Turkey holidays: UK government issues update as flight options change

Turkey holidays have not been on the cards for many weeks now. The country currently has 153,548 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There are still strict travel rules in place.

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has detailed the restrictions Britons should know in their latest travel advice update for Turkey.

“Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey,” said the FCO.

“Some airlines are operating flights to Turkey on an occasional basis to repatriate Turkish nationals and residents of Turkey from abroad, in cooperation with the Turkish government.

“If you live in Turkey but are currently in the UK and wishing to return to Turkey, email the Turkish Consulate-General in London ([email protected]) to register your interest in returning.

“If you’re outside the UK, contact the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in the country you are in.

“Although there is no barrier to British nationals with residence permits entering Turkey, priority will be given to Turkish nationals.

“You should refer to the operating airline and your nearest Turkish Embassy before you travel, to ensure you are permitted to enter Turkey on these flights.”

Rules are in place at the airport for anyone arriving into Turkey.

“All passengers permitted to arrive in Turkey from overseas will be checked for Covid- 19,” said the FCO.

“Anyone showing symptoms will be isolated at the airport before taken by ambulance to a hospital for testing and, if necessary, treatment.

“Those who do not have symptoms will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

“They will be monitored remotely by family doctors during their self-isolation period.

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“Land crossings with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran and Iraq have also been closed.”

As for when Britons might be able to return, a ban on international flights is in place until 1 June.

“Normal, scheduled international flights will not resume until the ban is lifted,” said the FCO.

“At present there is no information about how soon airlines will resume their operations after it is lifted.

“Occasional ad hoc flights are still operating.”

However, Britons are currently unable to travel abroad at all.

Only “essential” travel is permitted by the UK government.

It is not known when this restriction will be lifted.

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