Turkey normally attracts more than 2.5 million British tourists a year, and UK citizens are still travelling to the country for some sun this summer. However, a spike in cases in Turkey has caused travel experts to speculate that the country may join France and the Netherlands on the quarantine list.
Turkey has seen 1,256 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths in the past 24 hours– its highest daily figures since June.
At present, people can travel from the UK to Turkey without needing to isolate on return for 14 days.
However, as Boris Johnson has warned, the UK Government will “not hesitate” to take countries off the travel corridor list.
It is believed that the Government puts any country with an infection rate of over 20 per 100,000 on the quarantine list, and Turkey is currently at 18.5 per 100,000. This is a big jump from 15.8 per 100,000 last month.
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Can I travel to Turkey?
You can travel to Turkey at the moment, but there are lots of restrictions.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) no longer advises against all but essential travel to Turkey, but advises against all travel to areas within 10km of the border with Syria.
The FCO also advises against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis and Hatay provinces, as well as the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari.
This is based on the assessment of COVID-19 risks in these areas.
When you arrive in Turkey, you’ll need to have a health check and temperature check at the airport.
If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus you must have a PCR test.
Any arrival who tests positive will need to quarantine at a location approved by the Ministry of Health.
You could also quarantine at a private hospital, but this would be paid for by yourself.
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Is Turkey on quarantine list?
Turkey is not on the quarantine list right now, but it could be added very soon.
The country’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the number of seriously ill patients, mostly with underlying medical conditions, has also risen by 668.
In total, Turkey has 278,117 positive tests and 5,955 deaths.
This has led to concerns that Turkey may be taken off the travel corridor list and put on the quarantine list, just like France.
It was announced on Thursday that France would be added to the quarantine list, and Brits had until 4am on Saturday to get home before the rules came into play.
This encouraged a race across the Channel by the 500,000 UK citizens holidaying in the country in order to avoid having to quarantine for 14 days.
This news came after France’s infection rate rose to almost double that of the UK’s.
Boris Johnson has said the government will be “ruthless” over whether to add countries to the quarantine list, so Turkey could easily be next.
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