Before the coronavirus hit, Turkey attracted an average of 2.29 million British tourists in 2019 alone. Now that many of its Covid entry rules have been scrapped, it looks like holiday-hungry Brits are eager to come back.
According to travel fund provider FairFX, spot sales of Turkish liras doubled between January and February and continue to rise in March.
Travel money manager Jack Mitchell said: “We have seen an increase in spot sales of the Turkish lira, with sales doubling between January and February and continuing to increase so far in March, this which suggests it’s a hotspot for Britons heading for the Easter holiday.
“Removing the latest UK Covid travel restrictions will be the confidence boost vaccinated travelers need to plan long-awaited trips.
“And with countries in Europe and around the world continuing to ease their restrictions, travelers have a wealth of vacation destination choices that we haven’t seen since the start of 2020.”
Although the UK has gotten rid of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, Turkey has introduced its own specific entry requirements.
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Fully vaccinated passengers will not need to pay or arrange their own Covid test to travel, nor face quarantine.
However, they must be able to prove that they received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
The FCDO states: “At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.”
Turkey will accept UK proof of recovery and vaccination against COVID-19 and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 issued in the Crown Dependencies.
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What Covid measures are in place in Turkey?
Some coronavirus measures remain in place and the FCDO warns restrictions may change “in the short term”.
The government travel authority says: “No trip is without risk during the COVID pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or introduce new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID variant -19. Check with your travel agency or airline for any changes in transportation that may delay your return journey.”
Britons are advised to ensure they can access cash if their stay is unexpectedly extended, to have adequate insurance in place and to make arrangements to stay in the county longer than planned if necessary.
The FCDO states: “Wearing a mask is compulsory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey.
“This includes, but is not limited to, all public places, including streets, side streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, markets, seaside and public transport , including metro, buses, taxis and ferries.
“Masks are also mandatory in all shops, restaurants, hairdressers and hair salons.”