Turkey has lifted its suspension on direct flights from the UK, in a move that brings holidays there a big step closer.
The tourism hotspot also announced that travellers will not need to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country.
Arrivals need not present a so-called “vaccine passport”, but must instead show a negative Covid PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel.
To further reassure visitors, Turkey has prioritised employees working in the tourism industry, such as hotel staff, to receive the vaccine.
More than 20 million vaccine doses have been given in Turkey as of 22 April 2021.
The country has also launched a “Safe Tourism Certification Program”, mandatory for all tourism accommodation with more than 30 rooms, which has certified 8,000 facilities so far.
The certification ensures tourist accommodation offers guests access to testing if required before they return home to the UK.
PCR tests cost just €30 (£26) and are also available at Turkey’s international airports; by comparison, the average test in the UK costs £120.
The UK government has confirmed that all arrivals will have to produce a negative test result before travelling to the UK (rapid antigen and lateral flow tests are also accepted)…