Travel to Turkey & COVID-19 TABEF Advice

With the business world resetting in the aftermath of the pandemic, decision makers, ministers, high level representatives of banks and financial institutions, heads of business organizations and chambers, entrepreneurs, investors, producers and CEOs of Turkish and African companies will meet once again to do business in person during Turkey-Africa III. Economic and Business Forum (TABEF), taking place on 21-22 October 2021 in Istanbul.

Turkish Visa

Please apply for your Turkish visa at Consular Section in Turkish Embassies (click here to see contact details of the diplomatic mission in your country/accredited to your country) with the invitation letter that the participants will receive as confirmation e-mail after online registration.

African citizens, travelling to Turkey by Turkish Airlines and holding a valid Schengen/USA/UK visa, can obtain their entry visas to Turkey at Istanbul Airport.

Please click the image below to check if you are eligible for e-visa.

Book your flight reservations from Turkish Airlines.

Please visit the Important Announcements page for current information regarding domestic and international flights, suspended flights etc. Please also visit Travel to Turkey page for flight restrictions applied for arrivals to Turkey due to COVID-19.


All attendees (except purchasing delegations) are responsible for their own lodging and travel arrangements.

  • All international attendees are expected to submit the documents/certificates issued by WHO (World Health Organization) or Turkish Ministry of Health at the first point of departure that they have been administered minimum two doses of vaccine (one dose for Johnson and Johnson) within minimum 14 days before entering Turkey or have had COVID-19 disease within the last six months starting from the 28th day of the first PCR test with positive result. These passengers shall not be required to submit a PCR/rapid antigen test report with negative result and quarantine measures shall not be applied for them.
  • In case of failure to submit a vaccination certificate or documents indicating that the passenger had COVID-19 disease, it shall be deemed adequate to submit a PCR test with negative result taken within maximum 72 hours before entry or the negative rapid antigen test result taken within maximum 48 hours before entry.
  • Passengers arriving into Turkey may be subject to a random PCR test at their final destination in Turkey.
  • A completed “Traveler Entry Form” (A printout copy or mobile screenshot of the completed form) within 72 hours prior to the flight must be presented at check-in and upon arrival. The form can be obtained at
  • It is obligatory for all passengers to wear masks at the airports and during the flights.
  • The government of Turkey has updated their website with the list of facilities in Turkey that perform COVID-19 tests. 
  • If you need to take PCR test before returning home, PCR testing is available at Istanbul Airport. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The testing center is in front of Entrance 14 in Arrivals Hall. The test fee is 250 TL or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 6 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passport, test results take up to 5 hours.
  • All leisure and culture destinations are open for visitors while taking all precautionary measures such as wearing face masks, maintaining hand hygiene, applying physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.
Health & Safety as a Number One Priority at TABEF

In response to COVID-19, TABEF will have in place enhanced measures which will provide the reassurance and safety of all our attendees and staff.

We follow the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding travel and participation in our events. You can find the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) by clicking here.

Turkish participants are required to present proof of a negative PCR test taken 24 hours prior to event start date. The Turkish Ministry of Health releases Turkey’s daily vaccination and COVID-19 numbers at

The participants from African countries are required to have PCR test taken 24 hours prior to event start date and HES code (click here. to take the code).

Please check COVID-19 Measures at the event venue, Istanbul Congress Center.

About Istanbul

Istanbul is a world city at the intersection point of Europe and Asia, the settlement date of which extends for 300.000; the historical date for about 3.000 and the date of being a capital for 1.600 years. Through the ages the city has hosted various civilizations and cultures, has preserved its cosmopolitan structure, where people of many religions, languages and ethnic origins have lived together for centuries and it has become a unique mosaic in the historical process. Istanbul is one of the rare sites in the world that has succeeded in being the center in every area for long periods of time and it is a world capital from the past to the current day.

Istanbul is also one of the few cities which has been the center of the country's economic life. Istanbul has a central importance in both domestic and international trade. Istanbul is Europe’s third and world’s 21st biggest city.

Istanbul that makes continents meet, is also a world-embracing congress city with its own wealth of history and nature, its being an international center of arts and culture, its accessibility, alternatives of accommodation, professional services, price policies and the quality of its convention centers.

Currency : Turkish Lira ₺ (TRY)
Time Zone : East Europe, UTC/GMT+3
Electricity : 220 watt