Brits may be able to holiday in Turkey from July 15 as country plans air bridge quarantine exemption

A HOLIDAY to Turkey could take place this summer with plans for a potential air bridge between the country and the UK.

If confirmed, British tourists can head to the tourist destination from July 15.

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An air bridge between the UK and Turkey is being considered by next month

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An air bridge between the UK and Turkey is being considered by next month

An air bridge – which allows quarantine-free travel between two countries – is currently being discussed by the UK government with a number of holiday destinations as a way to continue travel this year.

This includes Spain, Greece and Portugal, each of which are hoping to welcome British tourists by the summer.

With the UK enforcing a two-week quarantine on anyone entering the country from next week, many will not be able to go on holiday without an air bridge agreement.

Turkey has 167,410 cases of coronavirus and 4,630 deaths – much lower than the UK’s 281,661 and 39,904, respectively.

Turkey’s Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu has now said that his country plans to resume flights with around 40 countries in June, with agreements for reciprocal air travel with 15 countries.

Holidays to Turkey could then resume by the summer holidays

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Holidays to Turkey could then resume by the summer holidays

This could include the UK.

A government official in Turkey told the Financial Times that an agreement between the UK and Turkey was close, with the July 15 date as a provisional date for resuming travel.

They said: “The two sides are in close contact. The UK is a very important country for us.”

However, they added that it would depend on the “trajectory of British infections”.


With daily cases of coronavirus in the UK still relatively high, this could hinder the chance of an air bridge unless they begin to slow.

The UK reported 1,805 new cases yesterday, and 195 new deaths as the death toll nears 40,000 – the highest in the world behind the US.

Turkey banned all flights in March after the virus continued to spread, with British tourists still on the banned list for entering the country.

Holidays to Turkey may be very different for Brits when they return.

Smoking bans, sunbathing zones and restricted entry are just some of the things you can expect on your next beach trip to the country.

A push for caravan parks is being suggested in Turkey, due to their safer, social-distanced homes, as an alternative to busy luxury resorts.

Resorts may even call for coronavirus-free certificates for Brits to be able to stay when they return.

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