Turkey holiday hopes shattered: Update on travel corridor as country implements new rules

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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) today issued a new update regarding the enhanced lockdown measures due to be enforced in Turkey in the coming week. Though Britons are currently banned from international travel under current UK lockdown rules, on December 2 these regulations are due to expire and there are hopes travel will continue.

However, with Turkey’s latest rules enforced from November 21, it seems unlikely that a new travel corridor will be put in place between the holiday hotspot and the UK.

In its latest update, the FCDO explains: “Nationwide weekend curfews are being introduced from 21 November as follows:

• 8pm on Saturday evening until 10am on Sunday morning

• 8pm on Sunday evening until 5am on Monday morning

“There remains an ongoing curfew for those who have a chronic medical condition.

“If you are a Residence Permit holder aged over 65 you are only allowed to go outside between 10am and 1pm unless you are going out to work.

“If you are a Residence Permit holder born after 1 January 2001 you are only allowed to go outside between 1pm and 4pm unless you are going out to work.”

Shopping centres, markets and restaurants also face curfews.

The FCDO adds: “From 21 November, shopping centres, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10am to 8pm throughout the week, with restaurants only providing takeaway services.”

The curfews do not apply to “those visiting for tourism”.

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However, the partial lockdown was implemented in the country by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

The UK Government is currently basing travel corridors on the number of confirmed cases of the virus over the previous seven days cumulative.

Anything higher than 100 per 100,000 of the population is firmly in the “red”.

Turkey’s figures are currently vastly above the UK threshold for a travel corridor, and the lockdown measures only further add to concerns that a new travel corridor will be unlikely in the coming weeks.

According to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) Turkey has recorded 39,295 per 100,000 of the population in the last 14-days.

However, by contrast, the UK’s figures are much higher.

In the UK, this figure sits at 336,850 per 100,000 over the same time period.

Turkey saw a boom in tourism over the summer months after it was given a spot on the travel corridor list.

In September, around 30 percent of price comparison searches on TravelSupermarket were for package holidays to Turkey.

Holidaymakers were served a blow, though, when the country was axed from the travel corridor list on October 1.

Currently, the FCDO states: “From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education.

“Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“You must follow all the rules that apply to you.”

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