Coronavirus Outbreak: Is Turkey Safe for Travel?

Coronavirus Outbreak: Is Turkey Safe for Travel?

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, Turkey has reopened its borders to international travel since 12 June. Such good news for peoples around the world. Turkey is the sixth most visited country in the world in terms of the annual number of visitors in 2019. While 86% of it is foreign by UNWTO.


Turkey Refuses Tourist From These Countries

But the disadvantage is taken by some countries. According to the IATA Travel Center website (published on 07/16/20), the tourists from certain countries are not allowed to enter Turkey. They are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d' Ivory, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Somalia.


You Want to Safe? At Least Avoid These Areas

On the other hand, you also need to avoid some particular areas in Turkey to be submitted on your destination list. Based on the FCO advice, they against all non-essential travel. 
The Red Area (Syrian Border)
The FCO against you to travel there, wherever it is. Within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis. Besides due to the current assessment of COVID-19 risks, the Syrian border has known as a danger location where It is having a heightened risk of terrorism in the region. 
The Orange Area (Some Eastern Provinces)
You cannot go there but your destination is an essential one. For those near the Turkey-Syrian border, it includes all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis, and Hatay provinces. Then move not too far from the border, there are the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli, and Hakkari. Travel activity can get a disruption here.

‘Healthy Program’ For Tourist Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Moreover, the Turkish government recently has introduced a healthy tourism certification program to ensure the safety of tourists amid the outbreak. This program begins in May, two months before they reopened the border to International tourist. It embraces many fields, including accommodation, transportation, the condition of tourist facilities, and the training of their employees along with the health status of travelers.
The program is implemented in airports, airlines, highways, tourist facilities, and occasional transport companies that provide transfer and transport services for tourist tours. After the passengers arrive at the airport, their temperature will be measured by thermal cameras. If the result indicates ‘negative’, passengers can continue their journey.
Unless the temperature is higher than 37.8C, or they are showing some other suspicious symptoms, passengers will be sent to the hospital. Here, they may stay for treatment or get accommodation in a hotel. All hotels provide a special section for those who infected with coronavirus or who in quarantine.