Holidaymakers who are trapped in Turkey have been issued new advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on how to stay safe amid the country’s stringent coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures. UK officials have also issued an urgent warning for those considering a holiday to the hotspot.
On Tuesday, the FCO added more information for Britons who may have found themselves stranded in Turkey as the country went into lockdown.
In order to ensure their safety, the FCO is urging Britons to follow the advice of local authorities, which includes a strict curfew with limiting exceptions.
The FCO website explains: “On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.
“The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition.”
The only exceptions to the curfew are for certain age groups.
The FCO adds: “Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.”
Authorities in the country have also placed strict travel bans in and out of certain regions, which may make it difficult for Britons who are hoping to leave ands return to the UK.
“There are extremely limited international flights,” the FCO states.
“On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak.
“People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.”
With the UK currently imposing a 14-day travel ban for those arriving in the country from abroad, the future of holidays remains uncertain.
What’s more, the Turkish government has suggested that tourists may not be allowed back in the country before July, and EU tourists may be some of the last to reenter the country.
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: “The tourism sector itself has a vital role in terms of returning to normal processes.
“The importance of caring for our guests in our culture leads us to be ready for the transition to healthy tourism before everyone.”
The country will impose four key measures to determine whether tourism is safe.
These are mapped out in the country’s “healthy tourism certification” program and include “health and safety of the passenger”, “health and safety of the employee”, “precautions taken at facilities” and “precautions taken in terms of transportation vehicles.
Mr Ersoy added: “We, as the Republic of Turkey, are acting with a sense of responsibility in order to ensure both our citizens and our guests, arriving to our country, to feel comfortable during their visit.”
Britons should stay up-to-date with current advice from both the UK and Turkish government before booking a holiday in the coming months.
Published at Wed, 20 May 2020 07:46:00 +0000