Holidays to Turkey have been back on since June 12, however strict criteria by the Turkish Government meant only travellers who met the guidelines were given the green light to enter. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has now updated its travel advice page for those over the age of 65, who had been banned from travel within the country without a permit.
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The latest FCO advice offers some good news for older tourists who are keen to get back to the sunshine hotspot.
It reads: “If you are over 65, and a visitor to Turkey, you no longer require a permit to travel between cities.”
However, the lifted regulation does not apply to everyone.
The FCO continues: “A permit is still required if you are a Turkish resident and you must remain at your destination for a minimum of 30 days unless travelling for an international flight.
“Individuals under 18 no longer require a permit to either travel within the same city, or undertake intercity travel. When travelling they must, however, be accompanied by a parent or guardian, aged below 65 years of age.”
Furthermore, curfews also remain in place for residents over the age of 65.
However, the FCO notes: “This does not apply to those visiting for tourism.”
Turkey is a popular destination with Britons, with around 2.5 million UK nationals jetting off to the destination last year alone.
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Though the start of the tourism season was slow amid lockdown regulations, operators including easyJet and TUI have since reinstated holidays to the much-loved location.
Direct, scheduled passenger flights between Turkey and the UK resumed on June 11.
From July 4, Turkey became exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
However, some guidelines remain in place for tourists visiting the nation, and the FCO reminds travellers to always follow the direction of local authorities when on holiday.
One major rule in Turkey surrounds the wearing of face masks in public – with some regions imposing stricter regulations and correlating fines for those who break them.
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“The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops,” explains the FCO.
“The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person.
“In addition to the above, the wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home in the following provinces, which include major cities and some tourist areas: Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Agri, Amasya, Ankara, Ardahan, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Batman, Bilecik, Bingöl, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Çanakkale, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Düzce, Elazığ, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Iğdır, Isparta, Istanbul, İzmir ,Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kayseri, Kırklareli, Kocaeli, Konya, Kütahya, Malatya, Mardin, Muğla, Muş, Nevşehir, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Siirt, Sinop, Sivas, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Tokat, Tunceli, Uşak, Yalova, Yozgat and Zonguldak.”
Travellers heading to any of the listed regions should check with their accommodation provider with regards to specific rules for their stay.
Those found in breach of coronavirus regulations face fines of 900TL (approximately £106).
Turkey has been included on the quarantine-free travel list for all nations in the UK.
The FCO says these guidelines are developed in line with “the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”.
All arrivals into Turkey are subject to a medical evaluation, including temperature checks.
Passengers are also required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. This should be provided by the travel operator.
“You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary,” adds the FCO.
“Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.”
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