TURKEY is currently on the UK’s air bridge list, meaning Brits can go on holiday to the country without needing to quarantine back in England.
However, Turkey has seen rising cases of coronavirus in recent weeks, sparking concern that it could be placed onto the UK quarantine list.
Turkey, which has 245,635 cases of coronavirus, has seen new infections climb since the beginning of August, with 1,246 cases confirmed yesterday.
While UK travel is allowed, the country has its own entry requirements for British tourists.
All arrivals must have health checks, including temperature checks, at the airport, while anyone with coronavirus symptoms must have a PCR test.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be forced to quarantine at a location determined by the Ministry of Health or at a private hospital at your own expense.
Turkey has also warned that any hotels which don’t follow the strict new safety guidelines will be closed at short notice.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Turkey – and if it will be on the quarantine list soon.
Will Turkey be put on the quarantine list?
Turkey is not currently on the UK quarantine list, and the government is yet to confirm if it will be when they next update the travel corridor list.
However, any countries with more than 20 new cases per 100,000 population are put on the UK government’s watch list, putting the country at risk of being removed from the air bridge list.
Turkey’s new infections per 100,000 is currently at 18.5, having risen from 15.8 last month.
What happens if the country is quarantined while I am on holiday?
If the country does go into quarantine, Brits will be given notice to be able to return to the UK.
If families come back after the date given by the UK government, then they will have quarantine for two weeks on their return.
Turkey may also then enforce similar restrictions – Spain has not, however, so whether they reciprocate is not confirmed.
What happens if I have a holiday booked when the travel ban is in place?
If Turkey is put onto the ban list, then tour operators and airlines are likely to stop flights and holidays.
This will mean they will offer a refund or credit note, while some airlines are allowing passengers to move their flights free of charge.
EasyJet and Ryanair have waived their flight change fees although you will need to pay the difference in flight costs.
Tour operators such as Jet2 and TUI are also likely to postpone package holidays.
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Turkey’s plunging lira could make the country this summer’s best holiday destination, although caution is still advised for any last-minute travel restriction changes.
A couple of years ago £1 would buy 6.1 lira, but with today’s exchange rate it has risen to 9.56 lira – making the Mediterranean destination much cheaper.
As a result, tour operators are poised to slash holiday prices further, making Turkey the go-to place for last-minute trips.