Turkey says that it is ready to welcome British tourists back to its Mediterranean beach resorts this summer and that they do not have to show any proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. In another move designed to appeal to tourists arriving from the United Kingdom, Turkey says that it is unlikely that they will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test due to the UK’s successful rollout of the coronavirus vaccination.
Unlike its European neighbors, the United Kingdom is a front runner for vaccinating its population. Sky News reports that 24 million people had now received their first dose of the vaccine while nearly 1.6 million have had their second jab.
All UK adults to be vaccinated by July
As supplies increase, the rate of people being vaccinated could increase dramatically, with frontline staff ready to innoculate twice as many people per week as they are doing at present. The UK government is now pledging to have all adults who want to be vaccinated having received both the first and second dose by the end of July.
In the Turkish seaside resorts of Altinkum, Icmeler, Bodrum, and Marmaris, hotel employees and other people who work in the tourist industry are being given priority over others when it comes to being vaccinated. Hotels are also preparing to offer PCR tests for their guests returning to countries where having a negative result before entering the country is required.
Turkey will not require proof of vaccination
When speaking about welcoming international travelers to Turkey, the countries Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, is quoted by the Independent as saying:
“We will not require vaccination passports from international travelers when entering the country. We have world-class border processes in place for ensuring travel will be low-risk throughout Turkey.”
Regarding tourists arriving from the UK, the minister said:
“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.
“I expect there will be no such requirement from British visitors as the UK government is rapidly, and impressively, rolling out the vaccination program for the whole nation, and a significant portion of the population will be vaccinated by early summer.
“We are looking forward to welcoming British tourists with open arms, as we did safely last summer.”
Cyprus and Greece will welcome tourists
Cyprus and Greece have already announced that they will allow British vacationers who have received the COVID-19 vaccinations. Meanwhile, Spain, another popular destination for British holidaymakers, says it will allow tourists in once more than 30% of its population has been vaccinated.
Before the coronavirus shut down international travel, Turkey welcomes 2.5 million British tourists in 2019 and can expect a bumper summer if all goes to plan. Because Turkey is not in the European Union and uses its own Turkish Lira for currency and not the Euro, it is a much cheaper place to vacation than either Cyprus, Greece, or Spain.
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