Turkey poised for amber list upgrade – latest updates for holidaymakers

Speculation is growing that Turkey will be upgraded to amber travel status in the UK Government’s next destination review – bringing cheer to thousands of holidaymakers.

The country, which is a popular and value-for-money holiday hotspot for UK visitors, has been in the red category since May, but it is expected to go amber from Thursday.

Passengers from red list nations are required to go into quarantine at a UK government-approved facility for 10 days on arrival in the country effectively preventing non-essential travel.

Covid cases in Turkey have fallen greatly since April, when more than 60,000 infections a day were reported. Last week, this had fallen to fewer than 5,000 with an average rate of 42 infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

If Turkey is upgraded to the amber list, fully-vaccinated UK holidaymakers will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to England. They will need to take a PCR test on return and a rapid antigen test two days before travelling back to the UK.

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All passengers arriving into Turkey will also be required to submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, said: “2021 will be a year of safety throughout the tourism season.

“With the safe, effective and disciplined practices and measures that we have carried out, our certification program has become one of the most successful implementations in the world and we had a successful 2020 season.

“Around 10,000 tourism facilities and hotels will be certified to ensure they meet the necessary high standard of Covid protocols. Turkey was a leading country in safe tourism last year and 2021 will see safety heightened even further.”