Turkish Airlines is at Terminal 4 in Cancun

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About Turkish Airlines at the Cancun Airport

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If you’ve recently flown with Turkish Airlines out of Cancun you would know that finding the correct information online is quite difficult. But to let everyone know, the Turkish Airlines depart from Terminal 4 at the Cancun International Airport. This information is not present on the official airport website or anywhere else for that matter. It could be due to the fact that these direct flights from Cancun to Istanbul, Turkey, started only a few months ago.

Getting to Terminal 4 at Cancun International Airport

It is quite easy getting to Turkish Airlines check-in desk at Terminal 4. If you’re getting a taxi from your hotel I would recommedn the Mexican made Cabify app. Cabify is a local taxi app that is safer than the street taxi and cheaper than the hotels or airport taxis. There is no Uber in Cancun, though the Uber Foods service exists.

If you’re staying in downtown Cancun, you could take the ADO direct bus to Cancun Airport. Remember though, that the earliest departure starts at 06:00 from the ADO Bus Station on Calle Pino. The bus takes about 30 minutes from downtown Cancun to the Cancun Airport.

Once you get to the airport you can get dropped at one of the 4 terminals. If you end up at the wrong terminal, you can take one of the FREE airport shuttles to a different terminal.

IMPORTANT! At times you may told that the shuttle is cancelled or it leaves at a later time. That is to push you into taking a taxi.

What should you know about Cancun Airport departures

Turkish Airlines Departure Free image by travelphotographer

Please know that when departing from Cancun you MUST have the Immigration Departure Card! This immigration card is given to you when entering Mexico. When departing Cancun passengers DO NOT go through the Immigration and passport stamping. Hence the need for the immigration card. I guess, if you’ve lost you will need to contact the border immigration officers. Otherwise you just leave the card with the airlines staff.

Things to know about Turkish Airlines in Cancun

You must be aware of the restrictions in the country of destination. Otherwise you won’t be able to board the plane. This can be confusing, since even some government websites in certain countries don’t list all the updates to entry requirements due to the Covid-19 situation. But it is still best to check the official sources and the airlines. Do not rely on 3rd parties. As an example, the popular Skyscanner website lists the “Mandatory Quarantine” for a few countries in Europe. In reality, that is just false.

Flying to Turkey or transiting Istanbul Airport

Are you flying to Turkey and planning to go through immigration? As of December 2020, the Turkish government is asking for a PCR test to enter the country. PCR virus testing is NOT REQUIRED for transit passengers at the Istanbul airport. However, the test is required if you’re heading to a country that is asking for an RT-PCR test or antigen test. These rules may change in the future, so please check again. I had no issues transiting without a test in January 2021.

Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Airport fast PCR testing

The Istanbul Airport offer fast PCR and antigen testing.

I have noticed that there are a few rapid testing centers right in the airport transit hall. The prices I have observed were:

  1. Virus Antigen Test - 160 TRY (22 USD)
  2. RT-PCR Test - 250 TRY (35 USD)

These prices seem to be very low compared to the ones in Mexico. Again, these prices may change in the future. I am not sure of the return time but it seems that they are being processed in a fast manner

Mexico travel restrictions news

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Traveling to Mexico is still great in 2021. However, keep in mind that there are travel and certain restrictions in place. These are subject to change at any given moment but here are some restrictions, in no particular order, so that you know what to expect.

Read about some restrictions in Mexico City here

Cancun tourism restrictions news

Starting January 25, 2021, there are new restrictions in Cancun and Quintana Roo cities such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Here is a summary:

  • the bars, nightclubs and disco clubs will be closed
  • the restaurants must operate at a maximum 30% of capacity
  • the hotels must operate at a maximum 30% of capacity
  • the beaches remain open but the patrols must allow an ideal 30% maximum of visitors as well

Mexico Sunday alcohol purchase

Please know that, on Sundays, you won’t be able to purchase alcohol after 5 pm. This rule applies in many of the states in Mexico. It applies to supermarkets and other stores. It is still possible to buy beer, wine, and other alcohol in restaurants and bars.