Turkey holidays for Britons could restart on July 15 with ‘air bridge’ deal close

Holidays in Turkey and many destinations across the world looked as though they may be off limits to Britons this year. With travel restrictions remaining in place across the world including in the UK, many people have put their holiday plans on hold. Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states the Britons are not allowed to go abroad unless it is for an “essential” reason.

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This advice is set to remain in place “indefinitely”.

The UK is also putting quarantine rules in place from Monday.

The rules state that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will be subject to 14 days in quarantine.

Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a huge fine of £1,000.

However, there are some occupations that are exempt from this, along with those travelling from the Common Travel Area which includes the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

But now, hopes for Britons’ future holidays have been sparked once again after Turkey’s Transport Minister Adil Karaismailogluit said the nation had reached preliminary agreements for air travel with 15 countries.

It has been reported that government officials in popular holiday hotspots are hoping to secure “air bridge” plans with the UK for the summer holiday season.

The tourism and travel sector has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus, with many countries now desperate to kickstart their tourism industries to generate income.

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An air bridge agreement, which was first introduced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, would mean that people could travel freely between two nations without facing quarantine rules when they arrive.

This would mean that tourists arriving back in the UK from abroad may not have to face two weeks in self-isolation.

Turkey’s Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said this week that his country plans to resume flights with around 40 countries in June.

He confirmed that his country has agreed to such air bridge plans with 15 countries.

He told the Financial Times the UK and Turkey are in contact.

He said: “The two sides are in close contact.

“The UK is a very important country for us.”

However, he also said it would depend on how the UK’s infection rate is managed in the coming weeks.

Karaismailoglu said that flights would restart in five stages in June and that Turkey was in talks with 92 countries about resuming flights safely.

He said in a statement: “We believe that we have left behind an important point in the battle against the virus globally.

“Now, we have to continue our global ties and trade.”

Turkey has has over 168,000 cases and 4,648 deaths from coronavirus.

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