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Can I travel to Turkey? Quarantine rules and coronavirus restrictions explained

BRITISH tourists will now have to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from Turkey.

The country has been removed from the UK government’s “safe” travel list, meaning anyone coming back from there will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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Turkey is the latest country to be removed from the safe travel list[/caption]

Spain was recently removed from the safe travel list at short notice, meaning Brits now face a two-week quarantine when returning to the UK.

Turkey‘s travel advice has now changed so holidaymakers may think twice before booking a trip to the country.

In 2019, approximately 2.5m Brits visited Turkey, with an average spend of £530 per holiday.

The local currency is plunging too, making things much cheaper while you’re out there.

But daily cases of Covid-19 have continued to rise in the country forcing the government to remove it from the quarantine-exemption list

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Turkey this year.

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The country is no longer part of the UK’s air bridge agreement[/caption]

Can I travel to Turkey on holiday now?

A holiday to Turkey from the UK has been possible since July 10, but visitors must now quarantine for 14 days after returning home.

Although Brits can still travel to the country, they will now need to isolate for two weeks on their return.

The advice from the UK Foreign Office explains: “Since June 12, the Turkish government has reopened its international land, sea and air borders.”

“All passengers, of all nationalities, who meet Turkish immigration rules are permitted entry to Turkey from June 12.”

Visas are not needed but passports must have at least six months validity.

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New restrictions have been in place at hotels and beaches for many weeks[/caption]

What are the current restrictions in Turkey I need to know about?

All tourists have to have medical checks when entering the country, as well as fill in a passenger locator form.

Plans have also been drawn up to allow tourists to be tested for Covid-19 at hotels provided they have a “safe tourism certificate,” according to local media.

The test will reportedly cost 30 euros.

If the test is positive, however, then you will have to go into quarantine, and will need to stay at a private medical facility in Turkey at your own expense.

You must wear a mask in public places such as markets, supermarkets, hairdressers and barbers as well as public transport and taxis.

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The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque was recently reopened for worship for the first time in 86 years with Friday prayer in Istanbul[/caption]

If you are caught not wearing a mask then you could be fined 900TL.

Mandatory masks are in place across 81 different regions, with beaches also included, and tourists face £100 fines if they are caught not wearing one.

Anyone wishing to use public transport must get an “HES” code (“Hayat Eve Sığar”). This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the HES smartphone application and by SMS.

Some beaches are enforcing new social distancing guidelines.

Sunbathing squares, smoking bans and restricted access to large groups have all been put into place at a number of beaches.

Are flights running to Turkey?

Turkish Airlines resumed flights from London Gatwick to Antalya in June.

Most budget airlines are now flying to Turkey, but please make sure you check with your provider before departure.

Holidays abroad have also dropped in price over the summer as the country moves to recover its tourism industry.



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