Local Covid-19 Regulations and Latest News

- Last update on January 20, 2021

No Quarantine Requirement

Turkey accepts tourists from almost every country of the world without any quarantine requirement, except for tourist coming from UK, who are temporarily banned from entering the country. 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 (appr. 90 Euros). Face masks are available on your request at the Front Desk.

Curfew for Local Residents (but not for Tourists)

Starting on December 1, for local residents of Istanbul there is a night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am during week days and a full day curfew during Saturday and 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. The two major historic sites close to our hotel, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are open to visitors during their regular hours, seven days of the week.

Restaurant Closures

According to these new measures, restaurants, cafes and bars are not allowed to serve customers inside their premises. On the other hand every day between 10am and 8pm, customers individually can go and take away food from the restaurants; they alternatively can 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. Although we do not have a restaurant in the hotel, we 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.

Duration of the Lockdown

Duration of the curfew period and how long the restaurant closures will last are not fixed by the authorities. Depending on the results obtained from the new regulations and from the vaccination programme that started on January 14, the restrictions will be lifted step by step in time.

Covid-19 Test in the Hotel

At both Istanbul airports passenger are required to come up with the 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 400 (appr. 45 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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