Turkey reopened for international travellers including Indians with a bunch of safety measures under its new programme that includes free COVID-19 tests, certified safe tourist spots, and more. By Tanvi Jain


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Turkey’s tourism sector including the international flights that had remained suspended in the country since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally resumed operations from June 15, with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey’s ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’.   

As a part of this programme, which habeen issued under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, covers transportation, accommodation, and health condition of employees of the facilities and passengers.  


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Granted by international certification institutions, this document will be the proof of the high level of health and hygiene requirements at airline companies, airports and other transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities. So, if you are planning to travel to Turkey now, you will be able to check which hotels, restaurants and other facilities in the country have the ‘Safe Tourism Certificate’ and choose for a safe travel experience. 

Upon arrival at the airport, all passengers will have to undergo temperature checks, and those showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested free of charge. If the test result is positive, the passenger will be referred to the hospital. The same procedure will be applied to all transit passengers as well.    


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A qualified health staff capable to respond promptly and well-equipped transfer vehicles will be made available at the airport to transport the infected patient to the nearest health institution and his/her treatment will start. However, the government will not give a go-ahead to any treatment without the consent of the individual, and the cost for the same will be borne by the patient’s medical insurance cover only.  

Insurance packages can be purchased along with tickets of contracted airlines, inside the airport at points of sale before passport control, online, or from tour operatorsThe visa application process for Indian travellers began on June 22.

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