Travel expert says that rule changes can be ‘daunting’
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Turkey is one of the most popular summer destinations for British holidaymakers. But, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for many peoples’ holidays. It could now be just a matter of time before the public can start travelling back to Turkey to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, however.
Turkey has been a major attraction for British tourists for a number of years.
Holidaymakers have ranked Turkey as the sixth best tourist destination in the world, and the country welcomes almost 50 million foreign travellers each year.
But, Covid has put a halt on most international travel over the past 12 months.
Turkey was placed on the UK government’s Red list when it introduced the traffic light system, back in May.
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Travelling to countries on the Red list should be avoided wherever possible.
Only essential travel is permitted, and arrivals into the UK from Red list countries must quarantine in a managed hotel for the duration of their self-isolation period.
Turkey was originally placed on the Red list, due to its high Covid cases.
But, since then, its new daily cases have plummeted – and the UK is now reporting about six times more cases each day.
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Will Turkey be added to the Amber list?
It’s still not entirely clear whether Turkey will be included in the government’s Amber list after the next travel review, on July 19.
But, it’s certainly looking positive that it will be upgraded from the Red list.
Its time could be about to come, according to travel firm PC Agency’s CEO, Paul Charles.
Turkey’s high vaccination rate for those working in the travel industry could contribute to its upgrade, he said.
“It seems like an alternative to the chaos of Europe at the moment,” he said on his weekly Travel Radio show.
“I know they are meeting the Joint Biosecurity Centre weekly at the moment to go through the data.
“I think they’ve cleaned up the data. I think they’ve vaccinated something like 80 to 90 percent of their tourism employees and workers in hotels and attractions.
“I understand that they also are starting to see infections come down dramatically because they’ve closed borders to India and Pakistan and areas of Red concern, if you’d like.”
Turkey has the third-highest number of total COVID-19 cases in Europe, since the start of the pandemic.
Almost five and a half million people have tested positive for coronavirus in Turkey, compared with the UK’s five million.
However, while the UK has recorded 130,000 Covid-related deaths, Turkey has only reported 50,000.
In the past 24 hours, Turkey reported fewer than 5,000 new Covid cases, compared with the UK’s 27,100.
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