Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Impressive Byzantine cities, rich history and culture, some of the world’s best food, awe-inspiring landscapes and a coastline that easily competes in the summer-break market, Turkey has something for every type of traveller. Haggle in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, swim in the turquoise waters of Antalya’s coast, take a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia or take the road less travelled through highland pastures or along the Lycian Way trail. Brits made more than 2.5 million visits to Turkey in 2019 – making it one of our most popular holiday choices.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites Spain and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Turkey is no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and has been removed from the travel corridors list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days from October 4. Visitors entering Turkey from the UK are no longer required to self-isolate. The Turkish government reopened its international land, sea and air borders on June 12 – and flights have resumed to multiple destinations including Istanbul, Dalaman, and Antalya and Izmir. Visas are not needed but passports must have at least six months on them, according to the FCO.