26 APRIL 2021


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Article from BTNews 26 APRIL 2021

Turkey travel

The ban on direct flights from the UK to Turkey has lifted, that country allowing British travellers in without a vaccine passport.   In 2019 2.5m UK nationals flew to Turkey, the resort venues offering terrific value and plenty of sunshine.

The country’s tourist board confirmed it will welcome international holidaymakers so long as they have evidence of a negative coronavirus PCR test. But they do not need to have had the vaccine.  

Turkish authorities are offering visitors an insurance package covering coronavirus-related expenses, including treatment, medication and emergency hospital care, from £12. The policy will also cover additional costs if a person is told to quarantine in their hotel.

A note of caution has been issued by Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel: “Turkey lifting its ban on direct flights from the UK is only half the story for those who want to travel to the country. People shouldn’t book their holiday until they know which colour the UK government will place Turkey in its traffic light system.

“If travellers book now, they have no way of knowing whether they will need to quarantine on their return or how much they may need to pay for tests – which could cost several hundreds of pounds if Turkey is placed on the amber list."



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John Richmond, Lochwinnoch

I hope that this gets sorted out quickly. Turkish resorts are very popular with Scottish holiday- makers able to get direct flights from Scotland.