Turkey’s Ministry of Labor has announced new COVID-19 requirements for the work permit application process.

Key Points:

  • Each sponsoring employer is required to upload a COVID-19 health and safety requirements undertaking to its Ministry of Labor account. It must be signed and sealed by the company’s signatory.
  • Each new work permit applicant must undergo a COVID-19 test in the country where the visa application is submitted. The applicant’s negative COVID-19 test result certificate must be uploaded to the Ministry of Labor online system.

Background: These documents are required immediately for new work permit applications. Before the new requirements, a number of consular posts requested COVID-19 tests on a random basis. The new requirements do not mean consular posts cannot also request COVID-19 tests during the new visa application process.

Analysis & Comments: The new requirements will add additional steps to the application process for new work permits. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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