Turkey is still on the list of countries that travel enthusiasts expect to visit at least once in their lives. Turkey offers an extensive package of diverse places to stay at once, ranging from the delightful cities to the vibrant and quiet beaches. These royal monuments stand as a living proof of the country’s heritage and culture, to the modern buildings that represent their state-of-the-art architecture.
The pandemic, however, affected global tourism and travellers’ plans as well. Globetrotters are now preparing to travel to their dream destinations of Bodrum, Istanbul, and Kalkan again. With Turkey recently re-opening its foreign air services, it is a respite for all those who, for different reasons, have wanted to visit Turkey. This is what you should know in advance if you are planning to fly post-COVID to Turkey:
The first question when moving to a location during this pandemic is whether the nation can fly safely. And for any traveller planning to visit Turkey too, similar questions might arise.
Turkish citizens display enormous hospitality to visitors, and tourism is also one of the sectors affecting Turkey’s economy.
The nation now aims to give the safest travel experience to visitors.
The most popular tourist places like Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Antalya are back on track in this post-COVID lockdown season.
Strict sanitisation steps are being taken by resorts and beaches, while hotels have also amplified their health protection measures in compliance with the Health Ministry’s regulations.
Programme on Safe Tourism
The latest government initiative, namely the Safe Tourism Certification Programme, is another positive news that shows a ray of hope for travellers.
What is the Programme for Safe Tourism?
The Safe Tourism Certificate programme is an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism, Turkey, to provide tourists with more accessible and accurate details, enhancing the confidence of enthusiasts who want to visit the beautiful country after the lockdown.
Under this scheme, the most sought-after tourist sites in Turkey, such as beaches, resorts, and historic landmarks, are strictly sanitised for visitors’ safety, ensuring minimal health risks.
This programme includes rigorous steps to be strictly enforced at four primary levels, namely:
The Passenger Health and Safety
Employee Health and Safety
Precautions about transport
As set out in the Programme Rules, the following regulations are specifically in place:
In compliance with health protection requirements, stringent checks on airlines, local transport, and hotels.
It ensures social distance and sanitation at the highest possible standard in lakes, beaches, planes, and other tourist places in compliance with the certification programme’s current rules. The government has also prohibited standing passengers on public transport as the social distance law cannot comply.
Inclusion and surveillance of major and minor food and beverage establishments, including bars and cafes, to enable them to take steps to receive the credential.
Both accredited food and lodging facilities are listed on a separate site and made available to visitors.
Do you need a Covid test on arrival in Turkey?
There is no need for a COVID negative examination, just for visitors arriving who exhibit symptoms. There will be a 14-day quarantine in a hospital only for persons with positive test results. The studies would be at the expense of visitors. Travellers must stick to the monitoring of temperature and must wear masks all the time.
Sanitary tourism in Turkey
Turkey is also a worldwide wellness tourism destination. Tourists visiting this country has risen ten times in the last decade. Whereas ten years ago, 75,000 foreigners visited Turkey for medical tourism, now the figure is 750,000.
Turkey is accessible to 123 countries via airlines, as per the Turkish Health Tourism Society, and many countries are only within 3-4 hours of reach. Turkey’s medical standards are also at the international level and, relative to many European counterparts, provide affordable medical care of unbeatable quality. With the safest possible steps it can give, Turkey is ready to welcome its travellers. As always, check for the latest updates and information before you intend to fly to Turkey.