As of July, Turkey will resume all those tourism facilities planned to be reopened as part of normalization process. Speaking to CNN Turk, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Tourism commented on the revival of tourism in the country. “In tourism, there is no other country that has done certification better and more reliable than Turkey,” the minister said.
Emphasizing that Turkey needs to adapt to a new normal, the minister talked about the new measures that the country’s hotspot airports will take. “From June 15th, tourists from Germany have been welcome to Turkey. When foreign visitors come, they will be health-checked, and body temperatures will be measured. If there is a suspicion, tourists will be taken for a PCR test. These measurements will start in Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir, Istanbul airports, the country’s provinces with the most tourist attraction,” Ersoy said.
The country’s main priority in this process is to resume air traffic to all countries, according to the minister. “We are hoping to increase air traffic in July,” he said, adding the process of opening air traffic for most countries in the world would complete in August. “We have sent letters to at least 60 countries which provide most tourists to Turkey. We have informed them of Turkey’s tourism certification program, and our enhanced hospital infrastructures,” he added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated his intent to restore Hagia Sophia’s mosque status, and recently allowed a special Quran reading there.
Most international luxury branded (chain) hotels are already open and most of them will transition from stay-cations for locals to international travellers from July 1st. Rates at luxury hotels in Istanbul are at least 30% lower than the same period last year.
In prominent holiday destinations such as Bodrum, resorts opened from end of May but strictly for domestic travellers – will now accept foreign guests from July 1st.
However, all hotels will still need to reinforce the following rules, most likely until the next stage of lifting restrictions
- Maximum hotel occupancy to not pass 60 percent
- Body temperature of visitors to be checked
- Everything in a room from air conditioners to televisions to be disinfected every time someone checks out
- At least 12 hours of room ventilation required after check out
- Crowding of spaces such as the lobby to be discouraged
- Guests will wear masks and maintain a minimum 4.5 feet distance from each other
- No fitness centres or spas this season
Turkish Airlines has been resuming flights, gradually, most of its routes, both domestic and international, starting with July 1st 2020.
U.S. and Canada – select destinations from July 1st, but with lower frequencies
Asia – Bangkok (from July 18th); New Delhi (from July 1st); Hong Kong (from July 2nd); Singapore (from July 18th)
Middle East – Dubai (from July 13th); Beirut (from July 6th); Jeddah (from July 16th); Tehran (from July 16th), Cairo (from July 1st); Casablanca (from July 15th)
Europe – Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin,Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Vienna – already in operation; full capacity from July 1st
Europe – Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Venice re-start from July 1st
Sub-Saharan Africa – reduced frequency of 3 flights per week – Lagos, Abuja (from July 3rd); Johannesburg (from July 3rd)
Domestic – Ankara (59 flights per week from July 1st) Bodrum (42 flights per week from July st), Antalya (56 flights per week from July 1st)
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