istanbul during covid

Istanbul during COVID: Things to Do, Places to Go

by Yusuf Boz

The pandemic restricted people’s life in all over the world and people are not still comfortable traveling in the world. Besides that, most people would like to discover new places and travel again. Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in the world and thousands of people would like to travel to Istanbul in 2021. If you are planning to travel to Istanbul during COVID-19 and would like to know more about the restrictions and things that you will be able to do in Istanbul, you can find detailed information in the article that we prepared for you.

Things to Know Before You Travel

There are some things that you should know before you start to visit historical and special places in Istanbul. You need the HES code when you use transportation in the city while entering the shopping malls and almost every area in Turkey. There are some steps how to activate the HES code.

  • PCR test is required to travel to Istanbul. If you would like to travel to Istanbul you should have a negative PCR test that you have to take 72 hours before you arrive in Turkey. The requirement can be changeable according to the countries; official authorities. Please check the rules that you are obligated to before you travel to Istanbul.
  • You can download the HES application on your phone and ask for the HES code after you complete your registration.
  • You can also send an SMS to 2023.

SMS Message: HES (space) Nationality (space) Passport Serial Number (space) Year of Birth (space) Surname 

To use the transportation in Istanbul, don’t forget to have an Istanbulkart. You can purchase 3 ways cards or you can have an Istanbulkart and you can load money on the card if you will use transportation often.

See More: Walking Tour in Istanbul

Stunning Places to Discover During COVID in Istanbul

Are you ready to explore special places, museums, and historical places in Istanbul? You will be able to explore various places in Istanbul during the COVID. While you can visit the impressive places, you can also discover the restaurants, cafes, shops, stores, art galleries around the touristic places in Istanbul. You can see some of the activities, historical places, and things that you can do in Istanbul during COVID below. You can have some ideas about what to do at the same time.

Istanbul during COVID: Places to go - Basilica Cistern
Istanbul during COVID: Places to go – Basilica Cistern

  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque)
  • Discovering the Districts of Istanbul (Bebek, Ortakoy, Besiktas, Fatih, Beyoglu, Kadikoy, Eminonu, Sultanahmet)
  • Churches in Istanbul
  • Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar
  • Istiklal Street & Galata Tower
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Sultanahmet Square
  • Ciraga Palace Kempinski
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum
  • Maiden’s Tower
  • Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • Pera Museum
  • Rumeli Fortress
  • Prince’s Islands
Pera Museum - Istanbul Tour Studio – Istanbul Guide
Pera Museum

You may have some questions about the Istanbul travel restrictions due to COVID and would like to know more about Istanbul tourism covid and the open places in Istanbul at the same time. We listed a few frequently asked questions about Istanbul during covid below. You can look at the questions below and have more about Istanbul covid restrictions.

What is open in Istanbul covid?

Since July 1st, 2021, the COVID curfew has ended in Istanbul. You can travel to Istanbul and will be able to see historical places, museums, popular districts and neighborhoods, and various places in Istanbul. You can also check the guide that we prepared for you above and have more idea about where to go and what to do in Istanbul at the same time.

Are museums open in Istanbul covid?

Yes. Museums are open in Istanbul during COVID. You will be able to visit the many different museums in Istanbul. You can also see some of the museums and places above that you will be able to visit. While there are numerous museums in Istanbul, you can also check the museums online that you are interested in.

Are restaurants open in Istanbul 2021?

Yes, restaurants are open for people in Istanbul in 2021. If you would like to explore the popular restaurants in Istanbul and learn more about Turkish Cuisine, you will be able to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the restaurants in Istanbul.

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