Travelers from around Turkey hit the road for the Eid al-Adha holiday on July 29, a day before the Muslim feast's eve. The country lifted travel restrictions in June as part of its "normalization" process.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
Some 1,318 Turkish citizens were transported back to Turkey during travel bans that aim to slow the spread of COVID-19. The citizens had been stranded in Iraq, Germany, Spain, Egypt and Ireland. The passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days.
Turkey's gas stations have lost 60 to 75 percent of sales during the COVID-19 outbreak, daily Sözcü reported April 8. Limitations on intercity bus travels have furthered victimized petroleum workers in Turkey, Union of Gas Station, Petroleum and Gas Employers said.