Turkish public transportation and accommodation will require customers to provide their state COVID-19 code, which reveals whether they're infected with coronavirus. The unique codes are available on the Health Ministry's mobile application and the online government portal.
A landmark of the Aegean province, the Hilton Izmir will be closing on Oct. 16, the company said. A local paper reported that shareholders of the hotel, one of which is the Izmir Municipality, had been experiencing disagreements.
Turkish hotels will cover COVID-19 testing and isolation costs for Russian tourists if they show symptoms of the disease at the airport, Sputnik Turkey reported. Hospitalization costs will fall upon the traveler's insurance.
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.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Berlin was considering lifting travel bans to Turkey if the course of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't worsen and sufficient preventative measures are implemented. The decision will also depend on the preventative measures in beaches and hotels, as Germany is among Turkey's top tourist importer.
Müzeyyen Yüce reports: Once the sixth largest in the world, Turkey’s tourism industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19. While the industry is expecting to see domestic tourism to pick up around June 15, it is widely believed that the anxiety of consumers will lead them to smaller, safer environments. Boutique hotels and rental homes will be on the rise.
Turkey's hotels and restaurants will open May 27, although reopening will be dependent on businesses completing hygiene requirements by the Culture and Tourism Ministry.
Like the rest of the world, Turkey is discussing when and how to ease the coronavirus restrictions. While shopping malls are to be reopened in 10 days, the Parliament is to be shut down until June 2 and courts until June 15. This gives an idea of the government’s priorities.
Vecdi Erbay reports from Diyarbakır: Some healthcare workers who want to stay at hotels in order to protect their families are not being allowed to do so. Doctors who voice their complaints are promptly forced to take their statements back by law enforcement. Many healthcare are losing their motivation to fight the coronavirus, the Diyarbakır Medical Chamber warns.