

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Arrived Athens airport this morning for my Turkish Air flight back to Istanbul.

Checkin took 15 minutes. They glanced at my PLF on my phone, that was about it.

Two final days in Istanbul, then home.