The suspension of direct flights from the United Kingdom to Turkey has been lifted.
Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, minister of culture and tourism has also announced that they will welcome visitors this summer without requiring evidence of vaccination.
“We will not require vaccination passports from international travellers when entering the country,” said Ersoy. “We have world-class border processes in place for ensuring travel will be low-risk throughout Turkey.”
At present, only a negative RT-PCR test result needs to be presented for entry into Turkey.
In an effort to encourage tourists from the UK, The minister commented that international Covid-19 case figures will be studied in a month’s time and will be reviewing its current PCR test proof protocols for British travellers.
“We will re-evaluate the situation and then decide if we will continue to require negative PCR test results from British citizens entering the country,” commented Ersoy, adding “I expect there will be no such requirement from British visitors as the UK government is rapidly, and impressively, rolling out the vaccination programme for the whole nation and a significant portion of the population will be vaccinated by early summer.”
Apart from this, in its endeavor to promote visitors and retain its position in the popularity stakes, all tour guides, employees at hotels and other tourist facilities in Turkey are being given priority for vaccination ahead of the main summer season. As of now, over 20 million vaccination doses have been administered in Turkey.
Furthermore, travellers coming to Turkey are offered a special insurance package, from just €15 (approximately £12), which will cover Covid-19 related expenses such as treatment, medication and emergency care costs that may be incurred if visitors are taken to a state-owned or private hospital during their stay in Turkey.
The Covid-19 Accommodation Support Insurance also guarantees to cover any extra accommodation expenses that may be necessary during the trip, following the issuance of a medical report requiring them to be kept under supervision in a hotel.
In 2019, around 2.5 million British tourists visited Turkey, with visitors staying in popular areas including Istanbul, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir.