You can head off on a First Choice holiday to Turkey from August.

You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday to Turkey right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.


  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 2 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory when outside and in public spaces, including shops, buses and cars. Hotels are not considered public spaces, so you won’t be required to wear a face mask. No one is considered medically exempt from wearing a mask. And a visor cannot be worn as an alternative to a mask.
Face mask requirements for children Anyone over the age of 2 needs to wear a face mask in public spaces.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You need to complete a Passenger Locator Form on your flight to Turkey. The cabin crew will provide the form, but you’ll need to have a pen handy.
Good to know Before passport control, each passenger is required to go through thermal screening for a temperature check. If you test positive, you’ll be taken to hospital for treatment.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Turkey.

Beaches Open. Swimmers are required to keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 metres.
Restaurants Restaurants and cafés are open, but you’re required to put on a face mask before entering. Bars and hookah cafés aren’t currently open.
Sights Open.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities Restaurants, cafés, museums, beaches, parks and sports facilities are open.

Here’s the key information on getting to Turkey.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Turkey.

Car rental Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Public transport Face masks must be worn on buses and in taxis. Only three passengers can ride in a taxi at a time. However, this does not apply to people from the same household. .
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Turkey.

Read the full FCDO advice here