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.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned citizens that the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic grows as they relax precautions. Minister Koca's warning comes a week after Turkey began its "normalization" process, reopening businesses and resuming public transportation operations, even observing its first weekend off curfew.
Trains and planes will resume operations at the end of May, and will operate at 50 percent capacity. Passengers will be required to provide a unique code, obtainable only through the Turkish Health Ministry's mobile app. While Turkish citizens aren't mandated to use the app, they will not be able to purchase travel tickets without it.
Turkey’s main opposition urges Health Minister to relax COVID-19 travel bans for seniors, seasonal workers
Turkey's main opposition party CHP urged Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to permit older citizens to return to their hometowns after getting tested for COVID-19, instead of having to spend a hot summer in small apartments. The CHP also suggests an exception for citizens who travel to big cities to work in the winter, but need to be back in their hometowns for harvest season.
Traffic police officers fined some 90 passengers in the eastern province of Erzurum for trying to forge travel permits. Erzurum is among the 31 cities in Turkey where passengers need travel permits to leave or enter. The 90 fines totaled some 283,500 liras (about $50,000).