Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5–6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
In addition, Professor Baird suggests you wait to purchase airline tickets until issue of research visas is confirmed.
The closest city to the site with an airport is Konya. There is an international airport at Konya although most flights route through Istanbul. Flying to Konya is easiest and Professor Baird will meet IFR students at that airport. Alternatively, one can fly to Istanbul and travel by high-speed train (4 hours) from Istanbul to Konya and then by train to Karaman, although these trains book up quickly. Professor Baird will also meet people at the train station in Karaman, if required. You will be driven from collection point to the accommodation in the dig vehicle.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Travel on weekends for leisure purposes may be restricted depending on COVID-19 circumstances. Trips relating to the field school program, for example to other archaeological sites, will be carefully managed in regard to local circumstances pertaining to the transmission and abundance of COVID 19.
Travel to the site will involve 2 vehicles, including a minibus that affords reasonable spacing of occupants. Students and staff will travel in pods in accordance with their accommodation arrangements. Masks will be worn in vehicles.
Please frequently consult the US Embassy in Turkey website for the most up-to-date travel restrictions/protocols. Below is a summary of current (as of December 2021) travel restrictions/protocols:
- A PCR test is required for entry into Turkey for individuals over the age of 12 years old who are unable to show proof of vaccination.
- Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form (Traveler Entry Form) and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination or to a dormitory to self-isolate. If an individual on a particular aircraft is found to have COVID-19, the information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine. If a student is required to quarantine, they will need to phone Professor Baird immediately (phone numbers will be provided provided).
- Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Afghanistan, Brazil, Nepal South Africa or Sri Lanka are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days, at their own expense, in a government hotel listed at http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/covid-19-tedbirler/6599-izolasyon-otelleri.
- Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
- All air travelers, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must show a negative results from a COVID-19 test performed one calendar day before the day of your flight to the U.S.
All personnel engaged in archaeological research in Turkey must be cleared by the authorities. Enrolled students will receive a special visa to attend the field school. All accepted students will be asked to complete official forms – those will be sent to students by Project Director – and all documents will be submitted as a group for approval to relevant Turkish authorities. Just before the program students will collect research visas from relevant local consulates, this will involve making suitable arrangements with those consulates for visa collection under guidance from Prof. Baird.
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.
The Turkish government require that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps.