Turkey eases restrictions for UK visitors
by Jessica Pook
Turkey has lifted the suspension of direct flights from the UK and has confirmed that visitors to the country will not require a vaccination certificate.
Currently international travellers to Turkey are not required to be vaccinated but must present a negative PCR test result on arrival.
The country is also investing in a ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’, whereby certification is compulsory for accommodation facilities with 30 or more rooms. More than 8,000 facilities have been certified to date.
All certified hotels provide testing facilities for tourists, so they can obtain test results, if needed, before departing Turkey for the UK or elsewhere. PCR tests cost approximately €30 (around £26) and are also available at Turkey’s international airports.
In addition, tourists visiting Turkey are offered a special insurance package, costing €15 (around £12), which covers 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.
The Covid-19 Accommodation Support Insurance promises 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.
Turkey hopes that these initiatives will enhance its position as a safe destination for UK travellers this summer.
Airlines flying from the UK include Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Tui, Sun Express. Freebird Airlines and Wizz Air have announced new routes this summer.