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Description Allows a team to force another team to perform both sides of a Detour
Versions Used The Amazing Race (US)
The Amazing Race Asia
The Amazing Race Australia
The Amazing Race Canada
The Amazing Race China
The Amazing Race: China Rush
Amazing Race
HaMerotz LaMillion
The Amazing Race (Latin America)
The Amazing Race Norge
The Amazing Race Philippines
The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú
Appearance(s) The Amazing Race 12 - present
The Amazing Race Australia 1 - present
The Amazing Race Asia 3 - 4 - 5
The Amazing Race Canada 1 - present
The Amazing Race 1 (China) - present
The Amazing Race: China Rush 1 - 3
Amazing Race
HaMerotz LaMillion 1 - present
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 1 - 6
The Amazing Race Norge 1 - 2
The Amazing Race Philippines 1 - 2
The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú 2012 - 2014; 2016

The U-Turn is located immediately after a Detour.

The U-Turn was introduced in Season 12. After completing a chosen Detour option, a team may use the U-Turn to force another team to also complete the other Detour option they did not originally choose. Similarly to a Yield, the team placing the U-Turn places a photo of the team they are penalizing along with their own "Courtesy Of" photo on the U-Turn marker stand. Prior of U.S. Version Season 17, the U-Turn slot is only available for one individual teams to U-Turn one other teams. Since Season 19, tablets were used in place of the photos, therefore removing the need for teams to hold their "Courtesy Of" photos. However, the usage of the photos returned in Season 23 but teams are no need to hold their "Courtesy Of" photos along the race as their "Courtesy Of" photos was placed at the U-Turn board. Season 28 marks the first time the U-Turn board is designed after the locale.

Like the Yield, if the team has lost their "Courtesy Of" photo, they will be unable to use their U-Turn power for the remainder of the Race. This was seen in The Amazing Race Asia 3 in Leg 9, after Ida & Tania decided to U-Turn Geoff & Tisha only to realize they did not have their "Courtesy Of" photo with them.

It is possible for a team to U-Turn another team that has already passed the U-Turn, nullifying its effects. A team can only use their U-Turn power once per Race (excluding The Amazing Race Canada, which allows more than one use), and only one team may be affected by the same U-Turn during a leg. Teams are warned of an upcoming U-Turn on the Route Marker or after the Detour clue. Season 15 was the first and only season since it's inception not to show a U-Turn. If the Fast Forward and U-Turn appear in the same leg or if there will be Double U-Turn, that leg will have a U-Turn warning in the first clue they receive [usually at the pit stop of the previous leg, or at the virtual pit stop] [e.g: Season 16, Leg 9 (Fast Foward & U-Turn), Season 17, Leg 9 (Double U-Turn), Season 18, Leg 5 & 9 (Double U-Turn)]

Blind/Anonymous U-Turn

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Louie & Michael Blind U-Turned Joe & Heidi in France on Season 16.

Starting in Season 14, teams were met with a variation of the U-Turn called a "Blind U-Turn" ("Anonymous U-Turn" in the Australian version). If teams use a Blind U-Turn, they do not have to publicly reveal themselves as the perpetrators with their "Courtesy Of" photo.

Double U-Turn

Art & JJ U-Turn

Art & JJ Double U-Turning Brendon & Rachel in Tanzania during leg 8 of Season 20.

In Leg 9 Season 17, the Double U-Turn was introduced. This addition allowed two individual teams to each U-Turn one other team, and is currently the main U-turn used in the U.S. after its introduction. The third season of the Latin American version was the first season in all the franchise to air a Double U-Turn that no teams used.

As a Penalty

In Season 18, the last team to complete the starting line challenge, Amanda & Kris, was automatically penalized with a U-Turn for the first Detour they encountered.

In Season 4 of the Latin American version, the last team to complete the starting line challenge, Billy & Gean, was automatically penalized with a U-Turn for the first Detour they encountered.

Must-Vote U-Turn

The second season of the Israeli has a different format of the U-Turn where, at the start of the Leg, each team votes for who should receive the U-Turn. The team with the most votes is forced to complete both of the Detour tasks upon arriving at the Detour.

The voting format was later used in all of the seasons of the Chinese version, season two of the Australian version and season one of the Filipino version.

Blind Double U-Turn

During season 21, a hybrid of the Blind and Double U-Turns called the Blind Double U-Turn was used. It has the effects of both those U-Turns: two different teams each could U-Turn one other team, just like the Double U-Turn, but the identities of those who used it would be kept secret just like the Blind U-Turn.

In season 21, this U-turn had led to an interesting situation when Rob & Kelley U-turned Gary & Will, and Gary & Will in turn U-turned them due to not knowing their identity instead of Caitlin & Brittany - the only team behind them.

U-Turn Users

Note: All U-Turns are normal unless otherwise stated.

The Amazing Race (US)

The Amazing Race 12

The Amazing Race 14

The Amazing Race 15

The Amazing Race 16

The Amazing Race 17

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business

The Amazing Race 19

The Amazing Race 20

The Amazing Race 21

The Amazing Race 22

The Amazing Race 23

The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2014)

The Amazing Race 25

The Amazing Race 26

The Amazing Race 27

The Amazing Race 28

The Amazing Race Asia

The Amazing Race Asia 3

The Amazing Race Asia 4

The Amazing Race Asia 5

The Amazing Race Australia

The Amazing Race Australia 1

The Amazing Race Australia 2

The Amazing Race Australia 3

The Amazing Race Canada

The Amazing Race Canada 1

The Amazing Race Canada 2

The Amazing Race Canada 3

The Amazing Race Canada 4

The Amazing Race China

The Amazing Race 1 (China)

The Amazing Race 2 (China)

The Amazing Race China 3

The Amazing Race: China Rush

The Amazing Race: China Rush 1

The Amazing Race: China Rush 2

The Amazing Race: China Rush 3

Amazing Race

HaMerotz LaMillion

HaMerotz LaMillion 1

HaMerotz LaMillion 2

HaMerotz LaMillion 3

HaMerotz LaMillion 4

HaMerotz LaMillion 5

The Amazing Race (Latin America)

The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 1

The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 3

The Amazing Race 4 (Latin America)

The Amazing Race 5 (Latin America)

The Amazing Race 6 (Latin America)

The Amazing Race Norge

The Amazing Race Norge 2

The Amazing Race Philippines

The Amazing Race Philippines 1

The Amazing Race Philippines 2

The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú

The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú 2012

The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú 2013

The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú 2014

The Amazing Race Vietnam: Cuộc Đua Kỳ Thú 2016: All Stars

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