Will Turkey go on to the amber list?

QUARANTINE-free holidays to Turkey could be possible for the first time in a YEAR after this week's traffic light system review.

With Turkey being a popular destination, here is everything you need to know about a getaway to the country.

Can I travel to Turkey?

Turkey remains on the red list, meaning Brits should not travel to the country.

There are currently 60 locations on the red list, such as Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, and much of South America and Africa.

Arrivals from red list countries must stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Will Turkey go on the amber list?

Government sources said it was too soon to predict which red list countries would be bumped up to amber or green during thes much-anticipated late August travel review.

Any changes are expected to be announced around August 25.

But pressure is being heaped on ministers to add Turkey to the amber list, alongside the likes of Italy and France.

Turkey’s Covid cases are currently relatively low, although they are increasing. Vaccine rates have also increased rapidly within the last month.

However, despite this we recommend purchasing travel insurance with Covid cover that is appropriate for the destination you’re visiting.

What are the travel restrictions for Turkey?

Brits do not need to be vaccinated to travel to Turkey – passengers from the UK only need to have a negative test to enter.

However, there are limited direct flights between the UK and Turkey due the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel to the country based on Covid risks.

Almost 27,000 people tested positive for the virus on August 4 – the highest figure in almost three months – and a huge rise on the 4,418 on July 4.

And the seven-day infection rate in Turkey stands at 188 per 100,000 people.

But despite rising cases, Turkey has lifted most lockdown restrictions, including all curfews.

Only mandatory masks and social distancing rules remain in the country, although this could be lifted from September.

Mass events have also reopened, meaning concerts are back on, and restaurants and cafes can serve customers with no capacity limits.


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