Turkey holidays: Destination reveals their ‘Safe Tourism Program’ for holidaymakers

Last week, it was announced that 73 countries can be visited by Britons and will not face quarantine rules on their return. Turkey was one of the 73 countries included on the list which was welcome news to the country and holidaymakers. Now, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has released both a video and information pack showing the strict health and safety measures which have been implemented to keep visitors safe.


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They have also released which procedures are in place should someone arrive in Turkey with COVID-19 or contract the virus while there.

The advert was aired on the weekend on ITV and Channel 4 and shows young boy travelling to Turkey with his parents.

It features the “Safe Tourism Certification” logo, which shows that high-level health and hygiene requirements are being followed.

Participating airports, airlines (and other transport hubs), accommodation outlets and food and beverage facilities all have the logo.

Facilities with a “Safe Tourism Certification” have a QR code on all logos allowing guests and customers to access their inspection data.

Upon arrival at the airport and before entering the country, all guests must have their temperature taken.

If a temperature is higher than 37.8C, they will be given a PCR test free of charge.

If the result is positive, they will be taken to a nearby hospital immediately.

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Visitors who become symptomatic during their stay in Turkey will also be taken to a nearby hospital and be isolated and treated.

Patients will also have the option to see out their isolation period within their hotel on a “quarantine floor/block”.

Many Turkish hotels are offering guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 during their stay the option to stay within the hotel, even after their planned trip is over, covering all costs until their isolation period has finished.

The above is all explained within the information pack.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism said: “Turkey’s healthcare system and infrastructure proved resilient during the pandemic and incoming foreign tourists should feel safe in the country.

“We are delighted to have an ‘airbridge’ with the UK.

“We have gone to great lengths to consider the safety and wellbeing of our guests from the UK who want to have an exceptional holiday in our beautiful country during the epidemic period.

“With our strong healthcare infrastructure system, stringent health and safety measures and special insurance packages for tourists, we are ready to welcome British citizens as always.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said that Turkey is exempt from travel advice against non-essential international travel.

FCO website reads: “From 4 July, Turkey is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

However, the FCO is advising against all travel to “areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis”.

British nationals made over 2.5 million visits to Turkey in 2019, making the country a firm favourite with Britons.

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