Pandemics and related problems have been an important public health issue throughout history and will continue to be so in the future. Soon after its outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, COVID-19 was declared as a global pandemic which caught many countries unprepared with exceptions. Turkey was one of them. Having worked on plans and preparations for a possible pandemic since 2004 the Turkish Ministry of Health performed well in curbing the initial spread of the virus after its entrance into the country and has played an important role in Turkey’s successful fight against COVID-19 since then. Turkey’s successful management of the crisis has been marked by its idiosyncratic approach to the crisis and the robustness of its healthcare sytstem which have helped taking COVID-19 pandemic under control and preventing its devastating consequences.