Turkey's Interior Ministry said that senior citizens will now be allowed to travel after obtaining a "tourism document" on the government's online portal. Although seniors are allowed to go outside between certain hours every day, the age group is still under curfew.
Turkey's Trade Ministry legalized 18 installments for touristic spending to incentivize consumers. The new legal installment limit will be applicable to travel agencies, airlines and hotels.
The chairman of one of Turkey's largest tourism agencies warned that the collapse of the tourism industry would have nationwide implications. The second largest tour operator in Turkey, Jolly Tours is expecting a 20 percent drop in revenue from the initial targets for the year.
The village of Şirince, known for the prediction that it would survive the 2012 Mayan apocalypse, has been struggling with COVID-19 as the pandemic essentially shut down almost all local businesses.
Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister said that "if there are no setbacks," domestic tourism will pick up around May 28 and travel bans will be lifted by the end of the month. Meanwhile, the ministry is anticipating foreign tourism to start back up mid-June.