Local Covid-19 Regulations & Latest News

- Last update on March 7, 2021

No Quarantine Requirement

Turkey accepts tourists from almost every country of the world without any quarantine requirement. On the other hand all travellers must submit negative PCR test results obtained within the last 72 hours before their departure.

Face Masks

Wearing a face mask in all public spaces including on the street is obligatory in Istanbul. For violations there is a rarely applied penalty of TL 900 (~105 Euros). Face masks are available on your request at the Front Desk.

Curfew for Local Residents (but not for Tourists)

For local residents of Istanbul there is a night curfew between 9pm and 5am every day and a full day curfew on Sundays. This regulation concerns only the local population and tourists are exempted from this rule. During the periods of lockdown tourists can freely go out and enjoy their time off in the streets of an unusually empty Istanbul. Taxis and public transport continue working as before; museums stay open. The three major historic sites close to our hotel, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are also open to visitors during the curfew period.

Restaurant Closures

According to the latest lockdown measures restaurants and cafes can stay open only from 7am to 7pm, but some restaurants in the touristic area around our hotel continue to be open also later during the evening. One can alternatively order food online or by telephone and let them be home/ hotel delivered without any time restriction. In our hotel we are well-prepared to this new situation and assist our guests in ordering meal from selected restaurants and serve them in our dining hall or in their rooms. Click here for the menus of these restaurants.

Vaccination Campaign

Turkey started its vaccination campaign on mid-January and up to this point over 9% of the population have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The End of the Lockdown in Sight

After the announcement made on March 1, Turkey gradually began lifting the pandemic restrictions. Remaining restrictions listed above will be lifted in time depending on the results of the regulations and the vaccination programme.

Covid-19 Test in the Hotel

At both Istanbul airports passengers flying to several countries are required to come up with the negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test made during the last 48 hours before their flight. Many hospitals and laboratories in Istanbul do these tests on demand. For the convenience of our guests we cooperate with a laboratory which sends a representative to our hotel upon appointment to take the sample for the test. The price is TL 350 (~40 Euros); the result is obtained within 24 hours.

Our Covid-19 Measures

In this time of uncertainty we want to assure you that your safety and comfort remain our highest priority. We take the utmost care to ensure every stay with us is safe, clean and comfortable. Some of our measures include:
• Rigorous cleaning and sanitisation of guest rooms
• Not using the rooms for at least 24 hours after each check-out
• Frequent sanitisation of high-contact points, such as elevator buttons, door handles, reception desk and bathrooms
• Hand sanitisers placed at guest contact areas
• Provision of medical masks and gloves for our guests upon request

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