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Turkey holiday hopes shattered: Update on travel corridor as country implements new rules

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) today issued a new update regarding the enhanced lockdown measures due to be enforced in Turkey in the coming week. Though Britons are currently banned from international travel under current UK lockdown rules, on December 2 these regulations are due to expire and there are hopes travel will continue.

However, with Turkey’s latest rules enforced from November 21, it seems unlikely that a new travel corridor will be put in place between the holiday hotspot and the UK.

In its latest update, the FCDO explains: “Nationwide weekend curfews are being introduced from 21 November as follows:

• 8pm on Saturday evening until 10am on Sunday morning

• 8pm on Sunday evening until 5am on Monday morning

“There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition.

“If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work.

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However, the partial lockdown was implemented in the country by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

The UK Government is currently basing travel corridors on the number of confirmed cases of the virus over the previous seven days cumulative.

Anything higher than 100 per 100,000 of the population is firmly in the “red”.

Turkey’s figures are currently vastly above the UK threshold for a travel corridor, and the lockdown measures only further add to concerns that a new travel corridor will be unlikely in the coming weeks.

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