Turkey plans to welcome unvaccinated UK holidaymakers

Turkey expects to welcome UK holidaymakers this summer without requiring proof of a coronavirus vaccine or negative test.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 3:45 pm

Tourism minister Mehmet Ersoy said the country is “looking forward to welcoming British tourists with open arms”.

British nationals made more than 2.5 million visits to Turkey in 2019, according to Government figures.

Mr Ersoy said: “We have world-class border processes in place for ensuring travel will be low-risk throughout Turkey.

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Tourists take a selfie in front of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque during a national weekend coronavirus lockdown on December 06, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey

“We are working with the British authorities to ensure these necessary processes are world class and as up to date as possible.

“We will not require vaccination passports from international travellers when entering the country.”

After April 15, Turkey will also re-evaluate whether visitors must continue to produce evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Mr Ersoy said: “I expect there will be no such requirement from British visitors as the UK Government is rapidly and impressively rolling out the vaccination programme for the whole nation, and a significant portion of the population will be vaccinated by early summer.”

He added that employees at hotels and other tourist facilities in Turkey will be prioritised for Covid-19 jabs before the summer season.

Turkey’s plan not to require proof of a vaccine or test is in contrast to other hotspots popular with UK holidaymakers.

Greece will require international tourists to have been vaccinated, had a recent negative Covid-19 test or have coronavirus antibodies.

Visitors to Cyprus must have had both doses of a vaccine.

Leisure travel is currently banned for people living in the UK, but the rule could be relaxed for those in England from May 17.

The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce will provide a report to the Prime Minister on April 12 setting out recommendations for how and when foreign holidays could resume.

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