Turkey will introduce new restrictions for foreign tourists, according to which no traveler visiting the country will be able to enter it without a certificate of the absence of coronavirus. This statement was made by Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. His words are given by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
Thus, according to the Minister, the authorities will oblige all foreigners and local citizens returning from abroad to undergo testing for COVID-19 at the country’s airports. It is noted that since June the Ministry of Health has been organizing the work of special laboratories that will check passengers for the presence of the virus at the main airports in Turkey.
Ersoy also said that testing will be carried out before passing through passport control and will take no more than two to three minutes. Each passenger will be able to find out about the result in five to six hours, and if it turns out to be positive, then the tourist will be immediately isolated at the hotel and they will establish with whom he contacted.
The Minister added that the work of the laboratories will be organized in such a way as to avoid large crowds and ensure maximum comfort for visitors to the country.
Earlier in May, Turkey announced that in the summer of 2020 it would not close its borders to tourists, despite the global coronavirus pandemic. The government of the country from the beginning of the summer season will launch the program “Certification of healthy tourism.” It will include a number of measures to ensure the safety of tourists and industry workers.