Why Turkey

More and more foreign patients choose Turkey to receive medical care as the country offers improved services with high technology at an affordable price. According to the International Medical Travel Journal, The country is in the top Top 5 medical tourism leaders list — 1 million international patients visit Turkey each year.

The Turkish Ministry of Health owns and operates approximately 55% of Turkey's 1200+ hospitals, while the rest are owned by universities, private companies and foreign entities. Many hospitals have local and international accreditations, including the JCI (Joint Commissions International), the JACHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and affiliations with Western medical groups and facilities.

For about 10 years now, the technological infrastructure and the comfort and quality of services of the hospitals in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir have been on the same level as their European counterparts.

On top of the high-quality facilities available, medical tourists have access to thermal spas and wellness services that incorporate five-star hotel accommodation into their packages. After discharge from the clinic, you can get spa procedures to speed up your recovery period and have a good rest. Leave a request on the site to get a consultation.

Getting a Visa

The requirement for a visa depends upon your nationality. If you're from countries such as Canada, the US and UK, Australia, or other European countries, you are eligible for the e-visa on arrival facility. You must hold a passport for at least 6 months before arrival to the country. The visa application procedure for a medical tourist is the same as that of a regular tourist.

Special COVID-19 Entry Requirements In Turkey

Turkey is open to tourism. Travellers of all nationalities who meet Turkey's immigration regulations can enter the country following the rules outlined below.

All arrivals into Turkey must complete an online form “Form for Entry to Turkey” with their identity and travel details at “register.health.gov.tr” or in the “Hayat Eve Sigar” app within the last 72 hours before their flight. Effectively from March 15, this form is mandatory. The purpose of the form is to contact individuals who have been in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.

A unique HES code is generated with the details given in the form filled out. The details provided in the form must be accurate and up to date as the details will be used for access to passengers who are positive or have contact with a positive patient.

In order to fill out the form, passengers must enter the web platform at “register.health.gov.tr” or on “Hayat Eve Sigar” app, select the language and continue. After the language has been selected, the form screen will be displayed. Passengers will have to fill in the fields such as identity details, travel information, latest countries visited, etc., to obtain their HES Codes, Forms and QR Codes.

Passengers will need the form to be able to travel safely within Turkey.

Click the link below to fill out the form: register.health.gov.tr

For further information and questions: e-mail to info@medicte.ca

Passengers over the age of 12 must have a document showing a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Turkey. Either:

  • PCR test is taken in the last 72 hours
  • Rapid antigen test is taken in the last 48 hours

Fully vaccinated and recovered patients are exempt if they can provide either:

  • Vaccination certificate showing the last dose was given at least 14 days before arrival
  • Medical certificate showing recovery in the last 6 months

Passengers, excluding nationals from the UK, Egypt, Singapore and Iran, are subject to PCR testing based on sampling at arrival. These passengers will be able to continue their journey after the test samples are taken. However, If the test results are positive, they will be treated under the COVID-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health.