Heathrow and Gatwick: Turkey ‘to drop off red list’ next week as cases drop

Suggestions that Turkey could be taken off the travel red list have reinvigorated tourists’ hopes for a sunny getaway.

Turkey’s move to the Orange List will allow fully vaccinated Britons under the age of 18 to travel to the popular holiday destination without the need for quarantine.

Before the pandemic, an estimated 2.3 million British tourists visited the hotspot each year.

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Pressure is mounting on the government to remove the country from the red list in its next review of the traffic light system, according to The Times.

Paul Charles, founder of travel consulting firm PC Agency, told The Times: “Turkey really deserves to be on the Amber List because it has some of the best Covid security policies in place, especially in hotels and the like. tourist areas and worked hard. to reduce its infection rates.

“Many agree that it feels safer here than in the UK.”

NHS tracking and traceability figures show that only 1.7% of people landing on flights from Turkey have tested positive for Covid in the past three weeks.

With other holiday destinations such as Spain placed on the Orange List and dropping cases in Turkey, travel agencies could do whatever they wanted.

No decision has yet been made regarding Turkey’s travel restrictions and therefore visitors who choose to go while the country is still on the Red List will have to pay £ 2,285 per person for a 10-day stay in a quarantine hotel on their return.

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