Holiday blow for Brits as Turkey heading for total lockdown as Covid cases surge

Brits longing for a holiday abroad may find that Turkey is a no-go zone after the country became the worst in Europe for cases of Coronavirus.

Despite a quarter of the Turkish population has received at least one coronavirus jab cases have drastically increased after announcing that they would be opening their borders for holidaymakers just six weeks ago.

It's likely that the country will be delaying its return as a popular holiday hotspot, The Sun reports.

Last month, Turkish officials said they were prepared to let in unvaccinated British tourists on the condition that they had a negative test.

But under PM Boris Johnson's traffic light system for foreign travel, Turkey could be listed as a red or amber zone when it tries to reopen.

Anyone arriving from a 'red' country needs to take three tests and check into a quarantined hotel for 10 days, costing around £1,750.

Arrivals from amber countries would have to take a number of PCR Covid tests, and quarantine at home for 10 days.

Popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and France are expected to be listed as amber zones.

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International travel return from May 17, but has not been confirmed by the Government.

Turkey's cases fell to around 6,000 per day in February after the second period of restrictions came into force in November but a new wave struck once the rules were relaxed.

The government have now U-turned to tighten up restrictions at the beginning of April but there were more than 60,000 new cases a day, as well as 300 deaths during the peak.

The country's first true lockdown is expected to remain in place until at least May 17.

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