Germany's Foreign Ministry extended travel warnings to 130 countries, including Turkey, as part of COVID-19 precautions. The country determines risky countries based on a rate of 50 infections among 100,000 people.
Turkey will be resuming flights to and from Russia as of July 15. The country is the latest addition to a list of 31 others that Ankara allows travels to.
Northern Cyprus will be maintaining a requirement for travelers from Turkey to get tested both before their departure, and upon their arrival. Northern Cyprus placed Turkey in a medium-risk group along with Italy, Spain and France.
Germany tells Turkey travel warning will be regularly reviewed, as Ankara asks EU to correct ‘mistake’
Germany will keep reviewing travel advice for Turkey, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on July 2, saying any decisions were coordinated with the EU and based on reliable data on infections and the health situation. Earlier, Turkey said that it is disappointed by the European Union's decision to exclude it from the list of countries recommended for non-essential travel.
Professor Haluk Savaş who was known for his resistance against Ankara's state of emergency decrees died on June 30. Savaş had been removed from his post at a university with a state of emergency decree and was refused a passport to travel abroad for cancer treatment.
Germany has not lifted its coronavirus travel warning for Turkey due to the latter's insistence on using the controversial malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, Der Spiegel said, basing its report on sources from the German Foreign Ministry. The drug is not approved for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Germany, and the effects of the treatment and the risks for the patients are said to be unclear.
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.
A recent study revealed June to be a premature date to start normalization efforts after Turkey returned to regular operations on June 1. The study also noted that the only way to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infections was if the population developed immunity.
Turkey will allow restaurants and cafes to reopen and lift restrictions on intercity travel on June 1, Erdoğan said. Curfew for those over 65 and under 18 years old will remain in place, he said.
Turkey's Health Ministry will no longer quarantine travelers returning to Turkey in public dormitories, but instead track their isolation at their homes. The ministry will also evacuate travelers who are currently quarantined in public dormitories without their 14-day isolation period elapses, on the condition that they test negative for COVID-19.
Turkey will implement a four-day curfew between May 16-19 in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced. Erdoğan also said inter-province travel restrictions on nine more provinces have been lifted.